ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Elvis Dumervil drops to one knee in prayer every time he steps on or off the football field, something he couldn't do for a full year.

Dumervil has a renewed dedication and determination after missing all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle. It was a freak injury that occurred in the first week of training camp last year just days after he parlayed a league-leading 17 sacks in 2009 into a $58 million contract.

Dumervil couldn't wait to get back on the field this summer. His teammates teased him about being the only player who was excited for training camp to start. And he acknowledges he has some butterflies heading into Thursday night's preseason opener at Dallas.

It will be his first game since Jan. 3, 2010.