Thursday injury update with Kubiak
All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown was a full participant in Thursday’s practice and appears on track to be ready for Sunday night’s game against the 49ers.
Brown has missed the last two games with turf toe. But head coach Gary Kubiak thought Brown looked “pretty good” in practice Thursday.
“He hung in there all day. Said he felt good,” Kubiak said. “So unless he comes in tomorrow sore or something, I think we're heading in the right direction toward Sunday. I think today was a big step for him.”
Brown said he expects to play on Sunday. But will he still feel the effects of his injured toe?
"I don't think so," he said. "That was another one of my worries, like having constant pain but I didn't have that today. Gametime is going to be different but I don't think anybody is ever playing 100 percent. Very rarely at this point in the season are people 100 percent."
Another member of the starting offensive line missed practice again on Thursday, though. Starting right guard Brandon Brooks is dealing with a toe injury and hasn’t practiced this week. Brooks is “day to day,” according to Kubiak. If Brooks can’t play on Sunday, Ben Jones would get the start.
Linebackers Darryl Sharpton (foot/hip) and Tim Dobbins (hamstring) also missed practice. Brian Cushing (concussion), Andre Johnson (shin) and Greg Jones (foot/groin) were limited participants in practice, according to Kubiak.
Johnson has been dealing with his shin injury for a while and Cushing hasn’t passed the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Jones said he's going to play.