DT Thomas, CB Bailey Bring Broncos Closer to Full Health

Marcus Thomas

MARCUS THOMAS: ... hadn't practiced in 44 days.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –For the first time since Week 1, the Broncos’ list of players missing practice is down to three.

Cornerback Champ Bailey, defensive tackle Marcus Thomas and defensive end Elvis Dumervil were all on the field as practice began Wednesday, leaving only tight end Julius Thomas, and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal on the sideline.

For Thomas, the work was his first since injuring his pectoral muscle on Aug. 15. Bailey had not practiced since injuring his hamstring Sept. 12 against Oakland. Dumervil was limited during the first two days of practice last week but was limited on Friday and didn’t make the trip to Nashville for the Titans game last weekend.

Bailey was on the trip with the Broncos, but said last Thursday he didn’t want to play without multiple days of practice to gauge the hamstring and determine whether it could effectively handle a full workload.

“I wouldn’t like it to be just a Friday practice. I’d like to get more work,” Bailey said on Sep. 22.

“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.”

Wednesday marked the first time this season that the Broncos have had their full complement of defenders.

“Like anything else, you feel more comfortable in the fight when you have all your troops with you, so I think they were a welcome addition, for sure,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

After being held out at Tennessee, Dumervil felt better following the Wednesday practice and said that he thought he’d be able to play in Green Bay.

“I’m taking it day by day but I feel good today, so that’s a good sign,” Dumervil said.

“I didn’t feel anything, so I’m looking forward to playing this week.”

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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. If Marcus Thomas can match, or exceed Bunkley’s contribution, we’ll be in good shape on the D-line.

  2. This will basically mean we’ll have the most talent on the defensive side of the field since 2009, arguably more, and that’s when we went 8-8 with Kyle Orton and an injured offensive line.

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