Broncos training camp rewind, Day 9: Citing injuries, Vic Fangio calls audible for ninth practice

Player attendance

Did not practice: Tight end Austin Fort (knee, ninth missed practice), WR KJ Hamler (hamstring, fifth), WR Juwann Winfree (groin, fifth), ILB Todd Davis (calf, third), CB Michael Ojemudia (quad, second), S Alijah Holder (soft tissue, first), OLB Malik Carney (illness, first), CB De’Vante Bausby (soft tissue, first), ILB Justin Strnad (wrist, first), WR Tim Patrick (soft tissue, first) and NT Mike Purcell (calf, first).

Returned to practice: RB Melvin Gordon (ribs, two missed practices).

Fangio said the Broncos were being “conservative” with Purcell’s calf.

Thumbs up

Pass break-ups. The team drills weren’t run at full speed, but in a span of three plays against QB Jeff Driskel, ILB Alexander Johnson and CB Bryce Callahan broke up passes.

Coach Vic Fangio. Knowing his team was nicked up, he changed the practice schedule, taking off the pads and having the plays run at a lower intensity. No need for Fangio to be stubborn.

Thumbs down

Inside linebacker depth. Starter Todd Davis (calf) is sidelined and rookie Justin Strnad (wrist) is out for the season. That moves Josey Jewell, Joe Jones and Josh Watson up a peg on the depth chart.

C/QB exchanges. The Broncos have been relatively clean during camp, but had two hiccups Monday — C Patrick Morris’ airmailed a shotgun snap over QB Brett Rypien and Morris/QB Drew Lock had a fumbled snap from under center.

Odds and ends

  • The Broncos practiced in shells on Monday.
  • First period of 11-on-11: QB Drew Lock ran two nine-play segments and completed his last seven pass attempts bridging the series. QB Brett Rypien connected with WR Fred Brown on a go route against CB A.J. Bouye.
  • Second period of 11-on-11: Lock ran another nine-play possession and completed passes to WR Courtland Sutton, TE Noah Fant and WR DaeSean Hamilton.
  • Third period of 11-on-11: The Broncos ran more red zone plays and finished with a three-play possession to work on their four-minute offense.

Tuesday’s schedule