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Broncos vs. Patriots Week 16 practice participation report: Thursday

The Denver Broncos need to get their edge rushers back to 100% so they can get back to their winning ways against the New England Patriots.

The Detroit Lions took on the Denver Broncos during week 15 of 2023 NFL season Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

It’s not looking good for Denver Broncos edge rusher Nik Bonitto for this week and its also not looking good for tight end Greg Dulcich either. I would expect both players to be ruled out against the New England Patriots. However, on the plus side its looking like edge rusher Jonathon Cooper is going to be ready to go from his ankle injury and they’ll need him as the edge rusher position is a bit thin right now.

The team also rested three veterans this week in defensive lineman Mike Purcell and tight end Chris Manhertz today and running back Samaje Perine on Wednesday. They will also get rookie undrafted tackle Alex Palczewski back for this game after activating him off injured reserve earlier this week.

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

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