No hitting in football? Broncos make decision to limit physicality at practice

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – Turns out, the Rockies are hitting a lot more than the Broncos these days, which is to say the Orange and Blue aren’t hitting at all.

“We’ve just made the decision as an organization to not do it (hit),” lamented head coach Vic Fangio. “It’s hard. It’s not an easy decision.”

It’s been weird watching the lack of contact through Broncos camp, of course, it’s even weirder for the guys who make their living dishing out the lickings.

“It’s very different,” said cornerback A.J. Boyue. “Without having preseason games this year, it makes it tough. You never want to go into Week 1 having the expectation that you’re going to miss tackles, so we have to do everything we can to be in the right position (to make a stop).”

With a condensed roster and practice time, it’s a move designed with safety in mind.

“We shouldn’t need a bunch of practice reps of tackling. That’s why you’re here,” said running back Phillip Lindsay. “You’re supposed to be the best of the best. When that first game comes, just do your part. Be ready, make people miss and tackle. I think we have an older, mature defense that understands that and have been through a lot of games which is going to come in handy. For offense, we’re just going to have to get physical as it goes.”

But you can bet that Fangio swallowed hard at the decision;

“Am I worried about it? Am I concerned about it? Yeah, I am, but that’s the decision we’ve made,” the coach said.

In the meantime, guys get whatever pushes, shoves and wrap ups they can, looking for other ways to stoke the competitive fires.

“Trash talking is fun,” said receiver Courtland Sutton. “When you gave some friendly competition going on between  the offense and defense, it gives the practice a little extra juice.”

So they have that going for them.

On the field, All Pro linebacker Von Miller was given the day off. There is growing concern about Bradley Chubb, who tweaked his knee at Saturday’s practice at the stadium.

“He’s getting better,” says Head Coach Vic Fangio. “He’ll be back out there soon.”

Guard Graham Glasgow and KJ Hamler continue to recover from their injuries.

The Broncos will go back to Empower Field at Mile High this Friday night for practice.

“It will be a similar format to what we did last week,” said Fangio. “Give our guys a chance to get down there, see the lights with our first game being under the lights especially for some of these receivers and guys that haven’t been there just to get a feel for that and another good feel for the stadium.”

No fans will be allowed inside.

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