Palmer gives mate Raiders-appropriate ‘do Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The unraveling life and career of Chad Johnson was front and center yesterday.

Just 41 days into their marriage, and three days after Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic violence, Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce, calling the union "irretrievably broken."

To make matters worse, the publicity-seeking wideout's release from the Dolphins was broadcast and recorded for posterity as part of HBO's Hard Knocks. At least Johnson and coach Joe Philbin appeared to handle the whole thing well, for what that's worth.

Chad expressed contrition in a statement, but considering the circumstances, chose some unfortunate wording when he said about his soon-to-be ex-wife, "I truly love her to death."

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Elvis Dumervil Anger Matrix

Does Elvis Dumervil have a wee bit of a temper problem?

Things haven't gone as promisingly as one might hope.  First there was a little incident (allegedly) with a security guard at SAF (then known as Invesco).  Next came the road rage thingy (or not).  And today, Dumervil came to blows with Knowshon Moreno in practice.

It's good to be the king.  It's not so good to be the king of getting really pissed off.

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Weekly Limerick Schtick: Tim Tebow’s Birthday

You never know when the muse is going to strike.  It could be at the strip club. It might be at a staff meeting. Or perhaps you're in church tuning out a sermon on the Book of Job while considering the suffering of Nickelback fans. The point is this: you never ever know.  

Enter Tim Tebow's 25th Birthday.  

If shirtless the Teebs would just praise--                   
a hero to Christians and gays.
No good is his pass;
it falls to the grass
but zombies demand that he stays.

Feel free to take your shot. Give Teebs some media attention since he (and his blood-sucking brother) don't seek it; he only goes shirtless when it's raining--you know, because no one wants to run in the rain with clothing.

Elvis, still blowing his top Lard

Good Evening, Broncos fans! We already covered the new injuries from today's practice (photos); CB Tracy Porter (illness) also joined LB Keith Brooking (hamstring), LB Danny Trevathan (ankle), and S Jim Leonhard (knee) on the sideline.

WR Andre Caldwell and defensive lineman Jamie Blatnick excelled in the morning session; the team will hold a walkthrough this evening, and Thursday will mark the final public practice of this year's training camp.

DE Elvis Dumervil apparently exhibited what is now becoming his trademark temper today, when he got into a tiff with RB Knowshon Moreno; D.J. Williams was again called to action with the injuries to Trevathan and Brooking.

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Kuper to miss four to six weeks with broken forearm

One of the many 2011 Broncos storylines that, shall we say, slipped under the radar, was that the offensive line was the only one in the league to start the same five players for all sixteen regular-season games.

They won't have such good fortune in 2012.

Right guard Chris Kuper is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his forearm this morning in practice.

Updated 5:10pm ET

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You Got Served: Broncos rookies vs. Chicago

Happy Tuesday, friends.  I’ve had a chance to review Thursday night’s game a few times, and in the spirit of what I did yesterday with rookie QBs, I decided to share some thoughts about the Broncos’ 2012 rookie class.  Since I’m so interested in player development, I’m thinking I may do so semi-regularly throughout the season.

Derek Wolfe - DT,  2nd-round pick

Wolfe makes me smirk, because not only was I all over him before the Draft, so was Doc.  It was a good day to be an IAOFM guy while the Legwolds and other writers of the world were flailing.  Remember, Legwold had never heard of Wolfe when the Broncos picked him.

Well, Wolfe looked like the real deal on Thursday.  He has an excellent mix of size, strength, quickness, effort, and ability to use his hands well as a pass rusher.  His hand use is really advanced for a rookie, and I think he has a nice innate feel for how a pocket is moving that he can employ in working toward the step-up/escape point.  You can say that he gets garbage or coverage sacks, but how many times over the years have we wished that somebody could play inside and pick up a few of those?

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Raiders lose pitching duel Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! DT Justin Bannan (calf) finally returned to practice without a hitch yesterday (photosmore photos), while newly-signed linebacker Keith Brooking (hamstring) left early for an MRI. T Ryan Harris (ankle) and FB Chris Gronkowski (groin) were back in action; LB Danny Trevathan (ankle), S Quinton Carter (knee), and S Jim Leonhard (knee) remain sidelined.

Carter's knee injury apparently dates back to last season, and its repair was prompted by the hamstring injury he suffered early in camp. TE Julius Thomas says his knee recovery is still only at 80%, but along with Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas, he was one of the day's standouts.

Eric Decker had a productive day working against Champ Bailey, and the backup running backs all made notable plays. Ronnie Hillman also made a big play, and he would have been active in the preseason opener were it not for the rainy conditions.

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Bite-size Nuggets: Rookie QBs

Happy Monday, friends.  I’m going to be working to split my various pontifications and blatherings into smaller, and more frequent articles, and finally get with the spirit of the whole blogging thing.  To that end, I’m going to be more topical, and less wide-ranging in each one.

Today, I decided to talk about the play of rookie QBs in their first preseason games, focusing on the five who seem to have a chance to start for their teams.  I saw a lot of good play from these guys, for beginners, and I was mostly very impressed.

Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts, 1st pick

Luck looked excellent, especially in the areas of anticipation, footwork, ball handling, concept understanding, and accuracy.  He even zipped a couple of deep outs a little better than I thought he could.  His ball handling is the most impressive thing to me, and he obviously has a lot of background with play action from his time at Stanford. 

Luck looked like he could be one of the best QBs in the NFL right away on Sunday, but there’s a huge caveat to that.  He was playing against a really vanilla defense, and the Colts were running concepts that were specifically designed to beat those defenses.  I’ll be interested to see how well the kid does in recognizing more exotic coverages and rush schemes once the season starts.  In terms of handling the speed of the game, though, and executing NFL QB responsibilities, he’s beyond advanced.

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A Second Helping of Steven Johnson vs the Bears

8:17 remains in the fourth quarter of the Broncos' 31-3 preseason-opening victory over the Bears. Matt Blanchard is Chicago's quarterback and has his guys in a 113 (sometimes called ‘Posse’) shotgun formation, with his running back to his right and tight end Evan Rodriguez (88) outside the left offensive tackle, which creates the closed side* of the formation.

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Andrew Luck, winner Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Andrew Mason updated his predictions for the Broncos' 53-man roster, and he has T Ryan Harris, DE Jeremy Beal, and LB Mike Mohamed among those on the outside looking in.

Despite fan dreams of Harris returning to form (and health) and playing a major role in a revamped offensive line, it's just not happening. Per Mason, the starting five is set, and it will be the same group that started all 16 regular season games together in 2011: LT Ryan Clady, LG Zane Beadles, C J.D. Walton, RG Chris Kuper, and RT Orlando Franklin.

While some of us have remained eternally hopeful that the 2008 version of Harris (the only one that played 16 games, and more than 11) would reappaear at some point, a reality check is in order. Harris dressed for a combined 19 games (18 starts) in 2009 and 2010, and none in 2011; so far in camp, he has worked behind both Chris Clark and Adam Grant. And although he's listed as being the second-string right tackle on the initial depth chart, the versatility (and health) of Clark and Grant give the slightly younger players (both are 26, Harris is 27) a distinct advantage.

Updated 9:52am ET

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