Sanders suffers 'slight' thigh injury

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- After a day off Sunday, the Denver Broncos returned to the field Monday for a practice in full pads.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suffered a right thigh strain and was pulled out of the practice -- Broncos head coach John Fox called it a "slight'' strain -- while defensive tackle Sione Fua and cornerback Tony Carter were pulled out of practice with a hip and groin injury, respectively.

Sanders’ injury wasn’t initially considered serious. Running back Montee Ball is also scheduled to have an appendectomy Monday afternoon and expected to miss the remainder of the preseason.

Ball, Fox said, will be ready for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Colts.

Tight end Julius Thomas (thigh), cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (knee), defensive end DeMarcus Ware (lower right leg) and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (hip) all returned to practice after being held out of Saturday’s scrimmage.

Safety Duke Ihenacho, who left the scrimmage with knee tendonitis, also was back on the field.

Defensive end Chase Vaughn (right knee), defensive end Greg Latta (right hip) and cornerback Louis Young (groin), who have been held out of practice of late, also did not participate.