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Broncos should get key injured players back after bye week

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When the Broncos return from their bye week to face the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 18, Royce Freeman (ankle), Darian Stewart (neck), DaeSean Hamilton (knee) and Bradley Roby (ankle) should all be ready to play, Head Coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday.

“We’ll get some guys back this week,” Joseph said before the Broncos departed for the bye. “I think Royce Freeman, he’s coming back. 'Stew' is coming back at safety. … Hopefully Bradley Roby is ready to roll this week also.”

Joseph said Hamilton is running again and “should be able to work on Monday.”

Brandon Marshall (knee) could also return against Los Angeles, but Joseph seemed less certain about his availability.

“Marshall’s getting better and better,” Joseph said. “He just needs time. He got better for a time and he had a setback. Now this time, these next two weeks should do him some good. He is working hard in the training room trying to get back on the field.”

Joseph also provided an update on center Matt Paradis, who underwent surgery Wednesday on his ankle and torn ligaments.

“He’s got a long rehab ahead of him and we wish him the best,” Joseph said. “He is definitely missed.”

Joseph confirmed Paradis will go to injured reserve. 

Though Paradis won’t be on the field, quarterback Case Keenum said he would continue to rely on the veteran player for help.

“I’m sure he’ll be — as soon as it’s possible — I’m sure he’ll get back, get into meetings and help us break down protections, what’s the best way to block certain looks and things that defenses are going to give us,” Keenum said Wednesday. “Yeah, I’m going to continue to lean on him, when he’s going to be available.”

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