ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Tight end Jeff Heuerman was back at practice as the Broncos had their final full-scale session of the week in advance of their season-opening showdown with the Carolina Panthers.
Heuerman had been struggling with a hamstring injury suffered Aug. 17, although he was on the practice field and in uniform for the two ballcaps-and-shorts sessions last week. He saw limited work Tuesday.
Despite the lack of on-field work this year because of two hamstring injuries, Head Coach Gary Kubiak is confident that Heuerman can handle the workload if he is physically capable of playing Thursday.
The Broncos and Panthers have only played four times before in the regular season (the Broncos lead 3-1), though Denver did beat Carolina in Super Bowl 50.
"If he can play, if he's 100 percent, he's fine as far as his assignments and all those things," Kubiak said. "I think the move today gives us a chance. We'll see."
With Heuerman returning, wide receiver Bennie Fowler was the only Bronco sidelined for the day's work. He was at practice in a jersey, but was not wearing his helmet and had a brace on the right elbow he injured at Chicago Aug. 11.
Offensive linemen Ty Sambrailo and James Ferentz practiced for a third consecutive day on a limited basis as they recover from elbow and knee injuries, respectively.