Demarcus Ware is back on the field for the Denver Broncos.
The seven-time all-pro defender has missed all of training camp with a back injury that cost him five game in 2015. He told the Associated Press that he wasn’t even at his best during the Broncos Super Bowl victory.
“I was probably playing at 70 percent in the Super Bowl, still trying to be a little bit effective. Now I feel like I’m 94 percent,” Ware said, referring to his jersey number. “I feel great.”
Ware participated in walkthroughs during the early part of practice, and then went inside with the strength and conditioning coach. He watched the rest of practice from the sidelines.
The Broncos are going to need Ware at 100 percent if they want to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Trevor Simiean will get the third-preseason game start at quarterback against the Rams on Saturday. However, head coach Gary Kubiak still has not made a decision on a week one starter among Simiean, Mark Sanchez and first-round pick Paxton Lynch. If Kubiak decides to go with Simiean he will be starting a seventh-round pick from 2015 that did not attempt a single regular season pass last season.
Defense will have to save the day again for Broncos as it did in outstanding fashion last year. According to Football Outsiders the Broncos had the eighth-best defense since 1989.