For their prime-time game against the Raiders on Thursday night, the Denver Broncos could be without a key defensive and special teams player. After sustaining an ankle sprain in the second half of Denver's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay, linebacker Wesley Woodyard was held out of Tuesday's practice, according to the Denver Post's Gray Caldwell. With a condensed schedule already, the timetable is uncertain for the 5th-year player from Kentucky.
Woodyard has been a workhorse for the Broncos. He is seventh on the team in defensive snaps with 646 and has taken an additional 107 on special teams. The Broncos signed Woodyard as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and used him primarily as a backup to D.J. Williams, who has struggled to stay healthy and productive throughout his career.
If Woodyard misses the game, the Broncos will most likely play a combination of Williams and veteran Keith Brooking.
The Broncos will be seeking their eighth straight win when they travel to Oakland Thursday night.