All’s cool with Isaiah.
He’s still a good kid. Mature for his years. He’s only 22 years old, having entered the NFL Draft out of Georgia after his true junior season.
He’s still got a chance to become a very exciting NFL player, someday.
Sure, he’s frustrated. He’s a rookie and it never comes as quickly as rookies think it will. He was benched last week after dropping another punt against New England.
And yes, in retrospect, he probably should have deferred to the All Pro instead of engaging in a Thanksgiving altercation with Chris Harris Jr. during practice Thursday.
“It’s a respect thing,’’ Harris said Friday of the previous day’s incident. “Always respect the vets.’’
McKenzie seems to understand.
“It was just the heat of the moment,’’ McKenzie told 9NEWS in front of his locker Friday. “It wasn’t anything too serious, too personal. I respect him as a player and as a person. I was just frustrated with myself. I’m just being competitive.’’
By several accounts, some serious punches were thrown, although neither player seemed bruised up Friday.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph didn’t seem to mind the dustups in the quest for much-needed victory. Besides McKenzie-Harris, offensive lineman Connor McGovern and defensive lineman Zach Kerr also had a heated exchange.
“Just guys competing and wanting to win,’’ Joseph said. “It was competitive yesterday for a Thanksgiving practice. It was my first time experiencing that kind of practice on Thanksgiving. But that speaks to our guys wanting to win – and how hard they’ve worked.
“It was fun to see in my opinion, guys competing for the ball and trying to make plays. It gets heated sometimes. That’s OK.’’
Shane Ray may miss Oakland game
The Broncos listed five players as questionable for their game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders: Outside linebacker Shane Ray (knee), tight end Jeff Heuerman (knee), defensive lineman Adam Gotsis (ankle), receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and defensive tackle Domata Peko (illness).
Gotsis practiced in full Friday and says he'll play. Sanders was questionable the previous two weeks and played in both games, Joseph said Peko would play. Heuerman missed last week's game with a left knee injury and he may miss another.
Ray suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee late in the Broncos' game last Sunday against Cincinnati. It's been a tough year for Ray. He missed the first six games with torn ligaments in his left wrist and was just working his way back into rhythm, getting his first sack last week.
There's a chance the Broncos' medical staff may hold Ray back this week.