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FRANK SCHWAB Updated: December 2, 2009 at 12:00 am

Offensive tackle Ryan Harris, who has missed four straight starts with a toe injury, practiced for the second straight day Wednesday. All players except Brian Dawkins, who has gotten a few Wednesdays off to rest this season, were full participants in practice.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Harris doesn’t need to be concerned about a setback in his first game back, only some pain.

“He’s going to have to tolerate probably a little bit,” McDaniels said. “Only he can know how painful that is.”

Dawkins endorses Iverson

The 76ers signed former Nuggets guard Allen Iverson, bringing back one of the most popular players in team history. Dawkins, another sporting icon in Philadelphia from his time with the Eagles, liked the move.

“The guy went out on the basketball court and gave that city everything that he had game in and game out. I definitely respected him for that,” Dawkins said. “For them to open their arms wide open again to him, to invite him into that atmosphere to bring some energy and juice to that team, I think it’s going to be a good thing.”

Figuring it out

The Broncos are 1-17 at Kansas City in December in their history, but McDaniels didn’t think there was much advice he could get on reversing that trend.

“There’s no magic formula, you call somebody and they say, hey, ‘do this’ or ‘eat spaghetti on Saturday night’ or whatever it may be,” McDaniels said. “I don’t think that’s going to really change what happens on Sunday. I think we’ve got to have a good week of preparation and practice, have a good game plan and go out there and play our best football.”

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