ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos received some good news on the injury front Friday, as wide receiver Tim Patrick (soft-tissue injury), defensive lineman Mike Purcell (calf), cornerback De'Vante Bausby (soft-tissue injury) and outside linebacker Malik Carney (sickness, not COVID-related) returned to practice.
All four players missed practice on Monday and Tuesday.
Wide receivers KJ Hamler (hamstring) and Juwann Winfree (groin), cornerback Michael Ojemudia (quad), safety Alijah Holder (soft-tissue injury), linebackers Justin Strnad (wrist, out for season) and Todd Davis (calf) and tight end Austin Fort (knee) remain out.
Fangio said Ojemudia was "getting better." The cornerback worked on a side field with trainers alongside Hamler, Winfree, Holder and Davis during part of Friday's practice.
Davis is also improving, and Fangio said he believes the linebacker could return soon.
"It's nowhere near the calf injury he had last year," Fangio said. "He is getting better, and I think we'll see him out there sooner rather than later. Sooner doesn't mean tomorrow, but I think he's getting better."
Denver, meanwhile, appeared to avoid injuries to another pair of key players. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and defensive lineman Shelby Harris briefly exited Friday's practice and were examined by trainers, but they both returned to 11-on-11 action.
"I think he's OK," Fangio said of Jeudy. "It wasn't anything that [Head Athletic Trainer] Vince [Garcia] felt like he had to tell me about. I don't think he pulled himself out or anything. I think he's fine."