Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy, LG Ben Powers cleared to play Sunday night vs. Vikings; S P.J. Locke out with ankle injury

P.J. Locke is set to miss Denver’s game Sunday night against Minnesota, but the Broncos otherwise will have everybody available.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (hip) and left guard Ben Powers (foot) are among those who did not have a game designation Friday on the team’s final injury report, meaning they’re cleared to play against the Vikings.

Jeudy ran routes during the open portion of Friday’s practice and was a full participant, while Powers was limited but jumped right back into offensive line repetitions next to starting center Lloyd Cushenberry.

Locke did not practice for a second day in a row. He was relegated to working out on the side field. Kareem Jackson returns from suspension and will start next to Justin Simmons in the Broncos’ secondary and Delarrin Turner-Yell is likely to be the third option.

Denver added left tackle Garett Bolles (ankle) and running back Samaje Perine (ankle) to the injury report as limited participants, but both are set to play Sunday night as the Broncos try to win a fourth straight game.

Preparing for Jefferson. The Broncos spent the week preparing for Minnesota as if star wide receiver Justin Jefferson will return from injured reserve.

Jefferson started the season on an historic pace — 543 receiving yards over the first four games, a 17-game pace of more than 2,300 yards — before a hamstring injury in Week 6 landed him on the shelf.

He practiced last week but didn’t play in Minnesota’s win over New Orleans and Friday was listed as questionable by the Vikings.

“We’re preparing like he’s playing. That’s how we’re preparing,” Payton said.

The Broncos coach also spoke highly this week of rookie receiver Jordan Addison and tight end T.J. Hockenson, who have seen their production take off in Jefferson’s absence.

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