While some wondered what John Elway’s future would be in Denver, Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis made it clear last week when he announced that Elway signed a new five-year contract and has been promoted to President of Football Operations/General Manager. Elway has been responsible for the signing or extended contracts of 16 players who have combined for 32 Pro Bowl selections with the Broncos.
Now that the Elway contract is done, work has begun as training camp kicked off last week. Elway also announced the acquisition of offensive guard Allen Barbre from the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Denver’s offensive line has been suspect the past couple seasons and it’s clear that the Broncos are hoping to fill gaps and help both the quarterbacks and running backs this upcoming season.
On the defensive side of the ball the Broncos took a significant blow just two days into training camp when linebacker Shane Ray tore a ligament in his left wrist. Ray is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Shaquil Barrett will likely step in to replace Ray at linebacker while Ray is out. Barrett is currently recovering from a hip injury himself but should be able to practice and play for the upcoming pre-season.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies have fallen a half game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks while the L.A. Dodgers continue to increase their lead over both the Rockies and Diamondbacks to 14 games. Last week the Rockies lost all three games in their series to the St. Louis Cardinals. Friday night’s game was postponed due to a rainout in Washington, but Colorado managed to win two straight before losing game four on Sunday night. Colorado returns this week to host the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Colorado lost two of three in their previous meet with the Mets but won three of four against the Phillies. Colorado hopes to narrow L.A.’s lead and move past the Diamondbacks.
The Rockies were .500 for the month of July with 12 wins and 12 losses and have 27 games for the month of August with only 12 on the road. Since the other 15 will be played at Coors Field the Rockies should benefit from home field advantage.
In other sports the Colorado Rapids are scheduled to face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, August 8, at 8 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids will then travel to Dallas to face FC Dallas on August 12.