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Broncos vs. Chargers practice participation report: Wednesday

The Denver Broncos are the NFL’s most-injured team. Here’s their injury update for Wednesday as they prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18.

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It feels like we are just waiting for more Denver Broncos players finishing the season out on injured reserve, because that is how it has been this season. Denver has the league’s highest number of players on injured reserve and with a rather long list of DNP’s today, it might make sense to just move some of these guys into next season without risking further injury.

Starters who did not practice on Wednesday due to injury (those not yet on IR anyway) include wide receiver Kendall Hinton, defensive tackle D.J. Jones, cornerback Damarri Mathis, offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz, defensive lineman Mike Purcell, cornerback K’Waun Williams, and both backup tight ends Eric Saubert and Eric Tomlinson. While those two are not actually starters, with Greg Dulcich on IR I would expect one of them to be starting alongside Albert O in two tight end sets.

We’ve been promised change this offseason and change is needed. The training staff likely needs fresh perspective and fresh ideas. That will only come with turnover.

Anyway, here is your full Broncos-Chargers practice participation report for Wednesday.

Broncos Injury Report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Calvin Anderson T Ankle DNP DNP DNP OUT
Kendall Hinton WR Chest/Foot DNP DNP DNP OUT
D.J. Jones DT Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Jonathan Kongbo OLB Illness -- DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Damarri Mathis CB Concussion DNP LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Eric Saubert TE Knee DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Eric Tomlinson TE Ankle DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Billy Turner OL Back -- -- LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Andrew Beck FB/TE Elbow LIMITED LIMITED FULL --
Nik Bonitto OLB Elbow FULL FULL FULL --
Baron Browning OLB Back LIMITED FULL FULL --
Kareem Jackson S NIR – resting player DNP FULL FULL --
Jerry Jeudy WR Ankle LIMITED LIMITED FULL --
Quinn Meinerz G/C Foot DNP LIMITED FULL --
Mike Purcell DL Elbow/Ankle DNP LIMITED FULL --
K’Waun Williams CB Knee DNP LIMITED FULL --

Chargers Injury Report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday* Thursday* Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday* Thursday* Friday Game Status
Zander Horvath FB Ankle LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Trey Pipkins III T Knee LIMITED LIMITED FULL --
Bryce Callahan CB Groin FULL FULL FULL --
Justin Herbert QB Shoulder (left) FULL FULL FULL --
Derwin James Jr. S Concussion FULL FULL FULL --
Amen Ogbongbemiga LB Ankle FULL FULL FULL --
Troy Reeder LB Back FULL FULL FULL --
Jamaree Salyer OL Shoulder FULL FULL FULL --

BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related; *- Team did not practice / report is an estimation.

STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full—100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play.