ENGLEWOOD—Wade Phillips was walking a little more gingerly than usual when he approached the 18-inch wooden platform that serves as the Denver Broncos’ media podium.
He looked at the box, stopped as if to consider his challenge, and then winced his way on up without anyone seeing him wince.
“I’m day to day,’’ Phillips said of his status.
Phillips is moving slowly because of a fractured rib on his left side, an injury suffered when he was inadvertently plowed into by San Diego running back Melvin Gordon during the Broncos’ 27-19 victory.
The unsuspecting Phillips was watching Bradley roby take off on a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown when the defensive coordinator found himself flying backwards from Gordon’s blow. Phillips was back boarded off the field into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital for evaluation. He was released at game’s end.
Did he consider himself lucky he didn’t suffer more injury than the fractured rib?
“Yes, because I hit the back of my head on the ground and they did the CT scan or whatever on my head and they didn’t find anything,’’ Phillips deadpanned. “I’m alright this week.”
Still, it appears he may send in defensive signals to linebacker Brandon Marshall from up in the coaches’ box this Sunday night at Oakland instead of from his customary sideline position.
“I am thinking about being in the box this week because I am in some pain and I really don’t want to get hit again, certainly,’’ he said. I did go in the box when I was with ‘Kubes’ in 2011 when they took my kidney and my gall bladder out. I went upstairs so this might be another instance. I might do that.”
Paradis sits again
Center Matt Paradis missed another practice Thursday because of his hip injury. Paradis missed the three practices last week but made every snap in the Broncos’ 27-19 win against the Chargers. He has missed both practices so far this week but hopes to participate some Friday.
Another offensive lineman, left tackle Russell Okung, sat out Thursday. The Broncos are planning to give Okung one “veteran’s day” off a week the rest of the season.