New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels declined to comment on rampant speculation that safety Brian Dawkins, the cornerstone of his defensive overhaul, has a broken hand and needs surgery.
Dawkins, is in his first season in Denver after 13 years in Philadelphia, got hurt Tuesday. The Broncos have declined to reveal the nature or extent of Dawkins' injury, saying only that he'll be out a few days.
Rookie safety David Bruton of Notre Dame has replaced Dawkins at strong safety with Denver's first unit, and he fueled the speculation that Dawkins' injury was more serious than the Broncos are letting on when he said after the Thursday morning walkthrough: "What happened with Dawkins, it's sad, but you get your call, it's time to step up ... and hope for a speedy recovery."
Dawkins wasn't on the field Thursday. He plans to skip today's workout to attend a memorial service in Philadelphia for former Eagles DC Jim Johnson, who died last week.