ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos will have to adjust the rotation in the defensive front in Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round game against the Indianapolis Colts in Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Defensive end Quanterus Smith did not practice Friday because of a left knee issue, and the Broncos ruled him out for Sunday’s game.
Smith tore the ACL in the knee during his senior season at Western Kentucky University. He had practiced fully on Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and then held out of Friday’s practice to close out the week. He has served as DeMarcus Ware's backup at right defensive end for much of the season. Smith played 28.5 percent of the defense's snaps in the regular season.
“Our medical staff is looking at it, they think it’s best that he’s out for the game,’’ Broncos coach John Fox said following Friday’s practice.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall, who has not played since a foot injury he suffered Dec. 14 against the San Diego Chargers, was limited in Friday’s practice and officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Marshall, however, practiced all week and is expected to play.
All of the other players listed on the Broncos’ injury report took part fully Friday and are expected to play, a list that includes quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas.
Julius Thomas, who suffered a left ankle injury Nov. 16 against the Rams, has just three catches since the injury and no touchdowns.