Achilles’ Lard 2-11-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, yesterday brought news of another serious injury to Denver's WR corps. Only a week on the heels (cough) of Eddie Royal's hip surgery,  Demaryius Thomas apparently tore his Achilles' tendon - according to the Broncos he's not expected to be ready for action for 6-8 months. Now, with the understanding that every injury is unique in terms of its severity, and all athletes have their own recovery rates, as a Marquette hoops fan (my wife's alma mater) I can share one positive Achilles'-related story. Golden Eagles point guard Junior Cadougan ruptured his Achilles' as a freshman in September '09 and was expected to miss the entire season. But through hard work in rehab, Cadougan remarkably returned to action only four months later. Fortunately for Thomas and the Broncos, it's only February - so Demaryius doesn't need to make quite as fast a recovery to help the Broncos in 2011.

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Demaryius Thomas tears Achilles’ tendon

Several reports have confirmed that Demaryius Thomas tore his achilles tendon while working out Thursday. The Broncos, for their part, have officially called it an "injury" to his achilles via Twitter:

Demaryius Thomas suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon on Wed. while working out in Ga. His recovery is expected to take 6-8 months.

Six to eight months?  I'm no Ponderosa or Doc Bear (our local resident docs), but doesn't this sort of injury take just a wee bit longer than this to heal? Luckily, the Broncos are filled to the brim at wide receiver.   It's just too bad such a promising player is going through so many injuries early in his career. Thanks to Ponderosa for being on this story so quickly!

The Dude’s Mail Revue: Sharpe, Atwater, and getting slapped by Momma

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Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions and gets your opinion about the state of the Denver Broncos.

You wanna tie the room together?  Or say what you'd like about the tenets of national socialism?

Drop TJ a question:

(NOTE:  Marmots  were harmed in the writing of this Revue)

TJ, congratulations to one of the Broncos' favorite sons, Shannon Sharpe, for making it into the Hall of Fame!  What an honor for yet another Bronco.  I just wish he would have been inducted earlier.  It seemed a little belated to me. 

--Mariano Flores, El Paso, Texas

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The Daily Lard 2-10-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Brian Burke has kicked off the offseason by presenting a bunch of fascinating ideas on how the NFL game could be tweaked, including lessening the impact of field goals, eliminating the extra point, altering the replay challenge rules, and weight limits. My favorite among the realistic options is awarding the ball in OT to the home team first, because it would change the strategy at the end of regulation and therefore likely result in fewer overtime games, which would be a good thing. Anything that promotes aggressive strategery is a good thing in my book. What do you think? Which are your favorite ideas?

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The Broncography of Syd’Quan Thompson

Syd’Quan learned about responsibility early on in his life. Born the oldest of four boys, he grew up in Sacramento, California in an extended family and community-focused neighborhood. As he put it, “Everyone was the cousin of somebody. Everyone went to the same high school and the high school was in the center of the neighborhood.” His youngest brother Shaquille is a five-star recruit by and is being pursued by several Pac-10 teams.

Syd’Quan became a father during college, and he now has a young daughter of whom he is extremely protective. Much like Denver safety David Bruton, whose son has been the focus of his life, Thompson learned that he had to grow up early, and is very upfront about how it has matured him and changed his life. He noted, “When you have a kid, it makes you appreciate life more. You never find a love like that, nowhere. I see why my mom was always overprotective of us when we were kids. That love for your child is real different, real special.” So it is. A player with a daughter at home is a lot less likely to be out getting into trouble when they should be concentrating on family and football.

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The Daily Lard 2-9-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway told Legwold last week that in interviewing John Fox he talked to the coach about the offensive philosophy Elway envisioned for the Broncos going forward. Said Elway, "It really doesn't come down to the system, but rather the attitude on offense. That's what we're talking about, the aggressive type offense, what we want to do on offense to win football games, not to just sit back and try to win them on defense."

Perhaps Elway realized how silly he had sounded when he talked of winning Super Bowls with an "adequate offense," or he's just continuing to mix the message. Now of course, this is all talk, and it will be many months before we see what the Broncos' strategy will be on offense. Surely, he'll say something totally different on Friday and we can parse more of his wording then...

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You Got Served - The offseason begins

Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to another edition of You Got Served.  I had a busy day today, including my 3-hour project management class, and a busy weekend, so I’m starting at 9:10 PM on Monday night, and I’m going till I run out of gas.  This is kicking it old school, like back in my ST&NO days (I would have watched 8 games in 4 hours then, instead of going to class, but whatevs.)  Ready…. BEGIN!

1.  I really enjoyed the Super Bowl on Sunday, because it spawned so much good subject material, much of which has already been discussed by Doug and TJ.  I’ll absolutely cosign with Doug that Green Bay should have gone for it on 4th and goal late in the game.  Either you score a TD and effectively end the game, or you make Pittsburgh play out of their own end zone, trailing by three at the two-minute warning, with only one timeout.  Either way, it’s a lot better than kicking off with a six-point lead, even if you minimize the kickoff return.  I know this, and you should know it by now, but read this article, which Doug linked in yesterday’s Lard, if you need mathematical proof.

TJ also made the salient point that the halftime show was atrocious.  What in the hell was that plastic device on Will.I.Am’s head?  And Fergie did butcher Sweet Child O' Mine.  It couldn’t have gone worse if Barry Manilow and Tom Jones adapted it as a duet for the 60-something women set, complete with pelvic gyrations. (Whoa... scary thought.)  The NFL decided to dip their toe back into contemporary music, and came up a loser on that roll of the dice.

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The Daily Lard 2-8-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Wow, can you imagine being one of those folks who got kicked out of their seats on Sunday? Sure, the NFL is stepping up a bit and trying to make up for it...but that's only really nice if you're not a Packers or Steelers fan, right? Surely at least some of those people were taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see their favorite team play in the Super Bowl and had laid out a ton of cash to do so. How pissed off would you be?

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Hip surgery for Royal; 6 months of rehab ahead

Vic Lombardi reported via Twitter that Broncos WR Eddie Royal had surgery on his hip and will require 6 months of rehabilitation. This likely will end any speculation that the Broncos will be trading away one of their veteran receivers... (Thanks, Ponderosa!)

UPDATE 3:08PM ET: Team spokesman Patrick Smyth says the Broncos expect Royal “will be ready for OTAs in late May.”

Gut Reactions - Super Bowl Sunday

It's finally over, Broncos fans.  The 2010 NFL season is in the books.

During perhaps the wildest year in the history of the Denver Broncos, the Super Bowl was won yet again by an unexpected wild-card team.

I saw it fitting, then,  to give you one last wild Gut Reactions--a dollar late and a day short.

Let's get right to the Positives, the Negatives, and the Who The Heck Knows.

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