Marvin Austin continues to impress

ReFo: Broncos @ Cowboys, Preseason Week 4
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Marvin Austin, DT: +3.9

Breakdown: The former second-rounder made life difficult for the Cowboy backups, registering a hit and pressure rushing the passer to go along with a stop in the run game in 26 snaps. This was in addition to his work as a general nuisance to Dallas – standing up blockers and squeezing the point of attack – that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. However, with many of his teammates on the defensive line also seeing success in this game (check out 14:55 of the fourth quarter for an example), we’ll see whether this performance (and his +1.7 last week) was enough for Austin to secure a roster spot.

No shock here for Broncos fans, who have watched Marvin put his talents on display in every preseason game.  

Marvin is also a lesson to us all: draft grades are not fixed.  Talent emerges when it's ready.  Injuries, emotional maturity, scheme--all play a role.  

Broncos working out kickers, waive Brian Sanford

After Brandon McManus's scattershot performance on Thursday, the Broncos are working out more young kickers on Saturday.

Mike Klis reports that WSU alum Andrew Furney is among those who are auditioning.

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Bon Jovi won’t be giving Bills a Toronto name

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Apologies for the lack of a Friday Lard; let's get caught up a bit, shall we?

The most discussion worthy item from Thursday was probably that Peyton Manning was fined for getting in the face of D.J. Swearinger, who was not fined for his hit on Wes Welker.

Manning's penalty is kind of ridiculous, but since Welker kind of ducked into the hit, we get the lack of a fine for Swearinger.

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Perhaps shouldn’t be eating the mystery meats at the Jerrah Dome?

Broncos Ronnie Hillman, Kayvon Webster hospitalized overnight in Dallas
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The Broncos did not disclose the nature of the illness, although the team did confirm Hillman and Webster were taken to a Dallas-area hospital for treatment and evaluation.

All kidding aside, we wish good health for Ronnie and Kayvon.

Report: Kyle Orton heads to Buffalo

Is Kyle Orton the new Brett Favre? Perhaps, at least in the worst way.

Six weeks after having been cut by Dallas under the guise of retirement, Orton has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Buffalo.

It's widely being reported as a one-year contract, but Tim Graham says Orton holds a hefty option for a second year.

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Report: Broncos down to 66 on way to 53-man limit

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos trimmed their active roster to 66 players on Friday, ahead of Saturday's deadline to reach the 53-man limit.

Seven players were reportedly waived or cut: defensive tackle Sione Fua, tight ends Cameron Morrah and Jameson Konz, corners Jordan Sullen and Jerome Murphy, tackle Ryan Miller, and linebacker L.J. Fort.

Defensive end Kenny Anunike (elbow) will apparently be stashed on IR, while kicker Matt Prater is headed to the reserve/suspended list.

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Final Score: Broncos 27, Cowboys 3

Denver (3-1) closed out the preseason with a stifling 27-3 victory (Gamebook) over Dallas (0-4) at the Jerrah Dome.

The Broncos outgained the Cowboys 357 to 165 in yardage, C.J. Anderson punched in a one-yard touchdown, and Kapri Bibbs scored twice.

Brock Osweiler threw for 190 yards and ran for 29 more, while Isaiah Burse added 153 all-purpose yards.

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Live Blog: Preseason Game 4 - Broncos at Cowboys

Happy Thursday, friends.  Let's watch some backups and fringe guys battle it out for a few roster spots!  This is going to be the last time many of these dudes will be NFL players, and we're going to send them off warmly after the jump.

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NFL to finally take domestic violence seriously

The NFL and Roger Goodell have made a drastic (and welcome) change to their policy on domestic violence, with the commissioner apologizing for his recent bungled handling of the Ray Rice case.

A first offense will now draw a six-game suspension which could be increased in certain circumstances, while a second offense will prompt a lifetime ban.

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Broncography: Marvin Austin

Marvin Austin was born to his single mother, Donna Johnson, on January 10, 1989, in Washington, DC. Athletic as a child, by the time he was in high school, Austin was already a rising star.

He began high school at Coolidge HS, although other, bigger schools had made a run at bringing him on. As a junior in 2005, he helped Coolidge to the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title game for the first time since 1986. It ended badly, though, with a 43–14 loss to rival Dunbar.

Coolidge assistant coach Moses Ware moved over to Ballou HS in 2006 and took Austin with him. That turned out well, as Ballou met Dunbar in that year's title game. This time, Austin, Ware, and Ballou triumphed 34-33. Austin made the All-Metro HS First Team as chosen by the Washington Post, in both 2005 and 2006.

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