Although he's out of his walking boot and stretched along with his teammates Tuesday at Dove Valley, Champ Bailey did not participate in practice, and he remains at best a game-time decision for Thursday's season opener against Baltimore.
Chris Kuper was again limited, while Wes Welker, Ryan Clady, Robert Ayers, and Brock Osweiler were full participants. C.J. Anderson and Joel Dreessen again missed practice and are not expected to play.
...but this one means football is back:
Monday Injury Report: Anderson, Dreessen & Bailey DNP. Kuper was limited. Osweiler, Ayers, Welker & Clady had full participation.— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) September 2, 2013
In addition to the cuts we've already detailed over the past two days, the Broncos have placed LBs Stewart Bradley and Lerentee McCray on IR, released RB Jeremiah Johnson and TE Jake O'Connell, and waived T Paul Cornick, DT Romney Fuga, and S Ross "Lock" Rasner.
Once Dan Koppen was lost to a torn ACL, Lilja had returned from a brief retirement to reconvene with former Colts teammate Peyton Manning in Denver, but his own knee problems appear to have again ended his career.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have waived sixth-round tackle Vinston Painter, but hope to get him through waivers and onto their practice squad.
Klis adds that Chris Clark will stick as the main backup tackle, with left guard Zane Beadles the fourth outside option. Louis Vasquez saw some action at right tackle this summer when Orlando Franklin went down with an injury, so he figures to be the fallback beyond Beadles.
More news regarding Denver's moves is trickling in, as the deadline to reach the 53-man roster limit is now four hours away.
Meanwhile, Vic Lombardi reports that RB Jacob Hester and C Steve Vallos have made the squad. That means the team will initially carry five running backs - Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, C.J. Anderson, and Hester - we'll see if Hester sticks once Anderson returns from his MCL sprain.
Old friend John Lynch shared a fascinating story on how Wes Welker came to become a Denver Bronco this offseason. Here's what he tells Jay Glazer:
It went quietly - (adding Welker) wasn't a priority (for Denver) - they've got two pretty good receivers. But Welker picked up the phone; we share the same agent, and we're buddies.
He said, "John, would you talk to your buddy Elway, and just let me talk to him? Get me on the phone with him, and I'll sell him on why I can help Denver win a Super Bowl. There's two places I'm playing: New England and Denver, because I'll either play with Tom or Peyton. Just let me get on the phone."
Ball lost out to undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson, who has made the 53-man roster despite a sprained MCL that's kept him out of action for the past two weeks. Vic Lombardi reports that Anderson is expected to be at full speed in two weeks or sooner.
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The NFL has agreed to pay $765M to settle lawsuits brought by over 4,500 former players and their families regarding the league's handling of head injuries.
The settlement, which has not yet been filed, and must be approved by Judge Anita Brody, was brought about by mediation ordered by Brody in July.
It's reported that $675M of the $765M will go toward compensating ex-players and the families of deceased players who have suffered cognitive injury.