Heckert could return to Broncos Thursday

Turns out Thursday could be a busy day for the Denver Broncos.

Not only are they scheduled to formally "break'' camp that day before leaving for Seattle on Friday, and not only is it the day linebacker Von Miller's appeal is scheduled to be heard by league officials, but it is also the day director of pro personnel Tom Heckert is eligible to return to the team.

Heckert was suspended for month without pay in the wake of his June 11 drunk driving arrest in Parker, Colo. Heckert was hired by the Broncos just 36 days before his arrest.

The Broncos also suspended director of player personnel Matt Russell indefinitely on the same day the organization handed down Heckert's penalty.

Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said earlier in training camp that rather than hiring an outside consultant or former general manager to help with player evaluations during the suspensions, the duties would be divided among other members of the Broncos' personnel department such as Lenny McGill, the team’s assistant college scouting director, and assistant pro personnel director Anthony “Champ” Kelly.

The Broncos play in Seattle on Saturday night and Heckert could make the trip.