Perhaps the best news of the afternoon at Dove Valley came when Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced that the tingling in Al Wilson’s shoulders has disappeared, allowing the All-Pro linebacker to return to practice less than four days after he was immobilized, strapped to a backboard and removed from INVESCO Field via cart.
“He will be able to practice today,” Shanahan said. “Ten we’ll just kind of play things by ear. We’ll see how he feels, see if there are any setbacks, and we’ll just approach it day by day.”
Added Larry Coyer: “He’s fine; he’s good. Those things are up to the doctor, but he’s in good shape, thank God for that.”
If Wilson cannot play, Nate Webster would likely step in at middle linebacker — a situation about which Coyer possesses no trepidations.
“I have no fear,” Coyer said. “I don’t worry about that.
“Nate will do his job; Al will do his job, that’s the way it goes, but in the real world, that’s the way it’s going to be, because they’re not going to change the game time, they’re not going to postpone it. That’s football.”
Coyer added that linebackers coach Kirk Doll has been working extra with Webster on a daily basis to get the first-year Bronco and seven-year NFL veteran adapted to the system.