As one position gets healthier, another becomes fraught with injuries. That’s how it’s seemed to be for the Broncos this season, and it continued on Wednesday as two of the team’s three injured running backs returned to action, but wide receiver Brandon Stokley did not take part due to a knee injury.
“Stokley is a little banged up,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan said.
Javon Walker did not join Stokley on the sidelines for the full session; he was in uniform but was limited in his work three days after playing sparingly in the loss at Chicago.
“I’m sure he will feel a lot better this week than he did last week,” Shanahan said. “We will evaluate him this week in practice.
Walker made it through full practices last Wednesday and Thursday but was limited last Friday, making Wednesday’s session the second in succession for which he was limited.
Meanwhile, at running back, both Selvin Young and Travis Henry practiced fully through their knee injuries, while the high ankle sprain through which Andre Hall played in most of Sunday’s game consigned the third-team tailback and first-string kickoff returner to the sidelines.
“If there’s no setback, hopefully, they’ll be able to go on Sunday,” Shanahan said.
Other players listed as participating fully in the practice through injuries included defensive end John Engelberger (shoulder), safety John Lynch (ribs), wide receiver Glenn Martinez (ankle), punter Todd Sauerbrun (left hamstring), and fullback Paul Smith (calf). Smith’s injury had kept him out the last two games.
As is custom, Sam Adams did not take part in the Wednesday practice.
In Oakland, safety Jarrod Cooper was ruled out for Sunday with a knee injury, while center Jeremy Newberry did not take part in the session on account of a team decision. Defensive end Derrick Burgess (Achilles tendon) and linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (ankle) were both limited, while center Jake Grove (knee) and safety Stuart Schweigert (calf) made it through the whole practice.