When the Chargers upset the Broncos two weeks ago, Denver wasn’t at full strength. Head coach Gary Kubiak wasn’t standing on the sideline, nor was outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware able to play.
When the two teams meet again on Sunday, it sounds like the Broncos will be a lot closer to full strength.
Nicki Jhabvala for The Denver Post reports Ware practiced again Friday, indicating the nine-time Pro Bowler is still on track to see his first action since Week 2 after sustaining a dislocated elbow. Jhabvala also reports interior linebacker Brandon Marshall (hamstring) and cornerback Aqib Talib (back) both returned to practice, as well, after missing Wednesday or Thursday, giving both a chance to suit up this week.
On the offensive side of the ball, center Matt Paradis (hip) did not practice.
All three defensive players are likely to remain listed as questionable on the injury report. However, practicing on Friday is typically a good indication a player will be a go on Sunday. In Ware’s case, he’s been limited all week, so it’s reasonable to assume he’ll be available. For the others, it might depend what they are able to do in practice or could be game-time decisions, but there is at least hope.
With a victory against Denver in hand and coming off of back-to-back wins, the Chargers are suddenly lurking as threats in the AFC West. Another upset would bring their record to .500 and knock the Broncos to 5-3, so this game has taken on a great deal of importance.