OTL: Baltimore brass knew Rice details, influenced Goodell’s light suspension

Another bombshell has landed on the NFL and Baltimore Ravens over the Ray Rice case, this time via ESPN's Outside The Lines.

Included within ESPN's report are the following points:

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Roger Goodell finally speaks, says very little

Even Roger Goodell's harshest critics had to be expecting more out of him on Friday.

After all, he'd been hunkered down for more than a week, having remained completely silent throughout the entirety of the Vikings/Adrian Peterson affair.

As often as Goodell has made himself and the league look bad in recent months, this was his chance to impress, even if through powerful statements written by his lawyers or PR staff.

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Danny Trevathan practices Friday, not expected to face Seahawks

5.5 weeks after he fractured his leg, Danny Trevathan made a limited return to practice on Friday.

The official word is that Trevathan is a gametime decision for Sunday's SB matchup in Seattle.

But Jeff Legwold says Denver's leading tackler from last year will continue to rest through the bye week, and return for Denver's Week 5 game against Arizona.

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Devin Hester brings us back to the halcyon days of Todd Sauerbrun’s Broncos

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Week 3 got off to a lopsided start, as Atlanta demolished Tampa Bay 56-14.

Along the way, Devin Hester broke Deion Sanders' all-time return touchdown record with a 62-yard punt return.

Hester paid tribute to Neon Deion (who was in the house) by reprising his familiar high step into the end zone.

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DeMarcus Ware explains his rip move

How I Get to the Quarterback
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“It’s using your power, staying low and not giving up on it. I go against guys who are 350 pounds, and I’m only 250, so to be able to push them back, staying in the low position and having great leverage is key. It’s a chess match each and every time.”

Piece of cake. All one needs is to be big, fast, quick, strong, explosive, and agile.

Peter King thinks the Broncos changed their entire roster

Rematch of the Mismatch
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How did the Broncos respond to the 35-point Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks? By changing two-thirds of their regular lineup. The proof of the makeover is stunning, especially with 10 of 12 changes to the defensive regulars.

According to PK, Derek Wolfe, Von Miller, Chris Harris, and Rahim Moore are part of a new defensive lineup. It's not that they were on IR during the SB, or anything (no mention of injuries, incredibly).

Hacktastic.

Open Thread: Tampa Bay @ Atlanta

Mike Tanier says Lovie Smith has been a dud so far in Tampa; Chris Phillips (PFF) and Brett Michael Dykes (NYT) discuss the matchup. Enjoy the game!

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Nate Irving’s long road to Denver’s starting lineup

It started with an innocent, bad decision. On June 28, 2009, Nate Irving was tired, but wanted to sleep in his own bed.

Irving aimed his car at North Carolina State.

At 4:40 am, he fell asleep at the wheel.

The one-car accident resulted in severe injuries, including a collapsed lung.

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But what about BMarsh and Big Ben?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just yesterday, Vikings ownership spoke about how they'd reversed course on Adrian Peterson.

They did admit to having made a mistake in first reinstating Peterson on Monday.

But the Wilf brothers apparently spent much of their presser patting themselves on the back for having done "the right thing."

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What would it mean for Denver to cut Matt Prater and keep Brandon McManus?

Yes, the jury's still out on Brandon McManus as an NFL placekicker.

Of course, he's on a Denver Broncos team that features Peyton Manning, so there's that.

McManus has established, at least on kickoffs a Mile High, that his leg strength is comparable to Matt Prater's.

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