Ty Sambrailo listed as doubtful for Packers game; upgrade possible

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak had expressed optimism this week that left tackle Ty Sambrailo, who has missed the past three games with a shoulder injury, would be available for at least partial duty against the Green Bay Packers Sunday night.

But after Friday’s practice, Kubiak tempered that optimism somewhat as the Broncos listed Sambrailo on Friday’s injury report as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Sambrailo did participate in all four practices this week, and it is the first time since the days leading up to the Sept. 27 game against Detroit that the Broncos had all of their starters on the offensive line take part in a full week of practice.

"Here’s the deal, he had a full week of practice, he did practice (Friday), he took his reps," Kubiak said following Friday’s practice. "We need to go back and really evaluate as coaches and take a look and see, take a look at the week’s work and see if we think he’s ready to go or does he need another week."

Kubiak said there is a chance Sambrailo’s status could be upgraded Saturday after the team’s medical staff sees how he came through Friday’s practice, and the coaches have taken a second look at the week’s practice video.

"He’s had a good week, but I think we’ve got to be smart in our evaluation, so that’s what we’re going to do," Kubiak said. "How does he feel coming out of practice (Friday)? There’s a lot of things involved with it, it’s big decision in how quick we bring him back. It’s all about the long haul, has a lot to do with how he’s coming out of practice more than anything."

Ryan Harris would start for Sambrailo at left tackle if the decision is made to hold him out for another week, with Tyler Polumbus expected to get some snaps as well against the Packers.

Also Friday, wide receiver Jordan Norwood left practice with a hamstring injury. Norwood was officially listed as questionable on the injury report and will be evaluated Saturday to see what his status is for Sunday night’s game.

Norwood has played just over 55 percent of the offensive snaps this season, usually as a slot receiver in the team’s three-wide look. If he does not play, Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer would get more playing time against the Packers.