ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's gone a bit under the radar, but the Broncos have clearly missed
“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.
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 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."
"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
"[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.”
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"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."
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