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 returned to practice after sitting out the Bears game with a concussion suffered on a collision with Matt Willis in Minnesota.
Quan Cosby has two hands, but only needed one.
Demaryius Thomas reaches out for a pass ...
... as does Eric Decker.
Tim Tebow, cover subject of Sports Illustrated once again, fires a pass on the run.
John Fox gets a look at his starting quarterback's form.
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 was promoted to the 53-man roster Tuesday.
Ryan McBean surges toward a tackling dummy.
Von Miller didn't have the club cast, but he did practice.
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.