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Dove Valley Days: Broncos amp ends with lighter mood

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Denver Broncos break camp with a huddle at the end of practice Thursday, August 20, 2009 at Dove Valley. John Leyba, The Denver Post

Broncos reporter Lindsay H. Jones reviews the final day of training camp today:

HIGHLIGHT: Ah, the sweet sounds of freedom. The atmosphere before and after the team’s lone practice today was noticeably lighter, with good reason. The team officially broke camp after Wednesday’s evening practice, and worked for just more than two hours today in shoulder pads and shorts. Players seemed most thrilled to get to return to their homes after nearly three weeks in a hotel. “We start next week in regular game mode, and I think it is important for them to understand what’s going to happen on a Wednesday, a Thursday, a Friday in the regular season,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “That’s why we chose to break camp now.”

LOWLIGHT: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall did not make any movement up the depth chart, and it seems unlikely Marshall will play in Saturday’s game at Seattle. For the third consecutive practice, Marshall did not take any repetitions when the Broncos worked on their offensive plays. He worked only as a scout team player when the Broncos practiced their defense. McDaniels would not say definitively if Marshall would or would not play.

QUOTE: “Camp is dreadful. The worst part of football is camp.”

– Tight end Daniel Graham, who said he was quite happy for training camp to be over.

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