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"This is preseason," Fox explained Thursday. "We're trying to get ready for our regular season and yet still hone our skills to get ready for that."
Veteran starters rarely play in the preseason finale, so Fox is just playing it cautious for a week. Welker hasn't had any problems gaining a quick rapport with quarterback Peyton Manning.
» Coming off his second knee surgery of the offseason, tight end Joel Dreessen reportedly moved well through conditioning drills. The Broncos now believe Dreessen has a chance for a tuneup in the final preseason game. Dreessen could end up with a reduced role now that Julius Thomas has emerged as one of Manning's favorite targets.