Ring of Famer Frank Tripucka, the Broncos' first-ever quarterback and the first player to have his number retired by the team, died on Thursday. He was 85.
A first-round pick by the Eagles in 1949 out of Notre Dame, Tripucka spent eight seasons in the NFL and AFL, and another seven in the CFL.
Champ Bailey, Wesley Woodyard, and Joel Dreessen were held out of practice on Wednesday. However, Woodyard - who injured his ankle in the aftermath of Danny Trevathan's sophomoric premature TD celebration - says he expects to be ready for Sunday's Manning Bowl 3.
Bailey, who missed the opener due to his preseason foot injury, is reportedly getting close to returning, but it's unclear whether he will be available this week.
What is it - Groundhog Day in Von Miller's world? Another day brings another report of Denver's All-Pro linebacker facing arrest over a moving violation.
Frankly, it's getting hard to keep track of them all, which is probably his sentiment as well.
The latest is that Von reportedly has a warrant out for his arrest in California, over a failure to appear in court for a 2012 speeding ticket.
Just one NFL game at center was apparently enough for the Broncos to lock up Manny Ramirez through the 2015 season.
Granted, that game featured perhaps the toughest assignment Ramirez will face all year, in Ravens NT Haloti Ngata. And while Ngata was credited by PFF with two QB hurries, neither of them came at the expense of Ramirez, who had a clean grade sheet in his positional debut.
Congratulations to Peyton Manning, who for the third time during his brief Broncos career has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Peyton tied, broke, or extended several NFL records during his seven-touchdown performance against the Ravens.
Broncos will reclaim $1.25 million of signing bonus they gave Von Miller, withholding the money from his paychecks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 8, 2013
Von will lose more than $2M with this suspension. To be crystal clear, this is not an optional or negotiable item, as much as the Twittersphere wants to call the Broncos cheap or evil over this. However, Von's lawyers apparently don't agree.
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.
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.
...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