Happy 52nd Birthday, Karl Mecklenburg!

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Broncos likely not done tinkering Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pending any potential waiver claims, trades, or signings, the 53-man roster and depth chart have been set.

Waiver claims (for players with fewer than four accrued seasons) are due by Noon ET today, and then the team can begin to construct its practice squad. Adam Weber, Ben Garland, Sealver Siliga, Adam Grant, Rafael Bush, Gerell Robinson, Cornelius Ingram, Jerry Franklin, Mike Mohamed, and Greg Orton would all appear to be viable candidates for the eight-man crew.

Of the fifteen unvested players Denver waived yesterday, only Syd'Quan Thompson is ineligible for the practice squad.

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Where did I put my keys?

We've heard that people like to search on the Internet and want things like the things they're looking at.

Translation: we finally added search to the site. We tested quite a few solutions and found 'The Google' to be the best. All pages are now search-enabled from the navigation bar, and just hitting "return" will take you to your results. It will work the same cross-device (we know how you people like IAOFM on the go).

Also, "Recent Originals" on the right side of every article/post/diatribe/confession has been replaced with "Related", which should give you other items related to the one you're reading (unless, of course, there aren't any). For example, looking at Doug's latest post about roster cuts will show you other roster-related stories.

As always, if you run into any problems, please email me.

Hanie, Brooking, Leonhard, Carter, Steven Johnson, C.J. Davis make 53-man roster

The Broncos have announced their final round of mandated cuts, with a few mild surprises along the way.

Denver decided to keep three quarterbacks, with Caleb Hanie sticking around despite a rough preseason finale in Arizona. Of course, the team could always find another QB to replace Hanie later on, whether via waivers, or another team's cut, or by way of trade. Earlier reports say the Dolphins have fielded calls on Matt Moore, who played under John Fox and Mike McCoy when all three were with Carolina.

Late veteran defensive additions Keith Brooking and Jim Leonhard both made the team as had become expected, as did cornerback Tony Carter.

Updated 9:00pm ET

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Broncos release Drayton Florence

Denver released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence only months after giving him a $1.5M signing bonus as part of a two-year, $4.5M deal.

Florence had struggled in the preseason, while second-year nickelback Chris Harris has continued to excel. The release of Florence likely means the team will be keeping either Tony Carter or Syd'Quan Thompson; he will count for $1.5M against the 2012 salary cap, and the move will save $750K in cap money.

FWIW (not much), we had just been discussing last night as a staff whether Florence would be the surprise cut of the day for Denver.

Updated 7:47pm ET

Broncos waive Weber, Tribue, Garland

As expected, the Broncos have waived quarterback Adam Weber, with the hopes of stashing him on the team's practice squad.

Weber, signed as an undrafted rookie out of Minnesota in 2011, has the look of a quintessential career backup NFL quarterback.

Guard Wayne Tribue and defensive tackle Ben Garland have also been waived. 

Four moves down, sixteen more to come (not counting the Williams/Green suspensions).

Updated 6:58pm ET

Broncos place Beal on IR

The Broncos have placed defensive end Jeremy Beal on Injured Reserve with a sprained left knee. That leaves 19 cuts to be made, with D.J. Williams and Virgil Green soon headed to the reserve/suspended list.

Beal, a 2011 seventh-round pick, was injured during last night's game at Arizona, and he is the fifth player to be placed on IR. Kind of strange for an injury as minor as a knee sprain to send a player to IR, right?

Updated 6:23pm ET

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Vontaze Burfict, Kellen Moore survive final cuts

9:22pm ET - FB Jacob Hester was among San Diego's cuts; the Giants placed defenders Shaun Rogers and Terrell Thomas on IR.

9:12pm ET - Much-debated undrafted rookies Vontaze Burfict (Bengals) and Kellen Moore (Lions) both made it past final cuts.

9:12pm ET - Minnesota cut QB Sage Rosenfels.

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It’s the final cutdown Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Know what's worse than preseason football in general? The fourth preseason game of each year. Worse than that? Overtime in the fourth preseason game at 2am ET.

For helping us avoid that unparalleled misery: Thank You, Adam Weber. Thank You, Greg Orton. Now, good luck on the practice squad.

Thank You, Matt Prater - for making the winning kick at the gun of this morning's 16-13 victory over the Cardinals (BTV & NFLN highlights, Gamebook). For at least a day, we'll shelve the notion that your contract is richer than should be given a Broncos kicker.

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Gut Reaction: Preseason Week 4 - Broncos at Cardinals

Rejoice, Broncomaniacs.

We can move on to more important things--like destroying the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Before we do, though, let's take some time (just a little) to comment on tonight's game.

Thirty thoughts. No categories. Let's get freaky dirty.

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