Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said this morning he believed running back Knowshon Moreno would ready to go for at least some duty in Sunday's game against the 49ers in London.
In the early portion of Wednesday's practice, Moreno grabbed his right hamstring and consulted with Broncos head trainer Steve Antonopulos. Moreno missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury and then missed three games earlier this season with another hamstring injury.
Asked this morning, before practice, what Moreno's status would be, McDaniels said:
"I think he's going to be fine."
The Broncos began practice just after 10 a.m. Moreno was in uniform, albeit in kicker Matt Prater's No. 5 jersey, on the field, and expected to take
McDaniels, however, did say that defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson (groin) and cornerback Perrish Cox (concussion) would not make the trip to London. The Broncos chartered flight leaves Thursday afternoon and the teams is scheduled to arrive in London early Friday morning.
Both Cox and Vickerson were unable to finish Sunday's loss to the Raiders and neither had practiced this week.
With Vickerson's injury, as well as linebacker Robert Ayers (foot) not making the trip, Le Kevin Smith will almost certainly have to be in the team's rotation in the defensive front on Sunday.
Smith, who spent last season with the Broncos before being released at the end of this year's training camp, was re-signed Monday.
"He should be active and we'll use him as much as we need to," McDaniels said.
"He knows what we're doing and he's gotten work here the last two days ... it's the normal week for a guy you pick up."
The Broncos plan to take wide receiver Eddie Royal, who did not finish last Sunday's loss to the Raiders because of a groin injury, on the trip to see how much progress he can make before Sunday's game.