Denver's December 4, Week 13 game at Minnesota has been flexed from a 4:05pm ET game on CBS to a 1pm ET game on FOX instead; the Broncos/Vikings matchup swaps spots with Ravens/Browns. The NFL has also spared us the pain of having to see Curtis Painter and the Colts get whipped by the Patriots on SNF, instead swapping the game out for the potential shootout between the Lions and Saints in New Orleans.
Update 3:32pm ET: As expected, the Broncos have promoted RB Jeremiah Johnson from their practice squad to take the place of Knowshon Moreno, who was lost for the year with a torn ACL. Additionally, the team signed RB Xavier Omon to the PS to take Johnson's spot there. Johnson had suited up for the Broncos' Week 2 victory over Cincinnati, the first NFL game of his career. Omon is a 26-year old back out of NW Missouri State and has spent time with the Browns and Bills, where he played under current Denver RB coach Eric Studesville.
The Broncos took an apparent gamble on Monday when they replaced Brandon Lloyd on the active roster with S Rafael Bush instead of WR Eron Riley while Brian Dawkins recovers from a neck injury, and it may have cost them. The Jets have signed Riley off Denver's practice squad, and the Broncos have responded by bringing back WR D'Andre Goodwin to replace him; both Goodwin and Riley had made strong pushes to make the final roster with their play during the exhibition season. Hopefully we won't be looking back on this move as a younger sibling to the prior losses of Domenik Hixon and Josh Barrett.
6:02PM ET - NFLN is reporting that the conditional second-rounder Oakland is sending Cincy only becomes a first-rounder if the Raiders make it to the AFC title game either this year or next. It had been previously reported that the first-round trigger was a single playoff victory.
5:25PM ET - Post-deadline updates:
12:56PM ET - Baxter McLove is now actively tweeting. What more is there to say? @BaxterMcLove
3:07PM ET - David Garrard is reportedly to have back surgery. Could this impact whatever market exists for Kyle Orton? Cough..Oakland...cough
2:17PM ET - But wait, there's more! Denver DT Ryan McBean was arrested on Oct. 14 for stalking, according to 9NEWS.
1:36PM ET - According to Schefter, all that it would take for the pick to move up from a sixth-rounder to a fifth-rounder in 2012 is that Lloyd catch 30 passes for the Rams over the remainder of the season. Obviously, this is a highly attainable and likely threshold, and it puts the trade in a much better light.
1:08PM ET - Mort says the Broncos will receive a conditional pick from St. Louis that will come in either the fifth or sixth round of the 2012 Draft depending upon how many receptions Lloyd tallies with the Rams.
Mike Klis is reporting the Broncos are now trying to move wide receiver, Bradon Lloyd, as fast as possible--that is, before tomorrow's practice.
It appears as if
Jim Harbaugh Rocky Balboa has now emerged as the front runner. As Klis reports:
The San Francisco 49ers appear to be showing the strongest interest in the acrobatic receiver, but the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams also were in discussions, according to two NFL sources.
If this is true, it would be a homecoming of sorts for Lloyd, who played for San Francisco from 2003-2005. During his first tour of duty with the 49ers, Lloyd never quite lived up to his potential, although it should be noted that he was a 4th-round draft pick.
The 49ers beat the Lions today to improve to 5-1, but during the game it was clear they are in need of big-play threat for Alex Smith.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are looking to move WR Brandon Lloyd, with Carolina and Tennessee reportedly among the three or four teams showing interest. Denver is reportedly seeking a draft choice in the third-to-fifth-round range in return for Lloyd, who is playing out the final year of his contract and is making a relatively meager $1.395M this season for a player of his skill and production levels. The trade deadline is Tuesday, and apparently the Broncos and Lloyd's representatives have discussed a contract extension but have not been close to any agreement. Denver is expecting to have their full complement of receivers available for their next game, including Eddie Royal (who is also unsigned beyond this year) and Demaryius Thomas. Are the Broncos setting Tim Tebow up for failure by possibly dealing away the best pair of hands on the team? We'll have to wait and see...
According to Josina Anderson, the Denver coaching staff have indeed told their players that Tim Tebow will be the starting quarterback going forward, and Mike Klis has confirmed the news for the DP. Tebow will make his first start of the season in Miami on October 23rd following this week's bye.
Here's video of John Fox speaking about the change after practice today; more reaction from around the web after the break...
The Broncos made a few roster moves today, placing DT Kevin Vickerson on IR with an ankle injury and replacing him on the roster with FB Quinn Johnson, whom they claimed off waivers from the Titans. Denver also waived RB Brandon Minor, who had been on IR. Johnson is a third-year player from LSU who spent his first two NFL seasons with the Packers, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2009 Draft and dealt him to Tennessee in September for an undisclosed draft pick. Johnson has appeared in 24 NFL games including four this year and caught two passes for 17 yards against the Broncos in Week 3.
Meanwhile, John Fox today said there's a "strong likelihood" he'll make an announcement tomorrow regarding the Broncos' QB situation - presumably that Tim Tebow will be the starter going forward. Also, rookie RT Orlando Franklin left the team today to mourn the loss of his younger brother.
The NFL has officially approved the Broncos' switch back to orange home jerseys for the 2012 season. As was reported last year, Nike will be taking over the licensed manufacturing of jerseys from Reebok, but according to ESPN Page 2's Uni Watch, big design changes are not in the works. Rather, the word is that jerseys will only be tweaked in terms of tailoring, so expect that the Broncos' current third jerseys, which they wore in the opener against Oakland, will become the team's primary home uniforms.