Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Jeff Legwold notes, Wes Welker's latest concussion figures to loom large in Denver's upcoming roster decisions.
The team already lost Jordan Norwood earlier in the week to a torn ACL; he'd been expected to stick as a punt returner and sixth receiver.
Given Welker's concussion history, it's no sure thing that he'll be back anytime soon.
Had the Broncos taken Lacy instead of Montee Ball and picked linebacker Lavonte David instead of Brock Osweiler, they would have stood a much better chance of beating the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Look, this is really simple. Had the Broncos drafted Lavonte David in 2012, they most certainly would not have drafted Danny Trevathan. So, it's not as simple as plugging David into Denver's defense and then suggesting they would have won SB 48.
Never mind that, at the time, nobody knew whether Peyton Manning would return to form, or play long enough to warrant passing on a quarterback.
The Broncos are about to find out just how (un)important a placekicker is to their squad.
As first reported by Mike Klis, the team will be without placekicker Matt Prater for the first four games of the season due to an alcohol-related suspension.
Per Klis, there will be no appeal, as Prater had been facing a one-year ban as a repeat offender under the league's substance abuse policy.
Tonight in Denver, fall was in the air.
For the first time, it felt like football.
For the first time, I got antsy for the preseason to end.
Or maybe it was just the thought of Wes Welker headed to the locker room with a possible concussion.
As least Welker will have another week to heal. Otherwise, I’d say let’s skip Dallas and get right to the Colts.
Peyton Manning threw for 243 yards and two picturesque long touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders, who returned from a nagging quad injury in electric fashion.
After having some (strong) sangria at an afternoon birthday party, I'm going to be live-blogging after the jump. Check it out!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In the traditional final preseason tuneup for starters, several key Broncos are expected to play tonight against Houston.
According to Mike Klis, Von Miller, Montee Ball, and Kevin Vickerson will make their preseason debuts, while Emmanuel Sanders will return from his one-week absence.
Of Denver's 22 starters, only Chris Harris will not play.
The No Fun League issued a pair of ridiculous fines this week to remind us all of where its priorities lie.
First, Browns QB Johnny Manziel was reportedly fined $12K for having flipped the bird at the Washington sideline on Monday night.
On Friday, Saints TE Jimmy Graham was hit with a $30K whopper over a pair of touchdown celebration goalpost dunks.
Shutouts are always encouraging. When the Broncos' third string managed a stellar goal line stand, the team and fans went wild.
That is, except for Peyton Manning, who quietly stood and watched San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh as if he could read Harbaugh’s mind. Given Manning’s skills around football, he probably could. The newly built Levi's Stadium would forever be broken in with a 34-0 shutout.
It’s fair to say that both teams withheld many of their real strengths for their Week 7 Sunday night clash, but there's still plenty to take away from the contest.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on Thursday and may even see some action on Saturday evening.
That decision will be made sometime this evening; Sanders has been hampered throughout the summer by a quad injury.
Meanwhile, Wes Welker was excused for personal reasons for the second straight day, and might be held out for the game against Houston.