Scenes from a Practice: Jan. 5

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Safety Brian Dawkins and fullback Spencer Larsen were the only Broncos to sit out on Thursday as they continued preparations for the wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A collection of photos from the first periods of the practice follow:

Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins was left watching practice on the sideline once again ...

Eddie Royal

... but Eddie Royal returned a few minutes into the session after sitting out Wednesday with a toe injury.

Pat Bowlen

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen watches the work, which took place in 62-degree conditions.

David Bruton

The Broncos haven't had a takeaway since Week 14, so the fumble-recovery drill is of particular importance. Here, David Bruton awaits the football.

D.J. Williams

More fumble-recovery work: D.J. Williams ...

Joe Mays

... Joe Mays ...

Derrick Harvey

... Derrick Harvey ...

Champ Bailey

... and Champ Bailey.

Austin Sylvester

Austin Sylvester could make his NFL debut in mammoth circumstances if fullback Spencer Larsen can't return from a sprained knee by Sunday.

Brady Quinn

Brady Quinn fires away.

Matt Willis

Matt Willis goes airborne for the grab.

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson works on his blocking against Xavier Omon.

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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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