Denver Broncos injury wire

September, 2, 2013
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The Broncos released their first formal injury report of the week following Monday’s practice. For the second consecutive day, three players did not take part in the workout.

Cornerback Champ Bailey (foot), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and rookie running back C.J. Anderson (knee) did not participate. Guard Chris Kuper (ankle) was limited.

Bailey is still a significant question mark at this point for Thursday night's season opener. Given his experience level and knowledge of the defensive scheme, he could certainly line up and play in a game without taking part in practice during the week, but the concern would be setting him back with the foot injury if he isn’t ready to go.

If it’s close, the Broncos will likely hold him back, taking a big-picture approach with one of their captains.

Dreessen is not expected to be available for the game so Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme and Virgil Green will be in the offense. If the Broncos stick to how they were aligned in the preseason, Thomas is expected to start and get the majority of snaps when the team uses a single tight end look, either in two-back, or three-wide sets.

Anderson won’t play.

Quarterback Brock Osweiler (left, non-throwing, shoulder), defensive end Robert Ayers (Achilles/ankle), wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) and left tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder) were all listed on the report, but took part fully in practice. All four will be in uniform, ready to go, Thursday night.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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