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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Denver, Oakland injury updates

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders both saw some key players make progress toward getting back to the field; still they are also both missing some important pieces.

Paramount for Denver is that star cornerback Champ Bailey has not practiced after injuring his hamstring in Week 1 against Oakland. Bailey didn’t play against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Denver did get some good injury news. Defensive end Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), linebacker D.J. Williams (elbow), running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and receiver Brandon Lloyd (groin) all practiced on a limited basis. There is hope they could all play Sunday at Tennessee. Williams has been out since the preseason and Dumervil, Moreno and Lloyd all missed the win over the Bengals.

In Oakland, receiver Jacoby Ford is out after injuring his hamstring in Week 1 at Denver. He left the game and hasn’t practiced or played since. With Denarius Moore coming off a big game at Buffalo, Ford could be a third receiver when he returns.

Receiver Louis Murphy, a starter for his first two seasons, is still not practicing. He’s been out since mid-August with a sports hernia. He had targeted Sunday’s game against the Jets for his return, but it will be delayed.

Starting cornerback Chris Johnson wasn’t practicing Wednesday and neither was reserve safety Mike Mitchell. Mitchell has been out for several weeks with a knee injury.

However, starting tight end Kevin Boss was back at practice and perhaps he will play for the first time in month after being shelved with a knee injury. Also, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey returned to practice after missing Sunday’s wild game at Buffalo.