Brooking wants to push, teach Broncos youngsters

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Linebacker Keith Brooking participated in his first padded practice with the Denver Broncos on Saturday, subbing for rookie Danny Trevathan (ankle) at weakside linebacker behind Wesley Woodyard.

Earlier in the week, the 36-year-old Brooking lined up at middle linebacker in place of second-year sub Mike Mohamed for non-contact work during 7-on-7 drills.

The five-time Pro Bowler signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Denver last week to provide a savvy presence to the linebacking corps that will be without five-time leading tackler D.J. Williams for the first six weeks of the regular season while he serves a drug suspension. Williams also faces a DUI trial next week.

Williams wasn't at practice Saturday, but coach John Fox said it was an excused absence.