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Pre-practice Broncos notes

8/10/2010

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels addressed the media prior to Denver’s late afternoon practice Tuesday.

Here are some highlights:

McDaniels said first-round pick Demaryius Thomas is not going to practice Tuesday and there is no timetable for his return. However, McDaniels said he hopes Thomas can return soon. Thomas, the No. 22 overall pick, re-aggravated a pre-draft foot injury during the team’s scrimmage Saturday night. Fellow rookie receiver Eric Decker is not practicing as well.

McDaniels said he is still hoping left tackle Ryan Clady could return for the season opener. The coach did laud Clady for his work ethic as he tries to return.

Among the players to return Tuesday were linebacker D.J. Williams and safety Brian Dawkins. Both were wearing non-contact jerseys.

McDaniels said the Broncos will give their offense some 4-3 defensive looks since several teams they soon play use that front. Denver has been practicing on itself until this point. The Broncos use a 3-4 defense.

McDaniels said he talked to the rookies earlier Tuesday and told them that he expects them to turn it up a notch since this a game week. Denver plays at Cincinnati on Sunday. “This isn’t the first week of camp, anymore,” McDaniels said.

McDaniels acknowledged star linebacker Elvis Dumervil had surgery Tuesday. It could keep him out for the season.

Like last year, the early portion of practice is accompanied by music. The Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bon Jovi were featured performers Tuesday afternoon.