INSIDE LINEBACKERS DAVIS, MARSHALL MISS PRACTICE
There’s a chance the Broncos could be without both starting inside linebackers Sunday. Brandon Marshall, who missed last weekend’s game in Tennessee with a hamstring injury, did not attend Wednesday’s practice and remains day-to-day with his injury, coach Gary Kubiak said. Todd Davis (rib cage) participated in some of the team’s walkthrough, Kubiak said, but he did not practice fully and was formally listed as a nonparticipant.
Corey Nelson started in place of Marshall last Sunday. If Davis is unable to go, Zaire Anderson will start in his place.
“Coach told me I’m preparing like I’m starting,” Anderson said. “So I’m just going to prepare like I’m in there and if Todd comes back or if he plays, it is what it is.”
Long snapper Casey Kreiter (calf ), left tackle Russell Okung and center Matt Paradis (hips) also did not practice.
Brady talks Miller.
Tom Brady holds a 2-7 record when playing in Denver, including the playoffs. Talking to New England media Wednesday, he said, “we just need to play better than the way we’ve been playing out there.”
Brady also lauded Von Miller’s improvement in coverage.
“He’s a phenomenal player,” Brady said. “I never played against Lawrence Taylor, but I watched a lot of Lawrence Taylor and they’ve got the same number, or two digits from one another. But they look like they can go kill the quarterback, so he’s done a great job of that.”
Belichick talks Talib.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, whom he coached for two seasons in New England, is “as good as we’ve play against.”
“They’ve got depth at corner, depth at safety, but the top guys — (Chris) Harris, Talib — are really good,” Belichick continued. “Talib’s as good as we’ve played against. He can tackle, he can run. Again, great ball skills, good anticipation. He’s really quick for a bigger guy. He’s a good player.”
Practice squad move.
The Broncos released running back Terrell Watson from the practice squad and signed running back Zac Brooks in his place. Brooks was selected by the Seahawks in the seventh round (No. 247) of the 2016 draft out of Clemson. He spent two separate stints on the Seahawks’ practice squad, as well as a couple weeks on the Chiefs’ practice squad. In two preseason games with Seattle, he totaled six carries for 17 yards, plus one catch for 4 yards.
In a piece for The Players Tribune, Miller listed the five toughest players (and coaches) he has faced in his NFL career. Three are Patriots: Belichick, Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. … Belichick weighed in on tight end A.J. Derby, whom the Patriots traded to Denver earlier this season: “A smart kid — really smart,” Belichick said. “Good hands, works hard. No issues.”