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Posted Sep 22, 2011

Several players have returned from injuries this week as the Broncos prepare for Tennessee.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos are getting stronger.
 
After beating Cincinnati with a roster than didn't include four Week 1 starters while losing two more significant players during the game, the Broncos are getting their strength back.
 
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, running back Knowshon Moreno, defensive end Elvis Dumervil and linebacker D.J. Williams -- all of whom are listed with the first team on the depth chart -- have been back on the field practicing this week after missing at least one of Denver's two regular season games.
 
While their gameday status is still unknown -- Lloyd participated in full at Thursday's practice while the other three players were limited -- Head Coach John Fox is happy to see the practice field filling up.
 
"We're still short a few, but it's good to have those guys back out there," Fox said Wednesday. "It's nice to be able to get through a practice. The combination with the practice squad and just your 53-man roster, we've kind of struggled in the first couple weeks just getting enough guys to practice."
 
Lloyd said having to sit out and being limited on the field is tough. But he and Moreno both said they feel ready and are encouraged now that they've been practicing a few days in a row.  
 
"It's frustrating, but at the same time, it's better to be cautious on the front end of an injury than to rush it back and re-injure it worse," Lloyd said. "It's exciting just to get out to practice. but like I said, I'm just going to err on the side of being cautious, so that come Sunday, I can let loose."
 
Williams is another player who's back at practice; however, he's been out the longest out of the four players mentioned above. Williams suffered an elbow injury in the third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks and has been out of practice until this week.
 
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen is eager to see the Broncos' leading tackler in each of past two seasons back on the field.
 
"D.J. is an outstanding football player," Allen said. "He's led this team in tackles for I don't know how many years. He's kind of one of our leaders on the team, so having a guy like that back will be really beneficial for us."
 
However, like Lloyd, Allen is cautious with Williams. The eighth-year player has been limited in both practices this week and still needs to get back into football shape after being out for an extended period of time.
 
"Conditioning will be a factor with him just like anybody else that comes back after being out for a while," Allen said. "We will have to monitor that and see how he does conditioning wise."
 
But the defensive signal-caller likes what he sees so far from Williams.
 
"I think he's done well," Allen said. "He's come back out this week and been practicing on a limited basis. I think he's moved around well, and I'm anxious to see him get out there and play."

INJURY REPORT

Brandon Lloyd (groin) practiced in full Thursday while Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), D.J. Williams (elbow) and Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) were limited. Champ Bailey (hamstring), Eddie Royal (groin), Demaryius Thomas (finger), Julius Thomas (ankle), and Marcus Thomas (groin) did not participate.

For Tennessee, Kenny Britt (thigh), Chris Johnson (ribs), and Damian Williams (hamstring) participated in full Thursday. Chris Hope (shoulder) was limited.