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Broncos Injury Report: Donald Stephenson returns to practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Right tackle Donald Stephenson practiced for the first time since injuring his calf on Oct. 19, as the Broncos began on-field preparations for Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots.

The Broncos began preparation Wednesday for their Sunday night game against the New England Patriots. (Photos by Gabriel Christus unless noted)

Stephenson was one of five players who saw limited repetitions Wednesday. He was joined by safety Darian Stewart (thigh), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), running back C.J. Anderson (ankle) and inside linebacker Todd Davis (ankle).

As Stephenson returned, right guard Ron Leary (elbow) and center Matt Paradis (back) sat out Wednesday's work. Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and Bennie Fowler (ankle) also did not practice.

Nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. and running back Jamaal Charles received veteran rest days.

Wednesday's work took place at a "jog-through" pace, which was unusual for work on that day of the week. Head Coach Vance Joseph said he dialed back the work because of injuries at the offensive line and wide receiver. He expects the Broncos to return to full speed Thursday.

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