On any other day, the news about Von Miller would have led the headlines on the day before the Denver Broncos open training camp. However as we all know, Wednesday was not any other day at Dove Valley. It was and is a very somber time as Broncos owner Pat Bowlen stepped down from the day-to-day operations due to his ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s.
If you wish to see my story on that in more detail, please click on the following link. What the Pat Bowlen News Means for the Denver Broncos.
As sad as this day is for the Broncos and their fans, Bowlen would demand that the focus quickly turn back to the football field and finding a way to win that last game of the season. That’s what we are going to do and the Broncos got some good news on the eve of training camp.
Miller, who missed much of the first half of last season due to a suspension and then blew out his ACL at the end of the season, will practice starting on Thursday. The fact that the linebacker will not begin camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) is a great sign going forward, and he should be full strength for the regular season opener.
The Broncos will ease Miller back in and he will likely not see any contact until the week of the third preseason game versus the Houston Texans.
The defense has been re-built by John Elway in the offseason but the key to their success is Miller and prized free agent signing, DeMarcus Ware. If they are both healthy and playing like they can, then everything else falls into place.
The best pass defense is a pass rush and the Broncos have two of the premiere pass rushers in the league. By all indications, Ware is fully recovered from an elbow injury that limited him with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013. If play up to their potential, then opposing offenses have a real problem.
Cornerback Chris Harris will begin camp on the PUP list but he is expected to be medically cleared shortly after camp begins and, barring a setback, he will be ready for the regular season opener.
The Broncos head into camp as healthy as they’ve been in a long time and with as much talent as anyone in the league. The talk is almost over, it’s time to go to work and carry out the mission set by Pat Bowlen.
Win the Super Bowl!