MILLER SITS OUT OPENER, GIV­ING YOUNG­STERS MORE PLAY­ING TIME

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

CHICAGO» The Bron­cos opened their pre­sea­son Thurs­day night against the Bears with­out Von Miller. Coach Vance Joseph de­cided to keep Miller out of the first con­test to pre­serve his team’s star pass rusher amid a rash of in­juries to the Bron­cos’ de­fense, es­pe­cially on the edge. Shane Ray tore a lig­a­ment in his wrist early in train­ing camp and Shaquil Bar­rett is re­cov­er­ing from a hip strain.

With Miller out, rookie DeMar­cus Walker and veter­ans Kasim Ede­bali and Von­tar­rius Dora re­ceived ex­tended play­ing time.

In­side line­backer Todd Davis (shoul­der sprain) and safety T.J. Ward (ham­string) were ruled out ear­lier in the week, along with cen­ter Matt Par­adis and run­ning back Ja­maal Charles.

Corey Nel­son started in place of Davis and Con­nor McGovern started at cen­ter, an­chor­ing an of­fen­sive line that in­cluded first-round draft pick Garett Bolles at left tackle, Max Gar­cia at left guard, Ron Leary at right guard and Mene­lik Wat­son at right tackle.

Winn hurt.

De­fen­sive line­man Billy Winn went down hard in the fi­nal minute of the first quar­ter and had to be carted off the field with a knee in­jury. Winn, who didn’t put any weight on his right leg as he hob­bled onto the cart, ap­peared to be in sig­nif­i­cant pain as his team­mates rushed over to sup­port him and pat him on the hel­met.

Winn was ruled out for the rest of the game mo­ments later.

Carter in spot­light.

At least one un­drafted rookie has made the Bron­cos’ fi­nal ros­ter com­ing out of train­ing camp in 12 of the past 13 years. Ja­mal Carter is mak­ing a strong case to be the lat­est. Thurs­day, the safety out of Mi­ami recorded six to­tal tack­les, one quar­ter­back hit and a fum­ble re­cov­ery.

Foot­notes.

Kicker Bran­don McManus tested his range in warm-ups Thurs­day af­ter­noon, nail­ing a 70-yarder. He hit from 73 yards ear­lier in train­ing camp. … Wide re­ceivers De­mary­ius Thomas and Em­manuel San­ders, cor­ner­back Aqib Talib, de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe and kicker Bran­don McManus were cap­tains Thurs­day.

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