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The Bron­cos again were with­out many key play­ers at prac­tice Thurs­day.

Safety T.J. Ward at­tended but only ob­served prac­tice, be­cause he is mak­ing his way through the con­cus­sion pro­to­col. Tight ends A.J. Derby and Vir­gil Green, both also in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col, didn’t at­tend the work­out. Nor did de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe (neck) or in­side line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall (ham­string). Cen­ter Matt Par­adis (cen­ter) at­tended prac­tice but didn’t par­tic­i­pate, keeping to his min­i­mal prac­tice schedule be­cause of hip sore­ness.

De­fen­sive end Jared Crick (rib) and out­side line­backer DeMar­cus Ware (neck) were lim­ited.

Mar­shall told The Den­ver Post he has a Grade 2 ham­string strain and has run at only 50 per­cent this week. All signs point to­ward him miss­ing his third con­sec­u­tive game.

Wolfe has dealt with stingers from the neck in­jury he suf­fered in the sea­son opener against Carolina. The in­jury was ag­gra­vated last week­end against New Eng­land. He has yet to re­turn to the prac­tice field.

Coach Gary Ku­biak hedged when asked about his tight ends, but the Bron­cos may pro­mote a player from their prac­tice squad or sign an­other player be­fore Sun­day night’s game at Kansas City if it ap­pears Green and Derby won’t be avail­able.

“It all de­pends,” Ku­biak said. “We’re go­ing to give it un­til the end of the week, see how these guys do and see if they are able to get back on the field. We’re ob­vi­ously prac­tic­ing with some young guys this week. Jeff (Heuer­man) is do­ing a good job.”

Bron­cos de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe did not prac­tice Thurs­day be­cause he is deal­ing with a neck in­jury. Steve Nehf, The Den­ver Post

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