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Broncos notes: Porter downplays Saints reunion

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Nobody won the lottery this weekend — and no players were in the news for any incidents away from football. So the Broncos were back to practice Monday with everyone present and accounted for — including cornerback Tracy Porter, who missed last Monday’s 35-24 win at San Diego with an illness.

“I just got sick. They didn’t feel comfortable with me flying and me being sick, they had to leave me back,” said Porter, who added that he felt “great” upon his return.

“The competitor in me wanted to go. I really did want to go, but they were looking out for my well-being and at the end of the day I understood that. You never want to sit out any football game. But that’s why we have the medical staff that we have.”

Porter and the Broncos worked for 85 minutes Monday before heading inside for conditioning work.

“I had a good day’s practice. It feels good to be back out there after the bye week, after missing last week,” Porter said. “I’m ready to go.”

This Sunday, Porter will face his former Saints teammates for the first time since he left for the Broncos in free agency seven months ago, but he downplayed the significance of the reunion when asked about it Monday.

“I mean, it doesn’t mean that much more, but it is going to be a weird feeling playing against my former team,” Porter said. ” know a lot of those guys on the team, it’s going to be exciting playing against them, but at the end of the day it’s no different, we still have to line up and play football.”

NOT STUCK ON ‘STICKUM’: The Broncos had little to say about the reports that Chargers receivers were caught using “stickum” last Monday,

“I’m not really all over that,” Fox said. “I’m sure the league has got their ways of dealing with it. They’ll let us know the outcome.”

“If they were wearing it, we still beat them, and if they weren’t we still beat them, it doesn’t matter,” said safety David Bruton, who noted that he didn’t notice anything unusual during the game.

The gooey adhesive substance that has been banned by the league since former Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes slathered it on his hands and forearms during the 1980 season.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Hayes earned Defensive Player of the Year honors that year after he intercepted 13 passes, the most for anyone in a single season since 1952. He had 14 interceptions over the next six years of his career combined.

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