Broncos Update Insider - Tuesday, Sept. 26

The Denver Broncos gambled on wide receiver Javon Walker, who was coming off major reconstructive knee surgery, when they traded a second-round pick for him in the offseason. After an uninspiring preseason, Walker has emerged as a big-play threat. Read more about Walker as well as all the other Broncos in today's edition of "Broncos Update Insider."

The Broncos now know exactly what they have in receiver Javon Walker.

Walker's two big touchdown catches against the Patriots in Week 3 is a good sign for the Broncos going forward. Denver gambled on Walker when it traded a second-round pick to Green Bay for him in the offseason. Walker was coming off major reconstructive knee surgery. After an uninspiring preseason, Walker has been a big-play threat.

Aside from his two big catches against New England, including an 83-yard touchdown, his long catch in overtime against Kansas City set up the game-winning field goal.

Walker has 11 catches for 250 yards in Denver's first three games for a 22.7-yard average catch. He said he wanted to show the Broncos they made a wise investment when they traded for him and gave him a contract extension this offseason.

"It felt good because obviously coming to a new team, everybody knew what I could do, and it felt really good to show them," Walker said.

Walker said he dropped 20 pounds in the offseason as he recovered from knee surgery. He played between 220 and 225 pounds in Green Bay -- he gained a lot of muscle mass in the offseason after his rookie year -- but is about 205 pounds this year.

"When you're rehabbing there's a lot of stuff you've got to account for," Walker said. "You can't be the same size and try to rehab a reconstructed knee being the weight that you were before so I had to think up a plan of how I would come back faster but also come back stronger."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Broncos returned to practice on Monday after their bye week. They practiced for a little over an hour.

"Anytime you have a bye week you get a chance to recharge a little bit and regroup," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "It helps everybody."

Denver went in full pads, a rarity for Shanahan's teams during the season, and ran 100-yard sprints after practice.

"When you're gone for a while like that, you have to do extra running to get your wind back," cornerback Champ Bailey said.

--Shanahan said he wasn't concerned about the early timing of the team's bye. By taking a Thanksgiving game on November 23, the Broncos get three extra days off after that game.

"That's kind of like a bye week," Shanahan said. "You have a lot to do in a few days but the players still have three days off."

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Cedric Cobbs was the only Broncos player to miss the first practice after the bye week. He has an ankle injury and is day-to-day.

--LB Al Wilson returned to practice. Wilson sat out the one practice during the bye week with a minor hamstring injury.

--CB Darrent Williams is fine and will play this week. He sat out most of the fourth quarter with a strained neck.

--DE Courtney Brown will be evaluated through the week. His injured knee hasn't responded well to treatment and the Broncos aren't rushing him back.

--DE Kenard Lang has done a good job rushing the passer and against the run this season. Lang, who switched to linebacker in Cleveland, put weight back on to play end and has filled in well for injured Courtney Brown.



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