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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --After practicing for a second consecutive day and being able to get to "full speed" as he went about his work, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was optimistic that he would be able to return from a sprained ankle in time to play Sunday in Philadelphia.
"I told [Head] Coach [Vance] Joseph, 'I don't want to go out there if I can't be myself.' That's what it's about," Sanders said. "I'm trying to get to myself. I felt good today in practice. I was able to hit full speed."
Joseph noted that Sanders is "progressing fast" in practice.
"Chances are, he will go this week," Joseph said.
That's a long way from Monday night, when Sanders said he "wasn't close at all" to playing in the loss to the Chiefs.
"But you know me," he said with a smile. "I always think I can go."
Inside linebacker Todd Davis also saw limited work once again; he missed Monday's game because of a high ankle sprain. "He should have been out probably a couple to three weeks, but Todd's a tough guy," Joseph said. "He wants to go. He almost went last week, so we'll see where he's at."
Tight end Jake Butt practiced for a second consecutive day after missing last week's work with knee soreness, but the Broncos face a Monday deadline to decide whether to move him from the non-football injury list to the 53-man roster.
"Jake is still working through learning the offense and getting into football shape," Joseph said. "We're figuring it out."
Right guard Ron Leary practiced on a limited basis for a second consecutive day because of an elbow injury, but is still on track to play Sunday.
Right tackle Menelik Watson was added to the practice report with a foot injury. He saw limited work Thursday.
Offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was the only Bronco who did not practice Thursday; he sat out because of a calf injury.