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Broncos Week 4 Practice Report: Trio of starters ruled out for second week

Dennis Best Avatar
October 1, 2016


For the second time in as many games, the trio of DeMarcus Ware, Virgil Green, and Donald Stephenson has been ruled out for this week’s game in Tampa Bay.

Green, the team’s No. 1 tight end, has been dealing with a glaring calf injury suffered in the Week 2 win against Indianapolis, did not practice the entire week but is still listed as “day-to-day.”

“We want to get him back. We want to get him healthy. It’s something Virgil has been through before,” Kubiak told Denver media. “It was either in OTAs or camp, I don’t even remember. I think it was about an eight, nine-day deal. We’re getting pretty close to that right now. Virgil is known to come back pretty quick. I think we made progress today.”

The positive, however, in the absence of Green is the opportunity for second-year pro Jeff Heuerman to see substantial time on the gridiron after making his NFL debut in the win against Cincinnati; having one reception for 29-yards.

On the contrary, defensive end Robert Ayers, who played in Denver five years, will miss his second game as a Buccaneer after signing a three-year, $19.5 million deal back in March.

Name Position Injury Wed. Thu. Fri. Game Status
Ferentz, James C Knee FP FP FP
Fowler, Bennie WR Elbow FP FP FP
Green, Virgil TE Calf DNP DNP DNP Out
Keo, Shiloh S Knee DNP LP LP Questionable
Nelson, Corey ILB Ankle FP FP FP
Simmons, Justin S Hand LP LP FP
Stephenson, Donald T Calf DNP DNP DNP Out
Ward, T.J. S Neck LP LP FP
Ware, DeMarcus OLB Forearm DNP DNP DNP Out
Watson, Dekoda OLB Elbow FP FP FP
Winn, Billy DE Back FP FP FP


Name Position Injury Wed. Thu. Fri. Game Status
Ayers, Robert DE Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Hawley, Joe C Ankle DNP LP FP Questionable
Martin, Doug RB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Shorts, Cecil WR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Stocker, Luke TE Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out


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