Broncos poised to shuffle offensive line

October, 24, 2013
10/24/13
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos may be forced to juggle their battered offensive line once again Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Guard Chris Kuper, who was already in the starting lineup because right tackle Orlando Franklin was injured, missed his second consecutive day of practice Thursday because of an ankle injury. Kuper has had multiple surgeries on his ankle since he dislocated it in the 2011 regular-season finale.

For his part Franklin (ankle) was limited in Thursday’s practice after being held out of Wednesday’s practice. Kuper appears unlikely to play Sunday at this point and Franklin isn’t yet full speed, so the Broncos may have to put Winston Justice into the lineup for the first time this season.

Justice was signed when Ryan Clady was moved to injured reserve earlier this season. Should the Broncos put Justice in the lineup for Franklin they could move Louis Vasquez back to his right guard spot and give Justice help if needed with a few more two-tight-end looks.

Cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) also did not practice Thursday and is not expected to play until some point after the Broncos’ bye week. Wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and defensive end Shaun Phillips (hamstring) were all limited in Thursday’s practice but all three are expected to play Sunday.

Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (groin), linebacker Wesley Woodyard (neck), wide receiver Eric Decker (toe) and defensive end Robert Ayers (shoulder) all participated fully Thursday and all are expected to play.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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