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Broncos Injury Report: Three starters return to practice


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A trio of starters returned to practice Wednesday as safety Darian Stewart, running back Royce Freeman and cornerback Bradley Roby all participated after each missed at least one game.

Freeman (ankle) and Roby (ankle) were limited in practice, as were DaeSean Hamilton (knee) and Joseph Jones (foot). Brandon Marshall (knee) and Dymonte Thomas (ankle) did not practice.

Head Coach Vance Joseph seemed to suggest Freeman would play Sunday vs. Los Angeles.

"He looked OK," Joseph said. "It wasn't perfect, but he wants to be out there. [If] I'm a betting man, I'll bet on Royce that he plays on Sunday."

Should Freeman return, the Broncos' offense would have more options at its disposal.

"I think it helps [Offensive Coordinator] Billy [Musgrave] with his play calling, because Royce has his specialties that he's really good at," Joseph said. "Certain runs, he's good at. It keeps the defense off balance when you have a runner like Royce and a guy like Phillip [Lindsay], who can be in the backfield or flex out of the backfield. I think it helps the play caller."

Joseph did not provided detailed updates on any of the other players who were limited or did not practice.

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