Broncos Update Insider - 5/28

Benver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall is ahead of schedule in his recovery. Read the latest on Marshall and other Broncos coming off injuries in today's edition of Broncos Update Insider.

The biggest tests won't be passed until late June, but Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall is ahead of schedule in his recovery. Marshall, who suffered a serious arm injury on a family vacation in March when he said he fell through a television set, was running around at the Broncos' first offseason camp of the year. He ran routes without catching any passes, but he wasn't expected to be doing that so soon.

"It's ahead of what I thought," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "I was told he could not actually work out until a month before training camp."

Marshall wouldn't elaborate much on his latest progress, but did say that his rehabilitation is going well.

"Real good," Marshall said.

Marshall's presence in the offense is huge for the Broncos because he's their top playmaker, coming off a 100-catch season. The Broncos brought in three veteran wideouts, Keary Colbert, Darrell Jackson and Samie Parker, but they were expected to compete for the No. 2 job.

Marshall won't catch passes until June 22, Shanahan said. How he handles that test will be important because of the damage suffered to his arm. But the fact that he was running a month ahead of schedule means he won't have to cram in workouts to get ready for training camp, and it was another sign to the team that Marshall should be ready for the start of camp.

"He's running, he's doing routes like he normally would," Shanahan said. "For him to be able to do that at this time, barring any setback he should be able to go full speed."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Broncos opened their first offseason camp, a quarterback camp, on May 19. With many new acquisitions, there was some excitement to see the new look roster.

"It's always great to get everybody in," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "You finally get a chance to watch them practice. It's always an interesting day and it's nice to get started."

--Tight end Tony Scheffler, who missed the start of training camp last year after suffering a broken foot, is experiencing soreness in the same foot. He will be in a boot about another two weeks then be reevaluated. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he has no additional fractures in his foot.

--Running back Travis Henry missed the first week of Broncos camp with a hamstring injury suffered during a workout. The team figures he will be able to participate in the second week of the camp.

--The Broncos welcomed back some veterans who finished last season on injured reserve. Center Tom Nalen, guard Ben Hamilton, defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban and defensive end Jarvis Moss suffered season-ending injuries in 2007 but were back on the field for the Broncos' first offseason camp.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think life is good for all sides, the game is at an all-time popularity high, the players are making good money, the owners are making good money and the fans are enjoying the product." -- Broncos safety John Lynch on the owners opting out of the collective-bargaining agreement. receiver Brandon Marshall is ahead of schedule in his recovery.



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