For Brandon Stokley, it’s time to wait.
Two days after pain in his strained left knee truncated his workload to barely over two quarters in the win over Kansas City, the veteran wide receiver did not practice, with he and the Broncos opting to give him at least one extra day before testing out the knee.
“He’s still a little sore,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following the team’s 90-minute practice, which was moved to the nearby South Suburban Sports Dome due to the overnight and early-morning winter storm that covered the region with a few inches of snowfall.
Stokley said Tuesday that he wouldn’t even hit the treadmill for some jogging, opting for complete rest. He worked out on the treadmill last Thursday before practicing a day later in advance of the Chiefs game.
“Today I’m going to rest it, see how it feels and then see how it does (Wednesday), see how it feels and then it will probably be a game-time decision,” he said.
Stokley also didn’t believe the upcoming two-and-a-half-hour flight to Houston would exacerbate the issues with his knee.
“I didn’t think about that, but it probably won’t be that big of a deal,” he said.
Other items of note …
… Safety Nick Ferguson was the only Bronco other than Stokley to miss practice … Wide receiver Javon Walker “went full speed” during the practice. “He was able to get some reps, so hopefully there’s no setback,” Shanahan said … Running backs Selvin Young and Travis Henry both practiced … Shanahan also added that the Broncos plan to return to the South Suburban Sports Dome Wednesday for their morning session before decamping for Houston. “That’s our plan,” he said … In Houston, four Texans did not practice: Kicker Kris Brown, running back Ron Dayne, linebacker DeMeco Ryans and quarterback Matt Schaub. In regards to Dayne and Ryans, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said there was “still hope” for both to play Thursday in spite of sitting out Tuesday … The retractable roof at Reliant Stadium is expected to be open for Thursday night’s game. A final decision will be made in the hours before kickoff.