Notebook: Still Some Work to Do

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Just over a month after first injuring his groin, Darrent Williams' road to recovery continues as he'll continue to receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation work.


Darrent Williams managed to play in two playoff games a month after suffering a pulled groin. TREVOR BROWN, JR. / RICH CLARKSON AND ASSOCIATES

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Many of Darrent Williams' teammates meandered about the locker room Wednesday morning, their garbage bags filled with the belongings of their lockers, cleaned out as they prepared for the offseason.

Williams had a garbage bag, too, but it wasn't too full. Unlike most of his teammates, he won't be going anywhere else for a little while.

"I'm not packing up everything," Williams said. "Just a few things."

The pulled groin that Williams suffered against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 11 healed enough to allow him to play from off the bench in the Broncos' two postseason contests, but not enough to allow his rehabilitation and treatment to be complete.

For the moment, Williams will remain in Denver.

"I'm going to be here for a couple of weeks, then I'm going to go home to Texas in the offseason," Williams said. "I've got some people down there I'm going to work out with, and I'm going to rehab there, also."

Surgery on the groin was not -- and will not be -- necessary, Williams said, because "it would have healed up the same" if it had healed on its own.

"I'm still really in season because I've still got to get this groin right," Williams said, "so when offseason (conditioning) comes I'll be ready to work out and get back in the groove and get back better and get back to doing what I do."

DUKE'S TRAVELS: The Broncos' season ended Sunday, and they won't see another game until August.

Wesley Duke will only have to wait two months.

Just over 24 hours he made the first start of his NFL career in opening as the second tight end for the 34-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Broncos named Duke one of their seven allocations to the NFL Europe League, giving the former college basketball standout the opportunity for some extra on-field learning to aid his continuing transition to pro football.

Duke made the Broncos' 53-man roster, moved back to the practice squad and later returned to the active roster, grabbing a touchdown reception during the Week 15 game at Buffalo.

Denver allocated six other players to Europe for the spring season: wide receiver Bill Flowers, punter/kicker Tyler Fredrickson, guard/center Rob Hunt, defensive lineman Patrice Majondo-Mwamba, offensive tackle Erik Pears and cornerback Antwaun Rogers.

Majondo-Mwamba played in Europe last season as a national player and spent the autumn with the Broncos as a part of the NFL's international practice squad program. After his season working with the Broncos, the team signed him to a future contract Monday to allocate him to Europe.