Brian Dawkins is being held out of the Denver Broncos’ practice because of a neck injury that has bothered him for most of the month.
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Fellow starting safety Quinton Carter (lower back) and nickel cornerback Chris Harris (neck), who leads all rookie DBs with 62 tackles, are both participating in the team’s final full-padded practice after leaving last weekend’s loss at Buffalo with those injuries.
The Broncos are hoping for a healthy secondary to face former teammate Kyle Orton, who brings the Kansas City Chiefs (6-9) to town Sunday with a chance to beat the team that benched him in favor of Tim Tebow.
Orton can exact some revenge on the Broncos (8-7) by denying them their first playoff berth since 2005, when they last won the AFC West.