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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Broncos practice report: A trade, a signing

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- An obviously uber-fit 35-year-old Paris Lenon looked slightly shocked at the question Tuesday when, fresh off a newly-minted contract with the Broncos, he was asked how he’s kept himself in shape in recent weeks and months.

“Well, I work out a lot," Lenon said. “I train a lot ... I feel good."

The Broncos obviously agreed. They worked out Lenon in the morning to potentially help their depth chart at linebacker, then signed him just before practice and he was back on the field as soon as they could fit him for shoulder pads.

Cardinals linebacker Paris Lenon
Paris Lenon (51) had 103 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception with the Cardinals last season.
With Von Miller now suspended six games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and Stewart Bradley set for wrist surgery, the Broncos tabbed Lenon as a potential reinforcement. Entering his 12th year, the veteran has been both productive and durable in his career, having played in 16 games in 10 seasons and 15 games in the other. He has started 16 games in six of the past seven seasons as well. He topped 100 tackles in four of the past seven years, including 2012 in Arizona.

At 240 pounds the Broncos will give Lenon a look at the middle linebacker position in their 4-3 -- he has played on the inside of a 3-4 defense  -- but he could also get a look at one of the outside spots. With Miller now out until Week 7 and if Bradley takes several weeks to recover from his surgery the Broncos are down two starters at the position.

At the moment the Broncos have moved Wesley Woodyard into the middle with Danny Trevathan on the weak side and Nate Irving expected to fill in at Miller’s strong side spot in the base defense.

“What’s important for me right now is getting the playbook and really learning it,’’ Lenon said. “That’s No. 1. It’s hard to go out there and do anything when you don’t know what you’re doing. The No. 1 objective is to learn what they do.’’