After practicing on a limited basis Wednesday, Denver Broncos starting cornerback Tracy Porter did not practice Thursday, and John Fox says that he’s “day-to-day.”
Porter was held out of the game against the San Diego Chargers due to “illness.” It turns out that Porter suffered a seizure in August, and he was experiencing symptoms such as light headedness and a racing heart prior to the San Diego trip. Those were the same symptoms that he experienced before the episode in August.
“Right now, he’s being evaluated,” Fox said Thursday afternoon. “Doctors do that, I don’t. When he’s cleared to be physically capable at practice, he’ll be out there.”
Porter missed Thursday’s practice because he had a doctor’s appointment to evaluate whether he’s ready for contact.
If Porter is able to play Sunday, he would be facing his former team, the New Orleans Saints. Porter played there for four years before signing a one-year deal with the Broncos.
After the seizure in August, Porter missed just one preseason game (Seattle). He was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in week one for his pick-6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I try to help all the young players here, but in this situation, there’s not much I can do,” Champ Bailey said. “We’re all praying for him, and hopefully he’ll be back sooner than later.”
The Broncos go up against the No. 1 ranked passing offense in the NFL, and an offense that Porter has a lot of experience defending in practices.
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio didn’t want to comment on potentially missing his starting cornerback.
“I let the doctors and Coach Fox worry about that,” Del Rio said. “Obviously, we’re just doing the best we can with the guys we have available to get ready for the Saints.”
If Porter can’t go, Chris Harris and Tony Carter will fill in like they did against the Chargers. Between the two of them, they recorded four takeaways.
“We expect the next guy up to play,” Del Rio said. “We expect to play well. They stepped up the last time out and played well in some big moments. We just expect them to do their job.”