Originally posted on Denver Post  |  Last updated 10/8/11

Talked to Broncos’ safety Brian Dawkins in the locker room Friday. He left the impression that despite missing two practices this week with an ankle injury _ his first two missed practices of the season _ he will play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

“”You just have to be smart about these things,” he said.

Don’t misunderstand. Even though Dawkins is in his 16th NFL season, he needs to practice during the week if he is to be effective on Sunday.

“”I need practice for speed and timing,” Dawkins said. “”As far as reps and assignments, that’s where experience helps.”

He practiced full go Friday and though he is officially listed as “questionable” on the Broncos’ injury report, Dawkins is expected to be there for his “Wolverine routine” prior to the game Sunday.

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