Richie Incognito is no Bill Romanowski

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a busy Saturday for Denver's AFCW competitors.

The always receiver-needy Chiefs visited with Santonio Holmes, days after he was cut loose by Chicago.

Kansas City also extended pending free agent DE Allen Bailey with a four-year deal said to include a $10M signing bonus and $15M in guarantees.

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A Second Helping of DeMarcus Ware against Oakland

One of the amazing things about elite athletes is the way they marry natural skill with endless practice. The fundamentals are always what a player, coach, or team goes back to when things are hard.

DeMarcus Ware showed off some of the keys to any lineman’s play during Denver's Week 10 win at Oakland.

Everyone notices when an elite player makes a splash play, and Ware has made more than his share over the years. But on many of his true splash plays, you barely see how he does it.

Early on, the Raiders knew they were going to struggle to keep Derek Carr’s uniform clean.

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If you do anything today, go read this story about Demaryius Thomas

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As usual, there are a lot of links below, many of them related to the Broncos.

But the best read of all isn't about matchups, or schemes, or injuries, or about film study.

It's about Demaryius Thomas, his mother, her mother, and their heartbreaking past and present together.

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Nate Irving to undergo knee surgery; Virgil Green doubtful

Nate Irving will soon undergo surgery on his injured knee. The fourth-year linebacker has a partially torn MCL, but the Broncos reportedly think he may have a torn ACL as well. The team placed Irving on IR.

As expected, Ronnie Hillman has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

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Champ Bailey to retire as Bronco

Sometimes, teams mishandle the departure and retirement of longtime star players. This is not one of those times.

All-world corner Champ Bailey will sign a one-day contract and retire as a Bronco on Tuesday.

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How might the Broncos replace Nate Irving?

The news on Nate Irving’s torn MCL - that he was placed on IR and won’t return - saddened but didn’t surprise me. I’m sorry for the man, and I hope he recovers quickly and completely. I have a lot of respect for Nate.

But he won’t be back in orange this year, and his contract is up after the season. Denver may move on.

As we talked about on Thursday, Denver’s been using a three-safety look. T.J. Ward has been handling a SS/LB role when they’re in nickel. Quinton Carter has taken over SS, with Rahim Moore at FS. It’s a good option. Corey Nelson has taken some snaps in relief, as has Lamin Barrow. Both are rookies, and neither is at the level of Danny Trevathan, Brandon Marshall, or Von Miller, which is no insult.

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So much for the Bills’ latest playoff dream

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! So many times over the years, we've seen the Bills tease their fans with mini-runs that suggested future playoff berths.

This year, they've had two such stretches, opening 2-0 with E.J. Manuel at QB and then winning three of four with Kyle Orton.

At 5-3, they were in prime playoff position, with an outside chance at challenging the Patriots in the AFCE.

But as usual, the Bills (5-5) and Orton have crashed with a pair of ugly losses in five days, including a 22-9 dud at Miami (6-4) on Thursday night.

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Open Thread: Buffalo @ Miami

PFFESPN, and KSK preview the matchup. Enjoy the game!

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Broncos place Nate Irving on IR, claim Todd Davis off waivers

The Broncos placed linebacker Nate Irving on IR on Thursday; he sprained an MCL at New England in Week 9.

Taking Irving's place on the roster will be linebacker Todd Davis, whom Denver claimed off waivers from New Orleans.

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The Broncos’ three-safety monster

A slow team start put the defense in a tough place, early in the Broncos' 41-17 road win over the Raiders. It was the defense that kept the Broncos in the game until they caught fire.

The defensive line kept up steady pressure all game. Despite not having a sack, they kept creating hurries and QB hits. They shut down the Raiders' run attack. The Denver secondary played exceptionally well in both the run and pass areas.

Two players led the way for the secondary: T.J. Ward and Quinton Carter. It wasn’t their stats so much as their attitude, which was contagious. Combining them with Rahim Moore is working well. Adding cornerbacks Chris Harris, Bradley Roby, and Aqib Talib makes them that much more physical. All three corners like to mix it up.

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