The day players have been waiting for is here. Training camp is now over.
With cloudy skies and pouring rain, the Broncos held their last practice of training camp, a 45-minute jog-through, in the South Suburban Sports Dome in Dove Valley. Wearing shorts, jerseys and helmets, the team went through a few series offensive and defensive plays as they finalize their gameplan for Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys.
Considering the short duration and nature of practice, there was not near as much action as is typical of a morning camp session, especially after the last two days with the Cowboys. But here are a few quick hits…
TAKE AWAYS: Patrick Ramsey did not attend the team’s final practice, and with good reason. Ramsey is at the hospital with his wife as she gives birth to their second child. Congratulations Patrick!
- Selvin Young caught a screen and while attempting to turn, tumbled to the ground with a loud thud. Players and coaches let out a groan, and someone called out, “You OK little buddy?” Given the recent injuries on the squad, people had plenty of reason to worry. But Young was fine, he hopped up with a big smile on his face.
- Head Coach Mike Shanahan answered a few questions from reporters after practice. The first was about the status of Anthony Alridge, who limped off the field with what appeared to be a leg injury yesterday afternoon.
“He’s got a sore hamstring right now,” Shanahan said. “I’m not sure if he’ll be able to play. We’ll have a better indication tomorrow. But it’s not bad. Hopefully it’s nothing more than a tweak and we’ll see tomorrow.”
Asked if he was worried about having to give Selvin Young more carries than he had wanted in the preseason, Shanahan responded with, “Well, you don’t have a choice. That’s part of the game. You’re hoping you don’t have too many injuries at one position, and if you do, you have to work through it.”
Shanahan also said that Dewayne Robertson will play in tomorrow’s game, likely seeing action on 10-12 plays.
- With Alridge’s hamstring potentially ruling him out of tomorrow’s action and Torain out for as much as three months, Andre Hall will have to pick up some of the slack as well. He also took some time to answer reporters’ questions after practice.
He said that the game with the Cowboys is “going to be really intense.”
“I know I’m bringing my A-game,” Hall said. “I hope they bring theirs. It’s gonna go down.”
Asked if he would be willing to carry more of a rushing load in the game, such as 25 carries, he had a quick and confident reply.
“Give me 25. Give me those 25. I’ll take them and be more than happy with it.”
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com