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All fifty-three members of the Denver Broncos’ active roster fully participated in Thursday’s practice, marking the first time that has occurred this season. Among the players that returned to practice was guard Chris Kuper, who broke his forearm during training camp.
Linebacker Nate Irving (concussion) was another notable addition to practice, after being limited on Wednesday. Both Irving and Kuper could theoretically play this week, but their respective statuses remain uncertain.
“It would be great (if Kuper could play this week),” Coach John Fox said after practice on Thursday. “He’s been through a lot with the ankle in the offseason and forearm in the preseason. At the end of the day, he’d much rather be out here than in the training room, so I’m sure he’s excited about it.”
The Broncos’ full injury report for their Week 5 game against New England will be announced tomorrow. Meanwhile, ten Patriots will limited in practice on Wednesday and five others were unable to participate. On Thursday, two of the Patriots’ injured players—tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez—were able to return on a limited basis.
If Denver is going to defeat New England, coming into the game at full strength as a team will certainly be a factor. Kuper’s role on the offensive line cannot be overemphasized. The team is undoubtedly excited for his return.