ENGLEWOOD - As a reminder, broken bones do not mend in two weeks.
Yet, two weeks and a day after suffering a hairline fracture in his right elbow, Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was practicing Monday.
"It's definitely not healed, but it doesn't hurt so (the heck) with it,'' said Wolfe, who wore a large brace around his right elbow. "No problems with reach or anything. It feels pretty good.''
The bye week is finished. The Broncos were back to work Monday with a heavy dose of individual and positional work.
The 7-3 Broncos play next against the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs in a potentially key AFC West matchup Sunday night at soon-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Both teams are tied for second place, a half-game behind the division-leading and 7-2 Oakland Raiders, who play Monday night against the Houston Texans in Mexico City.
Although it takes six weeks for a bone break to heal, Wolfe has said a full recovery was not necessary for him to play. After missing the Broncos’ previous game Nov. 13 at New Orleans, Wolfe is expected to play against the Chiefs.
"Ive always been a pretty fast healer,'' he said.
So is Broncos’ star cornerback Aqib Talib, who missed the previous three games with a lower back injury. Talib, Wolfe and quarterback Trevor Siemian were all practicing Monday.
Talib took an injection in his lower back Nov. 3 and it worked.
"The shot worked and so did all the rehab and conditioning I've been doing,'' Talib said.
Siemian missed two light workouts last week prior to the bye to rest his injured left, non-throwing shoulder.
However, it was somewhat discouraging that center Matt Paradis was not practicing Monday because of his troublesome hips. Paradis has sat out more than he’s practiced in recent weeks, although he has not yet missed a snap, much less a game.
Still, it’s difficult for the Broncos’ beleaguered offensive line to improve when its leader can’t practice.
The local celebrity 2016 Nike Turkey Bowl will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Veterans Park, which is located behind the police station off Interstate 25 and University Blvd.
Proceeds from the game benefit the Morgan Adams Foundation. Among those listed to participate in the football game are former University of Colorado stars and NFL players Joel Klatt, Matt Russell, Alfred Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Ryan Sutter, Dave McCloughan, Derek West and 9News’ own Chad Brown.
Other notables include former Bronco receiver Mark Jackson, Cherry Creek High School and Denver Nugget Mark Randall, NFL agent Peter Schaffer, former Colorado Rockies second baseman Mike Lansing and annual Turkey Bowl show-stopper and TV sports host Vic Lombardi.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Ty Sambrailo and Donald Stephenson would both play at right tackle Sunday against the Chiefs. “We’ve told them, ‘Whoever plays the best is going to stay in there.’ They’re going to both play. We need to improve up front at that spot. We need more consistency at that spot. We’ll see what happens. Right now, we’ll just work them all week and make a decision towards the end of the week.” ...
Rookie fullback Andy Janovich was practicing without a club-like wrap around his right hand for the first time since he broke it in the Houston game last month.