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Eric Decker misses practice with knee injury

Eric Decker AP

What at first appeared to be very bad news for Broncos receiver Eric Decker (a suspected torn ACL) ended up being not-so-bad news (a mildly torn/sprained MCL).  But good news has yet to come for the Broncos as they prepare for a date with the Patriots in the divisional playoffs.

Decker didn’t practice Wednesday, along with safety Brian Dawkins (neck) and long snapper Lonnie Paxton (not injury related).

The injury to Decker’s knee came when Steelers linebacker James Harrison hit Decker low after catching a pass.  Though not an illegal play, plenty of players would prefer not to place their careers at risk via hits to the knee.

Limited in practice were safety David Bruton (Achilles’ tendon), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (ankle), and tight end Daniel Fells (ankle).  Linebacker Von Miller (thumb) fully participated in practice.

For the Patriots, only defensive tackle Kyle Love didn’t practice, under the “not injury related” label.  Practicing on a limited basis were 15 players:  safety Kyle Arrington (foot), safety Patrick Chung (foot), guard Dan Connolly (groin), receiver Julian Edelman (back), linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb), safety James Ihedigbo (shoulder), tackle Matt Light (ankle), guard Logan Mankins (knee), cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder), linebacker Rob Ninkovich (hip), receiver Matt Slater (shoulder), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot), receiver Wes Welker (knee), and linebacker Tracy White (abdomen).

Quarterback Tom Brady fully practiced with a left shoulder injury.

The Pats host the Broncos on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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9 Responses to “Eric Decker misses practice with knee injury”
  1. austrianpanther says: Jan 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    Listen to New York ESP Radio 1050 and hear the replay of the interview between Michael Kay and Nick Mangold!

  2. austrianpanther says: Jan 11, 2012 5:26 PM

    Quarterback Tom Brady full practiced with a left shoulder injury

  3. grpatriot says: Jan 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    Kyle Arrington is a CB, Edelman has been playing slot CB……McCourty was a safety last game……..
    Considering all the injuries the Pats have had, this actually isn’t bad!

  4. barneysbullet says: Jan 11, 2012 5:41 PM

    @austrianpanther

    …the same shoulder for 9 years now. ;) Good eye btw…

  5. mornelithe says: Jan 11, 2012 7:11 PM

    According to Pats Radio today, Kyle Love’s wife was on twitter saying Kyle was ok, however to pray for him. Folks with the Pats theorize there’s likely a death in the family, or something of that nature. So, hopefully all is well with Mr. Love.

    Beyond that, Denver’s chances aren’t looking good. Sure they played well against a severely beaten down Steeler’s team, but this Pats team is actually MORE healthy than the one the Bronco’s played in December.

  6. talkintrashallday says: Jan 11, 2012 7:25 PM

    When God needs help he prays to Tebow

  7. rushbacker says: Jan 11, 2012 7:26 PM

    The injuries to Dawkins and Chris Kuper are probably the most detrimental to Denver. Those guys are leaders on their respective sides of the ball as much as they are quality players. Looks like Decker probably won’t play either. Tough break for a young Broncos team going into Foxboro.

  8. indyseriesnick says: Jan 11, 2012 8:41 PM

    Thank god its not a torn acl
    deckers always been a tough kid, especially back with minnesota

  9. i10east says: Jan 12, 2012 7:26 AM

    *Que the test guy who talks about Tim Tebow on every thread*

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