Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders to make preseason start vs. 49ers in return from torn Achilles, source says

A source confirmed that Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders will start tonight’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sanders appeared to confirm his status Monday morning with a tweet saying, “tonight I take the field with my teammates again.”

Sanders, 32, will play in a game for the first time since Week 13 of last season at Cincinnati. In practice days later on Dec. 5, he sustained a torn Achilles.

Sanders missed the entire offseason program and was limited to individual drills during the first part of training camp. He ramped up his activity to 7-on-7 work and finally 11-on-11 drills in recent weeks, including the two practices against the 49ers on Friday and Saturday.

Last week, Sanders said he was making enough progress that he didn’t think he would have any snap-count limitations in the Sept. 9 opener at Oakland.

“Obviously, everybody is like, ‘He’s playing the preseason game coming off of an Achilles?’” Sanders said. “But at the same time, I want to get in the groove for the first regular-season game. If there is anything that I need to work on, I want to go at least try it out and see what I need to work on. So, when Monday night comes around, I will be ready to go.”