The Broncos took the practice field Friday as they continued preparations for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and a few key players watched from the sidelines.
Champ Bailey (hamstring), Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), Demaryius Thomas (finger), Marcus Thomas (shoulder/groin), Ty Warren (triceps), D.J. Williams (elbow) and Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) did not participate in Thursday’s practice.
Brandon Lloyd (groin) returned to practice but was limited.
Bailey, Dumervil, Lloyd and Moreno are all listed as questionable for the game Sunday while Demaryius Thomas, Marcus Thomas, Warren and Wililams have been declared out.
With Moreno’s status uncertain, running back Willis McGahee is preparing for the possibility to receive a larger workload in the running game.
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy said that he believes McGahee can handle 20 or more carries in the game, and the veteran agreed.
“It’s no big deal,” McGahee said. “I can run the ball. That’s something you don’t lose as a running back, and I work out every day like it’s my first day here. That’s how I approach it, and that’s how I’m going to continue to approach it.”
McGahee said the running scheme remains the same regardless if he, Moreno or Lance Ball line up behind the quarterback.
“The game plan doesn’t change,” McGahee said. “That’s the good thing about our running back room; we all do the same thing.”
All three running backs played in Monday’s game against Oakland, in which the Broncos netted just 38 rushing yards.
“It was very frustrating. We didn’t move the ball whatsoever,” McGahee said. “We’re taking it very personally. Nobody wants to be a part of that. I know these guys work extremely hard to improve that, and that’s one thing we’ve stressed in practice this week.”
McGahee hopes the running backs can redeem themselves this week and says he feels ready to play on Sunday.
“I’m good,” McGahee said. “There’s no pressure here. I had my rest, so it’s time to work.”
Below are some photos from Friday’s practice session.