Broncos set for Miller, Woodyard in lineup

October, 18, 2013
10/18/13
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It may not be the return most showed up at the Broncos complex to talk about this week, but the team finished the practice week Friday feeling pretty good about the return they’ve been waiting to see.

Linebacker Von Miller, who was back on the practice field Monday for the first time this season after a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance policy, finished the week well, Broncos coach John Fox said, and is on track to start against the Colts.

“He’s had a great week of practice. Obviously he’s got a lot of energy, he’s got fresh legs,’’ Fox said. “He’s excited about playing and his teammates are excited about watching him.’’

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard (neck) also took part in Friday’s practice on a limited basis and was formally listed as questionable for the game. If Woodyard doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he is expected to play.

“He’s definitely further ahead this week,’’ Fox said.

As they have through practice this week, the Broncos will have to shuffle things in the offensive front because of right tackle Orlando Franklin’s injury. Franklin left Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with knee and ankle injuries. The ankle has been the biggest concern as he was held out of practice all week, including Friday. The Broncos listed him as doubtful and he is not expected to play Sunday with Louis Vasquez expected to line up at right tackle with Chris Kuper at right guard.

Defensive end Robert Ayers (left shoulder), defensive end Shaun Phillips (hamstring) and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (neck), were all limited in practice at some point this week, but participated fully Friday and are on track to play.

Tight end Virgil Green (back), wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee), wide receiver Eric Decker (shoulder), cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and Kuper (ankle) all participated fully through the week and were listed as probable for the game. All are expected to play.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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