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Good Evening, Broncos fans! The team held its first practice of training camp this morning (videophotos), and with it came some encouraging health news.

Ryan Clady, recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, did some individual work, while fifth-round pass rusher Quanterus Smith, who tore his knee up in November, was a full participant.

Sylvester Williams missed the morning session while his contract was being finalized, but was expected to practice this evening.

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John Elway spoke about the organization's rough July, and he says suspended personnel exec Tom Heckert will be back to work prior to the team's second preseason game.

Peyton Manning says that while the team would prefer not to have distractions, it's good to learn how teammates handle adversity.

Matchup safety Quentin Jammer admits he's not yet acclimated to the Mile High altitude.

Passing wasn't exactly crisp this morning, but Wes Welker fared well against Chris Harris, as he did in last year's regular-season matchup between the two; CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Tony Carter, and LB Uona Kaveinga were said to have stood out.

Videos: John Fox and Peyton Manning speak with the press; Sylvester Williams speaks with Chris Hall for BTV.

Broncos Analysis

Frank Schwab focuses on Peyton's age and the likelihood of him replicating his stellar play of 2012.

Christmas Ape would have preferred these responses from Von Miller over his boilerplate denials during his Wednesday presser.

Transactions

DE John Abraham, who had visited Denver along with Dwight Freeney following the release of Elvis Dumervil, has signed a two-year deal with Arizona, who waived LB O'Brien Schofield. Speedy Cardinals sixth-round wideout Ryan Swope has retired due to the lasting effects of the concussions he suffered while at A&M.

Atlanta has agreed to a five-year extension with QB Matt Ryan.

DL Sedrick Ellis, who had signed with Chicago after five seasons in New Orleans, is instead retiring; the Bears have signed former Falcon and Bengal Jamaal Anderson to replace him.

Kansas City released WR Mardy GilyardNew England brought back G Tyronne GreenIndianapolis released suspended TE Weslye SaundersDetroit waived G Bill Nagy; the Jets placed RB Mike Goodson on the 'did not report' list.

Injuries

LB Jonas Mouton was carted off with an apparent knee injury during the Chargers' first day of camp.

Seattle WR Percy Harvin, who has a slight tear in his hip labrum which may require surgery.

Bengals superstar wideout A.J. Green suffered what is believed to be a hyperextended knee during practice.

Among the players headed to their respective teams' preseason PUP lists are Washington DE Adam CarrikerCarolina RB Jonathan Stewart, and Houston S Ed Reed and RB Arian Foster.

Rumors

Former Panthers and Bengals lineman Travelle Wharton, who'd been scheduled to visit with the Broncos but balked when they presumably failed to meet his salary demands, has also drawn interest from Oakland. But the Raiders are apparently also coming in below Wharton's asking price.

Bills safety Jairus Byrd, who has not yet signed his franchise tender, is holding out from training camp.

Other News

Documents released in the Odin Lloyd case included security camera screenshots that appear to show Aaron Hernandez holding a gun inside his house, shortly after the time it is believed Lloyd was killed.

Washington RB Alfred Morris, who may be the most down-to-earth NFL star in history, is having the 1991 Mazda he calls "Bentley" refurbished by the carmaker at their cost.

The Cowboys have sold the naming rights for their stadium to AT&T.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is feeling the sting of having publicly and emphatically vouched for fellow Wisconsin star Ryan Braun, and the friendship between the two has apparently been strained.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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