ENGLEWOOD • Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Robert Ayers ended his holdout a week after rookies reported to training camp, and will have his first training camp practice today after missing seven full-squad workouts.
Ayers signed a five-year contract, then passed a conditioning test. He was held out of the Monday evening practice by coach Josh McDaniels. Ayers said McDaniels didn’t want him making a bad first impression, practicing on tired legs.
Ayers said he trimmed down, dropping a few pounds before training camp. Even though he was drafted under the premise he could play end or outside linebacker, he will primarily be an outside linebacker with some situational end duties mixed in.
“Any day, any hour, any workout, anything you miss is always going to be a setback, but I worked out on my down time so I could be in good shape and make an impression and catch up and learn,” Ayers said. “Hopefully I didn’t get too far behind.”
Running back Knowshon Moreno, the 12th pick of the draft, remains unsigned.
The Broncos emphatically denied a statement by former Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski that Broncos owner Pat Bowlen spoke with free agent quarterback Michael Vick this weekend and Vick was in Denver. The report was circulated by a press release from Clear Channel radio. Vick was reinstated by the NFL last week.
“Pat Bowlen has not spoken with Michael Vick,” Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano said. “This has not happened.”
Linebacker Nick Greisen, who had been working on the second-team defense at inside linebacker, suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury.