- Jeff Legwold, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Broncos got some much-needed good news Monday night regarding tackle Orlando Franklin's hip injury.
Franklin left Monday's practice after injuring a hip in drills and was taken to the trainer's room. X-rays taken shortly after he left the field were negative. But Franklin then had a MRI on the hip later Monday.
The results of the MRI showed no significant damage and Franklin will be considered by the Broncos coaches as day-to-day at this point. He is not expected, however, to play in Thursday night's preseason game in San Francisco.
Franklin's injury was just the latest in what has been a difficult offseason and training camp for Denver's offensive line. Ryan Clady (shoulder) and Chris Kuper (ankle) are still coming back from offseason surgeries, center J.D. Walton (ankle) is on the physically unable to perform list and center Dan Koppen suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.
When Franklin left Monday's practice, Louis Vasquez, who signed to a four-year deal in free agency, was moved into Franklin's right tackle spot and Ryan Lilja, who was signed only last Thursday, moved into Vasquez' right guard spot.
The Broncos would likely stick with that alignment in Franklin's absence if Lilja is ready physically for increased work. Lilja said he considered himself to be retired when the Broncos called last week. He had knee and toe surgeries early in the offseason.
Lilja, who played in front of quarterback Peyton Manning from 2004-2009 in Indianapolis, has been a quick study of the Broncos' playbook, but coach John Fox said Monday he was more worried about Lilja "getting in hitting shape."
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