Aqib Talib is Optimistic About Returning in Time for Training Camp

Aqib Talib likes his chances of getting back on the practice field in time for the opening of training camp in 10 days.

Despite all of the offseason drama, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib expects to be ready to hit the field in time for July 28, the first day of Broncos training camp.

Talib sustained a gunshot wound in his upper right thigh on June 5 during a cloudy and disputed incident on an early Sunday morning in Dallas. About a month and a half later, the Pro Bowl cornerback's return appears to be imminent. safety T.J. Ward's celebrity golf tournament held early Monday, Talib spoke to Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post about his current status. According to Wolfe, Talib said that he "feels great" and "should be" ready to participate when camp opens later this month. 

Wolfe also reported that while Talib was moving around with a minor limp, the gunshot wound wasn't even visible below the knee.

This news is music to the ears of the Broncos, who will surely need Talib in the opening weeks of the 2016 season to body up big, physical receivers like Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers and A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The only potential obstacle to Talib's early-season availability is the sovereign rule of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL has already handed down suspensions to players like Karlos Williams, Rolando McClain, and Aaron Lynch since the shooting incident in June, but Talib has (at least so far) avoided discipline from the league's office in New York.

The NFL has previously announced that they would be investigating the incident, but as of today, they have not announced any major revelations that would suggest a suspension for Talib.

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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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