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NFL extends trade deadline

The NFLPA and the league have agreed to push the trade deadline back two weeks. Also, teams will be allowed to bring one player back from IR midseason, with restrictions.

Traditionally, the trade deadline has been the Tuesday following the conclusion of Week 6. The new deadline will be 4pm ET on Tuesday, October 30.

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Broncos cut Lonie Paxton and 11 others, place Hunter on IR

The Broncos announced 12 cuts to meet today's 75-man roster requirement. There is one unexpected name here - Lonie Paxton, who spent three seasons as Denver's long snapper.

Also let go, but to no great surprise, were LB Elliot Coffey, WR Mark Dell, WR Cameron Kenney, TE Anthony Miller, DE Cyril Obiozor, RB Xavier Omon, S Anthony Perkins, T Mike Remmers, CB Ramzee Robinson, FB Austin Sylvester, and G Austin Wuebbels.

Updated 6:03pm ET - Paxton cap figures corrected

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Broncos activate Leonhard from PUP list

The Broncos have taken safety Jim Leonhard off the active PUP list, and he is practicing today.

Denver signed the eighth-year veteran on August 4, but his recovery from a torn patellar tendon had prevented him from taking part in practice or individual drills until today.

Updated 2:07pm ET

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Broncos get four players back from injury/illness

After several weeks chock full of disappointing injury news, the Broncos finally got some players back for practice today.

Safety Quinton Carter, who had missed almost all of training camp, was back in action today; cornerback Tracy Porter, linebacker Danny Trevathan, and running back Ronnie Hillman also returned to practice.

Updated 3:51pm ET

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D.J. Williams found guilty of DWAI

Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was found guilty by a jury today of driving while ability impaired and without headlights during a November 2010 incident.

The ninth-year player is already facing a six-game suspension for submitting a non-human urine sample for PED testing, and is likely to receive further punishment for this latest conviction. Williams pleaded guilty to charges of DWAI in a 2005 case, and the NFL tends to issue lengthier bans to repeat offenders of the personal conduct policy.

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Hunter sidelined two months with triceps tear

Onlookers noted the Broncos' practice on Tuesday for its intensity, and unfortunately, the price of going hard when it doesn't yet count can sometimes come with a heavy price.

A day after longtime starting right guard Chris Kuper was lost to a broken bone in his forearm (four to six weeks), the news is worse on newly-minted starting defensive end Jason Hunter.

Hunter suffered a torn triceps that will cost him at least two months, and possibly the entire season; a similar injury forced DT Ty Warren to miss all of 2011.

Updated 11:32am ET

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Kuper to miss four to six weeks with broken forearm

One of the many 2011 Broncos storylines that, shall we say, slipped under the radar, was that the offensive line was the only one in the league to start the same five players for all sixteen regular-season games.

They won't have such good fortune in 2012.

Right guard Chris Kuper is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his forearm this morning in practice.

Updated 5:10pm ET

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No charges for Dumervil in Miami incident

At a time of year when football news tends to be of the negative variety (injuries), the Broncos instead got some of the pleasant kind today: the Miami-Dade state attorney will not be filing charges against Elvis Dumervil.

Elvis had been arrested last month in Miami under suspicion of having displayed a gun in a threatening manner during a road rage incident. But from the outset, his lawyer and agent both maintained that no charges had been or would be filed.

Updated 5:13pm ET

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Broncos add Brooking, place Fannin on IR

For the second time in the span of 48 hours, the Broncos have added a veteran defender on a one-year deal - this time signing 36-year-old linebacker Keith Brooking. They acquired safety Jim Leonhard on Saturday and placed him on the active PUP list a day later.

Brooking (6-2, 240) is entering his 15th NFL season after 11 years with Atlanta and three in Dallas, where he went from a 16-game starter in 2010 (906 snaps) to seeing more limited play last season (three starts, 408 snaps) after being replaced by Sean Lee.

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Fannin again lost for season

Mario Fannin's NFL dreams have been put off for another season. For the second straight year, the former Auburn running back has suffered a season-ending injury, this time a torn Achilles tendon.

Fannin, who joined the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2011, was hurt during the team's scrimmage yesterday; he tore an ACL during training camp last summer, almost a year to the day. The 24-year-old was expected to compete for a backup spot behind Willis McGahee, and had earned praise for his combination of size (5-11, 224) and speed (4.37-second forty time).

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