Between the first injury report of the season and Head Coach Josh McDaniels’ press conference Thursday, one thing is clear — Ryan Clady will see the field in Week 1.
“Clady will definitely play — no question,” McDaniels said. “He’s not even on the injury report. He’s ready to go.”
After missing training camp and the majority of the preseason, the third-year offensive lineman spent his days off over the Labor Day weekend running and working on his fitness to try to get back up to speed as soon as possible.
“I don’t think you can simulate game conditioning unless you’re in games,” McDaniels said. “That’s why we played him in Minnesota, that’s why we practiced hard the last couple of days in pads and he’s been in there a ton. We’re trying to catch him up as quickly as we can.”
The head coach said the team has no qualms about giving the tackle some rest throughout the game if he needs it, so that he can “play to his level of play and try to do it for as long as he can.”
But whether Clady is at 100 percent or not, Kyle Orton is comfortable leaving his blind side protected by the 2009 Pro Bowler.
“Guys that are on the field — I have confidence in them,” Orton said. “If they’re ready to play, then I certainly have confidence in them. He’s one of our best players and I’m not sitting back there thinking anything is coming off my left side when he’s in the game.”
As for Clady’s counterpart on the right side of the line, Ryan Harris did not practice Wednesday and McDaniels said he didn’t expect him to take the field Thursday, either. But he didn’t count out the veteran from Sunday’s season-opener.
“Ryan is getting better every day,” McDaniels said of Harris. “We’re going to give it all week and see what happens.”
The Thursday injury report has been released. Darcel McBath (forearm) and Harris (ankle) did not practice for the second consecutive day. Demaryius Thomas (foot), Andre Brown (toe), Daniel Graham (chest) and Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) are listed on the injury report, but all four had full participation on Wednesday and Thursday.
For the Jaguars, kick returner Scotty McGee (shoulder) did not particpate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Running back Deji Karim (thumb) had limited participation on Wednesday and Thursday, and wide receiver Jarett Dillard (foot) joined the injury report Thursday, with limited participation.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Here are some photos from Thursday’s workout: