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Broncos Injury Update: Full participation for everyone


STANFORD, Calif. -- **Safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward and right guard Louis Vasquez were upgraded from limited to full practice participation as the Broncos continued their week of fine-tuning work in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl 50 showdown with the Panthers.

All three were limited in Wednesday's work, but they saw more repetitions as the Broncos practiced for a second consecutive day in helmets. Stewart has been recovering from a sprained MCL, while Ward and Vasquez dealt with ankle and knee injures, respectively.

"We came out here with the thought that they'd all be limited again," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said via a pool report. "But we got a response from them, so they just worked [normally]."

At the Thursday morning media session, Stewart said he came through Wednesday's work with no setbacks.

"It felt great, man," Stewart said. "Another day of practice and I'll be all right."

ON THE FIELD,Peyton Manning had just four incompletions according to the pool report provided by the Pro Football Writers of America.

"This is as good as he's looked all year long," Kubiak said, via the pool report "You saw some big downfield throws today. This is what Peyton looked like back at the start of the season."


INSIDE LINEBACKER BRANDON MARSHALLhas not had an injury concern for over a month, having recovered from the ankle injury that forced him back to the sideline on the first possession during the Week 17 win over San Diego.

But he has played the entire season with two screws in his foot to aid in recovery from surgery -- one of which broke in the preseason. This season has been defined by pain tolerance, although it has gotten easier over time.

Marshall has known for months that he will undergo surgery to have the screws removed once the season ends. When the Broncos qualified for Super Bowl 50, an end date was finally set. But no surgery has been scheduled as of now.

"We haven't had a date, but I need to set a date, because I want to get it over with," he said. "That's something I should talk with 'Greek' [Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos] about."

The sooner Marshall undergoes the procedure, the sooner his recovery can begin -- and the sooner the restricted free agent can take part in offseason work. He delayed having the screws removed because that surgery would have potentially ended his season.

"The doctors said we could talk about it after the season," said Marshall, "but I should probably plan it now."

The Broncos took to the practice fields on Thursday to continue Super Bowl 50 preparations. (All photos by Eric Lars Bakke)

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