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Report: NFL, DirecTV nearing new megadeal

According to SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL and DirecTV are nearing a renewal of their exclusive deal for Sunday NFL Ticket.

By the end of the deal - reported to be either 2021 or 2022 - DirecTV will be paying $1.3B-1.4B per year for the broadcasting rights.

Their current agreement is worth a total of $4B over the 2011 through 2014 seasons, or an average of $1B per year.

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Sam Bradford done for the year

For the second consecutive year, the Rams have lost quarterback Sam Bradford to a torn left ACL.

The former first overall pick got off to a fast start in 2013, but tore up his knee during a Week 7 loss at Carolina.

St. Louis had faced a big decision on Bradford last offseason, with his base salary skyrocketing to over $14M.

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Broncos cut 11, including Winston Justice

The Broncos cut 11 players on Sunday night, including tackle Winston Justice and running backs Brennan Clay and Jerodis Williams.

Along with the two backs, wideouts Greg Wilson and Greg Hardin, LB Jerrell Harris, DT Will Pericak, S Charles Mitchell, and QB Bryn Renner were waived.

LB Jamar Chaney and DE Chase Vaughn were let go with injuries.

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Matt Prater suspended four games over alcohol use

The Broncos are about to find out just how (un)important a placekicker is to their squad.

As first reported by Mike Klis, the team will be without placekicker Matt Prater for the first four games of the season due to an alcohol-related suspension.

Per Klis, there will be no appeal, as Prater had been facing a one-year ban as a repeat offender under the league's substance abuse policy.

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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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Scouting the 2014 Broncos: Danny Trevathan’s injury

Outside of an injury to Peyton Manning, Danny Trevathan is one of the toughest players for the Broncos to lose. The good news is that this isn’t a dangerous injury - it will take a month or two to heal, but it could have been vastly worse.

Trevathan had been fighting for his professional life since leaving college. Two years ago, he fought through a pulled hamstring to perform his combine drills. Yet, all the pundits seemed to see was a guy who was too small, too light, and too slow.

Denver got him into camp and found that without the pulled hamstring, he was a lot faster. The player who had led the SEC in tackles for the previous two seasons was showing signs that he was a lot more than a small, slow linebacker. He still tackled just as much.

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Reports: Raiders still looking to move, probably back to Los Angeles

The Raiders and owner Mark Davis are continually increasing their pressure on the city of Oakland to back the construction of a new stadium.

According to the Chronicle, Davis has not sought an extension to the team's lease at O.co Coliseum beyond the 2014 season, nor does he plan to.

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Trevathan carted off with tibial fracture; expected out 6-8 weeks

Weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan was carted off during Tuesday's practice with a fracture in his left leg and may be out for as long as two months.

Although the emerging star was unable to put any weight on his leg after hurting it during 11-on-11 drills, Troy Renck had said the team's initial reports were promising.

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Broncos add defensive end Sanford

Denver signed former Browns and Raiders defensive end Brian Sanford (6-2, 280) on Tuesday. He joins a long list of players who were first signed by Tom Heckert in Cleveland, and again with the Broncos.

Undrafted out of Temple in 2010, Sanford saw 108 snaps last season for Oakland and Cleveland, grading out at -2.5 according to PFF. He was officially credited with four tackles and four assists in seven games, including one start.

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Aww, crap

Be well, Montee. h/t Justin Weber