Bob Sanders didn't feel he could practice at full speed yet on Friday after completing a full workout on Wednesday, so head coach Tony Dungy became a bit more pessimistic on the chances of his star safety playing against the Broncos on Sunday. As a result, Marlin Jackson, who's been practicing all week at safety as well, could get his first NFL start at that position. Jackson has primarily been the team's nickel back and a reserve cornerback since being drafted with Indianapolis' No. 1 pick in 2005.
A few players who were expected to play were officially upgraded to probable status, including center Jeff Saturday, starting right defensive tackle Raheem Brock, stronside linebacker Gilbert Gardner, punter Hunter Smith, kicker Adam Vinatieri, reserve offensive tackle Charlie Johnson and returns specialist Terrence Wilkins.
But two more were added on Friday, bringing the team's grand total on the official injury report to 23. Reserve linebacker Rocky Boiman (groin) and backup quarterback Jim Sorgi (upper back) are both on the list, although both practiced.
Defensive tackle Montae Reagor, wide receiver Brandon Stokley, and reserve linebacker and special teams player Keith O'Neil will all miss Sunday's game.
The Broncos got some promising news when starting right defensive tackle Gerard Warren -- arguably their best defensive lineman -- returned to practice for the first time this week. If he's able to play, they will only be missing starting left tackle Matt Lepsis from their lineup.
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