The day-by-day wait for Javon Walker’s return from knee inflammation just got much longer.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced after Thursday’s practice that the sixth-year wide receiver would undergo an operation on his knee Friday. The procedure is “more of a cleanout,” Shanahan said, but it will necessitate Walker being sidelined for “a few weeks.”
The procedure will take place in Houston.
“Javon is not feeling very good,” Shanahan said. “How quickly he comes back, I’m not really sure. It’s more of a cleanout — the same knee he had the operation on.
“(The) doctors don’t think it’s very serious, but it’s serious enough to go in there and clean it out because he’s been off of it for a few weeks and it hasn’t gotten much better. Monday he practiced full speed and it looked like he was going to come back ready to go, and yesterday he was limited and you guys know the rest.”
Walker had remained in Denver during the bye weekend to work on rehabilitating the knee, which became inflamed and filled with fluid late last month. The pain in the knee — which he said was not related to the anterior-cruciate-ligament surgery he underwent in 2005 — forced him to the sidelines during the losses to Indianapolis and San Diego just before the bye.
Walker had reconciled himself to the constancy of pain in the knee for the rest of the regular season, and practiced Monday with no unexpected side effects from the work — even 24 hours later, when further pain often sets in.
“Tuesday was alright,” he said Wednesday. “You’ve still got the achy feeling and everything’s not going to be 100 percent.
“I really don’t notice it until everything is done and it’s time to calm down. But usually when I’m out there in the midst of playing, I don’t even notice it.”
Wednesday afternoon, however, Walker was limited, and by Thursday, he was not in uniform with his teammates as they went to work.
“It always hurts when you lose a player of Javon’s ability, but we’ve got a number of guys that we’ve got confidence in. We expect them to step up and get the job done.”
On the other side of the line of scrimmage, Champ Bailey also sat out Thursday’s practice. When asked whether he would play, he was noncommittal, saying, “I don’t know,” while adding that he would discuss his status more on Friday.
“(Bailey) said he felt a little bit better than yesterday,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully he feels better tomorrow and he can practice.”
Meanwhile, safety Hamza Abdullah was listed as having limited participation after going through the full practice on Wednesday. He has missed three straight games with a hip injury.