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Broncos Injury Report: Bennie Fowler, Jeff Heuerman still sidelined


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Tight end Jeff Heuerman and wide receiver Bennie Fowler were sidelined for a second consecutive day as the Broncos continued their preparations for a season-opening showdown with the Carolina Panthers.

The pass-catching duo were the only players not practicing. Both offensive linemen Ty Sambrailo (elbow) and James Ferentz (knee) practiced for a second consecutive day on a limited basis.

Five other players listed on the official injury report had full practice woakloads: RB Kapri Bibbs (quadriceps), guard Max Garcia (groin), OLB DeMarcus Ware (back), OT Darrion Weems (concussion) and DL Billy Winn (back). Weems completed the NFL's post-concussion protocol last week.

The Broncos completed their first practice of the regular season Sunday as they get ready to host the Panthers.

Heuerman has battled a hamstring injury suffered Aug. 17, and has not practiced since then, but Head Coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday he expects him to be ready for Carolina.

"I think Jeff is capable of playing with limited work," Kubiak said after Sunday's practice. "We just have to do it smart here, get him in there the right way."

Fowler has been sidelined the last three weeks with an elbow fracture he suffered in the preseason opener at Chicago on Aug. 11.

"I'm watching him work out here, he's doing a pretty good job," Kubiak said Sunday. "He has his brace on and he's working."

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