Thursday’s practice was to be the test of whether John Lynch had recovered from the neck stinger he incurred Oct. 29 against the Green Bay Packers, and from all indications, the 15-year veteran passed.
“It went well,” Lynch said as he walked off the practice field following the two-and-a-quarter-hour session Thursday afternoon. “We had some spirited contact out there and it felt good. I think all things are looking real good.
“I’m real encouraged.”
Lynch, who fully participated in practice for a second consecutive day, said that the numbness and tingling were gone, and that all strength in his arm was back.
“It was gradual. Things started getting better,” he said. “It was something that happens to guys. Brian Dawkins went through it and missed five games. You can’t come back until you feel right and I’m feeling good.”
Perhaps most importantly, Lynch does not feel as if he needs to give the injury a second thought when game time arrives — a comfort that was primarily a result of his Thursday work, which saw the Broncos don their shoulder pads for the first time this week.
“You can’t play with reservations,” Lynch said. “I know from experience in this league that a recipe for getting hurt is if you’re out there going with any second thoughts. That’s why it was important to go out there today and let it go. I was able to do that and it felt good.”
ALSO OF NOTE …
Running back Travis Henry was in uniform, but saw limited participation … Fullback Paul Smith (calf) and wide receiver Javon Walker both sat out practice; Smith was in uniform while Walker was in sweats. Walker ran routes during the warmup period as he continues his recovery from Oct. 19 knee surgery … Kicker Jason Elam (calf), defensive end John Engelberger (shoulder) and tight end Tony Scheffler (chest) all went through the full gamut of practice repetitions … Defensive tackle Sam Adams returned to the field … In Tennessee, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has yet to practice this week due to a hamstring injury.