Chargers lose center Nick Hardwick for season

Not only did the Chargers blow an 11-point fourth-quarter lead on Monday night, but they also lost their starting center, Nick Hardwick.

The 11th-year player had been troubled by stingers for much of 2013, and says he faced the possibility of suffering one weekly in 2014.

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Roger Goodell doubles down on covering his ass by bringing in the FBI

Well you knew this was coming. Liar Roger Goodell is doubling down on his attempts to cover his ass by launching an independent investigation into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice evidence. 

The NFL's full statement reads as follows:

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct an independent investigation into the NFL's pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tonight. Director Mueller's investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the final report will be made public. Mara and Rooney are both attorneys. Commissioner Goodell pledged that Director Mueller will have the full cooperation of NFL personnel and access to all NFL records. Mueller served as director of the FBI for 12 years (2001-2013) under two presidents. He is currently a partner in the law firm of WilmerHale and is based in Washington, DC.

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Report: NFL personnel viewed Ray Rice video in April

An anonymous law enforcement official tells the AP that he sent the Ray Rice elevator video to the NFL in April:

The official played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."

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Pegulas win bidding for Bills

Good Morning, Broncos fans! At the end of this month, the FCC will vote on ending the NFL's blackout rule.

In an op-ed for USA Today, the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, explains why he supports an end to the antiquated rule:

With the first weekend of professional football in the books, two things should be abundantly clear: The NFL is king; and the Federal Communications Commission's sports blackout rules are obsolete and have to go.

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Drug policy vote tabled; Broncos may have cleared spot for Wes Welker

The NFLPA's 32 team reps did not vote on the latest drug policy proposal on Tuesday, as they'd been expected to.

Among the sticking points is the league's desire to suspend players for DUI arrests, before they've been convicted of the crime.

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Julius Thomas named AFC Offensive POW

For the first time in his career, Julius Thomas has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Thomas caught seven passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns to key Denver's 31-24 win over Indy.

Broncos players earned the award five times in 2013 (Peyton Manning three times, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker once each).

On Roger Goodell: A compendium of thoughts

It's been particularly difficult this week to focus/care about last weekend's games, or any upcoming action.

The NFL is in crisis, and its commissioner is under fire.

Roger Goodell's bungling of the Ray Rice case is a watershed moment for the league.

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Broncos waive Nathan Palmer, lose Gerell Robinson to Browns

On Tuesday, Denver waived wideout Nathan Palmer, who had been promoted from the practice squad following Wes Welker's suspension.

Oddly, no corresponding roster addition has been announced, so that would leave a vacancy on the active 53-man roster.

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Chargers loss gives Broncos lead on entire AFCW

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has a full game lead on the rest of the AFCW today, thanks to a late comeback win by the Cardinals on Monday.

Arizona scored 12 fourth-quarter points to knock off San Diego 18-17, with Carson Palmer directing a game-winning 91-yard drive.

Philip Rivers was intercepted once and had a key late fumble that pushed San Diego out of field goal range.

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Chiefs replace DeVito with Kevin Vickerson

Having lost two defensive starters in linebacker Derrick Johnson and end Mike DeVito, the Chiefs signed former Broncos defensive end Kevin Vickerson on Monday night.

Big Vick was among Denver's final cuts; the two teams will face off at SAF@MH on Sunday afternoon.