Head Coach Mike Shanahan knew Sunday that Tatum Bell’s toe problems were worse than he thought.
“I think both toes are bothering him more than he let on last week,” Shanahan said.
And Bell acknowledged that the turf-toe troubles — which set in beginning with the Broncos’ Week 7 win at Cleveland on Oct. 22 — have compromised his abilities in the last three weeks.
“I think I lost a step a little bit,” Bell admitted as he left the practice field Thursday. “But I’m getting better… so hopefully I’ll be able to go out and make plays.”
He’s going to have to do that through the pain — and not just for this weekend, either.
“It’s just going to hurt.,” Bell said. “I’m not going to be able to heal until the season is over. I’ve just got to keep on playing and eventually I’ll get better.”
Bell did say Thursday that he felt better than he did a week ago at this time.
“It’s painful, but I’m dealing with it,” Bell said. “But as long as I can run I’m going to play.”