Camp Notes: Tate ready to practice; QB order

Camp Notes: Tate ready to practice; QB order
August 6, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Kubiak updates us on Tate and Foster

Ben Tate, who has missed the past few days with some groin soreness, said he’ll be back on the field on Wednesday morning at training camp.

Wednesday morning is the final a.m. practice before the first preseason game on Friday. According to Tate, he will be ready for that game against the Vikings.  

“Yes,” he said. “Ready to go.”

Head coach Gary Kubiak said he wants to see how Tate looks in the morning practice before determining if he’ll play him in the game on Friday. Tate went through the walkthrough on Tuesday afternoon.

Kubiak said either Tate or undrafted rookie running back Dennis Johnson will start the game on Friday. Arian Foster is still on the PUP list.

Injury update
Left guard Wade Smith, who left Tuesday morning’s practice early, has a bone bruise on his knee. The knee swelled up a bit.

“We’ll probably be smart here for a couple days,” Kubiak said.

Brandon Harris, who pulled himself out of practice with a hip injury, has a hip flexor. Kubiak said they’ll see how Harris feels on Wednesday.

Quarterback order
While Kubiak said he’ll sit down with the coaches and come up with a game plan for playing time on Wednesday, he did say the order in which the quarterbacks will play.

Matt Schaub will start. T.J. Yates will come in second. Case Keenum will be third. And Stephen McGee will get whatever reps are left.

“I think the way we’ll work the preseason,” Kubiak said, “I think (Keenum) and T.J. (Yates) will basically play with the same group except for maybe the last game against Dallas.”

Kubiak explained that the offensive line really has just two teams with a few other players getting spot play.  

“Yeah, T.J.’s the two but he’s getting pushed every day and very hard,” Kubiak said. “And they’re right there battling for a job but I think T.J. has done it in the past and I think he’s in position to continue to do that. We’ll see how it goes.”