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Emmanuel Sanders set to practice next week, on track for opener

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders continues to make progress in his return from a hamstring injury and coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday the Broncos will proceed as if Sanders will return to a full workload in practice next week.

As a result, Sanders remains on track to play Sept. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens in the regular-season opener. Sanders, who originally suffered the injury Aug. 6 in practice, has not practiced fully with the team since he felt some soreness in his hamstring after a workout Aug. 14, just before the team’s preseason opener in Seattle.

Sanders did go through a workout Wednesday with Broncos trainers and Kubiak said following Thursday’s practice that he hopes Sanders would run a selection of routes with quarterback Peyton Manning at some point Friday.

Sanders is not expected to play in Saturday night’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, nor in next Thursday’s preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

“He ran [Wednesday]," Kubiak said. “ … Everything was positive, good. I’m hoping [Friday] he gets some throwing in with Peyton. … I think everything is on schedule for him to be a full-time participant next week."

The Broncos also held cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Tony Carter out of Thursday’s joint practice with the 49ers because of sore hamstrings. Both players had experienced some soreness during Wednesday’s practice.

“Just sore hamstrings coming out of practice [Wednesday]," Kubiak said. “I really want them to play this week so I told [head trainer Steve Antonopulos] just to give them a day," Kubiak said. “We’ll get them back out there [Friday]."