ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – After two days being limited in practice, Elvis Dumervil was held out from Friday’s session — and, in turn, for Sunday’s game with Tennessee.
Dumervil will miss a second consecutive game since aggravating a shoulder injury early in the Week 1 loss to the Raiders, when he was constrained to pass-rush work after starting as a base defensive end. Since then, the limited work this week had been the only practice time he’d had.
Broncos coach John Fox said Friday that Dumervil didn’t suffer a setback during practice this week.
“I wouldn’t call it a setback. This is a physical game,” Fox said. “It’s hard enough with two arms and it’s hard to play with one arm.”
The four others players ruled out Friday came as no surprise; defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (groin), tight end Julius Thomas (high ankle sprain) and wide receivers Eddie Royal (groin) and Demaryius Thomas (fractured left pinkie finger) haven’t practiced all week. Marcus Thomas hasn’t practiced in a month since injuring his pectoral muscle, which has healed.
Cornerback Champ Bailey did not practice because of a lingering hamstring injury and is listed as questionable. However, Bailey indicated Thursday that he would prefer some significant practice time before he returns to game action.
“I’m definitely going to need some practice because as much as I can do with conditioning and running and preparation, practice is the only thing that can realistically prepare you for a game because you need somebody running at you and you not knowing where they’re going to go,” Bailey said on Thursday.
Running back Knowshon Moreno and linebacker D.J. Williams are both questionable and saw limited work Friday. Both are expected to be game-time decisions.
“I’ll be ready to go,” Moreno said Thursday, “but at the same time it’s whatever they want and whatever is good for the team. But if I don’t go, I’ll keep on doing treatment and getting better.”
Williams practiced this week with a brace to protect his still-healing elbow.
“(It depends) whether or not he’s healthy,” Fox said. “It’s a hard enough game when you are healthy. If we deem him healthy — and when I say ‘we’ I mean our medical staff — obviously he’ll play.”
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd practiced fully once again and is listed as probable.
“It is better to be cautious on the front end of an injury than to rush it back and re-injure it and make it worse,” Lloyd said, “but I think we’re going about it the right way and I should be ready for this weekend.”
IN TENNESSEE … the biggest news on the injury front was that wide receiver Kenny Britt and running back Chris Johnson practiced fully on Friday. Both are listed as probable.