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Denver Broncos at New York Jets Thursday injury report: Thompson returns to practice

Rookie running back Juwan Thompson returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis, and looks good to go for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Justin Edmonds

Denver Broncos starting running back Montee Ball missed his second day of practice which really doesn't come as a surprise. However rookie running back Juwan Thompson did return to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's practice with a knee injury. I do not think Thompson is in danger of missing this Sunday's contest against the Jets. The Broncos only have three running backs on the current roster, and if Thompson's injury was serious I would assume they would have brought up Kapri Bibbs by now.

It's beginning to look like the Broncos running back situation while Ball is out will be a running back my committee deal. While Hillman will get the start I would expect the Broncos to use their backs in situations that fit their style more, and possibly stick with the "hot hand" during the game.

The Broncos are looking pretty healthy again this week with the exception being Montee Ball. The only other Broncos player to miss today's practice was rookie offensive tackle Michael Schofield, and he's dealing with a death in the family.

After practice Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase was asked about wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders not having a touchdown despite his strong start with the Broncos. Gase replied that he's aware of it because Sanders has "let him know about" and that "hopefully, eventually he will get one" with a smirk. I like that Sanders is hungry for his first touchdown reception as a Denver Bronco. I believe once he gets one the rest will come in bunches.

Rex Ryan the Head Coach of the New York Jets believes that former Denver Broncos wide receiver, and now Jets receiver Eric Decker will play this week. Decker has been dealing a nagging hamstring injury that has made him miss sometime the past few weeks.

Ryan is also optimistic that starting inside linebacker David Harris will be able to go Sunday. Harris is currently dealing with an ankle injury. Harris is one of the Jets most important players on the team so if he isn't able to go for them on Sunday it would be a major loss for their defense.

Your complete Thursday practice report below.

Denver Broncos

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thur. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Schofield, Michael OL Non-Injury DNP DNP
Ball, Montee RB Groin DNP DNP
Thompson, Juwan RB Knee DNP Limited
Bruton, David S Ankle FULL FULL
Caldwell, Andre WR Knee FULL FULL
Harris, Chris Jr. CB Knee FULL FULL
McCray, Lerentee LB Knee FULL FULL
McManus, Brandon K Right Groin FULL FULL

New York Jets

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Participation Thur. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
Bush, Josh S Quadricep DNP DNP
Harris, David LB Shoulder DNP DNP
Nelson, David WR Ankle DNP LIMITED
Walls, Darrin DB Knee DNP LIMITED
Decker, Eric WR Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED
Mangold, Nick OL Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED
Milliner, Dee DB Quadricep LIMITED FULL
Giacomini, Breno OL Low Back FULL FULL
Harrison, Damon DL Ankle FULL FULL
Johnson, Chris RB Ankle FULL FULL
Jeff Cumberland TE Illness --- DNP


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