Possessing a fine sense of linguistic punmanship, safety Nick Ferguson described himself as “nicked up” on Thursday after missing a second consecutive day of practice.
“You just kind of wait to see what Sunday’s outcome is going to be,” he said.
“He’s sore,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan added. “I’d say that he’s closer to doubtful than questionable, but there was improvement today, so you never know.”
Ferguson wasn’t with his teammates on the practice field, but he did stay active while his teammates worked Thursday, saying that he was able to jog around in spite of the knee injury he suffered.
“Yeah, I do all that stuff,” Ferguson said. “I stay in shape. You’ve got to stay in shape. You never know.”
Joining Ferguson on the sidelines for a second consecutive day was wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who continued to recuperate from a knee strain he suffered at Oakland.
Shanahan said he did not know whether Stokley’s recovery could be protracted.
“He couldn’t practice today and we’ll take a look at it tomorrow,” Shanahan said.
Fellow wide receiver Javon Walker was also limited in practice on Thursday after going through the full range of work Wednesday afternoon.
“He was limited; (he’s) still a little bit sore,” Shanahan said. “Not at full speed, but we’ll wait and see with him as well.”
Meanwhile, in Kansas City, quarterback Brodie Croyle made it through a second consecutive practice as he continues to recover from a bruised lower back.
“It feels good,” Croyle said. “The last two days everything’s gone pretty good.”
When asked whether he was pain-free, the second-year quarterback replied, “Pain-free enough.”
Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards ruled third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen out for Sunday; he suffered a knee injury during their practice Wednesday. Linebacker Donnie Edwards and offensive tackles Kyle Turley and Damion McIntosh did not practice, while safety Greg Wesley was limited.
Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson also did not practice while out of town following the death of his father; Herm Edwards said that Johnson will rejoin the team in Denver on Saturday and will play Sunday.