Denver Broncos starting left tackle Ryan Clady participated in team drills in practice today, the first time Denver's $15-million offensive lineman has squared off against an opponent in a team setting since Denver's January playoff loss.
According to The Denver Post, Clady only took two reps in one team series and two more in another. Still, that small sample of play represents a meaningful step toward Clady's recovery and his goal of starting the regular season opening against the Baltimore Ravens September 5th.
"We're obviously taking that slow," John Fox said. "At this stage, I think everything is on target."
Clady was in sweats instead of full leg pads; expect that to change soon.
While everything is on target, one thing was made clear immediately from practice: it will take Clady some time to shake off his six months of rust. On Clady's first snap, the veteran lined up against second-year Bronco Derek Wolfe at defensive end; the 295-pounder was able to rush past and get the edge on Clady, disrupting Manning's pass with a near strip-sack.
"I have full range of motion, all that stuff," Clady told The Denver Post. "It's just getting used to being out there."
The Broncos' offensive line was one of the glaring weaknesses from the preseason game, so Clady's arrival would be a welcome one. Barring a setback, Ryan Clady should be playing by the third preseason game and be ready for the regular season opener, according to the report.
Peyton Manning can rest a little easier.