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Champ out for opener; Kuper doubtful

The Broncos were already going to be without Von Miller tomorrow night, while Elvis Dumervil will be playing for the wrong team. But now Champ Bailey has been ruled out for the game, and Denver will be down its three highest profile defenders from recent years.

Look for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to shift over to Champ's LCB spot, with Chris Harris taking over for DRC at RCB, and Tony Carter manning the nickel.

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Bailey misses second straight day of practice

Although he's out of his walking boot and stretched along with his teammates Tuesday at Dove Valley, Champ Bailey did not participate in practice, and he remains at best a game-time decision for Thursday's season opener against Baltimore.

Chris Kuper was again limited, while Wes Welker, Ryan Clady, Robert Ayers, and Brock Osweiler were full participants. C.J. Anderson and Joel Dreessen again missed practice and are not expected to play.

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Injury reports aren’t usually worth getting excited about…

...but this one means football is back:

Monday Injury Report: Anderson, Dreessen & Bailey DNP. Kuper was limited. Osweiler, Ayers, Welker & Clady had full participation.

— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) September 2, 2013

Notable Saturday cuts from around the NFL

AFCW - Raiders: Andre Carter (son of Rubin), Omar Gaither, Joselio Hanson, Tony Hills; Chargers: Robert Meachem ($5M guaranteed 2013 salary), Max Starks; Chiefs: Tony Moeaki

AFCE - Patriots: Tim Tebow (still thinks he's an NFL QB); Jets: Greg McElroy (the team is reportedly going with Geno Smith and done with Buttfumble), Mohamed Massaquoi

AFCN - Bengals: John Skelton (all he does is win?); Steelers: Jonathan Dwyer

AFCS - 

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Broncos finalize 2013 53-man roster

In addition to the cuts we've already detailed over the past two days, the Broncos have placed LBs Stewart Bradley and Lerentee McCray on IR, released RB Jeremiah Johnson and TE Jake O'Connell, and waived T Paul Cornick, DT Romney Fuga, and S Ross "Lock" Rasner.

That means veteran corner Quentin Jammer and seventh-round QB Zac Dysert have made the squad, as did Omar Bolden, but that should surprise only the paid beat writers.

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Broncos place Smith on IR, cut Lilja, King

According to various reports, the Broncos have cut C Ryan Lilja, placed one fifth-rounder, DE Quanterus Smith, on IR, and waived their other one, WR Tavarres King.

Once Dan Koppen was lost to a torn ACL, Lilja had returned from a brief retirement to reconvene with former Colts teammate Peyton Manning in Denver, but his own knee problems appear to have again ended his career.

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Broncos cut sixth-rounder Vinston Painter

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have waived sixth-round tackle Vinston Painter, but hope to get him through waivers and onto their practice squad.

Klis adds that Chris Clark will stick as the main backup tackle, with left guard Zane Beadles the fourth outside option. Louis Vasquez saw some action at right tackle this summer when Orlando Franklin went down with an injury, so he figures to be the fallback beyond Beadles.

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Broncos waive Blake, Davis; Vallos, Hester make squad

More news regarding Denver's moves is trickling in, as the deadline to reach the 53-man roster limit is now four hours away.

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are waiving offensive linemen C.J. Davis and 2012 fourth-rounder Philip Blake.

Meanwhile, Vic Lombardi reports that RB Jacob Hester and C Steve Vallos have made the squad. That means the team will initially carry five running backs - Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, C.J. Anderson, and Hester - we'll see if Hester sticks once Anderson returns from his MCL sprain.

Lynch: Broncos didn’t know they wanted Wes Welker until Welker called them

Old friend John Lynch shared a fascinating story on how Wes Welker came to become a Denver Bronco this offseason. Here's what he tells Jay Glazer:

It went quietly - (adding Welker) wasn't a priority (for Denver) - they've got two pretty good receivers. But Welker picked up the phone; we share the same agent, and we're buddies. 

He said, "John, would you talk to your buddy Elway, and just let me talk to him? Get me on the phone with him, and I'll sell him on why I can help Denver win a Super Bowl. There's two places I'm playing: New England and Denver, because I'll either play with Tom or Peyton. Just let me get on the phone."

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Broncos making final cuts on way to 53-man roster

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have cut running back Lance Ball and waived wideouts Gerell Robinson and Lamaar Thomas, linebacker Damien Holmes, cornerback Aaron Hester, and lineman Ben Garland.

Ball lost out to undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson, who has made the 53-man roster despite a sprained MCL that's kept him out of action for the past two weeks. Vic Lombardi reports that Anderson is expected to be at full speed in two weeks or sooner.

Updated 11:30pm ET

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