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Dumervil plans to practice Friday, play Sunday

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — If Elvis Dumervil and D.J. Williams get their way, they'll both spend Sunday harassing San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers.

Dumervil first has to show he's healthy enough to play and Williams has to prove he's knocked off the rust.

Dumervil hasn't practiced all week but plans to test his sprained left shoulder at practice Friday in hopes the Broncos (6-3) will clear him to face the Chargers (4-5). The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end was injured at Carolina last weekend but medical tests this week showed no torn muscles or ligaments.

"My goal is to play," Dumervil said. "That's what I've got to look toward tomorrow, coming out and getting a good practice in and getting ready."

Dumervil had a similar injury to the same shoulder that sidelined him for two games and most of a third last season, but he said this injury is "nowhere near" as serious or as painful as that one was.

He leads the AFC with five forced fumbles and has seven sacks.

"I do miss him being out here," cornerback Champ Bailey said Thursday. "I don't want him to miss any time."

Neither does Von Miller, the other half of Denver's "Doom & Gloom" pass-rushing duo, although he still had a monster game when Dumervil went out and was replaced by Robert Ayers and rookie Malik Jackson.

Williams returned this week from two suspensions that kept him out of the first nine games.

"He's been looking good in practice," Miller said. "He's in shape. He's right on point, he's looking sharp. I'm sure he'll have fresh legs on Sunday. I'm quite confident he'll have a good game on Sunday."

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