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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Is tonight the last we’ll see of Kevin Vickerson?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Wes Welker continues to progress in his recovery from his latest concussion.

According to Mike Klis, Welker has been cleared to fly to Dallas for tonight's preseason finale.

But he has not yet received clearance for on-field contact, so he won't yet be practicing or playing.

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Appeals Judge Goodell upholds Josh Gordon’s one-year ban (by Commissioner Goodell)

Roger Goodell is the worst, people.

Each day is another chance for Greg Bedard to bow at Bill Belichick’s feet

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With final cuts only a few days away, transactions continue to flood the wire, and they're getting more interesting by the day.

New England traded guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-rounder.

Best known around these parts for his 2005 nutshot on Ebenezer Ekuban, the 32-year-old six-time Pro Bowler reportedly refused a pay cut.

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Broncos acquire kicker Brandon McManus from Giants

The Broncos acquired kicker Brandon McManus (6-3, 201) from the Giants in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh-rounder.

According to Mike Klis, Denver will only owe New Jersey the pick if McManus remains the Broncos' starting placekicker beyond Matt Prater's four-game suspension.

The Giants were set to waive McManus after naming Josh Brown their starting kicker, but apparently got wind that their NFCE rival Eagles were interested in the youngster.

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Cris Collinsworth buys PFF stake; Mike Zimmer doesn’t approve

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Kicker watch continues here in Broncos Land.

The Giants chose Josh Brown over Brandon McManus, who spent last summer in Colts camp.

A Temple alum, McManus reportedly boots kickoffs out of the end zone with ease and has made a 75-yard field goal in practice.

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Injuries to Welker, Norwood may help Isaiah Burse stick around

Isaiah Burse looks to make Broncos 53-man roster

The Broncos might have considered picking up a returner on the waiver wire when the league engages in final cuts this weekend, but now the team is likely to pick up a kicker to replace Matt Prater, who will be suspended from the season’s first four games.

We're not really sure what Klis means here, as Prater won't count toward the 53-man roster during his suspension; it's not like the Broncos can't claim both a kicker and a returner via waivers.

Fox: Wes Welker says he’s ‘feeling good’ after latest concussion

Retirement 'not been brought up' for concussed Broncos WR Wes Welker

“That has not been brought up at all,” head coach John Fox said Monday, two days after Welker was concussed late in the second quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans. “You’d have to talk to Wes in that area. I didn’t sense that.”

Undoubtedly, that's great to hear. But let's just hope that Welker does the right thing (whatever that may be, including retirement) for himself as a human being, rather than as a football player, or a Denver Bronco.

Sounds about right

NFL players would least like to play for Oakland, new poll claims

An ESPN/NFL Nation Confidential poll surveyed 100-plus players to find the least desirable location to play in the NFL. The question was this: “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary.”

The “winner”? Oakland, with 23 percent of the 82 respondents.

We're not big fans of these small polls, but sometimes a large sample isn't required to uncover the truth.

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