Dang, almost feel like humming the "Welcome Back Kotter" song...
Payne possibly back for Denver
The wait is nearly over for nose tackle Seth Payne.
Coach Dom Capers said following Wednesday's afternoon workout that Payne could see playing time in the Aug. 27 preseason game at Denver.
Payne has not played in a game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at New Orleans during the second week of last season, and he's only seven months removed from a third surgical procedure on the knee.
"I had been lobbying to play in Pittsburgh, and (the coaching staff) decided that probably wasn't a good idea," Payne said. "I feel like I'm ready to go."
He began working in team drills last week.
If Payne plays against Denver, he could see his most extensive action during the Sept. 2 preseason finale against Tampa Bay. That would allow him 10 days before the season opener against San Diego.
"I'm excited about getting some work against Denver," Payne said. "(The Broncos have) consistently one of the best offensive lines in the league. If you need to test yourself against the running game, Denver is the place to do it."
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