Broncos try to replace Shane Ray; no front-runner in quarterback competition

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos are three days into their 2017 training camp.

Here are the top story lines.

Replacing Shane Ray

Replacing a stater is no easy task. On Friday, the Broncos learned linebacker Shane Ray will miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his wrist.

“He’s going to be back probably Week 2, at the latest,” coach Vance Joseph said. “As far as going forward, [outside linebacker Kasim] Edebali will be the first will backer at SAM.

“It depends what Von [Miller] is doing, but he’s playing with Von and the first team, and the young guys will be the backup. [It is] as simple as that.

“We brought [Danny] Mason in. That provides depth so we don’t burn Von out. That’s important now. We’re down to Von with no Shane and no Shaq [Barrett]. Being smart with Von is a priority.”  

Next man up

First up to replace Ray is Edebali, a fourth-year pro who most recently played for the New Orleans Saints.

Obviously, I’m ready to step up. It’s been my mantra my whole career. If somebody goes down, 91 is called, give it all you got.”

QB competition update (maybe)

On the third day of training camp, there was no change in the quarterback competition.

“Every day I’ve been up here. I’ve been up here for three days. It’s not going to change daily,” Joseph said. “That’s important because you don’t want to leave here every day thinking Paxton [Lynch] is the guy and tomorrow Trevor [Siemian] is the guy.

“We can’t do that. It has to be a collective evaluation over time. That’s why time is a good thing because now we can have a full evaluation of both guys.”

Going vegan

One competition to keep an eye on is the third receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Bennie Fowler is in the thick of the competition. And the secret to his offseason training was going vegan.

“It has changed a lot,” Fowler said. “I have to be ready to play 60 plays a game and that’s something that I’ve changed and I’m preparing for.

“I’ve lost 10 pounds. D.T. has lost some weight. We both feel good. We feel fast. We feel light. It feels good.”

Sunday pads day

Day 4 of training camp will be the first time players will be in full pads.

“It’s awesome because football is not played in just jerseys, it’s played in pads,” nose tackle Domata Peko said. “When you get the pads on, you’re actually out there doing football things and playing the game that you love to do.

“I’m excited to get back to hitting guys, hitting running backs and trying to sack quarterbacks. That’s what I do. That’s what I love to do. I’m excited to be here, live my dream and pursue a championship.”

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