MANY PLAYERS SIT OUT OF PRACTICE
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