ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, who did not play in this past Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs because of a left hamstring injury, was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and is on track to be back in the team’s starting lineup this week against the Buffalo Bills.
Talib had taken part on a limited basis last week, but the Broncos elected to hold him out against the Chiefs.
Tight end Julius Thomas, who said Monday he’s closing in on his return to the lineup and "feeling better every day" after missing the last two games with a left ankle injury, took part in the practice on a limited basis. Thomas, who still leads the NFL with 12 touchdown receptions, hasn’t played since suffering a sprained ankle in the first quarter of the Broncos’ Nov. 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Thomas looked to be moving better in drills than he did in practices last week.
The Broncos had to adjust some things to get their usual work done in the passing game in Wednesday’s practice. Thomas was limited, tight end Jacob Tamme did not practice because of a rib injury and Wes Welker, who is not injured, was given a day off by the coaches.
Welker did some position drills with the team, but the Broncos dialed back his work for the remainder of the practice. It's something head coach John Fox has done in the past with some veteran players when the team gets into December. Running back C.J. Anderson, who has rushed for 167 and 168 yards in the Broncos' last two wins, was formally listed on the injury report Wednesday (ankle), but practiced fully and is expected to start against the Bills.
Safety Quinton Carter (knee) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (right shoulder) were held out of Wednesday’s practice. Running backs Montee Ball (right groin) and Ronnie Hillman (left foot) took part in stretching, but then worked off to the side with the team’s strength and conditioning coaches.
Linebacker Lerentee McCray was also held out of practice because of illness.