A day removed from enjoying plates full of good food, the Broncos got back to practice this morning. They enjoyed another early practice starting at 10:20 am as they wrapped up their preparation for the Jets.
And since we leave early for the long plane ride across the country tomorrow, the early schedule had all the players smiling.
WE KNOW WHERE WE STAND
A lot can be said about players focusing on only the game at hand and never looking down the road, and everyone in the Broncos locker room would agree with that.
At the same time, given the close race for the AFC West title, you can bet that the Broncos have a good feel for how the final stretch of the season is playing out.
“As a player you always tell yourself, ‘Let’s take it one week at a time,’ but I know we’re 6-5, San Diego’s 4-7, and in the AFC West whoever wins the division is going to be in the playoffs,” Ebenezer Ekuban said. “The way it’s looking right now, there’s going to be no wild card for second place. You recognize it, but does it take over your mind totally? No, it doesn’t. Our priority is still focusing on the next play and the next game.”
And in this next game against the Jets, Ekuban sees a pair of running backs in Thomas Jones and Leon Washington that look similar to the 1-2 punch in San Diego.
“They’re very comparable to Tomlinson and Sproles back there,” Ekuban said. “You have your north and south guy in Jones and your cutback, energy guy in Washington. It’s going to be a tough matchup.”
ALMOST HELMET-FLYING TIME?
There’s a chance Broncos fans might get to see the flowing dreadlocks and flying helmet of Nate Webster on Sunday.
He hasn’t played since injuring his knee against Miami, but he has been back on the field practicing. Today, he says he participated fully.
“They kept me in all the drills and I participated in everything, so I’m back,” Webster said.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s absolutely going to play this weekend against the Jets.
“I feel good. I feel ready to go. It’s definitely a good feeling,” Webster said. “But it’s up to Coach right now. So I’m looking forward to Coach’s game-time decision this weekend. Most definitely, for sure I’ll be back next week.”
The Broncos and Jets have released their official injury report for Friday.
The Broncos have listed Champ Bailey, Eddie Royal, Nate Webster and Selvin Young as questionable. Marlon McCree remains out.
For the Jets, the only two players listed as questionable are LB David Harris and S Eric Smith.
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com
And now for some pictures…