Rookie Denver Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles susprisingly returned to practice Thursday after suffering what seemed like a horrible injury Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Per the Denver Post, Bolles returned on a limited basis and participated in early positional drills and some team drills with his left ankle heavily taped.
“Not surprised by it,” head coach Vance Joseph said. “Obviously, the initial injury we thought was more serious, but he’s treated and he’s getting better fast. He’s not there yet, so we’re not sure if he’s going to play on Sunday, but he’s getting better fast.”
Bolles was injured on a run play in the third quarter of the Broncos’ win over the Cowboys last Sunday and was carted off the field in tears. He left the stadium on crutches and with a boot on his left foot and, after undergoing further testing Monday, was determined to have a lower-leg bruise.
"He was listed as week-to-week and did not attend practice Wednesday, leading many to believe he would miss at least the Broncos’ Week 3 game at Buffalo on Sunday, if not longer," noted the Post.
“It felt good today and I was grateful,” Bolles said. “When I came out here, it was definitely a blessing to be back out here with my brothers knowing this is the greatest sport that any man can play. Knowing that I’m back out here and feeling good, that’s all that matters right now.”
Per the Post, Joseph said Bolles’ return to practice adds him in the mix to possibly suit up Sunday, but the team will see how he feels after his first day back, and after the next two days of practices.