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Things Get Testy at Broncos Camp

The Broncos lost two defensive tackles to injury Monday and their rookie safety got into a brief fight with Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd. The severity of the injuries to Ty Warren (arm) and Marcus Thomas (chest) were unknown.

“Hopefully, it’s not serious,” coach John Fox said. Neither Rahim Moore nor Lloyd were hurt during their fisticuffs. Fox said he wasn’t surprised things got heated on a hot day with camp winding down.

“This game is a tough game, physical game and when you’re banging on each other every day it can get chippy,” Fox said. “So, it’s pretty typical of camp this time of year.”

But it’s not every day you see a rookie stand up to a Pro Bowler like this.

Lloyd politely declined to discuss the altercation after practice and Moore, a second-round draft pick from UCLA who already has grabbed the starting free safety job opposite Brian Dawkins, said Lloyd felt he cut him off in the end zone on a fade pass that fell incomplete.

“He decided I did something wrong and I didn’t think I did,” Moore said. “He shoved me. I shoved him back.”

On the next play, Kyle Orton hit Lloyd for a short touchdown pass with Moore in coverage.

Moore said he and Lloyd talked things over a minute later and resolved their differences.

“So, it’s all love,” Moore said.

Denver’s defensive coaching staff had to like Moore’s moxie.

“I have nothing against Brandon, but I take flack from nobody,” Moore said. “This is a physical game. So, if I let him push me, everybody would say, `Oh, Rahim let him push him.’ It’s just the competitive nature that I have. It’s like if he beat me on a touchdown, I’m going to try to pick the ball off the next time. If he pushed me, I’m going to push him back.

“But at the end of the day, we’re family.”

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