Denver Broncos Injury Update: Patrick Surtain returns to practice on limited basis

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Aug 11, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II (2) and cornerback Bless Austin (38) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos received some semblance of good news regarding players dealing with injuries. Leading up to their Sunday Night Football matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, Denver could have more reinforcements by kickoff.

Denver Broncos Thursday Practice Report

The Broncos continued their practice preparation for the 49ers on Thursday at the UCHealth Training Center.

One storyline surrounding the week revolved around star cornerback Patrick Surtain who suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s 16-9 win vs. the Houston Texans.

Surtain was deemed day-to-day by Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett.

On Thursday, Surtain was back on the practice field for the Broncos in a limited capacity, working position-specific drills.

Friday’s practice will be telling regarding whether or not Surtain will play on Sunday against the 49ers.

Other players who were limited on Thursday featured wide receiver KJ Hamler (knee/hip) for the second consecutive day, D.J. Jones (ankle), and offensive guard Quinn Meinerz (hamstring).

Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring), outside linebacker Jonathan Cooper (hamstring), defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (neck), Mike Purcell (elbow), and offensive guard Dalton Risner (elbow) each popped up on Thursday’s report as limited participants.

Meinerz change from DNP to limited came as a surprise considering his initial timeline was considered up to four weeks after injuring his hamstring during Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

For the second group of limited players, a further update will be provided on Friday by Nathaniel Hackett.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ribs) did not participate in Thursday’s practice but was spotted catching passes on the sideline, wearing a helmet and pads before heading into the team fieldhouse.

Whether or not Jeudy practices on Friday will be telling about his potential status against the 49ers on Sunday.

Cornerback Darius Phillips (hamstring) was listed as a DNP for the second consecutive day.

Veteran linebacker Josey Jewell (calf) was a full participant in Thursday’s practice according to Hackett.

He’s missed the first two games of the season but appears to be on track to make his regular-season debut on Sunday.

Joining him as full participants were outside linebacker Randy Gregory, cornerback K’Waun Williams (hand), safety Caden Sterns (hip), and offensive tackle Billy Turner (knee).

The Denver Broncos final injury report with updated game statuses will be announced by head coach Nathaniel Hackett following Friday’s practice.