According to head coach John Fox (video), the Broncos won’t be giving many first-string reps to longtime starting linebacker D.J. Williams.
Williams, entering his ninth season with the team, will be serving a six-game suspension for ‘non-human urine’ in a required urinalysis, and who may also be dealing with the legal aftermath of a DUI. The first attempt at trying the November, 2010 DUI incident ended in a mistrial over the selection of jurors in May. The case will be retried in August.
A day before players are due to report for training camp at Dove Valley, John Elway announced via Twitter that the Broncos have agreed to terms with rookies Brock Osweiler and Ronnie Hillman.
Denver drafted Osweiler 57th overall out of Arizona State to be groomed as the QB-in-waiting behind Peyton Manning. Hillman was selected ten picks later out of San Diego State, and it is hoped he will challenge Willis McGahee for playing time, and he may help usher Knowshon Moreno out of town after three disappointing seasons.
Once Osweiler and Hillman's deals are finalized, the Broncos will have all of their players under contract, and they are reportedly negotiating with left tackle Ryan Clady on a long-term deal.
According to the 911 call from the incident that led to the arrest of Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil on Saturday evening in Miami, the dispute involved an occupant of a white Impala and someone in a silver Mercedes. The caller, presumably the Victoria's Secret employee referred to in earlier reports, describes the Impala occupant as pointing a gun at someone, but she says she doesn't know at whom the gun is aimed.
Police would later order Dumervil out from behind the wheel of a silver Land Rover, where they would find a handgun in the glovebox. They then arrested Dumervil for allegedly having displayed a gun in his waistband to the driver of the Impala.
Mike Klis reports that Elvis was wearing gym pants at the time of the incident, and the explanation now being advanced by Dumervil's people is that the elastic waistband of his pants would not have been sufficient to support the weight of the semiautomatic handgun found in the Land Rover Elvis was driving.
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Normally, the truth is somewhat equidistant to the different sides of a story. And it remains to be seen whether the Miami Beach police report or Elvis Dumervil's version of events is closer to what actually happened in Miami this weekend. But if the account being disseminated by Elvis's people is to be believed, then Broncos Country can breathe a mighty sigh of relief.
According to Mike Klis, two sources close to Dumervil (his agent and attorney?) say Elvis was not armed during Saturday evening's traffic altercation, and that the gun found in the glovebox of the Land Rover he was driving did not belong to him.
The Miami Beach police report (copy of report can be viewed there) regarding Elvis Dumervil's arrest has been made available, and Mike Klis has details. As Vic Lombardi had tweeted earlier, this was not over a parking spot. But the incident does, at a glance, appear to be a case of drivers escalating an everyday traffic dispute.
According to the account of both the alleged victim and the witness who first called the police, Dumervil was following a (friend's?) car in his own Land Rover and was cut off by an Impala driven by the alleged victim.
The witness's account says that horn blowing and verbal threats followed, and the driver of the Impala allegedly threw an object which hit Elvis's Land Rover. Next, Dumervil and his passenger allegedly approached the Impala and lifted their shirts, displaying guns.
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Happy Birthday, Franchise.
John Elway announced the Broncos have signed placekicker Matt Prater to a four-year deal:
Happy to announce we have signed kicker Matt Prater to a new four-year deal. This was the final piece in setting our roster for camp, and we are thrilled Matt is going to be a Bronco for a long time. Matt has developed into one of the NFL’s elite kickers and is a big part of our team.
Denver had used its franchise tag on Prater earlier in the offseason, but the seventh-year kicker had not signed it, and skipped the team's recent OTAs with negotiations ongoing. The two sides had faced a July 16 deadline to agree to a long-term deal.
Updated 10:41am ET July 3, 2012 to correct statistics (PFR is missing Prater's 2009 distance splits)
In a move sure to help Broncos fans miss fewer great endings and Denver kickoffs, the NFL announced it will push back all 4:15pm ET kickoffs to 4:25pm ET.
According to the league's research, over the past three seasons, doubleheaders forced TV networks to switch away from 66 games that were still ongoing. The NFL says this 10-minute shift would have prevented 51 of those Heidi-style preemptions.
Although this was likely not a problem for Broncos fans in the Mountain West viewing area, those of us who live elsewhere have all experienced the agony of waiting for some Jaguars/Titans snoozer to conclude while we miss Denver's opening possession or two. Sometimes, of course, this serves to save us from even worse pain, ala the 59-14 drubbing by the Raiders in 2010, when many of us were spared Oakland's first two scores.
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John Elway turns 52 today. Happy Birthday, John - and Thank You.
Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe turns 44 today, which also happens to be the retired number of fellow Broncos HOFer Floyd Little. Happy Birthday, Shay!