Brian Dawkins and Andre' Goodman were both back at practice today for Denver, pretty much a prerequisite for the Broncos to have any chance at winning Sunday.
Meanwhile, plenty of news involving old friends - PFW is hearing Josh McDaniels is the current frontrunner to replace Handshake Haley in Kansas City, it appears that Kyle Orton will be starting for the Chiefs on Sunday, and Wade Phillips had surgery on his kidney and gall bladder.
Obviously, McDaniels ending up in KC would be a perpetual fountain of storylines - Denver's most emphatic victory of last season came at the Chiefs' expense and ended in the infamous non-handshake, the rematch in KC three weeks later would be McDaniels' final game as Denver's coach, and of course his pursuit of Matt Cassel led to the trade of Jay Cutler in return for Orton and the draft picks that would eventually be part of Denver acquiring Tim Tebow.
Lastly, this Sam Hurd story is only going to get more and more interesting - not only was Hurd apparently one of the biggest dealers in Chi-town, but the police have a list of fellow NFL players Hurd dealt to.
Denver has promoted CB Tony Carter from their practice squad and waived S Kyle McCarthy to create room for him. Carter's promotion would appear to signal that the concussion Andre' Goodman suffered on Sunday is likely to keep him out of action this week against the Pats. The team also waived/injured Derek of the Dominos.
Meanwhile, congratulations are due Matt Prater, who was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 59-yard game knotter and 51-yard winner.
In ex-Broncos news, 2009 draftees Darcel McBath and Richard Quinn finally caught on with new teams - Jacksonville and Washington, respectively.
The Handshake Haley Era is over in Kansas City, as the Chiefs have fired him after the 37-14 beatdown suffered at the hands of the Jets yesterday. Haley's Chiefs were 19-27 during his tumultuous tenure, winning the AFC West last season but losing to Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs. Let the Josh McDaniels speculation begin in earnest...
Meanwhile, word out of Miami is that Tony Sparano will be canned at the end of the season, but GM Jeff Ireland will be spared.
CBS and Robert Kraft won the battle to keep the Week 15 matchup between the Broncos and Pats at SAFaMH from being flexed to SNF. Instead, the country will be stuck watching Chargers/Ravens. Meanwhile, the team is without Ryan Clady, Willis McGahee and Eddie Royal today, while Von Miller has returned to practice.
Von Miller was a limited participant in practice Friday and will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup in Minnesota. Eddie Royal and Willis McGahee also practiced.
Update 2:19pm ET - Miller and Royal are listed as questionable for Sunday, while McGahee, Ryan Clady, Daniel Fells, and David Bruton are probable. In equally big news (if not bigger), Adrian Peterson is listed as out for Minnesota, Percy Harvin did not practice due to illness but is expected to play, as are LB E.J. Henderson, G Anthony Herrera and TE Kyle Rudolph, and CB Asher Allen is questionable.
Update: 3:01pm ET - Turns out Vic Lombardi was right about Von Miller having had surgery this week - it was to repair torn thumb ligaments yesterday, and both Miller and Eddie Royal (ankle) might miss Sunday's game in Minnesota.
The Broncos have signed CB Tony Carter and WR Greg Orton to their practice squad to replace Kyle McCarthy and Mike Mohamed, who were both promoted from the PS on Monday. Denver originally signed Carter as an undrafted rookie in 2009, while Orton was with the team during the 2011 preseason.
Denver has placed CB/KR Cassius Vaughn on IR and signed S Kyle McCarthy and LB Mike Mohamed to fill the roster spots previously occupied by Vaughn and Kyle Orton. McCarthy dressed for eight games last season but was a casualty of final cuts in September, while 2011 sixth-rounder Mohamed was active for two games in the absence of the injured D.J. Williams. Interestingly, the Broncos chose not to promote Adam Weber and will instead stick with just two QBs despite the fact that Tim Tebow runs as much as he does - his 22 carries yesterday were the most by a QB in at least 60 years.
Per Adam Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed Kyle Orton off of waivers.
What does this mean for the Broncos? Stay tuned. Kyle Orton says he may not report. I have a feeling he will find a way to get motivated. There are a few million reasons.
Either way, it clears some dough off Denver's back.
UPDATE 3:53PM MST: Orton is reporting to KC by Thursday it appears.
For those that care, officially, the Chiefs, Cowboy, and Bears all put claims in for the services of Mr. Orton.
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have parted ways with Kyle Orton today. Pure speculation, but my first thoughts are either that Orton requested his release
or was vocally unsupportive of Tim Tebow and/or the coaching staff, or maybe this was done as a favor so Kyle could sign on with a team in need of a QB? Say, Kubes and the Texans? Back to Chicago?
As it turns out, Mike Klis reports that Orton and his agent approached the Denver FO about a possible release after Jay Cutler broke his thumb, an injury which will require surgery tomorrow to repair and could keep Cutler out for as long as 6-8 weeks.
are now were conflicting reports out there on how much of Orton's $7.379M base salary is unpaid at this point, as Albert Breer says the amount is $1.324M, while but as Klis says, it's around $2.58M.