ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – No one returned, and two more starters went to the sideline as the Broncos began preparations for the San Diego Chargers here Wednesday morning.
Safety Brian Dawkins and tight end Daniel Fells were held out from the session. Fells hurt his knee in the first quarter Sunday at Green Bay but later returned. Dawkins played the entire game, but sat out Wednesday with an ankle injury.
Nickel back Jonathan Wilhite was also sidelined due to illness, Broncos coach John Fox said.
Tight end Julius Thomas and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal also remained on the sideline. Royal and Julius Thomas haven’t played since being injured against Cincinnati on Sept. 18; Demaryius Thomas hasn’t played all season as he recovers from a fractured pinkie finger suffered in practice four weeks ago.
If Fells is unable to play this week, the Broncos would once again be reduced to two healthy tight ends: Virgil Green and Dante Rosario. Offensive tackle Chris Clark would also be available; he saw some snaps at tight end in each of the last two weeks and started there against Green Bay.
As for Dawkins, if he can’t play, rookie Quinton Carter could see his role increase. The fourth-round pick saw some work as a sixth defensive back against Green Bay last Sunday.
Cornerback Champ Bailey and defensive tackle Marcus Thomas both practiced fully Wednesday. Neither played in Green Bay while recovering from injuries that have kept them out three and four games, respectively.
“Any time you’ve got a 10-time Pro Bowler that’s on the shelf — or not on the buffet — it’s good to have him back,” Fox said.