Denver coach Josh McDaniels proclaimed that All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady will be completely ready for Sunday’s season opener at Jacksonville.
“He’s not even on the injury report. He’s ready to go,” McDaniels said to reporters in Denver when asked about Clady’s status.
That is significant, considering Clady suffered a torn patella tendon in his knee less than five months ago. Clady was injured while playing basketball. He made his preseason debut last week. McDaniels admitted that Clady could be rusty and said he could be rested at times during the game if needed.
“He was here on the few days off running and doing different things to try to improve that. I don’t think you can simulate game conditioning unless you’re in games,” McDaniels said. “That’s why we played him in Minnesota, that’s why we practiced hard the last couple of days in pads and he’s been in there a ton and we’re trying to catch him up as quickly as we can. If there’s a situation where we need to rest him at some point in the game, then we’ll try to be smart about that too so that he can play to his level of play and try to do it for as long as he can.”
Meanwhile, McDaniels said he hasn’t made up his mind whether rookie Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn will be the backup quarterback Sunday. All signs have pointed to Tebow being the backup in his hometown of Jacksonville on Sunday. McDaniels may have given a hint when he said all 45 active players will play. The Broncos have special packages designed for Tebow. Quinn is more of a traditional quarterback, so you’d think Tebow will get the chance to play.