Rice ready to assume larger role

Simeon Rice missed all of training camp and signed with the Denver Broncos days before the season started, but he said he's ready for a bigger role.

Rice has played in passing situations in his first two games with the Broncos. Elvis Dumervil has started ahead of him in both games. Rice said he isn't used to that.

"This is not my style as of right now, coming in here and there," Rice said. "It's throwing me off right now. But things are supposed to work themselves out where I get in there and really start shining and doing my thing."

The Broncos rotate linemen often, but Rice wants to play most downs. He said his career shows that he can make plays against the run as well as the pass. Rice is not ready to accept a part-time role.

"No, I'm not going to be able to survive that way," Rice said. "Given the fact that you see the pattern in which I play, how I make plays from first to third down, you have an understanding what I'm about as a player. I never got off this way. This is new to me."

Rice said he is healthy and in shape. He kept in good shape even after Tampa Bay released him, and his left shoulder that kept him out of eight games last year has held up well so far.

"It's getting stronger," Rice said. "I'm in a good place mentally about it."

PLAYER NOTES

--LB Ian Gold missed practice Thursday. He has a sprained ankle that is sore. The Broncos think he'll play on Sunday but will keep an eye on him as the week goes on.

--CB Domonique Foxworth, who practiced in full Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday. Foxworth is still dealing with a sprained ankle he suffered in Week 1. If he can't play, Jeff Shoate would be Denver's nickel cornerback.

--LB D.J. Williams is off to a good start. He leads the Broncos with 23 tackles in his first season at middle linebacker.

--CB Champ Bailey is playing on special teams and playing well. He is tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles. Bailey has been the safety on kickoff coverage. The Broncos aren't concerned about him getting hurt on special teams.

--DE Elvis Dumervil has done well as a starter. He comes off the field on some rushing plays for rookie Jarvis Moss, but has held up well and leads the team with two sacks. When Simeon Rice is ready to go into the starting lineup, Dumervil will probably go back to being a reserve.



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