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Ray to undergo surgery, Thomas held out for portion of practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Head Coach Vance Joseph confirmed reports Tuesday that outside linebacker Shane Ray will undergo a procedure on his left wrist.

Joseph did not specify when Ray will return to the field.

“We don’t have a time frame for Shane,” Joseph said, “He’s having surgery on Thursday in Houston. Once that’s done, we’ll figure out what the time frame is. He’ll be [back in the] early part of the season.”

Ray told reporters he expected to be back within two to three months.

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas also missed a portion of practice as the team held him out for precautionary reasons.

“He tweaked his foot a little bit,” Joseph said. “It’s the offseason, it’s minicamp. So I want to be smart with our guys. I gave our guys six minicamp goals, and No. 6 was to come out of this thing healthy. So I’m going to stand by that.”

Joseph also updated the status of two offensive linemen who have yet to participate in the Broncos’ offseason practices.

Both Jared Veldheer (foot) and Ron Leary (knee soreness) did not practice Tuesday after missing the entirety of OTAs.

Joseph said Tuesday neither player has suffered a hiccup in their recovery process and that both would be ready for training camp when the team reports in late July.

“We’re just being really, really smart — especially with guys that we know that’s got experience playing in this league,” Joseph said. “Having three or four weeks [of OTA work] for Veldheer, who’s had over 100 starts at tackle in this league, it makes no sense. It makes more sense to get him totally healthy so he can play in the fall for us. And same for Leary. We know what Leary can do. It’s important to get him healthy so he can help us in the fall.

“Both of those guys are going to be ready for training camp.”

The Broncos will continue their mandatory minicamp on Wednesday.

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