INSIDE LINEBACK­ERS DAVIS, MAR­SHALL MISS PRAC­TICE

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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.

Foot­notes.

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.”

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