Broncos coach dealing with tragedy

The Denver Broncos are in mourning Wednesday.

The parents of running back coach Eric Studesville were killed in a motorcycle accident in Texas on Tuesday.

“Our most heartfelt condolences go to Eric Studesville and his entire family following the tragic loss of his parents, Al and Jan Studesville,” the team said in a statement. “We were devastated to learn of their passing today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric and his family, and our organization will support them however possible during this difficult time.”

The Broncos cancelled media availability for their organized training activities (OTA) practice.

Studesville, 46, is a popular member of the coaching staff. He was the team’s interim head coach to end the 2010 season after Josh McDaniels was fired. He was kept on staff when John Fox took over as head coach. Studesville’s parents were major influences in his life as the Denver Post explained in this 2010 story.

Our condolences go out to Studesville and his family.

In other AFC West news:

U-T San Diego reports the Chargers are showing some interest in former Denver defensive tackle Justin Bannan. The Chargers need depth there and Bannan is a versatile player. He is solid against the run and he’d likely come cheaply. The interest makes sense.

U-T San Diego reports new pass-rusher Dwight Freeney reported to voluntary OTAs Wednesday for the first time since signing late last month.

New England quarterback Tom Brady said it was a “very sad day” when his close friend and top receiving option Wes Welker signed with Denver this spring.