While the week began with a blow, Friday brought some positive news on the injury front.
Demaryius Thomas returned to the practice field for the first time this week, having fully recovered from a concussion suffered last Sunday.
“He passed all of the tests, so that’s good for him and today will be another test, too — he’s got to go through a practice and feel comfortable with that,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “He didn’t have any recurring symptoms yesterday and that’s a couple days in a row (without symptoms), so we feel like we’ve gone through all of the things we’ve needed to go through to put him back on the field.”
In addition to Thomas’ return, Knowshon Moreno practiced for the second consecutive day, something that McDaniels said has the team excited.
The Broncos’ injury report features 10 players, five of which were declared out of Sunday’s game earlier this week — Robert Ayers (foot), Brian Dawkins (knee), Andre’ Goodman (quadricep), Darcel McBath (ankle) and Wesley Woodyard (hamstring).
With those five players out, McDaniels said the team might have to get creative with its lineup — “We’re looking at a few different concoctions of alignments,” — but David Bruton said he’s confident that whoever is on the field will step up.
Fortunately for the Broncos, the remaining five players on the injury report all practiced at least once this week. Andre Brown (illness) and Mario Haggan (neck) are probable for the contest, while Spencer Larsen (ankle), Moreno (hamstring) and Thomas (concussion) are listed as questionable.
As for the Jets, cornerback Darrelle Revis is questionable for the contest. The five remaining players on the injury report — linebacker Calvin Pace (foot), safety Jim Leonhard (biceps), center Nick Mangold (shoulder), guard Brandon Moore (hamstring) and linebacker Jamaal Westerman (ankle) are probable to play on Sunday.