ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -
As the Denver Broncos step onto the gridiron to take on the San Diego Chargers, a familiar face will make his first appearance of the season.
Linebacker D.J. Williams is on track to make his 2012 debut Sunday after the Broncos put him on their 53-man roster Saturday.
Williams returned to practice this week after serving two NFL-mandated suspensions that cost him nine games and about $4 million.
On Friday, coach John Fox said Williams had looked good in practice all week "and he's a guy we would definitely consider to be active for the game."
Williams was suspended six games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and three games for an alcohol-related arrest. The Broncos had a roster exemption for Williams but already had a spot open after waiving safety Duke Ihenacho on Tuesday.
If he plays Sunday, he'll likely play in sub packages and on special teams.
Speaking of the Broncos special teams, Trindon Holliday has made the most of his opportunity as a returner specialist. Holliday has scored a touchdown on a kickoff return and a punt return in consecutive games.
Speaking of the special teams, punter Britton Colquitt has not seen his workload cut down almost half with Peyton Manning under-the-center. Last season, Colquitt punted an astonishing 101 times, which he likens to packing two years' worth of experience into one season.
This year, it's down to 37 punts, on pace for 66.
Colquitt's still getting plenty of work -- as Matt Prater's holder. The Broncos kicker has already collected more PATs than he did all of last season.
As for the rest of the Broncos, if they can beat the Chargers then they will have a three-game lead in the AFC West Division.
Denver has not swept the Chargers in a season series since 2005.
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