For two key Broncos recovering from injuries, their status was quo on Wednesday afternoon as the Broncos returned to the practice field. Javon Walker was in uniform and saw limited work during the session, while Champ Bailey joined Sam Adams on the sidelines. Adams has sat out Wednesday sessions throughout the year to date.
“(Bailey) had some treatment and got in a little workout in the weight room,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. “We’ll know more tomorrow on Champ.”
A specific prognosis for whether Bailey will play against the Steelers will arrive Friday. For now, the Broncos and Bailey will simply wait.
“We’ll see,” Shanahan said. “You’re always hoping that (quadriceps muscle) comes around, but you’re never sure.”
Walker, meanwhile, “practiced some,” Shanahan said, but the wideout was confident that he would be ready to play Sunday.
“When the game comes around, with the adrenaline rush and what’s happening on Sundays, you feel 100 percent,” Walker said. “That’s the way I would feel going into every Sunday. It’s just the things that you have to prepare for up until that day that makes it tough. Sundays will take care of themselves.”
Walker said he didn’t detect much pain when he ran during Monday’s practice.
“I really don’t notice it until everything is done and it’s time to calm down,” Walker said. “But usually when I’m out there in the midst of playing, I don’t even notice it.
“We’ve just got to kind of watch it and figure out what day would be a good day to rest it and get it ready for Sunday.”
MORE FROM PRACTICE: Tight end Stephen Alexander was listed as having limited participation in practice with his lingering calf injury … Hamza Abdullah also fully participated in practice for the first time since injuring his hip last month … Tuesday signee Jordan Beck wore jersey No. 57 and said as he left the field that he worked at middle linebacker during Wednesday’s session. “He’s so bright that eventually he’ll be able to learn all three (linebacker spots),” assistant head coach/defense Jim Bates said.
FROM PITTSBURGH: Defensive tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) and tight end Jerame Tuman (back) did not take part in Wednesday’s practice … Cornerback Bryant McFadden was limited Wednesday with an ankle injury.