Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders sending 10,000 diapers to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Emmanuel Sanders owns two houses in Houston. He grew up and played high school football in Bellville, Texas, just 60 miles away.

So the images of the destructive flooding in that area of Texas have hit close to home for Sanders in more ways than one.

“Seeing all my family and all my friends go through that, obviously, it hurts me that I can’t do anything about it, as far as physically,” Sanders said. “One thing I can do is gather all my teammates and see how much money we can get together and try to donate something to a cause out there.”

Sanders said he has solicited at least $40,000 so far from teammates to help with relief efforts, a number he expects to climb.

The man who runs Sanders’ foundation in the Houston area told the wide receiver that families are in need of diapers, so Sanders has pledged to personally send 10,000 of them to the affected area.

“As far as food and drinks, we’re also trying to contribute that way,” he said. “We’re doing our part as the Broncos and being in the NFL on this platform. We’re trying to give back. I know it’s extremely close to my heart because I’m from that city. I’m forever grateful for my teammates for chipping in.”

Sanders said one of the homes he owns has experienced leaking from the roof, but he said it’s of little concern.

“That’s nothing compared to what everyone else is experiencing,” he said.

Sambrailo to play center. Broncos offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo will play some center in Thursday’s preseason game against the Cardinals, coach Vance Joseph said.

Sambrailo, the Broncos’ second-round pick in 2015, has been a reserve at both offensive tackle spots during training camp.

“Our backup four or five linemen, we want those guys to have flexibility in all positions,” Joseph said. “Him playing center, obviously, helps him.”