|05-22-2008, 05:38 PM||#1|
Mostly dead all day
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ceti Alpha V
Scheffler Hurt, wearing a boot
Time for some real football threads
Foot injury appears to hamper Scheffler
Tight end sidelined at quarterback camp
By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News (Contact)
Perhaps those reservations to Atlanta early next offseason for workouts need to be canceled.
Turns out, it's just bad luck.
Quarterback Jay Cutler discovered he has Type 1 diabetes after conditioning sessions there in February and early March with two prominent Broncos teammates. Receiver Brandon Marshall went on to slash his forearm on a subsequent vacation.
And now, tight end Tony Scheffler is sidelined indefinitely because of an apparent issue with the same left foot he had surgically repaired last May.
Scheffler has been conspicuous in his absence the past two days of quarterback camp, failing to appear during either the open-media period at the beginning of practice or the post- workout availability time.
Coach Mike Shanahan didn't address the media the past two days, but he will today.
Scheffler and his agent, Bus Cook, didn't return phone messages.
Scheffler's inactivity comes almost a year to the day after he was first injured during a seven-on-seven drill, breaking the fifth metatarsal, which runs from the midfoot to the base of the little toe, in passing camp. A screw was surgically inserted to stabilize the area.
But while Scheffler returned during training camp, he had issues with the foot throughout the early season, affecting his ability to push off and gain separation from defenders and giving him problems cutting.
He finished strong, with all five of his touchdowns coming from mid-October on. In late March, Scheffler spoke about the importance of building on that fast finish, given full health.
"I've been continuing to keep maintenance on the foot," Scheffler said at the time. "It's still in a little bit of pain, but it's something that's going to be gone by the time the season rolls around."
Scheffler added then he anticipated the full recovery period to feel 100 percent was about a year and a half, according to the information he had gleaned from teammate Patrick Ramsey, who had endured a similar injury.
In addition to Scheffler, the Broncos already were missing running back Travis Henry this week with a hamstring strain, though he's expected to return Tuesday, and Marshall.
The only other absentee from Wednesday's workout was defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson for unspecified reasons.
COLLISION COURSE: Selvin Young is out to change perceptions.
Though a valuable cog at running back last season and a part-time starter in 2007 in Travis Henry's absence, Young was dubbed early this offseason by coach Mike Shanahan not as a workhorse option but more of a change-of-pace option who can touch the ball 15 to 20 times.
Those words were ringing in Young's head as he went through his preparation for organized team activities.
"Of course, that's motivating," said Young, who has been taking the first- team carries this week with Henry nursing a hamstring strain. "That's been motivating me ever since I played football. I've always been one of those guys where, at the beginning, they'd pick me last until I took off running, and then people started to want me out there."
Young's workouts the past several months, which emphasized shoulders and legs, have resulted in an added 5 pounds of muscle. He said he has also been running "with a little more urgency" to prove he can ultimately be a fourth-quarter weapon.
The second-year player noted he took Shanahan's words more as a nudge to become a better between-the-tackles performer and to "push myself to carry the load" without limitations.
"I feel I have the ability, common sense and strength to do every single thing a running back is asked to do on the football field," Young said.
EARLY LINE: The Broncos are aligning Erik Pears at left tackle this week with rookie first-round pick Ryan Clady.
Pears was the full-time starter on the right side last season but filled in for 10 games for Matt Lepsis in 2006 to protect the quarterback's blind side.
"I feel like I'm pretty comfortable there. It's always a little rough when you first get back over there, but a day in and you feel right back at home," he said.
That leaves Ryan Harris and Chris Kuper, a converted guard, as the primary combatants at this early juncture at right tackle. Pears also easily could slide back there, if needed, in the long run.
"There's a ton of good guys and competition for the tackle spots and wherever I am, I'm trying to fit in," he said.
WOUNDED ARE WALKING: Defensive ends Ebenezer Ekuban (ruptured right Achilles' tendon) and Jarvis Moss (broken right ankle) have been full participants after rigorous rehabilitations during the past several months.
Both joined the offseason conditioning program fully in late March after a lag of several weeks.
" 'Greek' told me a long time ago I'm OK and just go," Moss said, referring to head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos. "He was right. I trusted him, and it's real strong."
|05-22-2008, 05:40 PM||#3|
Mostly dead all day
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ceti Alpha V
Personally I think this sucks. I hope this isn't an ongoing problem. Between him and Nate "Action" Jackson we don't have any receiving tight ends who aren't injury prone.
|05-22-2008, 06:06 PM||#6|
The Kranz Dictum
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Tranquility Base
I watched the 1st half of SB XXXIII last night.
I marveled at Sharpe lining up wide and burning eugene robinson on 2nd and 11.
one play earlier started shotgun, with ROD in backfield with TD, Rod motions to right slot runs a deep post(cross?) and gained 40 yards, Shannon again was lined up wide.
Having a TE that can cause mismatches was huge for us back in the day. I was hoping Sheff could be a poor mans Sharpe,Hell even a poor man's Rilley Odems!
|05-22-2008, 06:45 PM||#7|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Hey as long as he can run on it by the season starts, this isn't a problem. There may be lingering pain for awhile but as long as he hasn't re-broken it he will have to deal with it. Lets just hope he's only in some pain and not in a cast.
|05-22-2008, 06:46 PM||#8|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Los Angeles