Fans welcomed back to Dove Valley as Broncos open training camp July 31
By Johnny Hart
It’s been quite a while since Denver Broncos fans witnessed training camp from the grassy knoll at Dove Valley, as construction and renovations shut down viewing practice last season.
But with upgrades to the facilities complete, the club will once again open it’s doors to the public –– kicking off on July 31.
The Broncos announced Thursday 14 dates in which morning camp practice will be open to the public, free of charge.
|July 31||Friday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 1||Saturday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 2||Sunday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 3||Monday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 4||Tuesday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 6||Thursday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 7||Friday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 8||Saturday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 9||Sunday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 11||Tuesday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 12||Wednesday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 17||Monday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 18||Tuesday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 20||Thursday||10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
Gates to the facility will open an hour before each practice session, and the parking lot next to the Broncos indoor field house (west of the outdoor practice fields) will open 90 minutes beforehand.
Space for parking will be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, but the club advises fans to avoid parking across Broncos Parkway from the facility.
Fans should notice some changes from the last time the Broncos opened up its doors for training camp, including a larger seating area and newly-constructed public restrooms near the entrance.
The club does advise bringing proper footwear to traverse the natural grass surface and to bring appropriate clothing and sunscreen to fend off those UV rays, as all trees providing shade have been removed and umbrellas are not permitted.
Denver Broncos third-round pick Heuerman tears ACL, out for season
By Johnny Hart
Just one day into his professional career, Denver Broncos rookie tight end Jeff Heuerman’s season is over.
The club’s third-round pick tore his left anterior cruciate ligament Saturday afternoon during Day 2 of Denver’s rookie minicamp and is expected to miss the entire 2015 campaign.
Heuerman had been participating in a non-contact special teams drill when the injury occurred. Running full speed down field, he stopped, planted and his knee gave way.
He was carted off the field of the team’s indoor facility, and an MRI Saturday afternoon confirmed the tear.
“I feel terrible for Jeff, and this is an unfortunate situation,” said Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. “Jeff was going to be a big part of our team this year, and he’s still going to be a big part of our team and organization in the future.
“He’ll get well and be with us as part of this team throughout his rehabilitation.”
Heuerman had made a splash on Day 1 of rookie minicamp with a one-handed grab during one-on-one drills.
Kubiak called Heuerman’s future in the NFL “bright” Friday, saying the club would be “expecting a lot out of him” in his rookie season.
“The quicker we can get him going, the more he helps us with O.D. (tight end Owen Daniels) and with our group that we have with Virgil (Green) and (others),” Kubiak said.
The loss of Heuerman deals a blow to a tight end group rebuilding after the departure of veteran Jacob Tamme and Pro Bowler Julius Thomas this offseason.
Denver inked Green to a three-year deal this offseason while adding both Daniels and James Casey in free agency as possible replacements for Thomas and Tamme. With Heuerman out, the Broncos will need to rely more heavily on the trio, along with 2014 practice squad player Dominique Jones and college free agent signee Joe Don Duncan.