Broncos place Jordan Norwood on IR

The Broncos got down to Tuesday's 75-man roster limit when they placed wideout Jordan Norwood on IR and waived defensive tackle Cody Larsen.

Norwood had been Denver's likely punt returner before tearing his ACL; Larsen spent the 2013 season on Baltimore's practice squad and signed with Denver late last month.

Rosters must be pared to the 53-man limit by 4pm ET on Saturday.

Kickers Jay Feely, Giorgio Tavecchio among latest cuts

Jeff Legwold and Mike Klis have each reported that Denver will be watching the waiver wire for kickers to step in during Matt Prater's four-game suspension.

A pair of candidates came available on Monday, as Arizona cut Jay Feely, and Detroit waived Giorgio Tavecchio.

Far be it from us to provide scouting reports on these guys, but here's what we know:

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Obviously, Andy Dalton is not the next Peyton Manning

We could spend all day on this one, really. But we won't, because quite frankly, anyone dumb enough to buy that Andy Dalton is Peyton Manning 2.0 won't be swayed by our logic.

So, just a few key points, and no, this doesn't stand as proof that stats are useless.

As usual, it's instead a reminder that stats in the hands of the intellectually lazy (in this case, probably some NBC intern) can distort anything.

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Can Denver sneak Zac Dysert through to the practice squad?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Jeff Legwold had first suggested, Mike Klis reports that Denver is likely to find its next starting kicker via the waiver wire.

According to Klis, the Broncos will be paying close attention to kicking competitions in Kansas City, New Orleans, and Tennessee.

Many of the league's best kickers are retreads and/or went undrafted out of college, and of course, a kicker on a Peyton Manning-led team is particularly unimportant.

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Report: NFL, DirecTV nearing new megadeal

According to SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL and DirecTV are nearing a renewal of their exclusive deal for Sunday NFL Ticket.

By the end of the deal - reported to be either 2021 or 2022 - DirecTV will be paying $1.3B-1.4B per year for the broadcasting rights.

Their current agreement is worth a total of $4B over the 2011 through 2014 seasons, or an average of $1B per year.

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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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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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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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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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