The Denver Broncos will kick off the 2011 preseason in just a few hours as they take on the Dallas Cowboys on the road. With the NFL being locked out until just recently, injuries have taken a much larger role as the league begins it's four week preseason schedule.
The Broncos have remained relatively injury free during the first two weeks of camp, losing the only linebacker D.J. Williams to a hamstring injury. Williams has missed most of camp to date but has returned to full speed workouts and should be back with the team by next week. Wide receiver Damaryius Thomas, who tore his Achilles last year, still has not returned to practice, but has started jogging lightly again and will mostly likely rejoin the team after the regular seaon begins.
The Cowboys have a much longer list than Denver does. Linebackers Keith Brooking and Bruce Carter are out two and four weeks respectively with leg injuries. Cornerback Terrance Newman is out with a groin injury and likely won't return until the beginning of the regular season. Center Andre Gurode will miss two to four weeks as he continues to rehab after his knee surgery. Finally, while the Broncos will get their first look at first round draft pick Von Miller tonight, Cowboys fans aren't so lucky as second round draft pick DeMarco Murray is out for two weeks due to a hamstring injury.
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