ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos pass-rusher Jarvis Moss returned to training camp after he took a three-day furlough to consider retirement.
Moss, who missed five practices while deciding whether he still wanted to play, didn't speak with reporters after Tuesday's workout.
Had he quit, Moss might have been asked to return $3.6 million of his signing bonus to the Broncos. Now, if he's cut later this month, he won't owe the team anything.
Moss, who has just 3½ sacks in his two-year NFL career, is deep down on Denver's depth chart at outside linebacker in the new 3-4 defense, and he slid even further upon his return because of the arrival of first-round draft pick Robert Ayers.
Ayers worked in some packages with the first team Tuesday and was impressive at times, but he often looked lost.
Moss, who met with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels in the morning, participated in the entire 2½-hour practice, receiving extensive work in individual drills. In the team portion, Moss was primarily used at outside linebacker with the third string and also took some snaps with the second unit as a down lineman on passing downs.
McDaniels said he saw no hesitation out of Moss, who has struggled to fit into the NFL ever since former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan moved up to select him with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 draft.
"He went out there and had a good practice today," McDaniels said of Moss. "That's what you need to see, and that's what he gave us."
McDaniels said he felt the uncertainty that kept Moss away over the weekend was no longer an issue.
"I'm not worried about it at all," McDaniels said.
As for Ayers, "he doesn't know what to do half the time yet," McDaniels said. "He's very physical and has a long way to go, but it's great to have him here. He's got a lot of work to do."
Ayers concurred, saying that while he did some things well on his first day in full pads, he also made plenty of mistakes.
"At times, I caught myself not knowing what was going on," he acknowledged.
Notes: Safety Brian Dawkins left the practice field Tuesday afternoon with a trainer by his side. It appeared that Dawkins might have suffered a hand injury, but McDaniels wouldn't reveal anything, jokingly telling reporters: "I'm going to be very forthcoming with you guys tomorrow about that." Vernon Fox replaced Dawkins on the first-team defense. ... The Broncos signed LB Braxton Kelly, who had been in Denver for some of the team's offseason workouts, to take the roster spot created when LB Nick Greisen (knee) went on season-ending injured reserve.
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