Colts hold off comeback attempt by Texans, J.J. Watt

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Well, wouldn't you know, a football game broke out last night.

Indy (4-2) jumped out to a 24-0 first quarter lead over Houston (3-3) before holding on for a 33-28 road win.

After an early field goal, Pat McAfee recovered his own onside kick, and the rout was on.

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Silver: Peyton Manning wanted to run red-zone package for Colts in 2011

Jim Irsay revisits pivotal Peyton Manning-Andrew Luck decision
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Some of the issues were provoked by Manning himself, who, according to sources familiar with the situation, persuaded some team officials to allow him to conduct unsanctioned workouts late in the season in an effort to push his way back onto the field. Before the Colts’ Week 16 game against the Texans, Manning, despite a severely weakened throwing arm, pushed to return to the field—but only in red-zone situations.

Given the many stories of just how weak his arm was, a Peyton package may have been a disaster. From there, one can imagine many scenarios preventing Manning from coming to Denver.

Thankfully, Jim Irsay did right by nixing Peyton's idea.

Open Thread: Indy @ Houston

PFFESPN, and the NYT preview the matchup.

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Is this Ronnie Hillman’s last big chance with the Broncos?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's hard to believe this is just Ronnie Hillman's third season in Denver, isn't it?

It almost feels like he's running out of chances with the Broncos, and that he really needs to take advantage of his current one, which figures to include his first career start.

Perhaps it's the preseason gaffes, or how much his four career fumbles (in only 179 touches) stand out in the mind.

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Julius Thomas fined for chop block; Broncos add running back

The NFL fined Julius Thomas $8,268 for his chop block against Cards end Calais Campbell, who is expected to miss several weeks with a sprained MCL.

Meanwhile, Denver signed former Raiders running back Jeremy Stewart (5-11, 215) to their practice squad on Wednesday; a spot had opened on Monday, when tackle Ryan Miller was cut.

Demaryius Thomas named AFC Offensive POW for second time

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas has been named the AFC Offensive POW for his Week 5 explosion.

After a slow start to the season that included several drops, Thomas caught eight passes for two touchdowns and a franchise record 226 yards.

Over Denver's first three games, Demaryius had totaled only 13 catches for 141 yards and one score.

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Lions sign Matt Prater; Chargers bring back Ronnie Brown

Tuesday saw a handful of transactions of at least tangential interest to Denver:

- Detroit is expected to sign Matt Prater, having chosen him over Jay Feely after the two tried out on Tuesday. Mike Klis suggests Prater's agent is playing hard to get, if you can believe that, but Adam Schefter says Prater will sign a one-year deal.

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For the love of Elway, no

Champ Bailey visited Ravens, not immediately signed to contract, sources say
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In a search for depth at cornerback, sources said the Ravens brought in former Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey for a visit Tuesday at team headquarters in Owings Mills.
However, Bailey wasn’t immediately signed to a contract as the Ravens have opted to re-sign cornerback Dominique Franks.

Now, that would be one particularly f@#$ed up move, if Champ were to end up there.

Broncos work out veteran backs, release Ryan Miller

With Montee Ball expected to miss several weeks, Denver worked out veteran running backs Mikel Leshoure and LaRod Stephens-Howling on Tuesday. Both players left without contracts.

In what appears to be an unrelated move, the team released tackle Ryan Miller from their practice squad.

The Jets are one hot mess

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Seattle (3-1) continued its winning ways on Monday night with a 27-17 decision at Washington (1-4).

Russell Wilson passed for two scores and rushed for another, adding 122 yards on the ground to 178 net passing yards.

Neither touchdown pass went to Percy Harvin, who maddeningly had three scores called back by penalty.

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