Teammates surprise Ben Garland

August, 7, 2012
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Several Denver players got new Air Force sabers and an Air Force helmet to replace the items Broncos’ defensive tackle Ben Garland lost in the recent Colorado wildfires. The items were at his grandparent’s home. Garland had no idea his teammates had the items replaced.

“He’s a great guy, an awesome guy, a great player,” Denver linebacker Joe Mays said. “You want to do special things like that for a person such as Ben.”

In other AFC West news:

  • Kansas City cornerback Jalil Brown was working on the right side opposite left cornerback Brandon Flowers on Tuesday morning. Brown excelled for the past several days when he played for Flowers, who was out with a bruised foot. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said Stanford Routt is still the starting right cornerback, but he just wanted to make Brown flexible and use him on the right side. It will be interesting to see how much Brown plays moving forward. At the very least, he will make a valuable third cornerback, which is vital in the NFL.
  • Denver linebacker D.J. Williams participated in some practice Tuesday. He is not practicing because he is facing a six-game NFL suspension and the Broncos’ coaching staff wants to get the other linebacker ready.
  • Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, in a radio interview, said quarterback Peyton Manning makes practices more difficult than games.
  • ESPN’s John Clayton offers his camp observations from his visit to the Broncos.
  • Oakland receiver Denarius Moore is reportedly not practicing again Tuesday as he nurses a hamstring injury.

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