Although the Broncos received bad news on Wednesday when running back Willis McGahee was placed on injured reserve, there was a positive development on the injury front as cornerback Tracy Porter participated in the portion of practice open to the media for the first time in several weeks.
Porter has missed the past five games and has practiced just four times since symptoms related to a seizure he suffered in August flared up. He was listed as a limited participant on Wed., Oct. 24 and Wed., Oct. 31, a full participant on Thur., Nov 1, and a limited participant the last time the Broncos took the practice field on Nov. 16.
Prior to missing time, Porter played all five games for the Broncos, starting four of them. He made 21 tackles with one interception that he returned 43 yards to seal Denver’s Week 1 win over Pittsburgh. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after that performance, in which he tied for the second-most pass breakups in a game in team history with five and ranked second on the team with eight tackles.
Porter was one of 51 Broncos out on the field at the start of individual drills with only cornerback Omar Bolden (concussion) missing. Bolden was on the field for the stretching portion of practice. With McGahee being placed on injured reserve earlier in the day, the team only has 52 players on its active roster at the moment.
UPDATE: Porter was listed as a full participant in Denver’s practice on Wednesday, marking the first full practice for the cornerback since Nov. 1. Cornerback Champ Bailey did not participate (non-injury reasons) and neither did Bolden. Defensive end Derek Wolfe (quadriceps), tight end Virgil Green (hamstring) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (knee) were limited. Guard Chris Kuper (ankle), defensive end Robert Ayers (groin) and running back Ronnie Hillman (hamstring) were all full participants.