The Broncos are about to find out just how (un)important a placekicker is to their squad.
As first reported by Mike Klis, the team will be without placekicker Matt Prater for the first four games of the season due to an alcohol-related suspension.
Per Klis, there will be no appeal, as Prater had been facing a one-year ban as a repeat offender under the league's substance abuse policy.
Just when the Broncos thought they had found a punt returner, Jordan Norwood suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday, and is done for the year.
Norwood had been listed behind Wes Welker at both slot receiver and punt returner, but was likely to field punts if he made the 53-man roster.
Outside of an injury to Peyton Manning, Danny Trevathan is one of the toughest players for the Broncos to lose. The good news is that this isn’t a dangerous injury - it will take a month or two to heal, but it could have been vastly worse.
Trevathan had been fighting for his professional life since leaving college. Two years ago, he fought through a pulled hamstring to perform his combine drills. Yet, all the pundits seemed to see was a guy who was too small, too light, and too slow.
Denver got him into camp and found that without the pulled hamstring, he was a lot faster. The player who had led the SEC in tackles for the previous two seasons was showing signs that he was a lot more than a small, slow linebacker. He still tackled just as much.
The Raiders and owner Mark Davis are continually increasing their pressure on the city of Oakland to back the construction of a new stadium.
According to the Chronicle, Davis has not sought an extension to the team's lease at O.co Coliseum beyond the 2014 season, nor does he plan to.
Weakside linebacker Danny Trevathan was carted off during Tuesday's practice with a fracture in his left leg and may be out for as long as two months.
Although the emerging star was unable to put any weight on his leg after hurting it during 11-on-11 drills, Troy Renck had said the team's initial reports were promising.
Denver signed former Browns and Raiders defensive end Brian Sanford (6-2, 280) on Tuesday. He joins a long list of players who were first signed by Tom Heckert in Cleveland, and again with the Broncos.
Undrafted out of Temple in 2010, Sanford saw 108 snaps last season for Oakland and Cleveland, grading out at -2.5 according to PFF. He was officially credited with four tackles and four assists in seven games, including one start.
Broncos RB Montee Ball will undergo an appendectomy today but is expected to be ready for regular-season opener vs. Colts, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2014
Be well, Montee. h/t Justin Weber
For having allegedly thrown a glass at a bartender in a Denver strip club in May, T.J. Ward will perform community service.
Ward had pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges.
With their stunningly lenient suspension of domestic abuser Ray Rice, the NFL and Roger Goodell have caught plenty of heat.
And in their typical tone-deaf fashion, the No Females League doubled down on Wednesday.
The league announced a pair of drug-related suspensions on Wednesday - two games for Cincy corner Chris Lewis-Harris, and one game for Buffalo linebacker Nigel Bradham.
With a few vacant spots on their 90-man roster, the Broncos added a pair of defensive linemen on Wednesday.
Boulder native and former CU Buff Will Pericak signed with Baltimore as an undrafted rookie in 2013 before spending time on San Diego and Jacksonville's practice squads.
Cody Larsen, out of Southern Utah, also signed with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie last year, and spent the season on their practice squad.