The Broncos came out to practice Friday with some lingering snow still piled up along the outer edges of the field. But that didn’t get in their way as they ran through a full practice preparing for the Detroit Lions.
Most of the team was out in full force, but there were a few players who Head Coach John Fox listed on the last injury report before gameday.
Running back Willis McGahee did not participate and Fox ruled him out of Sunday’s contest with a hand injury. Defensive end Elvis Dumervil (ankle) and defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (knee) were limited and listed as questionable for Sunday while safety Brian Dawkins (illness) was also limited but probable. Tight end Julius Thomas participated in full and is also listed as probable.
Coach Fox addressed Dumervil’s injury, saying he will be re-evaluated in the coming days leading up to the game.
“He’s been a Pro Bowl player,” Fox said. “He’s got those types of abilities. We are obviously better with him than without him. He’ll be day-to-day and a game-time decision. We’ll see how it goes.”
While Dumervil is listed as questionable, it appears as if Julius Thomas could make his first game appearance since the Cincinnati game on Sept. 18, when he injured his ankle. Thomas has practiced in full all week and would give quarterback Tim Tebow an added weapon in the offense.
Fox said that with the assistance of the medical staff, he’s confident in Thomas’ ability to play in a game.
“We do a pretty good job, our coaches do an outstanding job, our medical people do an outstanding job of getting in game condition in practice,” Fox said. “That’s why we’re out here practicing every day. There’s not quite the adrenaline probably in practice as it is in games, but I’m sure he’ll react just fine.”
WOODYARD MVP DINNER
Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard is hosting a dinner to benefit his 16Ways Foundation Tuesday night, Nov. 1, at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
The evening will include a silent auction, a meet and greet with Woodyard and his fellow teammates and a four-course meal served by none other than the Broncos players themselves.
“We’re just going to be the servers,” Woodyard said. “We’re serving the food so they’re going to order and we’re going to bring it out so hopefully we can have some smiles and everybody laughs.”
Woodyard doesn’t have any serving experience, but said that shouldn’t get in the way of ability to help out.
“I think I’m just going to stick to bussing the tables,” Woodyard said. “It’ll be pretty fun.”
Woodyard’s foundation focuses on giving back to at-risk kids in the community and working with them. He hopes to be a mentor and positive influence to kids growing up.
“That’s something that’s been lost throughout the decades and something that I’ve been doing since I was in a position to give back,” Woodyard said.
Tickets for the event can be purchased through the event’s website at http://wesleywoodyardmvpdinner.eventbrite.com/.
TEBOW ON TEBOWING
There’s been a new fad circulating the internet this week called ‘Tebowing.’ The official website lists the act as a verb meaning, ‘To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.’ The pose is taken from one Tebow took just after the team’s win against the Dolphins.
Tebow said that the act of getting on a knee and praying is a serious matter to him, but he’s aware some people might not be taking it as seriously. However, for the people that do, he’s happy to be an example.
“It’s not my job to see what people’s reasons are behind it,” Tebow said. “But I know, like a kid that tweeted me with cancer and said, “I’m Tebowing while I’m chemoing.” How cool is that? That’s worth it right there for that kid. If that gives him any encouragement or just puts a smile on his face or gives him encouragement to pray, then that’s really awesome and that’s completely worth it for me.”
Tebow said he supports the movement and hopes it encourages people to follow his lead.
“I think that’s a pretty cool thing and it’s stepping out for something that you either believe in or that you want to show or if you just want to pray, either way it’s pretty cool,” Tebow said.
Photos of the Broncos during Friday’s practice are below.