Broncos Get One of Their Walking Wounded Back

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Brandon Lloyd

LLOYD: ... back running routes Friday morning.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos got wide receiver Brandon Lloyd back at practice Friday morning on a limited basis, but he and the other three starters injured during Monday night’s 23-20 loss to Oakland are questionable.

Cornerback Champ Bailey, defensive end Elvis Dumervil and running back Knowshon Moreno did not practice all week with hamstring, shoulder and hamstring injuries, respectively, but Broncos coach John Fox didn’t rule them out. But if Moreno can’t play, the Broncos would likely need to make a roster move, since they would have only two healthy running backs.

That would likely involve promoting running back Jeremiah Johnson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, but would also necessitate releasing someone else to make room. Fox wasn’t prepared to commit to any options after practice on Friday.

“We’ve still got the rest of the day and all day tomorrow before we make any decisions,” Fox said.

Lloyd, who led all Broncos receivers with 89 yards in the 23-20 loss to Oakland last Monday night, was forced from that game with a groin problem during the fourth quarter. He insisted that he was fine and uninjured during post-game interviews, but sat out Wednesday and Thursday’s practices.

Fox ruled out Warren, Williams, Marcus Thomas and Demaryius Thomas out for Sunday’s game.

Denver also took the practice field Friday without defensive tackle Ryan McBean, but his absence was excused. He is uninjured and will play Sunday.

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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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  1. I just took a look at the schedule. If the Broncos don’t win this game, I’m not sure when the next win comes.

    The next week at Tennessee? Maybe, but the injured players may still be out and Chris Johnson will be back in shape.

    Week 10 against KC? I never expect to win at Arrowhead.

    Week 13 at Minnesota? A real chance here, but can the Broncos stop Adrian Peterson?

    Week 16 at Buffalo? Gut feeling says that the Broncos won’t survive the cold.

    Week 17 against KC? This seems like the best chance right now.

    So if we don’t win this weekend, the wins will be few and far between and it’s possible that we won’t win until the last week of the season.

    I hope that doesn’t happen because then everybody will get fired and we’ll be starting from square one again.

  2. I think it’s a scosh premature to talk about the possibility of being 0-15 going into the final week of the season, but that’s just me.

  3. Andrew…..ever the optimist. ;)

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