Broncos’ Moreno, Carter not seriously hurt

Updated: January 20, 2014, 6:43 PM ET

Jeff Legwold |

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos began their two-week buildup to the Super Bowl with good news in hand about running back Knowshon Moreno and cornerback Tony Carter.

Moreno suffered a rib injury late in the Broncos’ 26-16 victory against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game — his last carry of the game was one-yarder with just over seven minutes left in the game. Broncos coach John Fox said Monday the team got a a favorable report on its leading rusher.

“X-rays of his ribs were negative,” Fox said. “So, he’ll be day to day when we form back up on Thursday.”

Carter was examined for concussion symptoms when he left the game early in the fourth quarter. Following the game Carter said he felt “fine,” and Fox said Monday the injury was a pinched nerve.

Both players are expected to return to practice at some point in the coming days and be available for the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

The Broncos plan to practice at their team complex Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The team will then travel to the New York/New Jersey area and is scheduled for a late-afternoon arrival on Sunday.

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    of Selectors since 1999

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