ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles returned to practice Thursday, four days after hurting his left leg in a game against the Dallas Cowboys.

He initially feared it was a season-ending Achilles tendon tear.

Bolles was a surprise participant in Thursday’s practice after sitting out Wednesday following confirmation that he had bruised a bone in his lower left leg.

Garett Bolles after suffering a leg injury in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 17, 2017. (credit: Steve Nehf/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Broncos (2-0) still might have to start Allen Barbre or another lineman for Bolles when they visit the Bills (1-1) Sunday.

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But Bolles’ return is a sign that, barring any setbacks, he could be back in the lineup sooner than expected.

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