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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos rookie left tackle Garett Bolles was back on the practice field Thursday, just four days after he thought a lower left leg injury in the Broncos’ win a 42-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys would end his season.

Bolles suffered the injury on a 5-yard run by Jamaal Charles when Cowboys’ defensive tackle Brian Price fell on Bolles’ left leg in the third quarter. Bolles stayed down on the ground following the play as the Broncos’ medical staff examined his leg and was then taken to the locker room on a cart as he raised his arms to acknowledge the crowd.

“It was something Sunday night … it was something, I love this game, and it was something I thought this game was going to end sooner than I thought for the season,” Bolles said after Thursday’s practice. “Then they were telling me they didn’t really know what my diagnosis was … but then I know I was going to be able to come back to it.”

Broncos coach Vance Joseph has said Bolles is “week-to-week.” Bolles was initially checked for an Achilles tendon injury and then was evaluated Monday morning to see if he had a fracture.

After X-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam Monday, Joseph said Bolles had a bone bruise. Bolles didn’t practice Wednesday, but then took part in drills Thursday with his left ankle and foot heavily taped over his shoe.

Bolles was officially listed as limited in the practice, but he did take part in some team drills. Bolles is still a significant question mark for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, a Texas native, noted free spirit and skilled sacker of quarterbacks, was asked this week why the Dallas Cowboys routinely have been called “America’s Team.’’

“When you’re raised in Dallas, you feel like Texas is America, Dallas is the team, so America’s team,’’ Miller said.

On Sunday, Miller gets just his second chance to play against the team that was his childhood favorite — the Broncos played in Arlington, Texas, in 2013, Miller’s third year in the league — and it will be the Cowboys’ first game in Denver since 2009. It is a matchup between two of the four franchises that have been to at least eight Super Bowls.

With that in mind, here are some things to watch for in the Broncos-Cowboys game:

Well, Miller, of course. The Los Angeles Chargers invested everything they could in an attempt to keep Miller from getting to quarterback Philip Rivers on Monday night. But all of the attention they gave to Miller largely crippled their offense in the first three quarters of the game — the Chargers had 114 yards worth of offense when the third quarter ended and the Broncos led 24-7. The Cowboys are raw power up front with three first-team All-Pros on the offensive line. Miller’s day may be defined more by how he plays the run this week, but he impacts everything an offense does. Dak Prescott, cocooned nicely by the Cowboys’ high-end run game with Ezekiel Elliott and behind that line, was one of the most difficult quarterbacks to sack last season — 25 sacks in 459 pass attempts. The Giants sacked Prescott once in last weekend’s opener.

Defend the run. The Broncos’ elite pass defense — No. 1 in the league over the past two seasons — will be a moot point if Denver cannot handle things on early downs against the Cowboys’ rushing attack. Against the Giants last Sunday night, the Cowboys had two scoring drives when New York didn’t even force them into a third-down play. The Cowboys were about 2 yards per carry better running to the offensive left against the Giants — usually the weak side of the formation when they’re not using two tight ends — so the Broncos likely can expect a test across the front. The key will be discipline in the pursuit, because when a defender leaves his gap to chase a play, Elliott usually finds that cutback opportunity. The Broncos spent plenty of time and money (via free agency) to repair their run defense, so this will be a stout early test.

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Denver Broncos guard Ron Leary during drills at the team’s mandatory minicamp session Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Broncos’ headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Broncos guard Ron Leary suffered a concussion in the team’s season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 11.

The former Cowboy and current Broncos right guard is active for Sunday’s game against his former team after clearing the concussion protocol. Leary, along with starting free safety Darian Stewart (groin), were formally listed as questionable to play throughout the week, but the two will suit up, start and undoubtedly be key for the Broncos as they face quarterback Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the league’s rushing leader in 2016.

The Broncos will again be without defensive end Zach Kerr, who missed the preseason finale and regular-season opener with a knee injury, and recently acquired lineman Ahtyba Rubin.

Rubin is one of the Broncos’ three healthy scratches for the game, along with receiver Jordan Taylor and offensive guard Billy Turner.

Earlier in the week coach Vance Joseph said he was unsure if Rubin would play but believed he could contribute soon, if not immediately.

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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 26: Head coach Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos looks on before a Preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 26, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

DENVER (CBS4) – Vance Joseph is only the seventh Broncos head coach to start his career 2-0.

The Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys, 42-17, Sunday.

Joseph joins Frank Filchock (1960), Jack Faulkner (1962), Red Miller (1977), Wade Phillips (1993), Josh McDaniels (2009), and Gary Kubiak (2015) as the only coaches to begin their career with the team with two straight wins.

Of those coaches, Miller, McDaniels, and Kubiak are the only ones to win more than their first two with both Miller and McDaniels racking up six straight wins and Kubiak seven.

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Trevor Siemian completed 22 of 32 passes for 231 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the win against Dallas. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports

DENVER — The best young quarterback on the field here Sunday was the one playing for the home team. The one whose face isn’t on any of the TV network promos or magazine covers.

The home team quarterback is the one who threw four touchdown passes in the Denver Broncos‘ 42-17 thrashing of the Dallas Cowboys. The one whose QBR through two games this year stands at a Pro Bowl-caliber 75.2, whose completion percentage is 65, whose record is 2-0.

So why is it, exactly, that it’s so tough for us to believe in Trevor Siemian?

“Maybe because he wasn’t drafted in the first round,” Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said. “He comes from Northwestern. He doesn’t like talking to the media much. As the season goes on, you may hear people talking about him, but it really doesn’t matter.”

Not on a day like this it doesn’t. Not when Siemian was the best young quarterback in a game that featured Dak Prescott. The Broncos’ reputation is that of a team that can win with defense as long as the quarterback doesn’t screw it up. But if you think this is one of those teams on which the defense resents the quarterback because it does all the work and he gets the glory, think again. The Broncos like Siemian — a lot more than folks on the outside seem to.

“He’s smart, and he’s super-accurate with the football,” Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said. “He has the poise of an eight- or nine-year veteran. Trev could be a star in this league. If we do what we need to do on defense, Trev is going to be a star this year.”

Look, it’s obviously early. The Broncos started 4-0 last season, then lost seven of their last 12 and missed the playoffs. Siemian’s Total QBR in 2016 was 49.7. The Broncos haven’t played a road game yet this season and there’s plenty that still could go wrong. Offensive line injuries are creeping, with rookie left tackle Garett Bolles having left Sunday’s game late. Siemian didn’t fare well throwing the ball downfield Sunday and still has work to do in that area. He and the Broncos’ offense have been a little leaky with the turnovers late in both of their games.

Moreover, this is a town whose Super Bowl titles were delivered by John Elway and Peyton Manning — a town where the expectations for quarterbacks are snowcap-high — and something about Siemian always seems to have not looked the part. He was the Broncos’ second choice as Manning’s successor, and even after Brock Osweiler spurned them for the Texans’ money, they still drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round. He feels a bit like The Accidental Quarterback — a guy who got the job mainly by showing up.

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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 11: Free safety Darian Stewart #26 of the Denver Broncos tackles running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Whew, that was close.

Following a 24-21 win over the Chargers on “Monday Night Football,” Broncos safety Darian Stewart told KOA Radio’s Brandon Krisztal that his groin injury will not prevent him from playing against the Cowboys in Week 2.

Stewart suffered an adductor muscle injury that he has played through in the past, according to Krisztal.

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Jan. 24, 2016 – Denver, Colorado, U.S – Broncos DE DEREK WOLFE, center, runs off the field with his team mates after warm-ups at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday afternoon. The Broncos beat the Patriots 20-18 (Photo by Hector Acevedo/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

Luck is an integral part of professional football.

That statement won’t be uttered in many locker rooms around the league, but it is acknowledged by the constant paraphrasing of the Serenity Prayer.

For those not familiar with the Serenity Prayer, it goes like this: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Some players recite a version of it without understanding or even knowing the religious connotations behind it, but it has been indoctrinated in them for so long by so many of their coaches that it becomes a “go-to” in the cliche holster.

The wisdom behind it is real, though. Embracing it can certainly build serenity in a very pressure-packed profession.

Take Monday night for instance, when the Los Angeles Chargers were in the midst of a glorious comeback, a 44-yard field goal away from taking the Denver Broncos to overtime when rookie Younghoe Koo trotted onto the field with five seconds left.

The South Korean, who spent his formative years in Ridgewood, N.J., before becoming a star at Georgia Southern and ultimately beating out Josh Lambo for the Chargers’ gig, calmly stepped on the field and banged it through.

Calmly like watching a duck swim on top of the water, all the while knowing the legs are working furiously underneath.

Denver rookie head coach Vance Joseph called the timeout right before the play started and Koo was forced to do it again.

“Just iced the kid and see how he reacted,” Joseph said.

The Denver special teams unit reacted even better. Backup defensive lineman Shelby Harris got penetration and a paw on the subsequent kick to save a 24-21 win for the Broncos.

This is where “the serenity to accept the things I cannot change” comes into play. The real weak link here was Charger rookie lineman Dan Feeney — Denver knew it.

“I almost blocked [the first] one,” veteran Derek Wolfe said. “I could feel the ball graze my fingers, it was so close.”

The reason was Feeney, according to Wolfe.

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8 Sep 1991: Defensive lineman Karl Mecklenburg of the Denver Broncos looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won the game, 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport

Ring of Fame linebacker Karl Mecklenburg is among the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 108 nominees for the Class of 2018.

Multiple former Broncos are in the running for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

Receiver Rod Smith, center Tom Nalen, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, defensive linemen Neil Smith and Michael Dean Perry, cornerback Ty Law, coach Dan Reeves, and safeties Steve Atwater, John Lynch, Brian Dawkins and Dennis Smith are among the 108 modern-era nominees announced Tuesday evening.

The group includes 53 offensive players, 38 defenders, five special-teams players and 12 coaches.

The list will be pared to 25 semifinalists in November and then 15 finalists in January. Those 15, plus senior finalists, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer, and contributor finalist, Bobby Beathard, will be presented to the Hall of Fame’s selection committee for a final vote on the eve of Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, on Feb. 3, 2018.

The full list of 2018 nominees:

(* – finalist in 2017; italics = first year of eligibility)

Quarterbacks: Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms

Running backs: Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Roger Craig, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, Edgerrin James, Lorenzo Neal, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Ricky Watters

Wide receivers: *Isaac Bruce, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, *Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Steve Smith, John Taylor, Hines Ward

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — For football fans locked into fantasy results and bragging rights, NFL games demand rapid reactions. There is no marinating. Another game looms six days away. The Broncos won their opener, locking into a three-way AFC West tie for first place with the Chiefs and Raiders.

Monday was not a must-win game, but as multiple players admitted to me afterward, it was a game they could not lose. So Broncos’ fans, let your hearts sink back into your chests and allow the Tums to settle in your bellies. Denver won, and there were promising signs of progress with doses of concern. My Denver7 takeways as the Broncos begin preparation for the Dallas Cowboys:

1) Trevor is better.

The idea Trevor Siemian reached his potential last season was always unfair. He played with a compromised left shoulder and behind an offensive line that couldn’t protect him or create holes in the running game. Monday, Siemian displayed more versatility. He extended plays, and showed a dangerous penchant for running the ball. The Broncos had 14 passing first downs, and converted 8 of 15 third downs after succeeding only 36 percent of time in those situations last season.

2) The Broncos showed balance

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DENVER — On game day, Denver Broncos fans come in trucks, vans, limos and even school buses. And they bring everything from “shotskis” to ice sculptures.

Hard-core tailgaters came from far and wide to support the Broncos at the first game of the regular season at Mile High.

This group had an impressive set up on the south side of the stadium.

Ron and Terri Clark don’t even live in Colorado anymore, but they still come to every Broncos game in Denver in their converted school bus.

They weren’t the only fans with busloads of team spirit. Check out this “convertible” with its own covered patio!

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