On Tuesday, Head Coach Josh McDaniels kicked off his press conference with a little “good news on the injury front.”
Correll Buckhalter, Champ Bailey, Demaryius Thomas, Chris Kuper, and D.J. Williams will return to the practice field this afternoon.
“Any guy that’s injured and steps back onto the field is a positive note,” said Buckhalter, who missed all but one day of training camp. “You want to be out here with your guys and you want to get better to get yourself to the season.”
Tomorrow, Ryan Clady and LenDale White are expected to get back to practice.
McDaniels said he wouldn’t speculate on whether any of the players will see time in Sunday’s preseason matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he’s simply glad to see all the familiar faces back on the field.
“The rest of the guys are continuing to get treatment — we don’t want to put a timetable on that — but that’s our goal for today and tomorrow in terms of getting some people back out there,” McDaniels said. “It feels good to get a few more of those guys out there and actually start practicing together a little bit and get ready for the year.”
HAGGAN BACK INSIDE
McDaniels also discussed the team’s decision to release linebacker Akin Ayodele.
“We’ve gone through a lot of practices, obviously and a few games and we’re going to move Mario Haggan back inside and we’re going to play him at Mike (middle linebacker),” McDaniels said. “Because of that, the backup positions become more special-teams specific.”
Ayodele, a ninth-year linebacker, was released now so that he has a chance to catch on with another team.
“I just don’t believe in taking veteran players to the final cutdown once you’ve already made a decision as a staff that this is the direction that you’re going to go,” McDaniels said. “We respect everything that he did — we would play him here again if the situation arose and it was right for both of us — but at this point we felt like that would just be stringing a player along.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Below are some photos from this afternoon’s workout: