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The Broncos lost leading wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a ruptured.

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Although the schedule gets easier for the Denver Broncos this month Womens Whitney Mercilus Jersey , the degree of difficulty in reaching the playoffs keeps going up. He was hurt in a non-contact drill at the beginning of practice.The 31-year-old receiver was placed on injured reserve and on Wednesday night he tweeted , "If you know me then you know nothing can keep me down. I've overcome too much in life to let this stop me. I'll be back next year w/ a bigger chip on my shoulder ... I PROMISE!"The Broncos quickly claimed wide receiver Andre Holmes off waivers from Buffalo, giving them a seventh-year veteran to go with their four remaining receivers, all of whom made their NFL debuts this season.Sanders, who led the team with 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in a bounce-back year, was injured on a routine route. He sensed the gravity of the injury as he crumbled to the ground, tearing off his helmet and rolling it away as teammates and trainers rushed toward him."It didn't look good," coach Vance Joseph said, adding Sanders "was sore last week in his heel area and he felt great today."Sanders' injury was the latest blow to a team that's lost seven starters from its opening-day lineup, including six on offense."It hurt, especially with an Achilles injury, that's a major injury," rookie receiver DaeSean Hamilton said. "He was our leader and he was a coach, too, so it was hard to watch."Sanders' injury came three days after the Broncos lost star cornerback Chris Harris Jr . to a broken right lower leg, an injury that could sideline him for the rest of the regular season.Sanders crumbled to the grass in an area of the field that has several brown patches and has led to several slips over the last few weeks, notably by rookie receiver Courtland Sutton.Normally, the Broncos flip their two main practice fields from a north-south configuration to east-west at midseason, but they didn't do that this year. Nor did they rotate individual drills, leaving bare patches in several areas.Asked if he thought field conditions played any role in Sanders' injury, Joseph said, "I don't, no. The fields are fine."Sanders' injury amplifies odds the Broncos face in their quest to reach the playoffs for the first time in the post-Peyton Manning era. After surviving the league's most arduous schedule through November, the Broncos' next three opponents 鈥?49ers, Browns and Raiders 鈥?are a combined 9-26-1. They finish the season in Denver against the Chargers, a team they beat last month."We can't cry about it Womens Zach Cunningham Jersey ," Joseph said. "We have to move on and go play a football game on Sunday."Winners of three straight, the Broncos (6-6) visit San Francisco (2-10) this weekend.The Broncos traded top receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Texans on Oct. 30 for financial reasons and to accelerate Sutton's growth by getting him into the starting lineup opposite Sanders. After flashing in training camp, Sutton has taken his lumps as a rookie. He has 28 receptions 鈥?but it's taken 59 targets 鈥?for 558 yards and three touchdowns.Now, he'll face No. 1 cornerbacks beginning with Richard Sherman in San Francisco."I love it," Sutton said. "I look forward to it. It's going to be good."Sanders developed a rapport with his new quarterback as soon as Case Keenum arrived in March, and the speedy receiver's leadership only grew in value when Thomas was traded.Sanders helped bring along the young receivers simply by grabbing attention away from them, Keenum said, pointing to a 30-yard TD catch by Sutton in the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Bengals last weekend."Sometimes you run routes to get open and sometimes you run routes to get other guys open," Keenum said. "The touchdown pass, the route may have been designed this past week for (Sanders), but just the way they covered him up allowed Courtland to be 1 on 1 on the outside."Aside from Holmes, who has 15 touchdowns in 91 career games for the Bills, Cowboys and Raiders, the Broncos' remaining receivers 鈥?Sutton, Hamilton, River Cracraft and Tim Patrick 鈥?boast a combined eight NFL starts with 37 catches for 692 yards and four touchdowns."I have all the trust in the world in those other guys," Keenum insisted.The Broncos' best player on offense has been undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay , who was the AFC's offensive player of the week for his 157-yard, two-TD performance at Cincinnati.To prevent defenses from stacking the box to stop Lindsay, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave may have to relent and use Lindsay, along with running back Devontae Booker, more in the passing game.Keenum would be all for that."We all know what Phillip can do with the ball in his hands in space," Keenum said. "So, I think all of those backs 鈥?Royce (Freeman), too 鈥?they're doing a great job of continuing to build their craft and not just being guys that run the ball between the tackles." With each victory, the Houston Texans increasingly established themselves as a team to beat in the AFC.Their nine-game winning streak set a franchise record and also raised expectations by the week. So http://www.thetexansfootballauthentic.com/lamar-miller-jersey-authentic , perhaps their 24-21 loss to Indianapolis last Sunday could, in some way, alleviate some building tension down the stretch.Right, Deshaun Watson?"You only put pressure on yourself," Watson said. "For us, we don't really put pressure on ourselves. We don't really focus on that. Of course, we didn't want to lose. We always want to win and try to continue to stack those, but it just kind of goes that way sometimes. It's the National Football League."We just try to focus on the next opponent, the next game and try to get back in the win column."Watson and the Texans (9-4) will get their chance to do that Saturday when they take on Sam Darnold and the struggling New York Jets (4-9).Houston could clinch the AFC South title with a win and then a loss or tie by both Indianapolis and Tennessee on Sunday, or with a tie and losses by both the Colts and Titans. The Texans could also seal a playoff berth with a combination of other scenarios involving several other teams.
Either way, they know they can set themselves up nicely with a victory at MetLife Stadium."With three games left throughout the regular season, I think you home in and focus in," cornerback Johnathan Joseph said, "especially on one game at a time, 12 quarters of football, however it has to be."Meanwhile, the Jets are just focused on the finish line 鈥?and perhaps the end of coach Todd Bowles' tenure.New York snapped a six-game skid last Sunday with a 27-23 win at Buffalo, but it would appear Bowles will not be back next season after four years without a trip to the playoffs. General manager Mike Maccagnan is not a certainty to return, either, with some misses in the draft and free agency during his tenure."It's the same thing every week: We want to win every game, regardless of whether we're going to the playoffs or not," Bowles said. "We want to get every game and get better as a team. That's all we're trying to accomplish."Here are some things to know about the Texans-Jets matchup:WET WEATHERIt's expected to rain for much of the day, with showers at kickoff. That will be something different for the Texans, whose home stadium 鈥?NRG Stadium 鈥?features a retractable roof."You've just got to go out there and try to grip the ball as best you can," said Watson, playing at MetLife for the first time. "You focus on your footwork a little bit more Womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey , be cautious with that and understand that the receivers might 鈥?depending on the turf or the grass, wherever we're playing 鈥?(focus on) their footwork. ... You've got to just go play ball."SAM'S CLUBDarnold returned from a strained foot that sidelined him for three games and went 24 of 30 passing (80.0 percent) in the win against the Bills. It marked the fifth time in team history a player had a completion percentage of 80 or better and the first since Chad Pennington did it twice in 2007.He also showed off some cool nerves by leading his first fourth-quarter comeback."I think every experience for him, he's so into it," offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said. "He doesn't get real high, doesn't get real low, he just takes every moment as a learning moment, both good and bad. So, I think it's just another moment that he's going to take for the rest of his career, for the rest of his life and use it as a teaching experience."MISSING WEAPONSDarnold will be without two key playmakers on offense with top running back Isaiah Crowell (toe) and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle) both ruled out with injuries.Elijah McGuire and rookie Trenton Cannon will see increased opportunities in the backfield, while Rishard Matthews and Deontay Burnett could be called on to replace Enunwa.WATT'S UPHouston's J.J. Watt has bounced back this year to have another strong season after playing just eight games over the previous two years because of a back surgery and a broken leg.The defensive end leads the team with 12 1/2 sacks, 22 quarterback hits, 15 tackles for losses and a career-high five forced fumbles. His 88 1/2 career sacks are the second most through a player's first 101 games, trailing only the 106 that Reggie White had."The last two years were extremely difficult," he said. "But, to be here, to be playing meaningful football in December, playing in big games in winter time and me being out there on the field participating in those games, is awesome. This is just, it feels good to be back in that situation, to be back on the field, to be getting the sacks, to be playing good football, to be with the guys."TAKING CARE OF THE BALLThe Texans did not turn the ball over last week, marking the sixth time this season that they've had zero turnovers in a game.It's the second-best streak in a season in franchise history. A big reason: Watson has thrown just two interceptions in the last seven games after being picked off seven times in the first six games.AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken contributed.

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