Broncos safety Justin Simmons returns to practice

Broncos safety Justin Simmons returned to practice Wednesday after not playing in the team’s 70-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday while recovering from a hip injury.

Simmons, who was a limited participant along with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (knee), said he’s feeling “a lot better.” He did not commit to playing against the Chicago Bears on Sunday but said “I’m trying my best to get there.”

Simmons did not practice all of last week, only stretching on the side field during the media viewing period. Second-year safety Delarrin Turner-Yell started in his place against the Dolphins, who recorded 10 touchdowns and 726 total offensive yards in a franchise-worst performance for the Denver defense.

Simmons might not have been enough to prevent Sunday’s bloodbath, but his return would certainly help a struggling secondary. Through three games, the Broncos are ranked 29th in passing yards allowed (280.7 per game) while opponents have a 133.6 quarterback rating against them.

While Simmons returned, inside linebacker Josey Jewell (hip/groin) did not practice. Jewell left Sunday’s game in the second quarter before the team ruled him out due to a groin injury. Outside linebacker Frank Clark (hip) and defensive tackle Mike Purcell (ribs) also missed Wednesday’s practice, as all three players were working on the side field.

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