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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos lead 9-3 at halftime as their starting defense looked the part Monday night as they surrendered 32 yards in their 15 snaps of work with an interception, a near interception, two batted passes at the line of scrimmage, a sack and a forced fumble.

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As expected wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, playing in his first game since he suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury last December, was introduced with the starting offense Monday night. He was the first player introduced.

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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

He may be an outlier when it comes to the value of preseason games, but Broncos coach Vic Fangio has said, repeatedly, all of the team's starters will all play at least some in the preseason if healthy. Monday night that will include wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who will play in his first game since last Dec. 2 -- a Broncos win in Cincinnati. Sanders suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury two days later and has been working to return since. His work in practice over the last week, including a dunk or two over the crossbar after scoring in red-zone drills, showed just how close he was to some game action. Joe Flacco will also start at quarterback against the 49ers with most of the regulars on both sides of the ball set to play about a quarter.

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After a skirmish between the Broncos' offense and 49ers' defense in Saturday's practice -- some punches were thrown -- Broncos rookie tight end Bug Howard and wide receiver Brendan Langley were thrown out of practice by the Broncos' coaches. Broncos coach Vic Fangio was on an adjacent field, watching the Broncos' defense, but said he had "instructed the coaches that if something happened extra-curricular that they deemed needed to be removed from the field, do it.''

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After Saturday's practice Broncos coach Vic Fagio said Joe Flacco will start at quarterback Monday night against the 49ers, in addition to many of the team's regulars on offense, but he said he had not decided what the rotation would be behind center after Flacco comes out of the game

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Also Saturday John Elway was asked about the progress in the Broncos' offensive line and said: "With (offensive line coach Mike) Munchak leading them ... it's been good.'' Elway added "I think we're better there, obviously we've got to continue to work, we're a little bit thin there.'' As a result of those depth issues, offensive line will be one of the positions where the Broncos take a long look at the waiver wire when rosters go from 90 players to 53 players at the end of the month.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Saturday's practice, Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway said he agrees with coach Vic Fangio in the hopes the Broncos could have joint practices with two teams during training camp next year and beyond. "I would because I think it's great. We get good work, get better concentration, better competition. Yeah, I would like to do it as many times as we can so -- we tried to find another team this year and we couldn't do it. So we'll work on that, but if we could do it two times next year, I'm all for it.''

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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