Denver also sitting WR Sanders vs. Bears
Not only is Peyton Manning out against the Chicago Bears but so is one of his top targets, Emmanuel Sanders.
Denver’s speedy receiver was limited in practice this week with a sprained left shoulder, especially because the Broncos had to move practice indoors for two days when a blizzard soaked their outdoor fields. He had to shut it down early Friday when the Broncos finally got to practice in the cold and wind.
Manning stayed behind in Denver to continue getting treatment on a trio of injuries – foot, ribs, shoulder – that prompted coach Gary Kubiak to turn to longtime backup Brock Osweiler, who’s making his first NFL start on his 25th birthday.
Also staying behind in Denver to rehab with Manning is outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (back), whose absence has been sorely felt on Denver’s No. 1-ranked defense, which hasn’t had a takeaway in three games.
In Philadelphia, Mark Sanchez is making his first start of 2015 because Sam Bradford has a concussion and injured left shoulder.
Here are the inactives:
DENVER at CHICAGO
Broncos: QB Peyton Manning, WR Emmanuel Sanders, CB Lorenzo Doss, TE Richard Gordon, OLB DeMarcus Ware, DE Vance Walker, C Sam Brenner.
Bears: RB Matt Forte, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, S Antrel Rolle, CB Jacoby Glenn, OL Nick Becton, DL Ziggy Hood.
WASHINGTON at CAROLINA
Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III, S Trenton Robinson, DE Frank Kearse, WR Rashad Ross, TE Anthony McCoy, LB Keenan Robinson, OG Arie Kouandjio.
Panthers: WR Philly Brown, CB Charles Tillman, RB Brandon Wegher, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, G Andrew Norwell, WR Kevin Norwood, DE Wes Horton.
INDIANAPOLIS at ATLANTA
Colts: QB Andrew Luck, S Mike Adams, WR Phillip Dorsett, LB Sio Moore, OT Denzelle Good, OG Todd Herremans, LB Bjoern Werner.
Falcons: WR Nick Williams, CB Philip Adams, S Robenson Therezie, LB Joplo Bartu, C James Stone, OT Bryce Harris, DE Malliciah Goodman.
NEW YORK JETS at HOUSTON
Jets: QB Bryce Petty, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, CB Dee Milliner, S Dion Bailey, LT Ben Ijalana and DE Sheldon Richardson.
Texans: QB Brian Hoyer, RB Chris Polk, CB Kareem Jackson, FS Rahim Moore, S Akeem Dent, G Oday Aboushi, TE Garrett Graham.
DALLAS at MIAMI
Cowboys: WR Brice Butler, CB Morris Claiborne, RB Trey Williams, LB Mark Nzeocha, G Ron Leary, TE Geoff Swaim, DE Ryan Russell.
Dolphins: CB Tony Lippett, LB Spencer Paysinger, LB Jelani Jenkins, T Ulrick John, T Ja’Wuan James, WR Matt Hazel, TE Jake Stoneburner.
ST. LOUIS at BALTIMORE
Rams: QB Sean Mannion, RB Tre Mason, S Christian Bryant, T Isaiah Battle, T Rob Havenstein, TE Justice Cunningham, DE Robert Quinn.
Ravens: WR Joe Morgan, RB Terrance West, CB Cassius Vaughn, TE Nick Boyle, TE Chase Ford, G Kelechi Osemele, DE Kapron-Lewis-Moore.
TAMPA BAY at PHILADELPHIA
Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, WR Donteea Dye, S Kimario McFadden G Ali Marpet, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DE Josh Shirley, DE George Johnson.
Eagles: QB Sam Bradford, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Denzel Rice, LB Emmanuel Acho, OL Josh Andrews, OL Tanner Hawkinson, DE Brandon Bair.
OAKLAND at DETROIT
Raiders: LB Neiron Ball, RB Roy Helu, TE Gabe Holmes, OL Matt McCants, CB Dexter McDonald, TE Lee Smith, WR Rod Streater.
Lions: DT Jermelle Cudjo, S Isaiah Johnson, WR TJ Jones, T Corey Robinson, T LaAdrian Waddle, DT Gabe Wright, TE Tim Wright.
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