Aug 19, 2014 8:37 PM
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning was disgusted with the Denver Broncos offense after the first of three practices with the Houston Texans.
And when the five-time MVP isn't happy, nobody's happy.
Asked specifically what had set him off, Manning stared at a reporter like he had stared down receiver Bubba Caldwell after a poorly run route or two an hour earlier.
"Were you watching?" Manning retorted.
What observers saw, actually, was a Broncos offense that produced its share of big plays in both 7-on-7 and team drills against a defense led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. But also some sloppy moments less than 48 hours after a chest-thumping 34-0 shutout of the San Francisco 49ers.
Broncos running back Montee Ball returned to practice Tuesday, participating in individual drills in his first on-field workout since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4.
Ball sat out the team drills when the Broncos squared off against the Houston Texans.
Weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan made an appearance at practice, hobbling out on crutches. Trevathan fractured his left leg in practice last week and is out four to six weeks.
Linebacker Lamin Barrow was back on the field 48 hours after dodging a serious knee injury in Denver's 34-0 win at San Francisco.
Tight end Gerell Robinson (ankle, knee) was also hurt in that game and was held out of practice along with cornerback Kayvon Webster (ankle), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) and tight end Virgil Green (calf).