Thursday, September 15, 2011

Broncos battling injuries heading into Week Two

When the Denver Broncos face off against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon they could be without several key players. Four starters sat out practice Wednesday and again Thursday in Dove Valley.

Cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (groin) are all on a day-to-day status, reports Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.

Defensive tackles Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas did not play on Monday and were expected to miss Sunday's game, along with linebacker D.J. Williams (elbow) and Demaryius Thomas (finger, Achilles).

The Broncos will officially declare the statuses of the four injured starters on Friday.

Meanwhile, Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton was not able to throw at practice on Wednesday and may miss Sunday's game. Veteran quarterback Bruce Gradkowski will start against the Broncos if Dalton is not ready to go.

Here's hoping the injured Broncos heal up quickly. Their absence will certainly be felt by the Broncos.

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