On a balmy 72-degree Thursday afternoon at Dove Valley, Javon Walker was dressed for temperatures at least 20 degrees cooler, walking about the practice field in sweats as he sat out for a second consecutive day.
But Walker emphasized that his two-day absence from the practice field — which came about because of inflammation in his right knee — was precautionary in nature.
“It’s nothing to be concerned about,” he said. “It’s not the ACL. It’s nothing that got repaired. This is just something that is football.”
Walker underwent an MRI examination earlier this week which revealed the knee inflammation.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan said that both Walker and safety John Lynch will give it a go at Friday afternoon’s session, and that would help determine whether they play in spite of their injuries.
“They’ll both try to practice (Friday) and we’ll evaluate them at that time,” he said. “I would guess even after (Friday) it will be a game-time decision. We’ll see how much they recover over the next couple of days.”
Lynch said he has improved throughout the week, and doesn’t feel like sitting out the last two days will leave him at a disadvantage.
“Practice is always big, but if I don’t practice, I spend extra time preparing mentally,” he said. “I’ve done it many times in my career, and I’ve had some of my best games doing it.”
In other injury news, the Broncos ruled fullback/running back Mike Bell out for Sunday’s game. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday because of the lingering effects from a concussion. Bell joins guard Ben Hamilton and safety Hamza Abdullah as players ruled out for Sunday.
Defensive tackle Sam Adams, who did not practice Wednesday, had the words “not listed” shown by his name on the Broncos’ injury report and went through the full practice Thursday, as he has for each of the Thursday sessions in the regular season.