Broncos happy to see healthy returns

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When the Denver Broncos take the field against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night, the team’s defense will feature several players who have come all the way back from injury to regain their spots in the team’s rotation.

Linebacker Von Miller, cornerback Chris Harris Jr., safety Rahim Moore and safety Quinton Carter, who were all on injured reserve last season by the time the Broncos had reached Super Bowl XLVIII, all continue to be on track to take their places back in the defense.

"There’s so much to be excited about," defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said following Thursday’s practice.

Carter spent two years coming back from knee troubles, while Harris, Miller and Moore all spent time on injured reserve in 2013. But as the Broncos move into the final days before their regular-season opener Sunday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, they continue to be healthy and ready.

Harris has declared, "I’m a 100 percent, ready to go."

Del Rio said Harris, who did not play in the preseason and is still less than seven months removed from ACL surgery, will be monitored, but Del Rio expects no issues.

"We’ll work through it," Del Rio said. "We have an idea of what we would like to have happen and we’ll adjust if we need to. He’s anxious and ready to go. He’s been terrific. The guy is the ultimate competitor."

Overall the Broncos continue to have a light showing on the injury report.

Guard Ben Garland (ankle) and linebacker Danny Trevathan, who suffered a fracture on the top of his tibia early in training camp, were again the only players held out of practice with injuries.

Guard Louis Vasquez (back) and wide receiver Isaiah Burse (heat related), who left Wednesday’s practice and did not return, practiced fully on Thursday.

Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson was excused for personal reasons.