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Broncos Injury Update: DeMarcus Ware full speed; Omar Bolden working his way back

Posted Dec 31, 2015

The Broncos' final practice of the 2015 calendar year took place without just two players: Brandon Marshall and Owen Daniels.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's gone a bit under the radar, but the Broncos have clearly missed Omar Bolden -- especially on kickoff and punt returns.

“Missed quite a bit," said Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis. "Going in, I thought he was our best special-teams player."

And that was before he added punt returning to his duties in the Week 9 win at Indianapolis, when he took that job and seized it with an 83-yard runback at the end of the first half to kickstart a 17-point comeback.

Omar Bolden

His explosion on returns has been missed, as the Broncos have averaged 18.5 yards per kickoff return and 6.8 yards per punt return since he aggravated an earlier hamstring injury against the Chargers on Dec. 6.

Bolden practiced on a limited basis for a second consecutive day Thursday and could return for Sunday's game.

"Hopefully we can get him back this week," DeCamillis said. "He's practiced the last two days. We'll evaluate it as the week goes on [and] see how he goes."

WARE BACK TO FULL SPEED: "The reins are off" for OLB DeMarcus Ware, Head Coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday after another full day of practice that followed three games of increasing repetitions.

Ware said he feels healthy and back to full speed after being eased back following a recurrence of the back injury he first suffered Oct. 11 at Oakland.

“Yeah, I do feel that way, especially in practice -- just little small things of just bending around the corner, getting out the ball or having that pop, just jumping off the ball," Ware said. "It feels good and also against the run, holding guys off, checking them off and making plays. I feel really good."

MARSHALL STILL SIDELINED: ILB Brandon Marshall sat out a second consecutive day because of an ankle injury, but Kubiak said he "wouldn't bet against" Marshall practicing Friday.

"That's the type of guy he is," Kubiak said. "I know he's pushing to get there. Obviously we haven't been able to do it here the first two days, but we'll see. Keep our fingers crossed and see what happens."

Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips said that Todd Davis would fill in for Marshall if he can't play. Davis started when Danny Trevathan was injured, working at Marshall's slot while he moved to Trevathan's middle position.

"[Marshall] is the guy that calls the plays, but now you've got other guys in there really taking up his role," Ware said. "The thing is, it's another change on the team. You know that Brandon Marshall is gone, but the next guy has to fill his shoes and play well just like he's been doing. We've got to keep rolling.”

OTHER INJURY NOTES:

... QB Peyton Manning was listed as having full participation in Thursday's practice. That marks his first full work in a practice since Nov. 6 -- two days before he exacerbated his foot injury in the Week 9 loss at Indianapolis.

"His issue with his foot is not going away until ultimate rest or doing something with it," Kubiak said. "I think you gain more confidence. That's the fact. He's in there, we're inside, we're on turf, he's moving around. Got a lot of reps today on both sides -- with the offense that we're doing and gets the scout team. A lot of work for him and I would think that the confidence comes more and more each day."

... TE Owen Daniels joined Marshall on the sideline Thursday. Daniels has injuries to both knees, as well as to his shoulder, and was limited in Wednesday's work. Kubiak said he would have practiced Thursday if the session had taken place outdoors.


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