Broncos Update Insider - 6/7

Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged that running back Travis Henry "has the ability to be one of the top running backs in the NFL," but he was upset with his lack of commitment. Henry is no longer with the Broncos.

Travis Henry was already on shaky footing after a first controversial season with the Denver Broncos. Then he got hurt with a hamstring injury, and strike three came when he didn't show up a few times during a camp in late May.

Citing Henry's lack of commitment, the Broncos let Henry go. Injured players usually show up to work out while the team practices, but Henry didn't.

Henry was obviously on a short leash. The Broncos had already secured another veteran, Michael Pittman, in May, so they simply moved on.

"We're not going to let one guy take us down," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

Henry was signed in March of 2007 with high hopes, and he was the NFL's leading rusher through four games last year. But the other things -- injuries, news that Henry had fathered nine children with nine women and an ultimately successful battle with the NFL over a failed drug test -- were problematic.

"When you talk about making decisions it's not based on one week or two weeks," Shanahan said. "It's based on the time he's been here."

The Broncos could also afford to move on because they have depth at tailback. Selvin Young is working as the starter now, but Pittman, Andre Hall and rookie Ryan Torain could all compete for the starting job before the season starts.

In a statement, Shanahan acknowledged Henry "has the ability to be one of the top running backs in the NFL," but he was upset with his lack of commitment. The players noticed Henry hadn't shown up for camp a few times, so there wasn't much surprise when he was let go.

"That's on him," running back Andre Hall said. "He brought it on himself."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Kicker Matt Prater was impressive during the first day of team camp, hitting some field goals with good accuracy. Prater has a strong leg but has to show he can be accurate, and his real test will come in the preseason. Prater and Garrett Hartley, an undrafted rookie, are the two kickers on the roster, and Prater is the early favorite to be the kicker for the season opener.

--The thing almost everyone noticed about veteran running back Michael Pittman after he signed with the Broncos was the size of his arms. Pittman is dedicated to staying in shape, and his teammates found that out quickly when they saw him.

"That's amazing," Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler said of Pittman's biceps. "I don't even know what to say about that."

--On the defensive line, the Broncos have Elvis Dumervil and John Engelberger as the starting ends and Alvin McKinley and Dewayne Robertson as the starting tackles. Second-year linemen Tim Crowder, Jarvis Moss and Marcus Thomas are getting a lot of repetitions as well, as is veteran end Ebenezer Ekuban, who is coming off a season-ending Achilles' injury.

--Center Casey Wiegmann was planning to go back to his hometown of Parkersburg, Iowa this month to help the town recover from a devastating tornado. The tornado caused damage to his parents' house, his brother lost his house and his aunt and uncle suffered injuries. Wiegmann said his uncle suffered a broken leg.

"It was very shocking," Wiegmann said. "I'm going to go back there as soon as I can and help out as much as I can."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's just too inconsistent as a person. When you're too inconsistent as a person, you usually are not going to win championships." -- Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on released running back Travis Henry.



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