Broncos activate Danny Trevathan, place Montee Ball & Quinton Carter on IR

Denver activated Danny Trevathan from short-term IR amid a quartet of roster moves, with Montee Ball and Quinton Carter heading to season-ending IR. Tight end Dominique Jones was promoted from the practice squad.

Trevathan, the Broncos' leading tackler in 2013, has been limited by broken bones in his left leg to just 58 snaps in two games this season. It's been suggested that Trevathan will be worked into Denver's defensive rotation gradually over the next few weeks. In his absence, Brandon Marshall has emerged as a well-rounded star.

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The Patriots trying to steal back signing bonuses is just another Patriots story

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peyton Manning should have all of his top offensive weapons for tomorrow's rematch at Qualcomm.

Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, C.J. Anderson, and Wes Welker were full participants in Friday's practice and are listed as probable.

Meanwhile, Denver is expected to activate Danny Trevathan from short-term IR sometime on Saturday. They'll have to waive a player to make room for him; our guess would be fellow linebacker Todd Davis.

Also probable are Will Montgomery, David Bruton, Juwan Thompson, and Quanterus Smith.

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Chris Harris’s is another contract win for the Broncos

Broncos Extend Chris Harris for $42.5 Million over 5 Years
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I would have thought that Harris would have fetched in the ballpark of $10 million a season if he had entered free agency…For the Broncos this marks another in a long line of what look to be discounted contracts for the team. Whether its the Peyton Manning factor or the organization itself, Denver does an excellent job of getting the most value out of their contracts and making players want to play in Denver rather than having to convince them with big money offers.

Hey, remember that theory that Peyton Manning always needed to be the league's highest paid player, and often to the detriment of the rest of his team?

Broncos extend Chris Harris through 2019

The Broncos got an enormous head start on a lengthy offseason to-do list by extending cornerback Chris Harris through the 2019 season. According to Mike Klis, the deal includes a $10M signing bonus and $24M in guarantees, including $18M over the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The contract reportedly has a total value of $42.5M, or $8.5M per season. That average annual value would rank Harris 12th among NFL cornerbacks, according to OTC.

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Cards reach unfamiliar heights, but quarterback injuries may shoot them down

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Arizona became the first team to reach 11 wins by topping the host Rams in a 12-6 field goal fest on Thursday night.

A year after missing the postseason despite winning 10 games (while the Packers made it with an 8-7-1 record), the Cards are virtually assured of clinching a playoff spot on Sunday. It's the franchise's most victories since 1975 (!), back when it played its home games in St. Louis.

In 95 years of existence, the Cards have now won 11 games all of four times, and they've never topped that figure in the regular season.

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Open Thread: Arizona @ St. Louis

PFFESPN, and KSK preview the matchup; enjoy the game!

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NFLPA thinks league is lowballing 2015 cap estimate

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If it seems like everyday brings new reasons to think less of Roger Goodell, it's because it's true. Here are a few from Wednesday:

From a WSJ profile of Goodell, via Deadspin:

Before a recent Cowboys-Giants game, the NFL commissioner strode the sidelines atMetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where he got unsolicited advice from the stands. "Bring back Ray Rice," yelled one fan. Another countered: "Stick to your guns!"

"That's what I love about football," Mr. Goodell said. "It brings out passion."

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Brandon Flowers: Facing Peyton Manning is tougher than facing Brady or Rodgers

Preparing for Peyton
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The point is, no matter how much you plan, now matter how prepared you are, Peyton is in a class of his own. Guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are good because whatever the coach calls, they’ll execute. They might check once or twice, but for the most part, they’ll run the play the offensive coordinator calls up, and they’ll make it work. With Peyton, you’re literally playing a coach on the field. It’s almost not fair. You have a coach on the field making calls, changing calls, and then making the throw himself. He’ll tell every single member of the offense what to do. He comes up to the line and tells his offensive line whom to pick up. Everything you do, he knows it, or he can adjust to it. He operates like a machine.

Flowers says the key to beating Peyton is to prevent big plays and wait for his offensive line to screw up, which sounds about right.

NFL announces new/old/same personal conduct policy

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The NFL announced a new personal conduct policy on Wednesday. And in typical NFL fashion, it did so unilaterally, without the input of the players' union.

Roger Goodell will no longer hand down suspensions for players accused of crimes, but will still hear and decide appeals. So, of course, it's still Goodell who has the ultimate power over player discipline, to the surprise of nobody.

As one might have expected, there isn't a whole lot that's new or improved about the supposedly new and improved conduct policy.

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Broncos re-sign Gerald Rivers to practice squad

Denver re-signed DE Gerald Rivers to its practice squad on Wednesday, six days after they'd cut him to create room for Brandon McManus.

Rivers takes the spot vacated by McManus's promotion to the active roster. Earlier in the week, Isaiah Burse was signed to the practice squad, while Mark Asper was cut.

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