Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (left shoulder), running back Knowshon Moreno (right ankle) and tight end Julius Thomas (right knee) were all full participants at Friday’s practice and all three are expected to play against the Titans. Demaryius Thomas had been limited early in the week while Julius Thomas has been held out of the Broncos’ last two games.
Defenses have given more help on Wes Welker in the middle of the field with Julius Thomas out of the lineup, so Thomas’ return to the tight end spot should open some things up. Demaryius Thomas, who had difficulty raising him arm after injuring his shoulder on the Broncos’ first offensive snap of the game Sunday, took his usual allotment of snaps with the offense in Friday’s workout and was able to reach high for the ball in drills.
The only player the Broncos have ruled out for the game is defensive end Derek Wolfe (illness), who continues to undergo evaluations to find the cause of what the Broncos called “seizure-like symptoms’’ a week ago. Kick returner Trindon Holliday (shoulder) and cornerback Champ Bailey (left foot) remain question marks.
Holliday did not take part in Wednesday’s or Thursday’s practices, but was a limited participant Friday. Bailey was a full participant in Friday's practice, but after initially listing him as probable the Broncos moved him to questionable later Friday afternoon. Broncos head coach John Fox wouldn’t say if Bailey would start or not, but defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has said he expects Bailey to be “one week better’’ against the Titans.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan (shoulder) and defensive end Malik Jackson (knee) took part fully in Friday’s practice and both are expected to play Sunday as well. Bailey, in his third game this season, played 30 snaps against the Chiefs last Sunday before leaving the game.
With the temperature at minus-1 when Friday's practice began, the Broncos had the workout outdoors for the second consecutive day during the current cold snap. Temperatures are expected to be about 13 degrees at kickoff Sunday afternoon with a 30 percent change of snow which is why, Fox said, the Broncos took to the outdoors for practice this week.
“I don’t know if it’s something you get used to, I told the team it’s not like you grow special skin or anything,’’ Fox said. “It’s just a matter of mentally, just dealing with it … it’s more a mindset, mentally dealing with it, better than your opponent.’’