Veteran safety Brian Dawkins, a marquee free-agent addition by the Denver Broncos, will be out for at least several days with an injury suffered during a training camp practice, Coach Josh McDaniels said Wednesday.

McDaniels declined to reveal any specifics about the injury. Dawkins, 35, left the practice field Tuesday with a trainer by his side after suffering an apparent hand injury.

“He`ll be out for a few days,” McDaniels said. “I wouldn`t expect it to last too, too long. It`s certainly not anything devastating, but I`m not going to go into details about what it is and all the rest of that.”

Stadium lights

The Broncos will hold a public practice under the lights at Invesco Field tonight, giving new coach Josh McDaniels his first chance to simulate game-day conditions.

McDaniels said the session will include some live contact and hitting and assistants assigned to the press box will be stationed upstairs so he had his staff on the field can collaborate on the play calls while getting a dry run with the communications system.

“We don`t want the first time that that happens to be in San Francisco,” said McDaniels, referring to the Broncos exhibition opener Aug. 14 against the 49ers. “We`re going to simulate as much as we can a game-type of setting and scenario for our players and our staff because we haven`t done this together yet.”

Mud slide

First-year players received a reprieve from the broiling heat in the early evening practice session in what has been referred to as a mudslide drill.

The rookies stepped into an area behind one of the south end zones where they were taken down into water-drenched grass by water hoses and buckets of water. Assistant coach Ben McDaniels was a late participant to the lighthearted drill.

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