As Jason LaCanfora and Adam Schefter have reported within the last hour, the NFL has fined the Broncos and Josh McDaniels $50,000 apiece for illegally filming the 49ers' practice in London. The story has some wrinkles that Broncos fans will have to sort out for themselves. Apparently, McDaniels refused to view the film that was given to him. Strange days indeed.
Here was the reaction from Josh McDaniels, from the NFL.com story:
"I apologize for not promptly reporting the improper conduct of our video director before our game against the 49ers in London," McDaniel said in a statement released by the Broncos. "The actions of this individual are in no way representative of the values and integrity held by myself, our players and coaches, and the entire Denver Broncos organization.
"I understand the punishment from the National Football League and support its commitment to the integrity of the game. We have addressed the situation internally to assure that nothing like this happens again."
So, Broncos fans, the organization did the act, but Josh McDaniels refused to look at the tape? Does this make it any better in your mind?
Thanks to Fat Man Member SpaceCowboy for being so quick on the trigger on this news.
Josh McDaniels announced today that WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle), S Darcel McBath (thigh) and CB Andre' Goodman (hip) will not play Sunday when the Broncos host the Lambs. McDaniels said Goodman would not be placed on IR and responded to questions about (what else) whether Tim Tebow should be playing more. Does he play defense....?
7:54PM ET Also out for SD: S Steve Gregory, DL Travis Johnson, TE Kris Wilson
7:39PM ET Out for San Diego: WR Legedu Naanee, TE Antonio Gates, RB Ryan Mathews. K Kris Brown is the third QB.
7:17PM ET Out for Denver: LB Robert Ayers, RB Laurence Maroney, CB Andre' Goodman, DB Cassius Vaughn, OG Stanley Daniels, C Eric Olsen, LB David Veikune. Brady Quinn is again listed as the third quarterback
Former Broncos running back Rob Lytle, who scored a touchdown for Denver as a rookie in Super Bowl XII, passed away last night at the age of 56 of a heart attack. Lytle was drafted by Denver in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 1977 Draft after a standout career at Michigan, where he placed third in the 1976 Heisman Trophy voting behind Tony Dorsett and Ricky Bell. Lytle spent his entire 7-year career with the Broncos and ranks fifteenth on Denver's all-time career rushing list with 1,451 yards on 376 carries and also caught 61 passes for 562 yards, scoring 14 touchdowns in total. Our thoughts at IAOFM go out to the Lytle family.
The Broncos have cut LB Jarvis Moss, who had been their 1st-round pick in the 2007 Draft. In his four seasons with Denver, Moss tallied 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks and pass defensed in 34 games (29 starts). According to the Denver Post, the Broncos have signed LB David Veikune to replace Moss on the 53-man roster. Veikune had been a 2nd-round pick (52nd overall) out of Hawaii by the Cleveland Browns in 2009. Veikune was cut by the Browns on September 7th, 2010.
According to Andrew Mason of MaxDenver.com, Broncos LB Robert Ayers is expected to practice today. Ayers has missed Denver's last four games with a fractured foot.
The Broncos have released the following statement:
"The Denver Broncos are extremely disappointed in D.J. Williams' careless and irresponsible actions on Friday morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by the organization. The Broncos have levied the heaviest fines possible to him for conduct detrimental to the club under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement due to the disruption and resulting impact on the team. He will not start in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and has been stripped of his captaincy for the season. Any further possible discipline stemming from this incident will be determined by the league's policies and the legal system."
ABC7 News of Denver is reporting that Broncos LB DJ Williams was arrested early this morning on suspicion of driving while under the influence. Williams was arrested under similar circumstances in September of 2005.
For those who were excited by yesterday's signing of TE Daniel Coats, you'll have to move on already - because the Broncos have. According to LJ, Denver has released Coats today and brought RB Lance Ball back to the 53-man roster. Ball had been on the practice squad.
UPDATE 5:50PM ET In his presser today, Josh McDaniels said the Colts were about to sign Ball, which prompted the Broncos to promote the RB to retain his future services:
The Broncos have signed free-agent TE Daniel Coats, a fourth-year player who was released earlier in the season by the Cincinnati Bengals. Coats has 30 career receptions for 291 yards with no touchdowns. He is listed at 6'3" 264 lbs and went undrafted out of BYU in 2007. Coats suited up for 53 games during his time with the Bengals, including 18 starts.
Denver was expected to get several key players back from injury today, as Kevin Vickerson, Wesley Woodyard, Darcel McBath and Perrish Cox all were scheduled to return. Plus, Ryan Harris again practiced at RT, with Zane Beadles finally sliding over to LG with the first team.
Josh McDaniels has announced that Robert Ayers, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard will not play on Sunday in London versus the 49ers and will not travel with the team. Eddie Royal, Kevin Vickerson and Perrish Cox are also questionable for the game and it is currently unknown whether they will make the trip. See Jeff Legwold’s article in the DP for more.