ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles made more progress this week with a lower leg injury than perhaps even he thought he would, but he remains a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Bolles suffered what team officials called a bone bruise in his lower left leg in the third quarter of the Broncos’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. An emotional Bolles was taken to the locker room on a cart and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam Monday ruled out a fracture and other damage.
He was held out of the team’s practice Wednesday, but participated, on a limited basis, Thursday. The team had a walk-through Friday before it departed for Buffalo, and Bolles took part in that as well.
Bolles, who has started the team's first two games, has formally been listed as questionable against the Bills. The Broncos will practice Saturday in the Buffalo area, and they will decide then if the rookie will play.
His physical health is the biggest part of the decision, but his missed practice time on Wednesday hurts because that's when the Broncos typically work in some of the run scheme for that week’s game.
“That was our first- and second-down run game install,’’ said Broncos coach Vance Joseph after Friday’s practice. “... Your concern is always with his preparation versus physical -- if he’s ready to play physically … those mental reps he missed Wednesday, that’s a concern.’’
Wide receiver Bennie Fowler, who was on the field Friday for the team’s walk-through, remains in the concussion protocol and was listed as questionable.
Running back Devontae Booker, who has not played after surgery to repair a fracture in his wrist in July, has practiced the past two weeks, and Joseph said Booker was “available’’ to play this week. However, when asked if Booker would play, Joseph replied “not sure.’’
With C.J. Anderson getting the bulk of the carries in first two games and Jamaal Charles the No. 2 back, the Broncos currently lead the league in rushing at 159 yards per game. Anderson ranks second in the NFL after two games with 199 yards, which includes his 118 against the Cowboys Sunday.