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Broncos vs. Patriots Week 16 practice participation report: Friday

The Denver Broncos are well-rested and mostly healthy as they host the New England Patriots in Week 16 in a game they absolutely must win.

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As expected, the two players who haven’t practiced all week will not be able to go on Sunday night against the New England Patriots. Both edge rusher Nik Bonitto and tight end Greg Dulcich were ruled out for this game. Additionally, offensive lineman Alex Palczewski who was recently activated off the injured reserve was also ruled out. His situation is likely due to ramp up time needed.

Most of the rest of the injury report featured players who were given extra rest time. Denver Broncos Head Coach Sean Payton explained that part of the extra rest was due to the very long road trip the team just concluded.

“We had three games in 13 days and in three different time zones when you look at that stretch,” Payton explained. “I just felt like it was necessary. This has been good. We’re healthy, for the most part. I thought the energy this week was good. We have a night game at home. Overall, it was good. The week was good.”

As for the Patriots, they are doing the “everyone is questionable” routine that overly smart head coaches do sometimes. I would presume most of them will be good to go for this game and only those officially ruled out will actually be out.

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

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