Open Thread: Sunday Week 8

No surprise here, but Tracy Porter will not play; Chris Harris will again start in his place. Also inactive for Denver are RB Knowshon Moreno, TE Julius Thomas, LB Steven Johnson, OL C.J. Davis, DT Sealver Siliga, and QB Caleb Hanie.

Denver is dressing five wideouts (plus KR Trindon Holliday), Brock Osweiler is again the backup QB, and Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball remain ahead of Moreno.

Jimmy Graham will play for New Orleans, who will be without old friends DT Brodrick Bunkley and TE Daniel Graham, LB David Hawthorne, WR Joe Morgan, LB Scott Shanle, DT Tyrunn Walker, and T Bryce Harris.

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Peyton was Double Secret Squirrel at Duke Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! By now, we're all quite aware that Peyton Manning did the bulk of his rehab work at Duke University with head coach David Cutcliffe, who had been his OC at Tennessee.

But while the work was being done, almost nobody knew it was happening - even Cutcliffe's assistant coaches. Manning's workouts took place at night, and Cutcliffe says his equipment staff were the only ones who knew Peyton was on campus.

As for the simulation of Indianapolis's 2009 AFC Championship win over the Jets - along with Brandon Stokley and other ex-mates - Manning's maniacal attention to detail manifested itself in reenacting plays down to the second. Even plays run by the imaginary Jets.

John Fox says that he and John Elway leaned heavily upon Cutcliffe for an evaluation of Manning prior to signing him, which prompts us to say one thing:

Thank you, David Cutcliffe.

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Happy Birthday, TD and Atwater!

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Fullback of the Opera

Singer makes journey from fullback to Figaro
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It began almost by chance in 1994, while still at Colorado, when he took his girlfriend to see a traveling production of the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera.” He was so enthralled that tears rolled down his face. He bought a CD and learned the songs.

Then he got some real opera recordings, singing along in his bass-baritone voice, “kind of like karaoke.”

...In 2001, he was in Fargo, N.D., training for a workout with the Denver Broncos, when he saw a flier announcing an open opera audition for the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan.
On a whim, he showed up.

“I figured, what the heck!” he says, his voice rippling into a low laugh that echoes his rich singing bass.
He performed the only aria he knew, from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” To his surprise, he got the job, plus four other offers…

...He has now sung with the Washington National Opera, the Seattle Opera, and other companies across the country and in Italy, England and Canada, plus the New York Philharmonic and at Carnegie Hall.

Who was that shape in the backfield shadows? Whose is that face in the face mask?

Derek Wolfe sure does play a lot Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The selection of Derek Wolfe as Denver's top draft pick has been somewhat controversial, and the success of RB Doug Martin for Tampa Bay has again focused the spotlight on the choice of Wolfe.

But although Derek has hardly created any pressure, and has (by far) the worst PFF grade of any Broncos player, he's also played the second-most snaps along the defensive line (to Elvis Dumervil), and nobody is close behind him in that category.

Dumervil credits Wolfe as having done "the most dirty work" along Denver's line, and that snap data certainly backs that up. Of course, Elvis and Von Miller have racked up some terrific pass-rushing figures this season, in part thanks to Wolfe's hard work in the trenches.

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Porter reportedly ruled out for Sunday; Graham game-time decision for Saints

The Broncos have reportedly ruled Tracy Porter out for Sunday's game against the Saints after the cornerback again missed practice Friday, although he is listed on the injury report as questionable.

The former Saint had suffered a seizure in August, and was held back from traveling to San Diego for Denver's last game due to a recurrence of symptoms that had preceded the earlier seizure.

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Peyton pitched a pepperoni pizza in Platt Park Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! As Denver heads into the weekend with a chance to move above .500 for the first time since Week 1, the turmoil continues in Kansas City.

Chiefs fans are planning to again fly a banner over Arrowhead calling for GM Scott Pioli's ouster this Sunday, and to wear black to their Week 11 home game against Cincinnati to mourn their lost enjoyment for KC football.

And yet, the rumors remain that Pioli's contract has been extended by owner Clark Hunt, and remember when many of us thought he was going to bring respectability back to the Broncos' faltering rivals?

It's under these grim circumstances that Brady Quinn is getting his next, if not last, shot as a starting NFL quarterback. Several Broncos players and coaches were complimentary of Quinn to Mike Silver and one executive (presumably his BFF John Elway) called the Notre Dame grad a "class act," presumably for how he handled getting passed over last season due to a bunch of billboards.

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Open Thread: TNF Week 8 - Buccaneers @ Vikings

Bucky Brooks, Doug FarrarNathan Jahnke, and Dan Parr preview the matchup; Bill Simmons predicts a Vikings win and Bucs cover. Enjoy the game!

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Mile High Ass Clownery

Let me preface this by saying we don't have any axe to grind with Mile High Sports (MHS).  Sometimes we'll even link to them.  For us, content is king, whether it's our own excellent work by Ted Bartlett or Doc Bear, or our take on someone else's content.  However, sometimes, in the haste to be first with the news, providers of content can--and we mean this with as much respect as we can possibly muster--look like complete ass clowns.

Today provided a good example:  A few hours ago, Chris Bianchi of the aforementioned MHS wrote the following:

It turns out that Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter isn’t dealing with an illness. It turns out he’s coughing up a bad attitude, and he could be gone soon.

A source told Mile High Sports’ Robin Carlin on Thursday that Porter, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract in the offseason, is not suffering from an illness, as the Broncos claim. Instead, Porter is sitting out due to poor performance and to what the Broncos coaching staff perceives as a “bad attitude;” the Broncos may look to move Porter in the near future as a result. Porter is not expected to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, per the source.

A few moments later, the Denver Post broke the story that Porter was actually sitting out because he was suffering from seizure-like symptoms.  

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Porter missed time due to pre-seizure symptoms

Broncos' Tracy Porter missing time after summer seizure; hopeful vs. Saints
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Tracy Porter has been sidelined in recent days because of precautionary measures the team’s medical staff is taking after the Broncos’ cornerback suffered a seizure in August.

Last Sunday, before the Broncos were to leave for San Diego for a game against the Chargers, Porter was experiencing light-headedness and his heart was racing — symptoms that occurred before he had a seizure in August. “I had never had one before, 26 years I’ve been living,” Porter said Thursday…

...Porter returned to practice this week. He missed the workout Thursday because of a doctor’s appointment where he hoped to get cleared to play Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints, his former team.

As of Thursday afternoon, Porter still was hoping to get cleared by a doctor.
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Good move by the Broncos on this one--both in holding Porter out and getting in front of this story.  There had been too much speculation in the last few days as to what was wrong with Porter.

When it comes to the health of players you can never be too cautious.

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