Jeff Legwold, ESPN Senior Writer 293d

Broncos hopeful Bradley Roby will be ready to play against the Raiders

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby was limited in Thursday’s practice as he works through an ankle injury that has impacted his practice time in each of the last two weeks.

So far Roby has followed the schedule he had last week in the days leading up to the Broncos’ game against the Buffalo Bills. He was held out of Wednesday’s practice and then worked on a limited basis Thursday before the Week 3 game. Roby then tallied 30 plays in the 26-16 loss.

Roby left the stadium after that game with a walking boot on his left foot/ankle. He was again held out of Wednesday's practice before taking part Thursday.

The Broncos cornerback is expected to take part in the team's walk-through on Friday and, barring a setback, should play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Roby plays as the third cornerback in Denver's defense when they go to their six defensive back look. He is considered a starter by defensive coordinator Joe Woods. He also contributes in some of the personnel groupings in the base defense -- especially when the Broncos face offenses that like to both pass and run on early downs out of heavier personnel groupings (two tight end or two-back looks).

Wide receiver Cody Latimer, who played 11 plays on offense and 18 on special teams against the Bills, was held out of Thursday’s practice with a knee injury. Latimer had practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but was dialed back by the team’s training staff.

“He’s got a sore knee, he’s day to day,’’ Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.

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