Scenes from a Practice: Dec. 14

Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins was a vocal presence on the practice field, even though he didn't have his helmet.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Although the Broncos practiced Wednesday under brilliant, clear skies in temperatures that soared into the 50s, clouds built on the horizon with the absences of cornerback Andre’ Goodman and safeties Brian Dawkins and David Bruton with injuries.

All three were on the practice field, but didn’t have their helmets. Goodman is recovering from a concussion suffered Sunday, while Dawkins is coming off a neck strain and Bruton has battled Achilles tendon problems in recent weeks.

Goodman and Dawkins comprise half of the Broncos’ starting secondary. Bruton has worked in some dime packages throughout the season. The timing of their injuries couldn’t be worse, considering that the Broncos will face the AFC’s leader in passing yardage, completion percentage, touchdowns and quarterback rating when they see New England’s Tom Brady at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday.

Photos of the practice follow:

Eddie Royal

Eddie Royal returned to practice after sitting out the Bears game with a concussion suffered on a collision with Matt Willis in Minnesota.

Quan Cosby

Quan Cosby has two hands, but only needed one.

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas reaches out for a pass ...

Eric Decker

... as does Eric Decker.

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow, cover subject of Sports Illustrated once again, fires a pass on the run.

Tebow and Fox

John Fox gets a look at his starting quarterback's form.

Rahim Moore

Rahim Moore was busy after the injuries to Bruton and Dawkins and could find himself under the gun once again if they can't play against New England.

Tony Carter

Tony Carter was promoted to the 53-man roster Tuesday.

Ryan McBean

Ryan McBean surges toward a tackling dummy.

Von Miller

Von Miller didn't have the club cast, but he did practice.

Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey's all smiles, and why not? His decision to re-sign with the Broncos has been rewarded with quick dividends from the team's rebuilding project.

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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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