ENGLEWOOD—The Denver Broncos weren’t fooled.
They know it’s not a coincidence their former safety Shiloh Keo signed with the New Orleans Saints in the same week the two teams play each other.
“I could tell you that Shiloh is singing like a canary because he did it when he came here,’’ said Joe DeCamillis, the Broncos’ special teams coordinator. “I can tell you that right now. We played Cincinnati and he came in and gave us everything. That’s just the league. You just have to deal with it.’’
Last year, safety Shiloh Keo spent the offseason and training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals before he was among their final roster cuts in September. He was signed by the Broncos three months later on Dec. 9, 2015, and besides adding much-needed depth to an injury-depleted safety position, Keo came in handy three weeks later when the Broncos played the Bengals.
Keo stayed with the Broncos through the playoffs, offseason and training camp this year, and after serving a two-game suspension, played in three games for Denver this season before he was released again.
The Saints also signed tight end John Phillips late last week. Phillips played the first eight games for the Broncos this season. Between Keo and Phillips the Saints should have the Broncos’ tendencies on offense, defense and special teams covered.
“It’s all about the players on the field, though,’’ DeCamillis said. “That’s what it’s really about and both of those guys were good players for us and hopefully we can play well against them.”
Wade back to sideline
The game while coaching from the upstairs box didn’t go so well. It’s hardly a surprise Broncos’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will return to his sideline position this week for the game at New Orleans.
Phillips suffered a broken left rib after getting inadvertently trampled over by San Diego running back Melvin Gordon two weeks ago.
Although Phillips didn’t miss a day of work, the pain he was experiencing last week caused him to take the precaution of coaching from the box during the Broncos’ 30-20 loss at Oakland last Sunday, a game in which his defense allowed 218 yards rushing.
“I’m feeling a lot better,’’ Phillips said Thursday. “Unless I’m hurting again, I’ll probably be downstairs.”
Von fine with punter’s dance
After he dropped his second punt inside the Broncos’ 3-yard line, Oakland’s Marquette King imitated the dance moves of Denver pass rusher and former ‘’Dancing with the Stars’’ contestant Von Miller.
“Punters dancing, they always say this is the ‘No Fun League’ or whatever it is, but you have punters out here dancing, that’s dope to me,’’ Miller said. If the score was a little bit different, it would be even doper. I think it’s great whenever you can show some emotion. I talked to King after the game and we were laughing about it and then I saw some clips of the dance, it’s part of the game. I feel like that should be a part of the game.”
The Broncos got positive injury news this week as backup cornerback Kayvon Webster appears sufficiently recovered from his latest hamstring injury to play this Sunday at New Orleans.
With Aqib Talib out, Webster will play the outside right corner during nickel packages, with Chris Harris Jr. moving in from right corner to the slot.
Webster missed last week’s game at Oakland as Lorenzo Doss moved up to nickel linebacker.
Strong safety T.J. Ward and center Matt Paradis missed a second consecutive practice Thursday. Ward has been sick and has a sore hamstring. Paradis has sat out at least two practices each of the past three weeks because of issues to both hips.
With Wolfe down, the Broncos will give more playing time Sunday to rookie Adam Gotsis and second-year defensive tackle Darius Kilgo.
Broncos defensive backs Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon played as recently as the 2014 season at Tulane University, which is located in New Orleans. “I’m trying not to answer the phone so I won’t have to get all these tickets,’’ Nixon said.
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