Posey: 'I'm still climbing the hill'
On Jan. 13, DeVier Posey was carted off the field in the fourth quarter in New England after tearing his Achilles.
Seven months later, Posey is very close to being back.
On Wednesday morning, head coach Gary Kubiak said the team is close to taking Posey off the Active/PUP list and it could happen as soon as after Saturday’s game against the Dolphins.
“I feel close. I feel close,” Posey said. “I just have to get my wind back and like I said, push up against some guys, get tackled, get hit, jump, fall, get up, finish a play and I’ll feel comfortable again.”
The most important thing to note about Posey's being removed from the Active/PUP list is that once Posey practices, he won’t be eligible for the regular season PUP list, which means he would likely start the season on the 53-man roster.
“Just getting back out there and playing, running around, going against somebody else, competing, of course it’s a big milestone and of course getting back into it,” Posey said. “And just going through everything I’ve been through and not missing any real time as far as the real season is a true blessing.”
While his teammates were away from football this offseason, off on vacations and hanging out with family and friend, Posey was in Houston, at Reliant Stadium, rehabbing.
After Posey tore his Achilles, he told Kubiak he would be ready for Week 1.
“He kind of looked at me crazy because I was in a wheelchair,” Posey said.
It’s not that crazy anymore.
Posey would have had a chance to be the team’s No. 2 receiver had he not been injured, but instead, the team drafted DeAndre Hopkins, who will start. That will leave Posey battling with Keshawn Martin, among others, for playing time.
“It was just a little mountain I needed to climb and I’m a mountain climber,” Posey said.
Ben Jones, who will start Saturday’s game at left guard because of Wade Smith’s arthroscopic surgery, was sick on Wednesday and needed to be taken inside.
Kubiak said it wasn’t anything major.
“He was feeling a little down but still, he finished practice and that’s good,” right tackle Derek Newton said. “It shows that he’s really committed to this team.”
Arian Foster was once again working on the side. Ed Reed wasn't at camp; he's working with a private trainer out of town.
Brennan Williams (knee), Trevardo Williams (cyst drained on foot), Alan Bonner (hamstring) and Chris Jones (calf) all sat out practice. That's four of nine draft picks.
Tim Dobbins (shoulder) and Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) were also out again.
After missing two days because of a death in his family, Matt Schaub was back at practice Wednesday morning.