Royal Expects to Play, Denies Trade Rumors

Eddie Royal

ROYAL: ... practiced fully Wednesday.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The rumors of Brandon Lloyd’s departure via trade came to pass. The rumors regarding fellow wide receiver Eddie Royal did not, and he isn’t certain how they began in the first place.

“I never requested a trade. I don’t know where that came from,” he said at his locker-room stall after Wednesday’s practice.

“There’s a lot of sides to the business part of this game that I really don’t know about, but I’m happy being here, I love being a Denver Bronco and I’m excited to go play Miami.”

The trade deadline passed Tuesday with Lloyd the only Bronco dealt. Rumors circulated throughout the Internet and some media circles regarding Royal and linebacker D.J. Williams, but nothing else came to pass.

“It’s funny. I woke up and had about 10 missed calls. It was news to me,” Royal said.

With Lloyd traded, Royal, in his fourth year, is the Broncos’ most experienced receiver, along with Matt Willis. Quan Cosby is a three-year veteran, while Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker arrived in the 2010 draft.

“I expect big things from that group,” coach John Fox said.

“It says a lot that they have a lot of faith in those guys and us,” Royal said.

Royal did practice fully on Wednesday, as did everyone else on the 53-man roster, including tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, both of whom returned this week after missing three and five games, respectively, with injuries.

“I’m expecting to play, ” Royal said. “I hope the coaches let me. I’ve got to earn my spot back and come out and work hard for these guys.”

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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