Whenever he was asked about his starting safeties since arriving in California, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has said that he expected Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward to participate in Wednesday’s opening practice of Super Bowl week.
Stewart, who is dealing with a knee injury, and Ward, who has an ankle injury, didn’t let their coach down once that practice actually arrived. Both safeties were listed as limited participants in the practice and Stewart said earlier in the day that he’s feeling no pain at this point in the week.
“I’m pain free with all the movement,” Stewart said. “That right there just gave me the go ahead to just keep pushing it.”
Right guard Louis Vasquez was also a limited participant due to a knee injury, but there hasn’t been any concern about his availability for Sunday’s game. Tight end Owen Daniels (knees), linebacker Todd Davis (shoulder), cornerback Chris Harris (shoulder), quarterback Peyton Manning (foot), linebacker Brandon Marshall (ankle), left guard Evan Mathis (ankle) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (knee, back) were all full participants for Denver.