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Broncos Injury Report: Matt Paradis, Ron Leary return to practice

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

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Center Matt Paradis, guard Ron Leary and wide receivers Bennie Fowler III and Demaryius Thomas all returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's work with various injuries.

Paradis took part in a majority of the walk-through repetitions and "a little bit" of individual work after sitting out Wednesday because of a back issue, Head Coach Vance Joseph said at his post-practice press conference.

"He's getting better fast," Joseph said. "Obviously he wants to play, and he's a guy that's fought through injuries before, so he gets it."

Leary, Fowler and Thomas all saw limited repetitions because of elbow, ankle and hamstring injuries, respectively. Inside linebacker Todd Davis also had limited work as he continues his recovery from a high ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the last two games.

Two Broncos did not practice Thursday: defensive end Derek Wolfe (neck) and running back C.J. Anderson (illness).

"C.J. just wasn't feeling well, so he went home to get rest and recover," Joseph said. "[Wolfe], it's a sore neck, so I'm not concerned about that at all. He should be OK."

Right tackle Donald Stephenson saw limited work for a second consecutive day as he works his way back from a calf injury. Joseph said that Stephenson and veteran Allen Barbre are both possible options to fill in for Menelik Watson at right tackle.

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