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Julius Thomas fined for chop block; Broncos add running back

The NFL fined Julius Thomas $8,268 for his chop block against Cards end Calais Campbell, who is expected to miss several weeks with a sprained MCL.

Meanwhile, Denver signed former Raiders running back Jeremy Stewart (5-11, 215) to their practice squad on Wednesday; a spot had opened on Monday, when tackle Ryan Miller was cut.

Lions sign Matt Prater; Chargers bring back Ronnie Brown

Tuesday saw a handful of transactions of at least tangential interest to Denver:

- Detroit is expected to sign Matt Prater, having chosen him over Jay Feely after the two tried out on Tuesday. Mike Klis suggests Prater's agent is playing hard to get, if you can believe that, but Adam Schefter says Prater will sign a one-year deal.

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Broncos work out veteran backs, release Ryan Miller

With Montee Ball expected to miss several weeks, Denver worked out veteran running backs Mikel Leshoure and LaRod Stephens-Howling on Tuesday. Both players left without contracts.

In what appears to be an unrelated move, the team released tackle Ryan Miller from their practice squad.

Raiders claim Kenbrell Thompkins; Giants cut Trindon Holliday

Just a few more notes of interest on this Monday evening:

- Mike Holmgren downplayed his visit last week to Raiders HQ, chalking it up to something of a favor to his former Green Bay colleague, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie. The SB 32 loser says he just went to review some film and offer an outside opinion on what's gone so wrong for the Raiders this year.

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John Fox, Julius Thomas defend ‘cut’ block; Montee Ball to miss several games

According to Mike Klis, Montee Ball's groin strain will cause him to miss "several weeks" of action.

Starting on Sunday, Denver will play three games in 12 days - at the Jets, versus San Francisco a week later, and versus San Diego the following Thursday.

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Lions cut Alex Henery, will work out Matt Prater

The Lions cut their second kicker of the season, this time Alex Henery, formerly of the Eagles.

Henery replaced 2014 seventh-rounder Nate Freese two weeks ago, and the two combined to go just 4/12 on field goal attempts.

Detroit will reportedly work out former Broncs kicker Matt Prater today, along with Jay Feely and Connor Barth.

Report: Montee Ball ‘out for a while’ with groin injury

According to Mike Klis, Montee Ball will undergo an MRI on his injured groin on Monday.

Ball left in the third quarter of Denver's 41-20 win over Arizona.

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Jets bench Geno Smith, but will start him against Broncos

Rex Ryan benched Geno Smith at halftime on Sunday, but says the second-year QB will start against the Broncos next week.

The Jets trailed the Chargers 17-0 after two quarters, with Smith having gone just 4/12 for 27 yards and an interception.

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Broncos release Matt Prater

On Friday, the Broncos announced the release of placekicker Matt Prater in favor of Brandon McManus, who stood in for him during the former's suspension.

Prater still has one game remaining on his four-game ban for alcohol use.

Denver will send its 2015 seventh-round pick to the Giants to complete their August trade.

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Carson Palmer highly unlikely to face Broncos on Sunday

The Cardinals have not yet officially ruled Carson Palmer out for Sunday's game in Denver, but all signs continue to point that way.

Palmer's throwing shoulder reportedly has no structural damage, and the team apparently hasn't considered putting him on short-term IR.

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