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T.J. Ward back with Broncos, says 'I'm ready to go'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward formally rejoined the team Monday and will be back in his customary spot at strong safety in Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.

Ward was suspended for the Broncos’ 19-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener because of a one-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Ward was allowed to return to work Monday as the Broncos began a compressed week because of Thursday night’s game.

By league rules, the Broncos will have to make a roster move by Tuesday. Sunday, the Broncos had two defensive backs on the roster who did not play in the season opener and were game-day inactives -- cornerbacks Curtis Marsh and rookie Lorenzo Doss.

“Is it what it is, it’s done now,’’ Ward said. “I’m ready to go.’’

Ward said he trained with Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe in the Denver area. Wolfe is suspended for the first four games of the season because of a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Being without Wolfe, who like Ward is a starter in the team’s defense, meant the Broncos were short-handed against the Ravens.

Ward’s return helps balance, at least some, the fact the Broncos had two safeties injured in Sunday’s win. Both Omar Bolden (foot) and David Bruton Jr. (hip) received treatment Monday. Bruton, who started in place of Ward against the Ravens, said following the game he expected to be available against the Chiefs and Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Bruton was expected to practice Monday night, while Bolden would not.

“T.J.’s a leader, I’m very proud of David and how he played, but glad to get T.J. back,’’ Kubiak said.

As far as how he spent an odd Sunday watching his own team on television, Ward said he “got to watch a lot of games this weekend, I got to see a little of [Chiefs].’’

The Broncos defense, without Ward or Wolfe in the lineup, surrendered just 173 yards to the Ravens and did not allowed an offensive touchdown -- the 173 yards were a league low for Week 1. The team’s defense also scored the Broncos’ only touchdown on a 51-yard interception return by cornerback Aqib Talib.

“The positive is I’m back and I get to play,’’ Ward said. “ … They played very well; they played how I expected them to play.’’