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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

It was not a particularly good day for either offense Friday in the joint practice between the Broncos and the 49ers as each team's defense certainly showed a familiarity with what was in front of it -- the 49ers and Broncos play similar schemes on offense with the roots in Mike Shanahan's playbook. Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello was also the 49ers quarterbacks coach last season as well. When asked after practice how he would frame how it went, Scangarello said: "I thought it was very choppy and it felt like they got after us up front a little it ... My message to the offense is we have to meet their intensity obviously. Part of it is they're playing a different style (of defense) than they've played in the past and they're doing a good job of it and it's different for us, so you're not game-planning necessarily for the practice. We have to adapt and adjust.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Shanahan just arrived for Friday's joint practice between Broncos and 49ers. Earlier in training camp, at Broncos coach Vic Fangio's invitation, Shanahan attended his first Broncos practice since his final season as head coach in 2008.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos safety Will Parks did not practice Thursday. Coach Vic Fangio said: "He's nursing a slight hamstring, so we're just trying to be cautious with that.'' Fangio said in addition to players like linebacker Todd Davis, fullback Andy Janovich and running back Theo Riddick, who have missed time in training camp, the players who may not practice against the San Francisco 49ers Friday and Saturday could include safety Su'a Cravens ("he's sick,'' Fangio said, "he probably won't ... be recovered enough (Friday).'' Fangio also said guard Ron Leary may be held out and "probably no'' on rookie linebacker Malik Reed.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio continues to be all-in on wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders being a full-go for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 in Oakland. After Monday's practice, Fangio said Sanders would indeed play at least some in the preseason and after Tuesday's practice said this about Sanders' recovery: "Can't say I'm surprised because I kind of predicted it, but I'm happy with where Emmanuel is at. You guys have seen him play more than I have so you can tell a difference in the last two days, but that's good. I thought it would happen, I didn't know if it would happen this quick, but that's a good thing.'' Sanders has steadily worked more in practice each day over the last week and Monday was dunking the football over the crossbar after he scored in a red-zone drill.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio on trying to adjust to calling a game from the sideline as a head coach as compared to the coaches' box, as he did as a coordinator: "Still getting used to it down there, I used to be able to, when I was upstairs, not have to rely on too many people for much of the information -- I had people in charge of it, but I pretty much got it myself, most of the time anyway -- but now you have to rely on people to get you the information, exact down and distance, exact personnel, so that process is a little cumbersome for me right now.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio said after Monday's practice wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will play at least some in the preseason. Sanders is returning from December surgery to repair a torn Achilles. Sanders has gotten increasingly more work in practice each day and is now getting regular work with the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills, including red zone. "If you guys remember I kind of predicted it in the spring -- but my medical background gives me those prediction powers -- I thought he would make it back quicker than most and he has. He looks fine.''

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Broncos RB Riddick (shoulder) out 6-8 weeks

Denver Broncos running back Theo Riddick will miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered in Thursday night's preseason loss to Seattle.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

As if there was any doubt undrafted rookie linebacker Malik Reed had gotten the Broncos' attention with his work in training camp as well as the two preseason games, there isn't any longer. Sunday, the Broncos waived outside linebacker Jeff Holland, who split time between the practice squad and active roster last season. The Broncos were getting thin at other positions due to injuries and had eight outside linebackers, but it was Holland who was waived. Reed had a sack in each of the Broncos' first two preseason games and has consistently shown well in pass-rush drills in practice. Reed had 22 sacks and 11 forced fumbles in his career at Nevada.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Jamal Carter was already one of the Broncos' most physical defensive backs, but now he will see if he can be one of their most physical linebackers. The Broncos have been thin at inside linebacker throughout the offseason and into training camp so Carter worked at the position in Sunday's practice. Coach Vic Fangio said: "Right now it's temporary, but if he looks good it will be permanent. It's two-fold, our numbers have gotten low in there and he's always wanted to play in there. The timing was good, he wants to be in there.'' Fangio added that Todd Davis should return to at least limited work in practice "fairly soon.'' Davis has been out since camp's first week with a calf injury. Carter made the Broncos' roster as a undrafted rookie in 2017 and missed last season with a torn hamstring he suffered in the preseason.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos continue to have a tough run of injuries at the skill positions. Running back Theo Riddick, who was signed Aug. 4, will miss six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered in Thursday night's preseason loss to Seattle. X-rays revealed a fracture in the shoulder joint. The Broncos may have to keep Riddick on the roster at the cut to 53 players, however, at least initially given the rules for a player on injured reserve who is designated to return state the players has to initially be on the roster to open the regular season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

With rookie tight end Austin Fort having suffered a torn ACL in Thursday night's preseason loss in Seattle, the Broncos currently have just three healthy players at the position — rookie Noah Fant, Troy Fumagalli and rookie Moral Stephens. Fumagalli has missed practice time in training camp with injuries and Stephens was signed after camp opened. Jeff Heuerman did not play Thursday night due to a shoulder injury and Jake Butt has not practiced since early on in training camp due to knee troubles. Fort faced tough odds as an undrafted rookie, but he had put himself in the conversation for a potential roster spot and almost certainly would have been a top candidate for the practice squad if the Broncos has decided to waive him when rosters go to 53 players. The injuries at the position overall could require the Broncos, who want to line up in two tight ends sets much of the time when the regular season begins, to tweak some things offensively and the team's running backs will be even more involved in the passing game.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

On the Broncos' penalties -- they were flagged 15 times and had 11 assessed in the game -- coach Vic Fangio was certainly to the point in his post-game comments and said: "When you commit that many penalties ... it's either because you have poor technique or you're not good enough.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Fullback Andy Janovich (right shoulder/chest) and tight end Austin Fort (knee) suffered the most serious injuries in the Broncos' preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night. In his postgame remarks coach Vic Fangio said both players would have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams when the team returns to Denver and "we'll keep our fingers crossed.'' Said Janovich's injury was more the pectoral muscle than the shoulder.

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Lynch gets his revenge as Seahawks top Broncos 22-14

Paxton Lynch threw for one score and ran for another against his former team as part of an impressive second-half performance, leading the Seattle Seahawks to a 22-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Something to keep in mind as the Broncos reserves play on defense throughout the preseason -- coach Vic Fangio was asked earlier this offseason if anything was non-negotiable when he looked at defensive players and his answer was: "Tackling.'' Missed tackles, especially from linebackers and defensive backs, will count heavily in any evaluations.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos go in at halftime leading 6-3 as Drew Lock was a little more settled at quarterback at 5-of-7 passing for 55 yards -- coach Vic Fangio said of Lock on Broncos' telecast "some good, some not so good" -- and linebacker Malik Reed, an undrafted rookie, continued to make his case as one of the backups at outside linebacker with his second sack of the preseason. Lock figures to play much of, if not all, of the second half.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos' starting offense stalls on opening drive once inside the Seahawks' 10-yard line. They finished it off with a field goal, but still keeping things on a low profile with seven running plays on the 12-play scoring drive, including the 50-yard run from Royce Freeman.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

If players are going to make a move on the Broncos' depth chart, especially in some of the key backup spots at wide receiver, inside linebacker and along the offensive line, the next 12 days could be the most important of the preseason. Between tonight in Seattle and the Aug. 19 game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Broncos will have two games and two joint practices against the 49ers. That is an essential stretch of days for players who will eventually be in those spots from 35 to 53 when the roster is trimmed to 53 for the regular season.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

While Broncos coach Vic Fangio keeps getting asked about finding more snaps for rookie quarterback Drew Lock, but Lock did play the most of all of the quarterbacks in the preseason opener -- 28 snaps against the Falcons in the Hall of Fame Game, while Brett Rypien had 23 and Kevin Hogan had 15. But Lock's total is scheduled to be much higher tonight against the Seahawks as he will play the most of the Broncos quarterbacks. Joe Flacco will have a cameo to open the game followed by a short stint for Hogan. Lock could push 45 snaps if the Broncos put some drives together.

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