Just days after convincing Tavarres King to stay in Denver rather than sign with Green Bay, the Broncos have released their fifth-round wideout. A move was necessary to make room for Von Miller, who is returning from suspension.
King had been on Denver's practice squad and drawn interest from the Packers, who placed WR Randall Cobb on short-term IR this week.
Orlando Franklin is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Indy, but Louis Vasquez will indeed start in his place; Chris Kuper will assume his familiar spot at right guard.
Robert Ayers was a full participant for the first time all week, while Wesley Woodyard remained limited and is listed as questionable. John Fox says Woodyard's status will be a game-time decision, but both Ayers and Woodyard are expected to play.
What were we saying just a day ago - that Denver's defense would face a huge hurdle at Indianapolis on Sunday night? Granted, we weren't alone, as many had crowned the Colts as Denver's prime AFC competition following their big Week 5 win over the Seahawks.
The Chargers (3-3) defense wasn't so impressed, holding the Colts (4-2) to 12 first downs, 267 total yards, and just 21:29 of ball possession during their 19-9 win.
Denver's secondary will finally be intact Sunday, as Champ Bailey (foot) is set to make his season debut and will start against Jacksonville. Chris Harris (concussion) will also play, after having been cleared from his concussion and practiced in full on Friday. Both are listed as probable, along with seven others.
Champ Bailey was a full practice participant Wednesday, for the first time since he suffered his foot injury during the preseason. He's expected to make his debut on Sunday against Jacksonville.
However, fellow defensive starters Wesley Woodyard (neck), Chris Harris (concussion), and Robert Ayers (shoulder) did not practice due to the injuries they sustained in Dallas.
Heading into their Week 5 game at Dallas, it appears the Broncos have dodged their injury scare with linebacker Danny Trevathan, who is listed as probable.
Champ Bailey and Paris Lenon were limited Friday and are questionable, while Eric Decker, Manny Ramirez, Matt Prater, Joel Dreessen, Chris Kuper, and Mitch Unrein were full participants and are probable.
Unable to find a trade partner after having dragged his name through the mud, Tampa Bay finally did the right thing and released quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday. Freeman will be paid the balance of his $6.2M salary.
Prior to cutting the cord with their former first-rounder, the Bucs had fined Freeman multiple times and may have leaked word of his presence in the league's drug-testing program, a potential breach of confidentiality.
Peyton Manning's record-setting month has earned him the AFC Offensive POM award for September; he was named the conference's offensive POW in Week 1 and Week 3. Manning leads the NFL in every major or advanced passing category, and has the most touchdown passes through four games in NFL history.
Meanwhile, Trindon Holliday, who was named the AFC Special-Teams POW in Week 2, is the AFC Special-Teams POM for September. Holliday already has a kickoff and punt return for touchdown, giving him six in his brief Broncos career.
Nowhere has it been suggested that the Broncos face stiff competition within their division or conference. Yet, while Denver is two weeks away from getting back Von Miller, and perhaps Champ Bailey before that, two key foes lost crucial defenders yesterday.
New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork reportedly suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Sunday night, while earlier, San Diego linebacker Dwight Freeney (who had visited Dove Valley in March) reportedly tore his quadriceps tendon.
According to multiple reports, USC is expected to consider Denver DC Jack Del Rio for the head coaching vacancy created by the firing of Lane Kiffin last night.
Writes Mike Freeman:
What is clear, according to NFL team officials, is that USC considers Del Rio among the top, if not the top, prospect for the position.
Freeman goes on to suggest that Del Rio could choose to stay in Denver in hopes that he will be a hot candidate for a head gig in the NFL next year.