ENGLEWOOD—With no more “probable” designation on the injury report, we are left to placing “questionable” under closer inspection.
There is “questionable” leaning toward ‘’doubtful’’ and there is ‘’questionable’’ leaning toward ‘’probable.’’ Demaryius Thomas and Derek Wolfe are listed as “questionable” to play Sunday for the Denver Broncos in their game against the Indianapolis Colts. But they’re playing.
Wolfe, the Broncos’ best defensive lineman along their three-man front, is suffering from neck pain after he was whiplashed by a facemask yank from Carolina center Ryan Kalil.
“There’s a difference between being injured and hurt,’’ Wolfe said Friday. “Right now I’m just hurt, something just hurts me. I’m not injured. I just have to deal with the pain. That’s the issue, that’s the difference. If you have a real injury, then you shouldn’t be playing.”
Thomas, the Broncos’ co-No. 1 receiver with Emmanuel Sanders, has a sore left hip.
“He’s doing well,’’ said Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. “He took the reps we wanted him to take. I think his steps continue to be good toward game day. Hopefully, he’ll continue to get better tomorrow and as we get to Sunday.”
Broncos backup receiver Bennie Fowler (right elbow) is out and offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo is questionable – leaning toward questionable. Sometimes "questionable" is just that. It's between Sambrailo and Darrion Weems as the backup offensive tackle Sunday. Sambrailo has practiced little, but it might be difficult to not dress up his versatility.
Tight end Jeff Heuerman was not part of the final injury report so only a coach’s decision can prevent him from playing in his first NFL game Sunday.
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