According to Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak, safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward are "fine", and will be ready to go for Super Bowl 50.
Kubiak expects safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart to be fine for Super Bowl 50.— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) February 2, 2016
Kubiak also said he expects both players to be on the practice field on Wednesday for the Broncos first practice session of Super Bowl week.
"He’s doing good. I expect Stew and T.J. to go back to work on Wednesday. They didn’t quite work today, but I expect them to be full-go on Wednesday."
This is great news for the Broncos who have struggled with the health of their safeties in the final months of the season. Backups Shiloh Keo and Josh Bush have done a good job, but having a healthy Ward and Stewart would be huge for the Broncos.
While the Broncos front seven and cornerbacks get all the attention, Ward and Stewart have been big difference makers for the team this year.
Darian Stewart suffered a sprained MCL during the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, but he told media members that he "actually feels good" last night.
"I think I got stronger mentally. I was able to run and back peddle and do my normal stuff."
Stewart was also asked about his status for this week and he told reporters that he is practicing Wednesday and he should be able to go from there.
T.J. Ward suffered an ankle injury during the AFC Championship game but appeared to be further along in his recovery last week. He also didn't appear to be favoring his ankle during Monday Night's Super Bowl 50 Opening Night. I would expect Ward to be just fine for Super Bowl 50.
Having a healthy Ward and Stewart for the Broncos will be huge against this explosive Carolina offense. They will be needed to help cover tight end Greg Olsen, help out in the run game, potentially spy on the athletic Cam Newton, and play deep safety to cover the deep pass.
The defense just works so much better when those two are on the field, and it is great that they're healthy.