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Broncos' starters head into opener healthy

9/3/2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos count down the days to the regular-season opener as healthy as they’ve been at any time since opening training camp.

The only players held out of Wednesday’s work because of injury were guard Ben Garland (ankle) and linebacker Danny Trevathan, who suffered a fracture on the top of his tibia early in training camp. Wide receiver Wes Welker and kicker Matt Prater were not on the field because each has been suspended for the first four games of the season, Welker for a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs and Prater for a violation of the substance abuse policy.

Running back Montee Ball, who played in just one offensive possession in the preseason -- four carries and four receptions against the Houston Texans -- after having an appendectomy, was a full participant as expected.

Ball has consistently said he would be ready for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and linebacker Von Miller, who both suffered ACL injuries last season, also continue to be on track for the opener.

Harris did not play in any of the team’s four preseason games and Miller played just nine snaps – all against the Texans in what was the Broncos’ third preseason game – so Sunday night’s game will be their most significant game action since their respective injuries.

Two players, guard Louis Vasquez (back) and wide receiver Isaiah Burse (heat related), left Wednesday’s practice and did not return. Broncos head coach John Fox said Vasquez’s injury didn’t appear to be serious.

"We’ll see … they’re treating him," Fox said after practice.