Broncos defensive linemen Antonio Smith and Malik Jackson show why it’s a good idea to keep you helmet on at football practice. While showing Jackson a pass rush move, Smith smacks Jackson in the face.  Jackson was okay and the two had a good laugh about it. No blood, no foul.

– Update from David Wille

Trevor Siemian at practice on Monday (credit: David Wille)

Trevor Siemian at practice on Monday (credit: David Wille)

The Denver Broncos cut backup quarterback Zac Dysart this morning, clearing the way for rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian to stick with the team. It’s expected Siemian will make the 53-man roster when final cuts are made this weekend. His stellar play in the preseason means the Broncos would be taking a huge risk if they cut him and hope he’s still available to add to their practice squad. Players cut when teams trim their rosters to 53 players can’t be re-signed to the 10-man practice squad for 24 hours, during which time other teams can sign them.

– Update from David Wille

Broncos tackle Michael Schofield (credit: David Wille)

Broncos tackle Michael Schofield (credit: David Wille)

Broncos tackle Michael Schofield appears to be on his way to making the team’s final 53-man roster. The Broncos traded tackle Chris Clark to the Houston Texans in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in next year’s NFL Draft. The trade clears the way for Schofield to step into Clark’s spot as a backup tackle. Head Coach Gary Kubiak says he’s liked what he’s seen from Schofield during training camp and wants to give him every opportunity to be the swing tackle when the season opens Sept. 13.

– Update from David Wille

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Monday (credit: David Wille)

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Monday (credit: David Wille)

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice today. Sanders has missed the past couple weeks with a hamstring injury. Sanders took part in individual drills and some team drills today. He’s not expected to play in the Broncos final preseason game Thursday at home against Arizona, but he is expected to be ready when the Broncos open the regular season at home Sept. 13 against Baltimore.

– Update from David Wille

Broncos practiced in shorts with helmets only on Monday.

Emmanuel Sanders practiced in some of today’s drills. Still eyeing a return in the season opener. Also said he’d be good to go returning punts if needed.

Omar Bolden did not practice Monday. Omar’s pretty sore from that late hit by Anquan Boldin Saturday night. Gary Kubiak said the play was sent into the NFL for review.

Evan Mathis worked with the first team offensive line Monday. He’s still getting acclimated to the playbook and altitude. But says he’s on schedule to be ready for week 1.

Running back Montee Ball admitted some surprise and disappointment with his lack of playing time Saturday night. Montee will play in the preseason finale Thursday night usually reserved for backups. Based on Saturday night’s running back rotation during the game, Ball is now the fourth back behind C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson.

But while Ball is disappointed he said his spirits and determination are all good. He’s looking forward to extended playing time Thursday night to show he’s still a quality NFL caliber running back that can contribute to the Broncos success.

Update from Steve Cox

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