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Monday, October 7, 2013
Broncos still hopeful on injury front

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos arrived back in Colorado late Sunday night after their 51-48 victory in Dallas with plenty of work for head trainer Steve Antonopulos and his staff.

And Monday they were still hoping for the best.

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard (neck), defensive end Robert Ayers (left shoulder) and cornerback Chris Harris (concussion) all left Sunday’s game and were evaluated Monday. Cornerback Omar Bolden also left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Broncos coach John Fox classified all of the injuries as “nothing serious.’’

For his part, Woodyard said he felt “good, I’m fine.’’ Ayers, who was wearing a heavy wrap on his shoulder, and Harris will likely miss some practice time. Harris now falls under the league’s concussion protocol, which at best means he could practice fully by Friday. Per the league’s protocol a player who feels “normal’’ one day after the game could pass cognitive testing on Tuesday and begin a light exercise program. They could do more Wednesday, participate in non-contact aspects of practice on Thursday and practice fully Friday.

And that’s only if Harris passes cognitive testing Tuesday.

Asked if “nothing serious’’ meant the players would practice this week, Fox said,  “We’ll know that Wednesday.’’