ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- After being limited in Wednesday’s practice with a right groin strain, Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus took part fully in Thursday’s workout and head coach John Fox said McManus would kick in Sunday’s game in Seattle.
"Yeah, he’s fine," Fox said. "He’s got a very strong leg, as I’ve mentioned before … So, so far, so good."
When kicker Matt Prater was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, the Broncos traded a conditional seventh-round draft pick for McManus.
McManus has consistently showed a powerful leg thus far. He’s tied for the league lead in touchbacks on kickoffs, with 10 -- and though he hasn’t been tested with a kick in the closing seconds to decide a game, the Broncos feel he has the potential to have top-tier range.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan continues to make progress toward a return to the lineup following the team’s Week 4 bye week.
Trevathan, who worked with the Broncos' strength and conditioning coaches only on Wednesday, took part in a smattering of individual drills Thursday, including some drops into pass coverage. Trevathan, who wore a helmet for the first time since a training camp injury, then moved off to work with the team’s strength coaches when the Broncos went to team drills.
The Broncos believe Trevathan could be ready for a full return when the Broncos return from next week’s bye and be available for the team’s Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Trevathan, who was the team’s leading tackler last season and an every-down player in the team’s defense, suffered a fracture at the top of his tibia on Aug. 12. Though he did not take part in the Broncos' practice Wednesday (he stretched with the team), it was his first appearance on the field in a practice jersey since the injury.
Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who had been excused from team activities Monday and Wednesday, was back on the practice field Thursday. Austin’s father, Marvin Sr., was involved in an automobile accident Sunday.
Other than Trevathan, linebacker Lerentee McCray (knee) was the only other Broncos player held out of practice because of injury.