Gentlemen start your metaphors.

After a month's worth of bad vibes played out in capital letters trailing the words "breaking news" the Broncos reported for training camp Wednesday. And as running back Ronnie Hillman pulled his luxury sedan into the players' parking lot it sported a flat front tire.

So it goes as the Broncos continue a bumpy offseason ride as Super Bowl favorites. They get down to their on-field business Thursday morning with the first practice of training camp.

"I think we're ready to roll" coach John Fox said. "Everybody came back in great shape."

The on-field work might offer some solace over the next three weeks as the Broncos try to leave behind the news of the drunken-driving arrests of front-office executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert and star outside linebacker Von Miller facing a four-game suspension for allegedly violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Fox said he will go about the business of making sure the players are focused on the work that needs to be done "between those white lines."

"We're going to embark on a very long season and I'm sure there's going to be some adversity as well as some prosperity along the way" Fox said. "This will be no different. There's always a lot of noise. Sometimes it's good. Sometimes it's bad. You had better be able to focus through the noise."

All but one of the Denver players — including Miller who had 18½ sacks last season — reported for medical examinations and conditioning tests Wednesday. Rookie defensive tackle Sylvester Williams a first-round draft pick was the only no-show. Williams can't participate in team functions until his contract is completed.

Williams' representatives and the Broncos continue to close in on a deal. Williams isn't expected to miss much time with the team if negotiations continue at their current pace.