For the last three weeks, injuries at running back have been a defining Broncos storyline. But with Andre Hall, Travis Henry and Selvin Young all back at practice and taking part in the full gamut of activities Wednesday, the harsh injury spotlight shone on wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who sat out Wednesday after injuring his left knee Sunday at Oakland.
This is the second knee problem for Stokley in two weeks; he bruised his right knee against Chicago and missed the Wednesday practice but was back to work a day later.
“I got kicked on the inside of my leg and my whole leg kind of whipped out,” Stokley said of the latest injury, which occurred during the second quarter of the 34-20 loss to the Raiders. “I kept playing through it. It was bothering me a little bit off and on, but in that situation, you’ve just got to play through it.”
But he couldn’t practice through it Wednesday, and didn’t want to jeopardize his chances of returning Sunday by jogging or doing anything that might place additional strain on the knee.
“I didn’t even try,” Stokley said. “I’m just going to see how it does. Maybe try it tomorrow. But I just rested it today.”
Until Stokley tests the knee, he won’t have much of an idea about his status for the Chiefs game.
“It’s kind of hard to tell until I go out there to run on it and see how it does,” he said. “We still have a little while to go, so if there’s any way possible, I’m going to play; there’s no doubt about that. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Stokley was joined on the sidelines by safety Nick Ferguson, who did not practice due to a knee injury.
Hall, meanwhile, said he felt “a little pain” in his first practice since suffering the left-high-ankle sprain against Chicago on Nov. 25, but didn’t feel any lingering soreness by the time he returned to the locker room about 15 minutes after he completed his extra post-practice work on kickoff returns.
When asked whether he’d be able to play Sunday, he was resolute in his reply.
“Definitely. I’m back,” he said. “I don’t care about that ankle. I’m not worried about it. I’m going to do what I’ve got to do.”
In addition to Hall, seven other Broncos were listed on the injury report but made it through the entire two-hour practice at Broncos headquarters: John Engelberger (shoulder), Glenn Martinez (ankle), Isaac Snell (thigh), Javon Walker (knee), Nate Webster (ribs), Jamie Winborn (hamstring) and Young, who hurt his forearm Sunday at Oakland.
Meanwhile, in Kansas City, quarterback Brodie Croyle made it through the full practice after missing Sunday’s game with a bruised back, but third-team understudy quarterback Tyler Thigpen suffered a knee injury during Wednesday’s session, which came three days after he saw fourth-quarter action for Kansas City. Edwards said Thigpen would have an MRI examination Thursday.
“If (Croyle) feels good (Thursday) and everything’s OK, yeah, he’ll be the starter,” Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards said.
Running back Larry Johnson saw some individual work, Edwards said, but remains out for Sunday, while linebacker Donnie Edwards is “questionable” according to the coach after sitting out with a hamstring injury Wednesday.
“It’s questionable right now,” Herm Edwards said. “I’ll know more later in the week. I don’t want to answer that right now. Later on we’ll find out.”
Also sitting out Wednesday at Arrowhead Stadium were tackles Damion McIntosh (knee) and Kyle Turley (back) and safety Greg Wesley (head).