ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --RB C.J. Anderson returned to practice Thursday as the Broncos continued their preparations for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Anderson had not practiced since injuring his ankle late in the first half of the Dec. 6 win at San Diego. Head Coach Gary Kubiak had hoped to have him practice Wednesday, but wintry conditions forced the Broncos to move practice inside the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse.
"It felt good. It felt fine. I was out there running around, and no setbacks, so I'm happy about that," Anderson said. "Of course, I'm a lot more confident in it than I was last week."
Head Coach Gary Kubiak said that Anderson was "on track to play" in Pittsburgh.
"That's the plan. I just want to put the ball in the end zone within my role and the touches I get, and help this team win in any way possible."
Anderson said the injury was not like the ankle problems that he's had from time to time over the last 13 months.
"It's nowhere near that. It was a lot [more] minor," Anderson said. "It's not like before. I took the week. I think that helped. I think we were smart about that."
Anderson was active last Sunday, but did not play and said he would not have been able.
"If I had to, I had to, but there was no way last Sunday against Oakland. I could have been out there, but you wouldn't have seen the best me," Anderson said. "And if I'm not at my best, there's no point of being out there.
Also of note:**
... QB Peyton Manning saw his workload expand during Thursday's session with "a few more periods" of work, Kubiak said.
Manning continued to work with the scout team, where he played the role of Ben Roethlisbeger during practice. "He does a pretty good job [of that]," Kubiak said. Brock Osweiler continues to take all the first-team repetitions in practice, Kubiak said.
... ILB Danny Trevathan was cleared through the post-concussion protocol and had a full practice workload Thursday.
... Safety Darian Stewart missed a second consecutive day with a hamstring injury, but is expected to practice Friday, Kubiak said.
... LG Evan Mathis saw limited repetitions after sitting out Wednesday's work with an ankle injury.
... WR Cody Latimer was upgraded from limited to full participation. Latimer suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss.
The Broncos continued to put in work to prepare for the Steelers on Thursday. (Photos by Ben Swanson)
... Safety T.J. Ward (ankle) and OLB Lerentee McCray (hamstring) worked on the sideline with strength and conditioning coaches.
... DE Malik Jackson was not at practice; he is awaiting the birth of his child. "We have a lot of Thursday babies; our guys don't know how to have babies on Tuesday," Kubiak quipped.
... WR Demaryius Thomas was given a rest day Thursday after having a full day of work Wednesday. He is expected to return Friday.
... TE Owen Daniels saw limited work Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with a knee injury. Daniels has been given occasional off-days throughout the season.
... Safeties David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden saw limited repetitions for a second consecutive day as they recovered from knee and hamstring injuries, respectively.
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