Steve Beuerlein is no stranger to frustration.
In fact, since joining the Broncos, it seems to have accompanied his every move.
Not long after signing with the team, Beuerlein began experiencing pain in the elbow of his throwing arm, and eventually spent the entire 2001 season on the injured reserve list. Hopes of recovery this year began fading when he was unable to complete this month's minicamp with the same condition.
Tuesday was different however, as the thirty-seven year old completed a rigorous day of passing drills, albeit nothing of the deep ball variety, and walked away apparently unscathed and pain free.
"I had no problems out there at all," he said. "Of course, I didn't throw any deep balls. But I threw a couple comebacks there at the end and put some good zip on it and didn't have any pain."
It was the long ball that seemed to be his undoing earlier in the month when tightness and pain flared up after the first few days of camp, forcing Beuerlein to miss the final 3 1/2 days of the five-day minicamp.
Rest seemed to be the only answer.
Eight days off without throwing, and a brief stint with FOX Sports as a color commentator on a pair of NFL Europe games has given the former Notre Dame starter reason for optimism.
A full day of scrimmage without pain or swelling became the icing on the cake.
"Over the next two weeks, if I keep progressing each day a little bit more, I think by June camp I'll have a much better feel for where I'm at because I will have worked my way to that point," he said.
Beuerlein and team doctors are planning a workout regime that will slowly build back the arm strength in preparation for the teams' next minicamp scheduled for June 10-14.
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