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WR Jordan Taylor 'not close' to returning to practice field

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wide receiver Jordan Taylor's return to the Broncos' practice field is not imminent, Head Coach Vance Joseph said Saturday.

"He's getting better, but no," Joseph said. "He's not close right now."

Taylor missed the entirety of the offseason programming after undergoing offseason surgery on both hips.

The Broncos then placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform list before training camp began on July 28.

Joseph previously said during training camp he was unsure if Taylor would be healthy in time for the regular season.

Other Saturday injury notes:

  • Joseph said tight end Jeff Heuerman, who hasn't practiced since a walkthrough on July 29, is making progress toward a return to the field.

"He's feeling better," Joseph said. "Hopefully next week he's back on the field."

Heuerman has been battling knee soreness.

  • Asked about the team's depth at the third cornerback position, Joseph acknowledged the Broncos are "a little thin" at defensive back without cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring).

When Brock returns, though, Joseph thinks the cornerback group will rebound.

"He's a veteran player," Joseph said. "He's been a starter on playoff teams. So I'm not worried about our depth when we're healthy. It's the first week and a half of camp, and obviously hamstrings happen. We'll get him back, [and] it should look better for us on the back end."

  • Linebacker Josey Jewell participated Saturday in his second practice after missing the Broncos' first five sessions.

"He's back," Joseph said. "He had a good day today."

  • Safety Su'a Cravens again missed practice with knee soreness. Wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown returned but did not participate in contact drills.

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