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Broncos living the healthy life as playoff matchup with Colts approaches

1/8/2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos got everything they could out of a playoff bye and now it’s a matter of making it pay off in Sunday’s divisional-round game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Broncos are as healthy as they’ve been since early October. Wednesday’s practice was the first time every player on the 53-man roster practiced since Oct. 3.

All of the Broncos took part Thursday, including linebacker Brandon Marshall (left foot), guard Orlando Franklin (concussion) and safety David Bruton Jr. (concussion). Marshall was formally listed as limited in the practice while Franklin and Bruton practiced fully.

Marshall, who is the team’s leading tackler and has missed the last two games, is still on track to play at least some against the Colts.

Defensive end Quanterus Smith (knee) and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (knee) were also limited Thursday. All of the team’s other players took part fully in the workout, including tight end Julius Thomas.

Thomas, who suffered a left ankle injury Nov. 16 against the Rams, has just six catches since the injury and no touchdowns. Broncos head coach John Fox was asked following Thursday’s practice how important it would be for the Broncos’ offense to have Thomas return to his early-season form when he led the NFL with 12 touchdown receptions.

“No more or less than anybody else we’ll have active on Sunday,’’ Fox said. “You reach this point in the season, whether it’s late regular season or early playoff season, guys are playing with different things … but he’s performing well and we expect him to perform well on Sunday.’’