Peyton Manning was a full participant, while Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and Joel Dreessen made limited returns; Champ Bailey was again limited.
Peyton Manning (ankle), Wes Welker (concussion), Julius Thomas, (knee), and Joel Dreessen (knee) were held out of practice on Wednesday.
Champ Bailey (foot) was limited, while six others were listed on the injury report as full participants.
Manning is expected to practice on Thursday and Friday in preparation for his 14th showdown with Tom Brady.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos may face a decimated Patriots secondary on Sunday night in Foxboro. New England is expected to be without CB Alfonzo Dennard, who missed Monday's loss to Carolina due to an injury that reportedly required his knee to be scoped.
Corner Aqib Talib, who allowed Steve Smith to occupy his dome for much of Monday night, was sidelined late in the game after aggravating a hip injury that had caused him to miss the Pats' three prior games.
Peyton Manning, Duke Ihenacho, and 11 other Broncos are listed as probable for Sunday night's showdown with the visiting first-place Chiefs.
But as Jack Del Rio put it Friday, he'd list his quarterback's status as "definite," if that were possible on NFL injury reports.
Denver's full roster practiced, but Champ Bailey continued to work with the scout team, and is listed as doubtful.
Peyton Manning, Joel Dreessen, and Nate Irving returned to practice Thursday, albeit in a limited fashion. Champ Bailey and Duke Ihenacho practiced again, but were again limited.
Manning had been sidelined Wednesday to rest his ailing right ankle, which was heavily taped during practice. He also wore a glove on his throwing hand, perhaps in anticipation of cold conditions at SAF@MH on Sunday night.
Peyton Manning rested his ailing right ankle on Wednesday, while Champ Bailey returned to practice, albeit in a limited fashion.
Nate Irving (shoulder) and Joel Dreessen (knee) were also held out, while Robert Ayers got the day off with his wife expecting the birth of their first child.
Peyton Manning is likely to be limited in practice this week, but "absolutely will play" on Sunday night against the Chiefs, after an MRI turned up no new damage to his injured ankle.
Manning originally suffered a high right ankle sprain in Week 6 against Jacksonville, and aggravated the injury at Indianapolis in Week 7, and again yesterday at San Diego.
John Fox, who underwent aortic valve replacement surgery on Monday, was released from a hospital in Charlotte, NC on Friday. The Broncos released a statement on Fox's behalf, which said, in part:
My recovery is progressing well — I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right.
Although I’m eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff.
Wes Welker made a limited return to practice on Thursday, while Champ Bailey and Duke Ihenacho were again sidelined.
Orlando Franklin, Manny Ramirez, Julius Thomas, and Joel Dreessen were again limited.
Jack Del Rio spoke in the morning with John Fox, who he describes as "a little tired," but in good spirits.
With John Fox still in intensive care - although reportedly recovering well - plus Gary Kubiak's health scare and the consuming Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito story, it's been easy to lose sight of Sunday's game at San Diego.
But Denver will play five AFCW games among its final eight, and given the Chiefs' flawless record, each and every one of them figures to be crucial.
Jack Del Rio's crew practiced Wednesday without Wes Welker (ankle), Duke Ihenacho (ankle), and Champ Bailey (foot), while Orlando Franklin (ankle), Manny Ramirez (knee), Julius Thomas (ankle), and Joel Dreessen (knee) were limited.