Sunday's loss at Indy exacted not only an emotional toll on Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but a physical one as well.
As a result, Manning, Champ Bailey, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Shaun Phillips, Joel Dreessen, and Chris Kuper did not practice. Orlando Franklin, whose absence against the Colts contributed in large part to Manning's rough night, did not practice either.
Following the departure of Tavarres King, the Broncos have signed WR Chad Bumphis to their practice squad.
Bumphis went undrafted out of Mississippi State and signed with Miami, who made him one of their first cuts this summer.
According to Mike Klis, cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to miss Denver's upcoming game against Washington due to the foot injury he aggravated at Indy.
Meanwhile, Klis suggests that right tackle Orlando Franklin figures to be listed as questionable at best for the Return of Shanny.
Denver's bye is the following week, which has to figure into the decision on whether to play Franklin this Sunday.
Carolina claimed WR Tavarres King off waivers from Denver on Monday. King had been waived to make room for Von Miller, merely days after the Broncos had convinced him to stick around rather than join the NFCN-leading Packers. The 2013 fifth-rounder joins a team that has won three of its last four games; the Panthers cut cornerback D.J. Moore to make room for him.
Good for Tavarres; we wish him well, and hope he's able to take advantage of his new opportunity.
Just days after convincing Tavarres King to stay in Denver rather than sign with Green Bay, the Broncos have released their fifth-round wideout. A move was necessary to make room for Von Miller, who is returning from suspension.
King had been on Denver's practice squad and drawn interest from the Packers, who placed WR Randall Cobb on short-term IR this week.
Orlando Franklin is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Indy, but Louis Vasquez will indeed start in his place; Chris Kuper will assume his familiar spot at right guard.
Robert Ayers was a full participant for the first time all week, while Wesley Woodyard remained limited and is listed as questionable. John Fox says Woodyard's status will be a game-time decision, but both Ayers and Woodyard are expected to play.
What were we saying just a day ago - that Denver's defense would face a huge hurdle at Indianapolis on Sunday night? Granted, we weren't alone, as many had crowned the Colts as Denver's prime AFC competition following their big Week 5 win over the Seahawks.
The Chargers (3-3) defense wasn't so impressed, holding the Colts (4-2) to 12 first downs, 267 total yards, and just 21:29 of ball possession during their 19-9 win.
Denver's secondary will finally be intact Sunday, as Champ Bailey (foot) is set to make his season debut and will start against Jacksonville. Chris Harris (concussion) will also play, after having been cleared from his concussion and practiced in full on Friday. Both are listed as probable, along with seven others.
Champ Bailey was a full practice participant Wednesday, for the first time since he suffered his foot injury during the preseason. He's expected to make his debut on Sunday against Jacksonville.
However, fellow defensive starters Wesley Woodyard (neck), Chris Harris (concussion), and Robert Ayers (shoulder) did not practice due to the injuries they sustained in Dallas.
Heading into their Week 5 game at Dallas, it appears the Broncos have dodged their injury scare with linebacker Danny Trevathan, who is listed as probable.
Champ Bailey and Paris Lenon were limited Friday and are questionable, while Eric Decker, Manny Ramirez, Matt Prater, Joel Dreessen, Chris Kuper, and Mitch Unrein were full participants and are probable.