For a team that simply just needed some good news, the Broncos got some on Wednesday. The club, which has been crushed so far with injuries, is getting back a couple key players in time for their third preseason game Sunday vs the Steelers at home.
First the team saw RB Correll Buckhalter for the first time for awhile on Tuesday. He practiced for the first time since wrenching his back on the first day of training camp, and All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady will practice Wednesday for the first time since blowing out his left knee in a pickup basketball game in the spring.
“This isn’t one of those things where he’s going to go out there in a hat and kind of go through a walkthrough,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said.
“He’ll be out there, and we’re going to go ahead and bring him along just like you would any player that’s coming off of an injury where he’s been away for a period of time.” McDaniels said “the goal is for him to be as ready to go for as long as he could be in the opener”
Denver opens the season in Jacksonville on September 12th. Clady practiced footwork drills with strength coach Rich Tuten on the field a few hours before the Broncos played the Detroit Lions in a preseason game Saturday night.
“Feeling a lot better,” Clady said after the game, when he suggested he was on pace not to miss any regular-season games.