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Broncos vs. Patriots Week 16 practice participation report: Wednesday

The Denver Broncos are hoping both tight end Greg Dulcich and edge rusher Nik Bonitto are able to progress back from injury in time for the New England Patriots game.

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Nothing too interesting on the Denver Broncos practice report to start this week. Tight end Greg Dulcich was activated off injured reserve eight days ago, but appears to have immediately suffered some sort of foot injury. We are unclear how big the injury is, but he continues to be a non-participant in practice to start his second week of eligibility to return from injured reserve.

The bigger news centers around edge rusher Nik Bonitto. We all saw how inept the pass rush was last week against the Detroit Lions and the edge rusher unit needs to perform better this week against the New England Patriots if they hope to get back on their winning ways. Head Coach Sean Payton noted that he was feeling optimistic about Bonitto, but it doesn’t sound like he will be able to return this weekend. We’ll have to wait and see.

“Good. I’m optimistic,” Payton said of Bonitto. “He’ll be questionable for this game. He didn’t go today, but I know he’s feeling better. That’s kind of day-to-day with an MCL. I know he had a good first week of rehab and recovery. It is kind of a daily [thing]. I’ll ask [Vice President of Player Health and Performance] Beau [Lowery] in the staff meeting where we are at, and it is usually two players.”

Here is your full Broncos-Patriots practice report for Wednesday.

Broncos injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Nik Bonitto OLB Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Greg Dulcich TE Hamstring / Foot DNP DNP DNP OUT
Jonathon Cooper OLB Ankle LIMITED FULL FULL --
Chris Manhertz TE NIR – rest -- LIMITED FULL --
Alex Palczewski T Knee LIMITED FULL FULL OUT
Samaje Perine RB NIR - rest DNP FULL FULL --
Mike Purcell DT NIR – rest -- DNP FULL --

Patriots injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Jabrill Peppers S Hamstring DNP DNP DNP OUT
Conor McDermott OT Concussion DNP DNP DNP QUESTIONABLE
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR Ankle LIMITED LIMITED DNP OUT
Rhamondre Stevenson RB Ankle DNP DNP DNP OUT
Christian Barmore DL Shoulder LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Ja’Whaun Bentley LB Knee LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Trent Brown OT Ankle / Hand LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Hunter Henry TE Knee DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Anfernee Jennings LB Illness -- DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Jonathan Jones CB Knee LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Matthew Slater SpT Hamstring LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Jahlani Tavai LB Ankle LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Tyrone Wheatley T Knee 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