“Joe practiced today and all indications are, if things go good this week, he’ll be back,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “That’s a big plus.”
"I felt good today, getting back out there on the field, running around, moving around," Mays said. "I didn't feel any pain or discomfort. It felt good."
With Mays out against the Oakland Raiders,
“Yeah, I’m real pleased with him (Sharpton),” Kubiak said. “We’ve got a group of guys that aren’t practicing very much football that we’re counting on playing on Sunday. And he’s on the top of the list. Really, he’s practices maybe a little bit on Friday and plays. Just grateful that he’s holding up and he’s playing well. And he goes out there with a guy last week who had been here for 10 days and he’s got to tell him what to do. You think about how he’s handled the situation when Joe (Mays) was out and (Jeff) Tarpinian playing with him, you have to be impressed.”
Tarpinian stepped up in his first start as a Texan with 20 tackles and one pass defensed for the injured Mays.