ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos’ preparation for the Minnesota Vikings began Wednesday with a nervous sight: no Von Miller, Willis McGahee or Eddie Royal on the field.
Denver’s practice at midday Wednesday opened without those three players in action, although it is likely too early to judge the significance of their absences, given the Broncos’ season-long tendency of playing players such as McGahee who are limited all week or miss at least one practice outright.
The Broncos have been blessed with good health during their recent 5-1 run. No first-teamer on the depth chart has missed a game due to injury in that run; the last first-teamer to miss a game was Royal, who was out in Week 5 while completing his recovery from a groin injury.
Conversely, during the team’s 1-4 start, five first-teamers combined to miss 15 games among them. Marcus Thomas sat out four games, Champ Bailey, D.J. Williams and Royal missed three and Elvis Dumervil was out for two weeks.