Camp Day 17: Last Day With the Crowds

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Greg Orton hauled in a pass from Tim Tebow during the practice. (PHOTO: MAXDENVER.COM)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The season isn’t over for Ty Warren, at least not yet.

The injured defensive tackle will undergo surgery to repair his partially torn triceps muscle next Tuesday morning, and although his timetable for recovery appears to be measurable in months rather than weeks or days, the team holds out hope that he might be able to return before the end of the season.

“It’ll be a day-to-day process. We’ll listen to our medical people,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “He’s not going to be on IR at this point, and nothing’s been ruled out moving forward.”

If he goes on injured reserve, the Broncos lose Warren until next year. If he does not, they must keep him on the 53-man roster and deactivate him each week.

The physically-unable-to-perform list is not an option for Warren, since he took part in training-camp practices.

ANOTHER SCUFFLE: Training camp couldn’t conclude without one final donnybrook. Three days after safety Rahim Moore and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd dueled in the north end zone, defensive tackle Mitch Unrein and center Manuel Ramirez were at the center of a scrum that quickly escalated and required several players to break up.

Fox attributed Thursday’s tussle to the change in pace necessitated by ditching the full pads for shoulder pads and shorts.

“The first day you go without pads — especially on the lines — sometimes guys have to earn that tempo, or get used to that tempo,” Fox said. “It’s fairly typical for the first time with that uniform.”

INJURY REPORT: Left tackle Ryan Clady returned to practice after missing most of Wednesday’s session after banging his knee on a play where he hit the ground with Elvis Dumervil and Orlando Franklin …

… Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas is out indefinitely with a pectoral muscle injury, but was on the sideline for both practices Thursday …

… Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee) and safety Brian Dawkins (ankle) did not practice Thursday morning, but were on the sideline. Fox said it was a “team decision” with both. They took part in the walk-through Thursday evening …

… Tight end Richard Quinn (sprained knee), guard Stanley Daniels (sprained ankle) and defensive tackle Ronnell Brown (ankle sprain) did not practice.

WHO’S WHERE: Kyle McCarthy continued to work with the first team while Dawkins sat out …

… Quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow continued to split second-team repetitions, but they exchanged ends of the field during the evening walk-through. In previous weeks, Quinn worked at the first-team end of the field during walk-through practices …

… Newly signed defensive tackle DeMario Pressley was issued jersey number 76 and worked with the third unit …

… Lloyd’s injury absence meant more first-team work for Matthew Willis, who worked with the top line in three-wide receiver sets …

… During the two-minute drill period at the end of practice, the Broncos simulated field-goal kicks, with Steven Hauschka up first, followed by Matt Prater …

… Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson, who returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out with a groin injury, saw some second-team work in nickel packages. He also intercepted Brady Quinn during a team period.

STANDOUT: Starting tight end Daniel Fells became Kyle Orton’s go-to target with Lloyd absent. Orton connected with him multiple times, including a deep touchdown pass up the right sideline that beat Von Miller, who was step-for-step in coverage with Fells.

ATTENDANCE: The Broncos announced Thursday that a franchise-record average of 1,597 fans attended the 17 open training-camp practices at team headquarters. That represented a per-practice improvement of 187 fans from last year and surpassed the previous standard of 1,438 fans, set in 2007.

The final attendance tally of 27,142 does not include the 17,982 that attended the scrimmage at what was then known as Invesco Field at Mile High on Aug. 6.

WEATHER REPORT: The temperature soared during the two-and-a-half-hour practice, rising from 76 to 89 degrees during the course of the session.

NEXT PRACTICE: Friday morning, but it is closed to the public.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on when the site was managed by He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began in 2010 and now contributes to, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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  1. Thx andrew, as always.
    Does GOrton look like a keeper/sleeper? How does the Dline look….any better or did they take a step backwards?

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