Wesley Woodyard returns to practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Broncos middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who was held out of Monday’s and Wednesday’s practices, returned to the field Thursday as the Broncos practiced in a rare downpour at their Dove Valley complex.

Woodyard (right ankle) was limited in the workout, but has said he expects to play Sunday against the Giants. Cornerback Champ Bailey continues to work to get back on the field, but he was held out again Thursday and still has not practiced since suffering a left foot injury in the Aug. 17 preseason loss in Seattle. Tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) was also held out of the workout.

Wide receiver Eric Decker (right shoulder) was a full participant in practice after being limited Wednesday and is expected to take his usual number of snaps in Sunday’s game. Wide receiver Wes Welker (left ankle), cornerback Omar Bolden (left shoulder), wide receiver/kick returner Trindon Holliday (left lower leg) and rookie running back C.J. Anderson (knee) were all limited. Welker and Holliday are expected to play Sunday, as is Bolden.

Guard Chris Kuper (ankle) was also limited. Tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder), defensive end Robert Ayers (Achilles/ankle) and safety Duke Ihenacho (thigh) have been on the injury report all week, but all three have participated fully.