ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Two days after getting a rest day following weekend injury treatment, WR Demaryius Thomas took approximately "one-third" of the practice repetitions as the Broncos commenced their regular weekly work in advance of Sunday's game against Indianapolis.
"He looked okay with what we asked him to do," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "We're going to take it a step at a time this week. Today, we had him set for certain plays in practice, and tomorrow we'll pick it up, but he's on course to make it to Sunday and get ready to go, so we've just got to do the right thing."
Photos from the Broncos' first day of practice in preparation for the Colts in Week 2. (photos by Eric Bakke unless noted)
Thomas suffered a hip injury early in last week's 21-20 win over Carolina, but played through it, finishing with 48 yards on four receptions over 44 snaps.
"I know he's sore. He's been sore. But Greek [Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos] has done a good job with him," Kubiak said. "We've had a few days extra from that standpoint, so now it's just a matter of working through it and getting ready for Sunday, so today is a step in the right direction."
Thomas' presence on the field and the return of WR Bennie Fowler from a fractured elbow ensured 100 percent attendance at practice for the first time this season. Fowler was officially listed as not practicing, but was on the field with a helmet when practice began.
"He just did some stuff early in practice, but once we got going with our team team portion, he didn't do it," Kubiak said.
Fowler and OL Ty Sambrailo both had braces on their right elbows. Sambrailo practiced once again after being limited last week; Head Coach Gary Kubiak said that Sambrailo's full work during Monday's practice was his first since he injured his elbow on July 31.
Newly acquired practice-squad ILB Reshard Cliett was also on the field Wednesday; he wore jersey No. 45.