ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos are healthy.
And it’s one of Head Coach Vance Joseph’s main goals in training camp to make sure things stay that way.
“One of my training camp goals is to come out of this thing as healthy as possible,” Joseph said Friday at the annual media barbecue. “Obviously it’s football and things happen, but we want to make a point of keeping [our] football team healthy.”
Wide receiver Jordan Taylor will be the only player on the Broncos’ roster to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Outside linebacker Shane Ray was initially expected to begin camp with the same designation with an injured left wrist, but he chose to forego surgery and will be ready to begin camp.
“We’re going to continue to treat it,” President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. “That was Shane’s decision with his doctors. That’s the direction he wanted to go. Hopefully we can manage him and keep him in a position to where he can be effective for us.”
Several other players who missed time during OTAs will also be ready when the Broncos open camp on Saturday.
Guard Ron Leary and tackle Jared Veldheer are both healthy, and Joseph said he will ease the pair into practice reps to ensure there are no setbacks.
“Leary had a minor procedure in May, so he’s two months out,” Joseph said. “He’s healthy, he’s in good shape, he’s running. He feels great. With Jared, he had a foot issue in the spring, but he’s also [fine]. Those two guys have played a bunch of football, so we have to be smart with those guys to get those guys to Week 1. Easing those guys into practice with half the reps early on is going to be important for keeping those guys healthy.”
Rookie tight end Troy Fumagalli, who missed OTAs with a sports hernia, is expected to follow a similar plan.
The Broncos have at least one player who, while healthy, will not be at training camp when practice begins.
Wide receiver Carlos Henderson was designated as Reserve/Did Not Report on Wednesday, and Joseph addressed his status at Friday’s barbecue.
“He’s having some family problems right now, and it’s strictly on Carlos if he wants to continue to play football, if he wants to come back to camp,” Joseph said. “That’s strictly personal with Carlos.”