Scheffler's Golden Opportunity

With Daniel Graham nursing a high ankle sprain, Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler looks to prove himself as an all-around player.

Tight end Tony Scheffler stayed second on the depth chart when the Broncos signed Daniel Graham to a big contract this offseason.

Now that Graham is nursing a high ankle sprain, Scheffler could get a chance to show he can be a full-time tight end. Graham hasn't practiced all week and doesn't know if he will play.

Scheffler has been effective as a receiver coming off the bench, but wants to show he is an all-around player.

"That's what I need to do, is step up and show the coaches that I can be just as effective in the run game as I am in the passing game," Scheffler said.

Scheffler expected to make strides in his second season, after finishing strong his rookie year. He broke his foot in May, which cost him most of the minicamps and training camp. He returned to play, but he still isn't 100 percent.

"The pain is still there," Scheffler said. "I've learned to put it in the back of my head the last month. Hopefully, with the offseason, I'll be 100 percent next year."

Scheffler has had a solid season. He had his first career 100-yard game and a touchdown last week against Houston. Still, despite his 40 catches and 460 yards, Scheffler thought he could have done more.

"It's definitely been frustrating all year," Scheffler said.

--LB Ian Gold missed his second straight day of practice with a knee injury. He would need to make strides the next couple of days to have a chance to play against San Diego on Monday.

--TE Daniel Graham could practice Friday, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. Graham has a high ankle sprain, but he said it is improving.

--WR Brandon Stokley has practiced all week, albeit with limitations. He should be able to play against the Chargers.

--WR Javon Walker hasn't been limited in practice all week. Still, he's not 100 percent because of a lingering knee injury. If Brandon Stokley plays, Walker's playing time will probably be limited as a third receiver.

--DE Tim Crowder could get more playing time the last two weeks. John Engelberger has started, but Crowder is an up-and-coming player who should start next year, so the Broncos might want to give him a head start in the final two games.

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