As temperatures finally cooled at Broncos' training camp, tempers heated up.
After a few random scuffles by other players in recent practices, DE Elvis Dumervil found himself in an agitated state Tuesday after getting into a tussle with RB Knowshon Moreno. Later, he shouted at teammates after a play in a red-zone period, and had to be calmed down by LBs Joe Mays and Wesley Woodyard.
"What is this, the third week? Yeah, it's been brewing for a long time now. I think you guys got a chance to see everything that's been building up and building up, and it finally let out today," Mays said.
The Dumervil-Moreno scrap was the most dramatic moment of the practice. Moreno threw the ball point-blank into Dumervil's chest, and the seven-year veteran defensive end pounced. Blows were exchanged and the scrape lingered for a few seconds, since no teammates or coaches made an immediate attempt to break it up.
"We all get into it, but those guys were over there laughing and smiling after that," Woodyard said.
Added DE Jeremy Beal: "It's just a little brotherly love. Just tempers flaring a little bit. We're tired of seeing each other all day."
Injuries mount: In addition to RG Chris Kuper suffering a fractured forearm, the Broncos lost DE Jason Hunter to a triceps injury and RB Ronnie Hillman to a hamstring strain. The hamstring is the same one that Hillman injured earlier in training camp, but Broncos coach John Fox said this injury wasn't as bad.
"You're never going to be 100 percent until a couple of months in, you've got to just fight through it," Hillman said.
Not practicing: CB Tracy Porter (illness), safeties Quinton Carter (knee, hamstring) and Jim Leonhard (knee), LBs Danny Trevathan (ankle) and Keith Brooking (hamstring) and WR Tyler Grisham (knee) all sat out ? DT Ty Warren was excused for a second consecutive day to tend to a family matter.
With Trevathan and Brooking both hurting, the Broncos had no depth behind Woodyard at weakside linebacker, forcing D.J. Williams back onto the field during team periods for a second consecutive day with the second team. Williams' DUI retrial is Wednesday.