His body is sore, his mind spinning with visions of a new playbook dancing in his head, but Denver running back Justin Fargas couldn't be happier.
The veteran, who was on the practice field Wednesday for the first time with the Broncos, is hoping to get some work Sunday night in the team's preseason opener at Cincinnati.
"They're going to keep it pretty basic for me, things I can handle, but I'll continue to progress in the preseason," Fargas said Friday. "I do feel good, but it's different than just working out on your own. You have to get your body used to it. You've got some pain and soreness to work through, but you expect it."
With the Broncos not expected to take Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), Correll Buckhalter (neck/back) or LenDale White (left leg) on the trip because of injuries, they figure to start Lance Ball in the backfield.
Lately, Ball has gotten the most work with the starters, including some in Friday morning's practice. Fargas, as well as Bruce Hall, could be in the game fairly quickly.
Fargas, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier this year and was released by the Raiders, worked out for several teams before signing with the Broncos. Fargas rushed for a career-best 1,009 yards for the Raiders in 2007, but the total dropped to 491 in 2009 as he split time with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.