ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **Evan Mathis was at practice, but watched his fellow offensive linemen from the sideline as the Broncos continued their preparations for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Mathis has dealt with a hamstring injury in recent weeks, which has limited his practice availability, but played the entire game last Sunday in Oakland.
Three other starters did not practice: WR Demaryius Thomas, CB Aqib Talib and OLB DeMarcus Ware. Backup RB Juwan Thompson joined them.
Thomas and Thompson spent the opening periods of practice working with Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Richesson.
"Our expectations are that [Thomas] will be ready to go," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "We're just trying to be smart with him this week and get him back to feeling good. He didn't feel very good when he played last week. He went out there and gave it up for his team, and we're trying to get him feeling better."
With Thompson missing a ssecond consecutive day because of a hamstring injury, Kubiak said that practice-squad RB Kapri Bibbs is being prepared to play Sunday. A decision is expected Friday.
Talib was on the practice field with his position group, but Ware was not.
"DeMarcus has had two good days, but obviously he's not out here today, so obviously it would have to be a big step tomorrow for that to happen, but we'll see," said Kubiak, who added that Shaquil Barrett would start if Ware cannot play Sunday.
Wide receivers Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer both practiced on a limited basis, but Kubiak said they were only held out of special-teams work and took part in most of the rest of the drills.
"Boy, Bennie's practicing well from just watching today," Kubiak said. "It's good for them. It's good for those young guys, and [if] we get Cody back, and it helps us on special teams."
OT Ty Sambrailo also saw limited work for a second consecutive day as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury.
QB Peyton Manning, TE Owen Daniels and RG Louis Vasquez also returned to practice after receiving an off-day Wednesday.
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