ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (knee) and guard Graham Glasgow (ankle) should be ready to return to practice next week ahead of the team's Week 1 opener, Head Coach Vic Fangio said Friday.
"I think they will be," said Fangio when asked if the players will be able to return as the team transitions into its game-week preparations. "No guarantees, but I think they will be."
Both Chubb and Glasgow have been held out of practice since exiting the team's practice on Aug. 29 at Empower Field at Mile High.
Fangio said earlier in the week that the team would be conservative with Chubb as the Broncos wrapped up training camp.
"We never said he was 100 percent yet — at least I never did," Fangio said Monday. "I think what he's going through is a natural progression in recovering from his injury, and I'm still optimistic that he'll be out there in the first week and playing good. Probably not playing to the level he was pre-injury, but pretty damn close. We'll see, but it's going to be a work in progress."
Chubb has observed practice the last couple of days, while Glasgow underwent some light work on a side field on Thursday.
In addition to Chubb and Glasgow, wide receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring), Andrew Beck (back), Troy Fumagalli (abdomen), Albert Okwuegbunam (hip) and Austin Fort (knee) also missed practice.
Cornerback Michael Ojemudia, wide receiver Juwann Winfree and safety Alijah Holder again participated as they worked their way back into action this week.
"I think he's done well as far as healing," Fangio said of Ojemudia. "He's back. I think he feels confident that he can go."
When the Broncos begin their game-week practices next week, Fangio will announce official practice statuses for each injured player on the roster.