2017 HOME, ROAD OP­PO­NENTS SET

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The dates aren’t sched­uled yet, but the Bron­cos home and road op­po­nents are set for 2017.

Next sea­son, the Bron­cos will host the Chiefs, Raiders, Charg­ers, Pa­tri­ots, Jets, Cow­boys, Ben­gals and Giants.

And they’ll hit the road to take on the Chiefs, Raiders, Charg­ers, Bills, Dol­phins, Ea­gles, Red­skins and ei­ther the Ti­tans or Colts, which­ever of those fin­ishes third in AFC South.

In­jury up­dates.

Safety T.J. Ward, who re­mains in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col, at­tended the team’s walk­through but did not par­tic­i­pate. Tight end A.J. Derby (con­cus­sion) and de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe, who suf­fered an­other neck in­jury in the Bron­cos’ loss at Kan­sas City on Sun­day, did not at­tend.

Tight end Vir­gil Green and in­side line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall (ham­string) both par­tic­i­pated on a lim­ited ba­sis.

Asked whether Mar­shall had a good chance of play­ing Sun­day, coach Gary Ku­biak said: “I don’t know. We’re re­ally light in what we’re do­ing this week. It’s just good to have him back on the field. I wanted to end the year with get­ting him back on the field. Whether he plays or not, we’ll see.”

San­ders’ take.

Bron­cos re­ceiver Em­manuel San­ders topped 1,000 yards re­ceiv­ing for the third con­sec­u­tive year, but his as­sess­ment of what went wrong this sea­son is bru­tally hon­est with­out pin­point­ing one unit or player.

“I’m go­ing to tell you, first and fore­most, the only thing that hap­pened this sea­son is that we blew it as a team,” he said. “Of­fen­sively, de­fen­sively, as a spe­cial teams unit, we didn’t han­dle busi­ness. We didn’t make the play­offs. That’s ex­actly what it is, and we have to come back next year stronger and have way more ca­ma­raderie as a team and keep ad­vanc­ing and try to win it all again.”

Although fo­cus has shifted to 2017, San­ders said he’s ea­ger for a respite from the game.

“Right now, I just want to take a break from foot­ball,” he said. “At this point, you just have to take your mind away from foot­ball for three or four months and just re­cover and re­ju­ve­nate. That’s what I’m go­ing to do.”

El­way talks QBs.

In his weekly in­ter­view on the team’s web­site, Bron­cos gen­eral man­ager John El­way echoed what Gary Ku­biak said ear­lier in that Trevor Siemian de­served to start Sun­day in the sea­son fi­nale against Oak­land.

“He’s been our starter the whole year, and he de­serves the start, and I think it gives us the op­por­tu­nity to get Pax­ton in there and give him some play­ing time be­cause he’s a young guy that needs that valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence,” El­way said. “With the way the sit­u­a­tion is, this is a good time for us to get him in. We’ll see them both, and hope­fully with that com­bi­na­tion, we can get a win and do some good things of­fen­sively.”

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