WOLFE SUF­FERS STINGER, DOES NOT PAR­TIC­I­PATE

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Nicki Jhab­vala, The Den­ver Post

De­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe suf­fered a stinger in his right shoul­der, coach Vance Joseph said, and the vet­eran did not par­tic­i­pate in most of the Bron­cos’ teams drills Mon­day.

Wolfe came out of a team drill, and train­ers went over to check on his shoul­der. He re­turned to the side­line and par­tic­i­pated in some in­di­vid­ual drills.

“It’s noth­ing se­ri­ous,” Joseph said. “Just a pre­cau­tion.”

Wolfe re­turned for the af­ter­noon walk­through, and Joseph said he ex­pects him to prac­tice Wed­nes­day.

The Bron­cos’ defense is al­ready with­out Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaquil Bar­rett (hip), both of whom are ex­pected back around the sec­ond week of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Eas­ing back. Run­ning back Ja­maal Charles did not par­tic­i­pate in the Bron­cos’ first padded prac­tice Sun­day but was back on the field Mon­day. Ear­lier in camp, Charles said he was ea­ger to take on more work and be­gin hit­ting. The plan, Joseph said, is for Charles, as well as de­fen­sive end Adam Got­sis (knee) and cen­ter Matt Par­adis (hips), who are also eas­ing their way back from in­juries, to see more team reps Wed­nes­day.

“Matt, we’re go­ing to go slow, but prob­a­bly give him two per pe­riod,” Joseph said. “Ja­maal, we’re go­ing to sprin­kle him in 7-on-7 and keep him out of the team drills be­cause we don’t want to get him tan­gled. We’re go­ing to start him 7-on-7 … then add team prob­a­bly in the next week.”

Full­back fan. Full­back Andy Janovich may have no greater sup­porter than special-teams coach Brock Olivo.

“Jano — love Jano,” Olivo said. “Jano to me, if we had 22 Janos, we would be all right. He’s tough, he never says a word and never com­plains. He just does his job. He’s the first one in the meet­ing ev­ery day. He’s on it X’s-and-O’s-wise. He knows what to do, he’s tough and he fin­ishes. I love the guy, if you could tell. He’s go­ing to be a four-phaser for us. He’s a re­ally good foot­ball player.”

Al­though the scheme change raised ques­tions of Janovich’s sta­tus and like­li­hood of mak­ing the fi­nal ros­ter, Olivo — as well as Joseph — said he’s a key piece of the of­fense and special teams. Olivo is a fan, and he’s not alone on the coach­ing staff.

“They know the value Jano brings to us,” Olivo said. “We love him.”

McKen­zie’s ceil­ing. For the past cou­ple of sea­sons, the Bron­cos have been on a search for a speedy and re­li­able re­turner. They may have found their guy in rookie Isa­iah McKen­zie, a re­ceiver out of Ge­or­gia who was drafted in the fifth round.

Be­fore ar­riv­ing in Den­ver, Olivo coached Tyreek Hill, the re­ceiver/re­turner who wreaked havoc on the Bron­cos last sea­son. In McKen­zie, Olivo sees sim­i­lar­i­ties and “a bud­ding pro.”

“I’ll tell you where it starts, it’s with the con­fi­dence,” Olivo said. “He wants the ball in his hands and he likes the fact that there is a Tyreek Hill in our divi­sion, a guy that he can strive to be as good as or bet­ter some­day. That’s the kind of kid he is. I know he’s think­ing that in his head be­cause he’s very con­fi­dent, and I love that about him. You see that, the quick­ness, the lat­eral move­ment, the burst, the tough­ness to stand in there. Again, we’ll see com­ing up in the first pre­sea­son game and through­out pre­sea­son just how much guts the kid has when gun­ners are run­ning down in front of his face. I have con­fi­dence he’s go­ing to be just fine.”

Foot­notes. Rookie RB De’An­gelo Hen­der­son re­turned af­ter miss­ing Sun­day’s work­out with a tweaked an­kle. … Guard Ron Leary did not prac­tice be­cause of a groin in­jury. … CB Mar­cus Rios missed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive prac­tice with a groin in­jury but is ex­pected back Wed­nes­day. … Play­ers are off Tues­day, but Joseph and the staff will have a per­son­nel meet­ing with gen­eral man­ager John El­way to go over the ros­ter, dis­cuss ad­ding help and fo­cus on their prac­tice plan for the rest of the week. The team is ex­pected to hold its first scrim­mage Satur­day.

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