Fox plans for life without D.J. Williams

July, 25, 2012
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ENGLEWOOD, Co. -- The Denver Broncos must get used to playing without starting weakside linebacker D.J. Williams for the first six games of the season, so they will likely get a jump on it immediately.

Thus, Williams shouldn’t expect to get a lot of work with the first-team defense this summer.

“Obviously, he’s going to miss a big portion of the season,” Denver coach John Fox said. “We already know, going in, that he won’t be with the [starters] for games 1-6, so I don’t know that he’ll get many [starter] reps in this camp.”

Williams is facing the six-game suspension for using a banned substance. He could also face further NFL discipline if he is convicted in a drunk driving case next month. He has been arrested twice for drunk driving as an NFL player.

Expect veteran Wesley Woodyard to get the early first-team repetitions and he has the inside track to start. However, second-year player Nate Irving and sixth-round pick Danny Trevathan could take the job away from Woodyard with good preseason performances.

In other news from Denver’s camp:

Linebacker Von Miller, who was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, said he worked out with Giants star pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul in Miami in the past month. The two did a lot of yoga. How did it affect Miller?

“I’ve always been limber and agile,” he said. “Now I feel like Gumby.”

Fox said he expects guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and running back Knowshon Moreno (knee) to be able to participate some early in camp.

The team will start to practice Thursday and will practice in pads for the first time Saturday.

Fox and his family recently returned from a trip to Africa.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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