The Denver Broncos and their fans received a gift Wednesday afternoon as three Denver Broncos returned to practice. Wes Welker, Kayvon Webster, and Derek Wolfe all returned to practice as the team closes in on their final regular season game of the 2013 campaign. Denver recently clinched the AFC West title, their third-straight division championship under John Fox with the win over Houston last Sunday.
Wes Welker was hit hard in Denver’s win over the Tennessee Titans on December 8th, as the wide-receiver missed Denver’s last two games with a concussion. Don’t expect Welker to play this Sunday in Oakland, as the wide-receiver has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season. Derek Wolfe on the other hand became ill on Denver’s team bus on November 29th, as the team was about to take on the Chiefs. Wolfe has missed the past four games and will be a big addition to this team moving forward. Here is more from Joan Niesen of the Denver Post:
Although the team hasn’t given specific details of what was wrong with the defensive end, coach John Fox said last week that he’s been looking better and better.
Kayvon Webster, the rookie cornerback out of the University of South Florida, broke his thumb in the home loss to the San Diego Chargers, December 12th on Thursday Night Football. It was the same type of injury that linebacker Von Miller suffered two years ago. Two players were absent from the team’s Christmas day practice however, tight-end Joel Dreessen and center Steve Vallos were not at the team’s facility.
Getting back Derek Wolfe and Kayvon Webster on the defensive side of the ball is huge for Denver moving forward. As you should and may know, Denver’s all-pro linebacker Von Miller is done for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee, that he suffered on Denver’s second defensive series last Sunday. He was officially put on injured reserve on Christmas Eve. To fill Millers spot on the 53-man roster, Denver promoted linebacker Brandon Marshall from the practice squad. Nate Irving is expected to take Millers spot in the line-up, as he did when Miller served his six-game suspension earlier this season. Denver should fair just fine without Miller in the line-up, the good news is the team went 6-0 to start the season without the star.