Denver Broncos defensive end/linebacker Shaun Phillips sat out Saturday’s practice with back spasms, per NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal.
Phillips is officially considered questionable for the Broncos Monday Night against the Oakland Raiders, but he dismissed any notion that he might not play, calling his absence from practice “precautionary”.
Up until late in the week, the Broncos had all 53 players practicing and looked like it might be their healthiest game so far this season in terms of the whole roster being available to play.
Phillips should be good to go in his usual reserve role, but if he’s not, it could be another blow to the Broncos’ defense, which is already missing Von Miller. Phillips has been a very solid pickup and had a huge week one, racking up 2.5 sacks against the Baltimore Ravens.
Despite the fact that he’s listed as questionable, you can pretty much expect Phillips to be among the Broncos’ active players and giving it a go on Monday night.
Another interesting Broncos practice nugget was the fact that tight end Jacob Tamme missed practice with a “non-injury” but John Fox said he’d be back on Saturday, and I haven’t read any reports or heard anything to the contrary.