Broncos LB Woodyard expects to return this week

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Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard is planning to return Sunday for the Broncos' game in Baltimore.

Woodyard sat out last Thursday night's game at Oakland, Denver's eighth consecutive victory, with a sprained left ankle that he suffered Dec. 2 against Tampa Bay.

"I'm playing," Woodyard said this week.

He said he could have played against Oakland if the game had been on Sunday instead of Thursday.

"It was just the smart thing to do to stay off it and get some rest," Woodyard said, according to ESPN.com. "I got healthy."

Woodyard, a first-year starters, has 97 tackles this season for the Broncos (10-3).
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