ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak had a wait-and-see approach after defensive linemen Phil Taylor and Sylvester Williams left Friday’s practice with injuries. On Saturday, Kubiak said the team got some good news.
Both players underwent MRI exams, and following Friday's practice, Kubiak said Taylor (knee) could possibly return to practice Sunday and Williams (shoulder) could return to the practice field early in the week.
“MRIs on both of them are fine," Kubiak said after Saturday morning's practice. “Actually we thought Phil might be back [Saturday], but you could possibly see Phil [Sunday], [Williams] maybe another day, but they’re both fine."
At first blush, Taylor’s injury looked serious as he limped off the practice field with a left knee injury Friday. Taylor had tossed his helmet to the ground following the play and given his injury history, looked frustrated at leaving the field.
Until the Broncos signed him earlier this year, Taylor had been out of the league since he reached an injury settlement with the Browns in the final roster cuts before the start of the 2015 season after two knee surgeries had derailed his 2014 season.
Taylor also suffered a torn pectoral muscle in 2012 and missed the first eight games of that season. With Taylor and Williams out of the lineup Friday, rookie Adam Gotsis, who suffered an ACL tear in his senior season at Georgia Tech, got his biggest amount of practice time in camp’s early going, while Jared Crick and Darius Kilgo got more work with the defensive starters.
Also in Saturday’s practice, the Broncos continued to split the overall work between their three quarterbacks -- Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch -- with Sanchez getting most of the work with the starting offense.
Lynch again was erratic at times, but in a drive at the end of the practice with the No. 3 offense going against the No. 3 defense, Lynch constructed a scoring drive, closing it out with a touchdown pass to undrafted rookie wide receiver Kalif Raymond.
Kubiak said he expected to close out several practices by letting that largely younger group of players go against each other.
“I told those kids just now, that’s a game day for them," Kubiak said. “They’re going to play in the preseason … but I’m going to let them play at the end of practice sometimes and see how they do when everybody’s watching."