Florio: Matt Prater never faced season-long ban

Prater wasn’t facing a one-year suspension
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However, multiple league sources tell PFT that Prater was never facing a one-year suspension…One source pointed out that the NFLPA isn’t pleased that someone (possibly Steinberg) has been leaking details regarding Prater’s suspension, given the confidentiality of the process. If Prater authorized the disclosures, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Something doesn't add up here. If a one-year ban was never on the table, then why isn't Prater appealing his suspension, especially while Steinberg tries to make it sound like Prater was just enjoying a couple of cold ones at home?

Sam Bradford done for the year

For the second consecutive year, the Rams have lost quarterback Sam Bradford to a torn left ACL.

The former first overall pick got off to a fast start in 2013, but tore up his knee during a Week 7 loss at Carolina.

St. Louis had faced a big decision on Bradford last offseason, with his base salary skyrocketing to over $14M.

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PFF: Bradley Roby looking like the total package

ReFo: Texans @ Broncos, Preseason Week 3
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This one goes to the rookie Bradley Roby, who made things difficult for Fitzpatrick, Andre Johnson and the Houston offense. If he can get to this level of play on a consistent basis, expect a lot more game balls in his future.

Here's what jumps out from PFF's grades for Saturday night: Over just 44 snaps, Denver's starting line posted an insane cumulative grade of +11.1.

Then again, J.J. Watt saw only nine snaps, while Jadeveon Clowney was held out.

Broncos cut 11, including Winston Justice

The Broncos cut 11 players on Sunday night, including tackle Winston Justice and running backs Brennan Clay and Jerodis Williams.

Along with the two backs, wideouts Greg Wilson and Greg Hardin, LB Jerrell Harris, DT Will Pericak, S Charles Mitchell, and QB Bryn Renner were waived.

LB Jamar Chaney and DE Chase Vaughn were let go with injuries.

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Matt Prater rewind: Remembering La Quinta

In celebration of mocking Matt Prater's recent four-game suspension, we thought it might be interesting to look back at how it all began.

Maybe you'll recall the scene.

3 o'clock in the morning. August 2nd, 2011. Matt Prater and a 22-year old female employee of Shotgun Willie's are sitting in a Chevy Trailblazer in the parking lot of a local Hyatt.

One can only guess the topic of conversation.

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Manning to D.J. Swearinger: **ck you

Peyton Manning Tells DJ Swearinger “(Expletive) You” After Touchdown
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A source has told SportsRadio 610 that Manning said two simple words to Swearinger, “F*** You.” DJ Swearinger has also confirmed that that is exactly what Manning told him.

The discontent might have started during the week while the Texans and Broncos practiced together at the Broncos training facilities. During the dual team practices during the week in Dove Valley, Colorado Houston Texans safety DJ Swearinger was in the middle of a few dust ups on the practice field. After one practice Swearinger claimed the reason for the fights were that he picked off the future hall of famer.

Don't you love it when Peyton Manning goes all carnal on dudes?

It's too bad the Texans won't make the playoffs this year. It would have been fun to watch Manning drop four or five touchdowns on Swearinger.

Knowshon busts loose in Miami

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Jeff Legwold notes, Wes Welker's latest concussion figures to loom large in Denver's upcoming roster decisions.

The team already lost Jordan Norwood earlier in the week to a torn ACL; he'd been expected to stick as a punt returner and sixth receiver.

Given Welker's concussion history, it's no sure thing that he'll be back anytime soon.

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Reminder: You can’t just swap out Brock Osweiler for Lavonte David

Kickin' it with Kiz: Broncos dropped ball on running back Eddie Lacy during NFL draft
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Had the Broncos taken Lacy instead of Montee Ball and picked linebacker Lavonte David instead of Brock Osweiler, they would have stood a much better chance of beating the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Look, this is really simple. Had the Broncos drafted Lavonte David in 2012, they most certainly would not have drafted Danny Trevathan. So, it's not as simple as plugging David into Denver's defense and then suggesting they would have won SB 48.

Never mind that, at the time, nobody knew whether Peyton Manning would return to form, or play long enough to warrant passing on a quarterback.

Matt Prater suspended four games over alcohol use

The Broncos are about to find out just how (un)important a placekicker is to their squad.

As first reported by Mike Klis, the team will be without placekicker Matt Prater for the first four games of the season due to an alcohol-related suspension.

Per Klis, there will be no appeal, as Prater had been facing a one-year ban as a repeat offender under the league's substance abuse policy.

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Gut Reaction: Texans @ Broncos, Preseason Game 3

Tonight in Denver, fall was in the air.

For the first time, it felt like football.

For the first time, I got antsy for the preseason to end.

Or maybe it was just the thought of Wes Welker headed to the locker room with a possible concussion.

As least Welker will have another week to heal. Otherwise, I’d say let’s skip Dallas and get right to the Colts.

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