Injuries: Aqib Talib (back) practicing for Broncos

The Denver Broncos are getting a key cog back on the field.

Cornerback Aqib Talib is practicing Tuesday with his teammates. Talib hasn't played since suffering a back injury that's kept him out the last three games. He is expected to return to the lineup following Denver's Week 11 bye.

The Broncos are 7-3 and in the thick of a wild AFC West race, with the Chiefs and Raiders both 7-2.

Quarterback Trevor Siemian isn't practicing, though the quarterback could just be getting rest during the bye week as he heals from a shoulder injury.

Here are some other injuries we are tracking Tuesday:

  1. Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward's torn pectoral is going to end his season. The star pass-rusher shared the news on social media that his year is over. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Heyward will have surgery, per a source who spoke with the player.

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will miss Sunday's game against the Browns with a foot injury that kept him out last week, coach Mike Tomlin said. Fellow wideout Sammie Coates is dealing with a second broken finger, Tomlin added. He only saw two snaps last week.

  1. Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (groin) expects to return this Sunday against the Bengals, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported. Dareus has just played in one game this season.
  1. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may have suffered a punctured lung, Rapoport reported Monday.
  1. Panthers center Ryan Kalil (shoulder) was a full participant in practice after missing the last two games. Lienbacker Shaq Thompson (knee) also practiced fully. Offensive tackle Michael Oher (concussion) didn't practice.
  1. Giants receiver Victor Cruz (ankle) is expected to return to practice Thursday, coach Ben McAdoo said.
  1. The Vikings have placed left tackle Jake Long (Achilles) on injured reserve.
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