With 11 players unable to practice on Monday, Denver head coach Vic Fangio decided to change the team’s practice schedule as the Broncos ended up being on the field for less than two hours, didn’t wear pads and the periods they did have were run at less than full speed.
Denver was without linebackers Justin Strnad (out for season, wrist surgery), Todd Davis (calf) and Malik Carney (illness, not COVID-related), tight end Austin Fort (knee), nose tackle Mike Purcell (calf), safety Alijah Holder (soft tissue), cornerbacks Michael Ojemudia (quad) and De’Vante Bausby (soft tissue), and receivers KJ Hamler (hamstring), Juwann Winfree (groin) and Tim Patrick (soft tissue).
“I was not expecting (this many soft-tissue injuries). There were some faults in how we set up the acclimation period along with other stuff. It doesn’t do anybody any good to whine about it now. We just have to adjust and improvise and react to it and we did (Monday).”Fangio said after the revised practice.
- The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman wrote about cornerback Bryce Callahan who is looking to prove he was worth the three-year, $21 million contract after he missed all of last season with a foot injury.
- TheDNVR.com’s Ryan Koenisberg offered up his take on Fangio’s decision to tweak Monday’s practice plan.
- Denver rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy is confident he’ll be ready Week 1 despite not having any preseason games to help get acclimated to the NFL.
- TheAthletic.com’s Sheil Kapadia offered up predictions how all 32 NFL teams would fare against their over/under predictions. As for the Broncos? Kapadia predicted Denver would finish under its 7.5 wins prediction.