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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Final Score: Texans 18, Broncos 17

Thanks to a last-minute comeback, the Texans edged the Broncos 18-17 (Gamebook) at SAF@MH on Saturday night.

Peyton Manning threw for 243 yards and two picturesque long touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders, who returned from a nagging quad injury in electric fashion.

The free-agent steal acquisition caught five passes for 128 yards, including scoring plays of 67 and 29 yards to close out the first half.

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Live Blog: Preseason Game 3 - Broncos vs Texans

After having some (strong) sangria at an afternoon birthday party, I'm going to be live-blogging after the jump.  Check it out!

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Broncos to be near full strength against Texans

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In the traditional final preseason tuneup for starters, several key Broncos are expected to play tonight against Houston.

According to Mike Klis, Von Miller, Montee Ball, and Kevin Vickerson will make their preseason debuts, while Emmanuel Sanders will return from his one-week absence.

Of Denver's 22 starters, only Chris Harris will not play.

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NFL: Preseason goalpost dunks, bird flipping worse than dangerous plays

The No Fun League issued a pair of ridiculous fines this week to remind us all of where its priorities lie.

First, Browns QB Johnny Manziel was reportedly fined $12K for having flipped the bird at the Washington sideline on Monday night.

On Friday, Saints TE Jimmy Graham was hit with a $30K whopper over a pair of touchdown celebration goalpost dunks.

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A Second Helping of Ronnie Hillman & Chris Clark against the Niners

Shutouts are always encouraging. When the Broncos' third string managed a stellar goal line stand, the team and fans went wild.

That is, except for Peyton Manning, who quietly stood and watched San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh as if he could read Harbaugh’s mind. Given Manning’s skills around football, he probably could. The newly built Levi's Stadium would forever be broken in with a 34-0 shutout.

It’s fair to say that both teams withheld many of their real strengths for their Week 7 Sunday night clash, but there's still plenty to take away from the contest.

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Hey, remember when the Broncos needed to draft Da’Quan Bowers?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on Thursday and may even see some action on Saturday evening.

That decision will be made sometime this eveningSanders has been hampered throughout the summer by a quad injury.

Meanwhile, Wes Welker was excused for personal reasons for the second straight day, and might be held out for the game against Houston.

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Mike Carey is no Ditka, and that’s a good thing

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As tends to happen in joint practices, things got a bit heated between the Broncos and Texans during Wednesday's practice.

There was some pushing, yelling, and trash talk, but that was the extent of it.

Montee Ball's workload increased somewhat, but he's unlikely to play on Saturday.

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Norwood tears ACL; Broncos waive Latta

Just when the Broncos thought they had found a punt returner, Jordan Norwood suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday, and is done for the year.

Norwood had been listed behind Wes Welker at both slot receiver and punt returner, but was likely to field punts if he made the 53-man roster.

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Browns choose Hoyer over Manziel

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It took a bit longer than expected, but the Browns have finally announced their choice of a starting quarterback.

Nope, it's not bird-flipping (gasp!) Johnny Manziel; it's Brian Hoyer!

In typical Browns clumsiness, the team is putting out word that Manziel's off-field behavior contributed to their decision.

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