Injuries: Broncos' Wes Welker returns to practice; Robert Ayers sits

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos offense got some good news this week when wide receiver Wes Welker returned to the practice field. Meanwhile, defensive end Robert Ayers was held out.

After the Denver Broncos' 40-10 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week, they came away not only with a damaged ego, but also with four starters ailing, wide receiver Wes Welker among them.

News emerged after the game that Welker had suffered an ankle injury.  The next day, the team came and out and declared the injury a "mild ankle sprain."

After missing just two days of practice, Welker was back on the field on Monday. It is unclear if Welker will play in Saturday's Week 3 preseason showdown with the St. Louis Rams, but all reports seem to indicate that he will be ready to go.

Shameless plug:  I was on Yahoo! Sports Radio last night on The Final score with Bryan Benway talking about the Broncos. Among the topics was how quarterback Peyton Manning has connected with Welker this summer.  Here's a link to the audio (clicking it will download it to your computer).  Alternatively, listen to it on iTunes here.

Held out of practice on Wednesday were Robert Ayers (foot), center Ryan Lilja (unknown), Jeremiah Johnson (toe), C.J. Anderson (knee), Stewart Bradley (wrist), Derek Wolfe (neck) Champ Bailey (foot), per USA Today's Lindsay Jones.

The Broncos will take on the Rams on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. MT.  The game will be nationally broadcast on CBS and will re-air on NFL Network the next day (Aug. 25) at 1:00 a.m. MT and on Wednesday (Aug. 28) at 11 a.m. MT.

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