Injury Report: Bailey, Franklin unlikely to play

According to Mike Klis, cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to miss Denver's upcoming game against Washington due to the foot injury he aggravated at Indy.

Meanwhile, Klis suggests that right tackle Orlando Franklin figures to be listed as questionable at best for the Return of Shanny.

Denver's bye is the following week, which has to figure into the decision on whether to play Franklin this Sunday.

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Panthers claim King, ending his Denver saga

Carolina claimed WR Tavarres King off waivers from Denver on Monday. King had been waived to make room for Von Miller, merely days after the Broncos had convinced him to stick around rather than join the NFCN-leading Packers. The 2013 fifth-rounder joins a team that has won three of its last four games; the Panthers cut cornerback D.J. Moore to make room for him.

Good for Tavarres; we wish him well, and hope he's able to take advantage of his new opportunity.

Broncos waive King to make room for Von

Just days after convincing Tavarres King to stay in Denver rather than sign with Green Bay, the Broncos have released their fifth-round wideout. A move was necessary to make room for Von Miller, who is returning from suspension.

King had been on Denver's practice squad and drawn interest from the Packers, who placed WR Randall Cobb on short-term IR this week.

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Injury Report: Woodyard questionable, Franklin doubtful

Orlando Franklin is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Indy, but Louis Vasquez will indeed start in his place; Chris Kuper will assume his familiar spot at right guard.

Robert Ayers was a full participant for the first time all week, while Wesley Woodyard remained limited and is listed as questionable. John Fox says Woodyard's status will be a game-time decision, but both Ayers and Woodyard are expected to play.

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Chargers stifle Colts, Indy’s expectations?

What were we saying just a day ago - that Denver's defense would face a huge hurdle at Indianapolis on Sunday night? Granted, we weren't alone, as many had crowned the Colts as Denver's prime AFC competition following their big Week 5 win over the Seahawks.

The Chargers (3-3) defense wasn't so impressed, holding the Colts (4-2) to 12 first downs, 267 total yards, and just 21:29 of ball possession during their 19-9 win.

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Injury Report: Bailey to play; Woodyard, Ayers doubtful

Denver's secondary will finally be intact Sunday, as Champ Bailey (foot) is set to make his season debut and will start against Jacksonville. Chris Harris (concussion) will also play, after having been cleared from his concussion and practiced in full on Friday. Both are listed as probable, along with seven others.

Wesley Woodyard (neck) and Robert Ayers (shoulder) are doubtful; Paris Lenon is slated to start in Woodyard's place, while Malik Jackson and Sly Williams figure to play more in Ayers's absence.

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Injury Report: Bailey practices in full

Champ Bailey was a full practice participant Wednesday, for the first time since he suffered his foot injury during the preseason. He's expected to make his debut on Sunday against Jacksonville.

However, fellow defensive starters Wesley Woodyard (neck), Chris Harris (concussion), and Robert Ayers (shoulder) did not practice due to the injuries they sustained in Dallas.

According to Joan Niesen, Harris participated some during the media portion of practice, and it sounds like he'll play Sunday. Based upon league protocol, he cannot fully practice until Friday.

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Injury Report: Champ questionable; Trevathan probable

Heading into their Week 5 game at Dallas, it appears the Broncos have dodged their injury scare with linebacker Danny Trevathan, who is listed as probable.

Champ Bailey and Paris Lenon were limited Friday and are questionable, while Eric Decker, Manny Ramirez, Matt Prater, Joel Dreessen, Chris Kuper, and Mitch Unrein were full participants and are probable.

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Bucs release Freeman, will pay his salary in full

Unable to find a trade partner after having dragged his name through the mud, Tampa Bay finally did the right thing and released quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday. Freeman will be paid the balance of his $6.2M salary.

Prior to cutting the cord with their former first-rounder, the Bucs had fined Freeman multiple times and may have leaked word of his presence in the league's drug-testing program, a potential breach of confidentiality.

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Manning, Holliday win monthly awards

Peyton Manning's record-setting month has earned him the AFC Offensive POM award for September; he was named the conference's offensive POW in Week 1 and Week 3. Manning leads the NFL in every major or advanced passing category, and has the most touchdown passes through four games in NFL history.

Meanwhile, Trindon Holliday, who was named the AFC Special-Teams POW in Week 2, is the AFC Special-Teams POM for September. Holliday already has a kickoff and punt return for touchdown, giving him six in his brief Broncos career.