Monday Notes: Bruton Back to Practice; DTs Thin

David Bruton

BRUTON: ... all smiles upon returning.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos had to make do without four defensive tackles at practice Monday, but did get a boost to their secondary with the return of David Bruton.

The backup safety and special-teams standout was cleared to practice Monday morning and responded to his return with a pair of interceptions during the two-hour session, one off Tim Tebow and another from rookie Adam Weber.

“He had an early-morning meeting with the neurologist and he’s fine,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

Bruton hadn’t practiced since suffering a concussion Aug. 20 against Buffalo. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital for evaluation but released the following morning.

Meanwhile, the Broncos were without all of their top four defensive tackles. Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas continued their extended convalescence with triceps and pectoral muscle injuries, respectively, while Brodrick Bunkley and Kevin Vickerson were out with knee and ankle sprains, respectively.

That left the Broncos with a complement of defensive tackles that included Jeremy Jarmon, Ryan McBean, Ronnell Brown, Mitch Unrein and DeMario Pressley, who was claimed off waivers from Indianapolis 12 days earlier.

“There are still guys that are going to help us this season, so we’ll just keep plugging away and put the guys in there that we feel like give us a shot,” Fox said. “If they’re going to make this 53-man roster, they’re going to have to be capable of starting. We’ll take that approach regardless of position.

Right guard Chris Kuper also missed practice with a toe injury. Veteran utility backup Russ Hochstein took his spot with the first unit.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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