Broncos defence healthy after bye week

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (94) and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) and defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The bye week came at a good time for the Broncos defense.

Cornerback Aqib Talib missed three games with a back injury and defensive end Derek Wolfe was out for Week 10 with an elbow injury, but both players are on track to return for next Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. Talib practiced before the team scattered for time off during their bye week and Wolfe was on the field Monday as they returned to work.

With linebacker DeMarcus Ware back from his broken forearm, the Broncos expect to have all the key members of their Week One defense in the lineup for the first time since the second week of the season.

“It’s always good when we get in that huddle and you see everybody — all the guys,” Talib said, via the team’s website. “It’ll be good. We’re well-rested. We should come out and play real fast.”

With the Chiefs dropping to 7-3 on Sunday, the Broncos have a chance to get a leg up on their divisional rivals as they vie for playoff spots in the AFC.