Broncos' Julius Thomas will play against Bills

DENVER -- Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas tested his injured left ankle with some drills, ran a few routes for backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, and in the end felt good enough to play in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Under the watchful eyes of tight ends coach Clancy Barone, Thomas spent more than 30 minutes stretching, jogging and running some short routes for Osweiler. He eventually went to the locker room with offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Barone after saying he felt ready to play.

Thomas, who suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Broncos’ loss in St. Louis, had missed the past two games. Despite missing those games, Thomas entered the weekend’s games with the league lead in touchdown catches with 12.

Cornerback Aqib Talib (left hamstring) is also back in the lineup after missing one game.

After re-signing kicker Brandon McManus on Saturday, to handle kickoffs, the Broncos had some decisions to make for the game-day roster. Five injured players -- running backs Montee Ball (right groin) and Ronnie Hillman (left foot), wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion), safety Quinton Carter (knee) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (right shoulder) -- were among the gameday inactives.

The others were tackle Chris Clark and tackle Michael Schofield.