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Key Broncos await further evaluation Monday after suffering injuries vs. Giants

Posted Oct 15, 2017

Initial X-rays were clean for Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie and Demaryius Thomas.

DENVER — The Broncos didn’t just lose Sunday night — they were beaten up.

Trevor Siemian went down temporarily with a shoulder injury. Demaryius Thomas was hobbled by a leg injury. Menelik Watson went out with a calf issue. Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie were both carted off with ankle injuries.

And so, as the Broncos try to move forward after a 23-10 loss to the Giants, they must do so in the wake of potentially serious injuries.

The Broncos didn’t know the full extent of McKenzie’s and Sanders’ ailments Sunday night, but initial X-rays did not confirm the worst. Head Coach Vance Joseph said those tests were negative — as was a mid-game X-ray of Demaryius Thomas’ leg.

Both McKenzie and Sanders will get MRIs on Monday after both players left the locker room on crutches Sunday night.

Sanders left the game after he was upended by Landon Collins when Collins dove for a Siemian pass.

“It’s tough to see anybody go down, especially my guy, my right-hand man,” Thomas said. “It seem like he was in a lot of pain. I don’t know what’s going on right now, but he’s in my prayers. That’s all I can tell.”

After the game, Collins approached Thomas to ask him to apologize to Sanders on his behalf for the hit and to clarify that he didn’t intend to injure him.

“I apologize for that,” Collins said. “I take that to heart, because I don’t condone cheap shots, and I don’t take it as a cheap shot. I saw the quarterback throw the ball, and I was trying to break on it and go get it and make a game-changing play. It came to a result that it injured somebody. Much love to him, because I look up to him as a player.”

McKenzie suffered his injury soon after when he collided with a Giants player as he reached for a deep pass. While Siemian didn’t want to speculate about the severity of either injury, he did acknowledge the kind of loss the Broncos would face if either player misses extended time.

“Isaiah has been coming along,” Siemian said. “We’ve been working him in more and that would stink. I don’t want to speculate on any of that, but he’s done a really good job of picking things up. We’ve worked him in there and he’s done well there. Emmanuel, obviously, we know how good he is. That would be unfortunate, but at the same time all of those other guys Bennie [Fowler III], Jordan Taylor, those guys keep stepping up when they get their chances, and it’s next man up.”

Siemian may also get an MRI on Monday as a precaution, but Joseph did not seem concerned with the possibility of Siemian missing time.

“It’s not his throwing shoulder,” Joseph said. “We’re not sure how serious it is, but he returned and he was fine. We’ll know more tomorrow about his left shoulder. Not his throwing shoulder.”

That’s one piece of good news.

The Broncos will hope for more on Monday.