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RB C.J. Anderson appears to have earned the No. 3 spot in the Broncos' running back rotation for now. Anderson carried four times for 22 yards against Washington in Week 8 and showed sturdiness and burst in his first game-time action since injuring his MCL in the preseason.

QB Peyton Manning was held out of the Tuesday and Wednesday practices last week, but returned to practice Monday. He continues recovering from an ankle injury that has not cost him any playing time but did keep him from practicing on Oct. 23, four days before Denver's win over Washington.

TE Julius Thomas has not practiced since injuring his ankle on Oct. 27 against Washington. Thomas dealt with complications from a slow-to-heal high ankle sprain for nearly two full seasons before finally getting healthy late last year, but this injury is not similar. He worked out with a team trainer during Monday's practice.

G Chris Kuper has not practiced since missing the Oct. 27 win over Washington with an ankle injury. Kuper has been dealing with ankle problems since fracturing his leg and tearing ankle ligaments on Jan. 1, 2012.

RB Knowshon Moreno leads the Broncos in yardage from scrimmage (743) and is tied for the team lead in total touchdowns with nine. He is on pace to become the first Broncos running back to gain more than 1,400 yards from scrimmage since Reuben Droughns in 2004.

C J.D. Walton will either remain on PUP or be added to the 53-man roster this week. Walton was on the physically unable to perform list following a second surgery to repair a fractured ankle, but began practicing Oct. 16, beginning a three-week window to decide whether he goes on the 53-man roster.

S Duke Ihenacho has not practiced since suffering an ankle injury in the first half on Oct. 27. He spent practice Monday working out with a team trainer.

OT Orlando Franklin was held out of the last three practices last Tuesday, Wednesday and this Monday. He played Oct. 27 against Washington after missing the Indianapolis game with sprains in his left knee and ankle. Franklin appeared to be laboring during the game and was at least partially responsible for two sacks.

CB Champ Bailey worked out with a team trainer during Monday's practice. He was held out of practice Tuesday and Wednesday after missing Sunday's win over Washington following a aggravation of his foot sprain. He hopes to return this week, but the Broncos could opt for caution, as he has struggled with the injury since Aug. 17.

CB Kayvon Webster should continue to be the Broncos' third cornerback for as long as Champ Bailey misses time with a sprained foot. Webster's aggressive, yet consistent play has given him the nod for playing time ahead of Tony Carter, who has been buried on the depth chart since being beaten at Dallas in Week 5.

RB Ronnie Hillman could be on the inactive list for the foreseeable future after his fourth-quarter fumble in Week 7 at Indianapolis. Hillman has fumbled four times in the last 10 games he's played, including preseason.

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