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Broncos injury update: C.J. Anderson, Demaryius Thomas are "fine"

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **The Broncos will have to make the most of their scarce recovery time in the wake of a ferocious 19-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

"We're beat up. That was a physical game," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "It's hard for guys to recover in this league. You don't practice for a couple days after you play and now we're playing very quickly. It's also something as a pro you've kind of got to get used to."

But the status of a handful of Broncos will bear monitoring in the coming days, including four players who did not practice Monday: RB C.J. Anderson (ankle/toe), DE Kenny Anunike (knee scope), and safeties Omar Bolden (foot) and Darian Stewart (groin).

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DE MALIK JACKSON:** He left Sunday's game with a possible concussion, but was on the field for Monday night's "jog-through" practice at the UCHealth Training Center and practiced on a limited basis.

"He's doing great," Kubiak said. "He's still in an evaluation process today, but he's doing good. He's doing really good."

With Jackson sidelined, the Broncos had just four healthy defensive linemen: Vance Walker, Antonio Smith, Sylvester Williams and Darius Kilgo.

RB C.J. ANDERSON: Anderson suffered ankle and toe injuries when "he got rolled up on a little bit and came out of the game," Kubiak said. Anderson was os on the field for Monday's practice, but did not take part.

Anderson re-entered Sunday's game after briefly leaving in the fourth quarter, but Ronnie Hillman handled the bulk of the work on the 17-play, 81-yard rive.

"I think that it (Anderson being out) had a lot to do with Ronnie going in and Ronnie playing the way that he played," Kubiak said. "He's taken advantage of his opportunities throughout the course of the preseason and he did it again yesterday, but I think that C.J. is fine."

WR Demaryius Thomas is also feeling "fine," Kubiak said. He played through a sore hand on Sunday and had full participation in Monday's practice.

S DARIAN STEWART: One day after posting the game-saving interception in the final minute, Stewart was held out of practice with a groin injury.

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S DAVID BRUTON JR.: **Bruton had a full practice workload Monday, one day after being helped off the field because of a hip injury.

Bruton suffered the injury when he fell to the ground as Stewart intercepted the pass. He said he felt "night and day" better than he did Sunday night.

"I thought it was incomplete, and then I saw that Stew had made the interception, which was great," Bruton said. "Then the leg just went out, and I just locked up back there."

Kubiak expects Bruton to play Thursday, and the safety agreed.

"Yeah, I'll be able to go," Bruton said.

S OMAR BOLDEN:Bolden did not practice Monday, but Kubiak said he expected the fourth-year defensive back to play in Kansas City.

Bolden said that he felt a "sharp pain" in his foot while he was running on a play.

"I came off, tried to give it another go and just didn't feel that I would be helping the team, so I chose to sit down and sit the rest of the game out," Bolden said.

With Bolden out and T.J. Ward suspended, backup Josh Bush played 17 snaps on defense when the Broncos used their dime sub package, in which Bruton often lined up in the box.

OTHER PLAYERS LISTED on the Monday night injury report included QB Peyton Manning (back), ILB Brandon Marshall (foot) and OLB Lerentee McCray (groin), but each of them had a full practice workload.

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