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Broncos’ 2013 opponents nearly set

Week 13 saw three teams (Denver, New England, Atlanta) clinch their divisions, with Houston also sealing a playoff spot.

This marks the earliest point at which any NFL season has seen either three division races end, or four playoff tickets punched, and two of them happened concurrently - as soon as Greg Schiano was done fanning his tail feathers (the Tampa Bay loss clinched the NFCS for Atlanta).

That the Broncos and Pats clinched their divisions ensures that Manning/Brady 14 (or 15, if they meet in this year's playoffs) will take place next season at Foxboro, barring injury or retirement for either.

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Atwater, Davis, Lynch, Mecklenburg among HOF semifinalists

Former Broncos Steve Atwater, Terrell Davis, John Lynch, and Karl Mecklenburg are among 27 semifinalists who will be considered for enshrinement in the 2013 HOF class, it was announced Friday.

The list of 27 former players, coaches, and executives will be pared to 15 finalists (plus the two Senior Committee candidates) in January, and the Class of 2013 will be chosen on Saturday, February 2, the day preceding SB 46 in New Orleans.

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Miller named DPOM for November

While he's being discussed among Defensive POY candidates, Von Miller, and the Broncos, continue to accumulate in-season accolades.

The dominant second-year player and 2011 DROY, who earned the Defensive POW honor for his Week 11 performance against San Diego, has been named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Month for November, it was announced today.

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Broncos sign Jacob Hester; Ayers takes leave

As expected, the Broncos announced the signing today of  running back Jacob Hester, formerly of the Chargers. They also brought Jeremiah Johnson back to the practice squad, as had been reported over the weekend.

Hester (5-11, 235) is a fifth-year player out of LSU who was taken by San Diego with the 69th-overall pick in the 2008 Draft. He started 23 of the 62 games he played for the Chargers, accumulating 319 yards and one touchdown on 94 rushes, plus 308 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 55 catches.

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Miller named Defensive POW; Quinn to start for KC

Von Miller has been named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his three-sack performance against the Chargers. It's the second time Von's received the award (2011, Week 11), and the sixth individual weekly honor given to a Bronco this season. Peyton Manning won a monthly award for his stellar October.

In other news, the Broncos will be facing their old teammate at Arrowhead on Sunday, as Romeo Crennel has announced that Brady Quinn will be this week's prey get the start at quarterback. Fortunately for Quinn, he'll be playing behind a line that features two of PFF's top-11-rated offensive tackles in Branden Albert and Eric Winston.

Report: McGahee to IR, could return; Slaton a possibility

Jay Glazer is reporting that the Broncos will place running back Willis McGahee on season-ending IR today.

Although there had been reports that the 31-year-old would be able to recover from his torn MCL and leg fracture in time for the playoffs, the team has obviously given up on that possibility.

Mike Klis reports that the move has not yet been finalized, and that Denver may designate McGahee as eligible to return. Adam Schefter is reporting that the decision has been made, and that the back could be back in time for the AFC Championship game, should Denver make it that far. Lindsay Jones has gotten confirmation of that from Denver PR man Patrick Smythe.

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McGahee has torn MCL, fracture, reportedly could return within 4-6 weeks

For the most part, the Broncos have managed to avoid catastrophic injury so far this season.

So much for that.

An MRI today revealed that Willis McGahee tore the MCL in his right knee yesterday, and he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks as a result.

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Dumervil escapes serious injury; Panthers fire ST coach

A day after having survived brief injury scares to key players Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, and Willis McGahee, the Broncos have dodged another bullet.

An MRI on the injured left shoulder of Elvis Dumervil showed no tear, and there's a possibility the defensive end will play Sunday against San Diego.

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Beastly night for Woodyard results in AFC award

Wesley Woodyard has been named the AFC Defensive POW for Week 8 after filling the stat sheet against New Orleans.

Woodyard piled up 13 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, an interception, and two passes defensed in Denver's 34-14 victory. He joins Tracy Porter (Week 1), Matt Prater (Week 4), and Peyton Manning (Week 6) as Broncos to have won weekly awards this season.

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AFCW News: Mays to IR; Cassel starting for Quinn

As expected, the Broncos have placed LB Joe Mays on IR, and have replaced him on the active roster with S Duke Ihenacho, who had been on the practice squad.

Filling Ihenacho's spot on the taxi unit will be former Cowboys CB Mario Butler, who has been active for one game since signing with Dallas as an undrafted rookie last year.

Elsewhere in the AFCW, QB Brady Quinn has been ruled out for Thursday night's Chiefs/Chargers game after suffering a concussion against Oakland.

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