On Monday, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said he was “hopeful” Renaldo Hill would be active for Week 16′s matchup with the Eagles.
Hill sat out last Sunday’s game against Oakland with an ankle injury and was a limited participant in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.
McDaniels would like to have the ninth-year safety available against Philadelphia — and every week for that matter. Not just because of what he bring to the defense, but his value to the team as a whole.
“He is maybe as intelligent of a player as I’ve ever been around, and I’ve been around some smart ones,” McDaniels said. “This guy is very in tune with the entire game plan.”
Whether it be a defensive linemen, a linebacker or one of his secondary counterparts, Hill — with 96 pro starts to his name — is always there to lend a hand and answer a question when a teammate is in need of a quick adjustment, no matter if it is on the practice field, in the meeting room or in a game.
As a coach, McDaniels said it is comforting to know that a veteran such as Hill knows his responsibilities to a ‘T,’ and at the same time can correct another player if they are out of position or attacking their assignment the wrong way.
He’s one of those guys where you love to have a guy like that in the back end of your secondary because if there is something not quite right, he’ll make it right with whatever he does, even if it is not exactly the way you called it,” McDaniels said.
There were five changes to the Broncos’ Injury Report on Thursday. After not practicing on Wednesday, David Bruton (illness), was a full participant on Thursday, while D.J. Williams was a limited participant. After not practicing on Wednesday, Eddie Royal (neck/head) was a limited participant on Thursday. Ty Law (hamstring) was a limited participant on Wednesday, but he did not partake in Thursday’s practice session. After not being listed on Wednesday’s injury report, Spencer Larsen (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday.
There were three changes to Philadelphia’s Injury Report. After being listed as full participants on Wednesday, DE Victor Abiamiri (knee) and LB Akeem Jordan (knee) were not listed on Thursday’s injury report. WR Reggie Brown (shoulder), who was not listed on Wednesday’s report, was listed as a full participant in Thursday’s practice session.
Here are a few pictures from the onset of Thursday’s practice session.
– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com