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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Broncos report: Woodyard 'good to go'

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- There’s a part of Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard who believes the numbers may tell a fib or two.

And he, like everyone else who looked in on the New York Giants' loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night, saw Giants quarterback Eli Manning finish with 450 yards passing and four touchdowns as three Giants receivers (Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle) topped 100 yards.

“But I think they’re going to do what we’ve seen them do last year and last week, they’re going to pound the ball down the field,’’ Woodyard said. “Because that’s what they like to do.’’

Woodyard, who was moved into the middle-linebacker spot during training camp, is a big part of the team’s run defense, and was held out of Wednesday’s practice because of a sprained right ankle he suffered against the Ravens. Woodyard re-entered the game against Baltimore after getting the ankle re-taped, but has not yet practiced this week.

However, he said Wednesday he was confident he would be “good to go,’’ for Sunday's game and “full swing’’ for Thursday’s practice. Meantime, the Broncos have leaned on veteran Paris Lenon as Woodyard’s backup despite the fact Lenon hasn't even been with the team for a month. Lenon replaced Woodyard against the Ravens -- playing eight snaps on defense -- and worked with the starters in Wednesday’s practice as well.

Wesley Woodyard
Wesley Woodyard hasn't practiced this week after spraining an ankle in Denver's opener.
Lenon might have been unsigned when the Broncos called last month, but he has been the savvy veteran Denver hoped he was when the team worked him out and signed him Aug. 20. The 35-year-old arrived in peak physical condition and did his homework quickly enough that the Broncos have used him in the starting defense.

“He’s a high-football-character guy, has good football intelligence,’’ said Broncos coach John Fox. “Our coaches are working very hard, overtime, with him and he’s been very receptive.’’