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Bengals vs Broncos injury report: T.J. Ward back at practice; Darian Stewart held out

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The Denver Broncos welcomed T.J. Ward back to the active roster. The safety position is much maligned in recent weeks as David Bruton Jr. was just sent to season-ending injured reserve earlier this week. Darian Stewart is still nursing an injury and did not practice again today. We will want to watch his progress closely this week as the position is incredibly weak behind the two starters now that Bruton is done for the year.

Brock Osweiler was already named the starter as Peyton Manning will not be active again this week. It appears he may have had some kind of setback last week when he missed practice on Friday. Either way, it certainly looks like Manning is running out of time to get healthy. It would be risky to bring him back to start a playoff game after missing two months of reps.

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals are still without Andy Dalton, but made it known today that star tight end Tyler Eifert will also be held out of the game on Monday Night Football, leaving A.J. McCarron with few weapons to choose from outside of A.J. Green.

Here is the full Week 16 injury report. Note that the Broncos did not practice Friday (Christmas), so those participation levels are estimates only.

Denver Broncos

Player Pos. Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Game Status
Omar Bolden S Hamstring DNP DNP
Todd Davis ILB Shoulder DNP DNP
Peyton Manning QB Foot DNP DNP
Darian Stewart S Hamstring DNP DNP
C.J. Anderson RB Back/Ankle LIMITED LIMITED
Lerentee McCray OLB Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED
T.J. Ward S Ankle LIMITED LIMITED
Andre Caldwell WR Quadricep FULL FULL
Owen Daniels TE Knee/Knee FULL FULL
Bennie Fowler WR Ankle FULL FULL
Evan Mathis G Ankle FULL FULL
Brock Osweiler QB Left Shoulder FULL FULL
Vance Walker DE Shoulder FULL FULL
DeMarcus Ware OLB Back FULL FULL

Cincinnati Bengals

Player Pos. Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Game Status
Andy Dalton QB Right Thumb OUT OUT
Vontaze Burfict LB Knee DNP FULL
Tyler Eifert TE Concussion DNP DNP
George Iloka S Groin DNP DNP
Emmanuel Lamur LB Hamstring LIMITED FULL
Vincent Rey LB Hamstring LIMITED FULL
Jake Fisher T/G Conssusion FULL FULL