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Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers Thursday Injury Report: Juwan Thompson returns to practice

Here's your Thursday injury report Broncos Country

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The Denver Broncos continue their tough stretch through their schedule this Sunday Night when they host the San Francisco 49ers. This Sunday's game will be the Broncos fifth game against a team that won at least 10 games in 2013.

Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox expects the Niners to be a tough test for his team this Sunday Night.

"I think we’ve had a pretty salty schedule thus far and this week is no different. A team that’s been to three championship games, lost the championship game a year ago, one of the better records in football in recent history, very well coached, good organization, and an outstanding roster in all phases of the game."

Now the Broncos did receive some good news on the practice field. Rookie running back Juwan Thompson missed his second straight Wednesday practice this week, but did return to "full practice" accroding to Fox.

Other than Thompson, the only other absent Broncos player was running back Montee Ball who is still recovering from a groin injury that suffered in week five against the Arizona Cardinals.

One more tidbit on the running backs, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator offered a bit of a back-handed compliment to starting running back Ronnie Hillman today.

That has always been an issue for Hillman. He has a hard time making people miss. If he can develop that aspect of his game, and combine that with his speed he could have some big plays in the future.

Here's a quick video of Von Miller working on his pass rushing technique during today's practice. Miller has been looking like his old self in 2014, and will need to continue that success if the Broncos defense wants to keep quarterback Colin Kaepernick in check.

There has been a lot of talk about who will catch Peyton Manning's record breaking touchdown pass, but wide receiver Demaryius Thomas isn't too worried about it. The Broncos All-Pro wide receiver only cares about winning.

Only winners get wings.

As for the Niners, they will more then likely be without one of their team leaders, and best players on Sunday Night.

The 49ers are one banged up squad. They will be missing linebacker Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman due to injury, and pass rusher Aldon Smith because of a suspension. Also cornerback/safety Jimmie Ward is also in doubt for Sunday Night's game. They're already without their starting nose tackle Glenn Dorsey as well.

Even with all those losses they Niners haven't missed a beat on defense, but could the loss of Willis be too much for them to overcome, especially against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos high-powered offense?

Denver Broncos

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thur. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Ball, Montee RB Groin DNP DNP
Thompson, Juwan RB Knee DNP FULL
Bolden, Omar CB Groin FULL FULL
Bruton, David S Ankle FULL FULL
Harris, Chris Jr. CB Knee FULL FULL
McManus, Brandon K Right Groin FULL FULL
Nelson, Corey LB Hamstring FULL FULL

San Francisco 49ers

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thur. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Iupati, Mike G Concussion DNP DNP
Smith, Justin DE Non-Injury DNP FULL
Ward, Jimmie S Quadricep DNP DNP
Willis, Patrick LB Toe DNP DNP
Brock, Tramaine CB Toe LIMITED LIMITED
Cook, Chris CB Quadricep LIMITED LIMITED
Culliver, Chris CB Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED
Davis, Anthony T Knee/Ankle LIMITED LIMITED
Jerod-Eddie, Tony DE Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED
Johnson, Stevie WR Hip LIMITED LIMITED
Williams, Ian DT Ankle/Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED
Davis, Vernon TE Back FULL FULL


BOLD-Indicates change in status

Out - player definitely will not play

Doubtful - at least 75% chance player will not play

Questionable - 50-50 chance player will not play

Probable - virtual certainty player will be available for normal duty