ENGLEWOOD, Co. -- The Denver Broncos must get used to playing without starting weakside linebacker D.J. Williams for the first six games of the season, so they will likely get a jump on it immediately.
Thus, Williams shouldn’t expect to get a lot of work with the first-team defense this summer.
“Obviously, he’s going to miss a big portion of the season,” Denver coach John Fox said. “We already know, going in, that he won’t be with the [starters] for games 1-6, so I don’t know that he’ll get many [starter] reps in this camp.”
Williams is facing the six-game suspension for using a banned substance. He could also face further NFL discipline if he is convicted in a drunk driving case next month. He has been arrested twice for drunk driving as an NFL player.
Expect veteran Wesley Woodyard to get the early first-team repetitions and he has the inside track to start. However, second-year player Nate Irving and sixth-round pick Danny Trevathan could take the job away from Woodyard with good preseason performances.
In other news from Denver’s camp:
Linebacker Von Miller, who was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, said he worked out with Giants star pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul in Miami in the past month. The two did a lot of yoga. How did it affect Miller?
“I’ve always been limber and agile,” he said. “Now I feel like Gumby.”
The team will start to practice Thursday and will practice in pads for the first time Saturday.
Fox and his family recently returned from a trip to Africa.