Broncos coach Vic Fangio on Wednesday condemned the racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments by Jon Gruden revealed in emails that led to his resignation Monday night as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders, now led by interim coach Rich Bisaccia, travel to face the Broncos on Sunday.
“There’s no place in the world, let alone our league, for the opinions that were expressed and especially the words used to express those opinions,” Fangio said. “Myself and the (Broncos) organization are definitely against that. It was a bad situation.”
Safety Justin Simmons said the Gruden debacle was discussed by him and teammates in the Broncos’ locker room.
“It can be concerning at times because you just don’t know people’s intentions and thoughts and motives and their heart postures,” Simmons said.
Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater expects Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to lead his team through the turmoil.
“Knowing Derek personally, I know he’s a guy who will rally those guys together,” Bridgewater said. “He’s a great leader, a great man and a lot of people respect him. I know he’s a guy capable of pulling his troops together and keeping them focused.”
Gordon, Jackson sit. Running back Melvin Gordon (lower leg) and safety Kareem Jackson (back) did not practice Wednesday.
Gordon’s practice time has been managed the last three weeks. Fangio said Jackson should be “fine — he’s feeling much better (Wednesday).”
Cornerback/special teamer Mike Ford (leg) did not practice and has been ruled out for multiple weeks.
Bridgewater is back to being a full participant after his snaps were limited last week due to the concussion protocol.
“It allows me to really spend more time diving into the game plan on a day like (Wednesday) as opposed to last week (when) I had to do different tests and things like that,” Bridgewater said.
Brown joins WR room. Veteran receiver John Brown practiced for the first time since signing with the practice squad Tuesday.
Brown, 31, has 320 catches (31 touchdowns) for 4,478 yards in 96 games for Arizona, Baltimore and Buffalo. He was released by Las Vegas on Aug. 31.
“How quickly he’ll be able to join (and play in games), we’ll see,” Fangio said. “These next three days will tell. Obviously, coming in cold with no background in our system, he has some heavy lifting to learn it. We’ll see how he looks and what he can learn and make a decision by the end of the week. … He’s fast, he’s a big-time receiver and runs well with it after he catches it.”
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports
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