Another day, another Bronco hits IR - this time, it's kicker Matt Prater. Steven Hauschka will continue to perform Denver's kicking duties. Six players were limited participants in practice today for the Broncos, including Knowshon Moreno, who had not practiced yesterday.
Kyle Orton has been told that Tim Tebow will remain the Broncos' starting QB for their Week 17 home matchup versus San Diego, even if Orton is healthy enough to play. While he admitted to being disappointed by the decision, Orton said,
I understand that as an organization you have a lot invested in a first-round draft pick and you want to see him play, so that's how it goes.
During his press conference today, Denver interim coach Eric Studesville announced that FB Spencer Larsen had been placed on IR with an ankle injury he suffered during Sunday's game. Taking Larsen's place on the roster will be G Stanley Daniels, who was promoted from the practice squad and had started the season's first four games at left guard.
In his Monday presser (audio), Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville announced that Tim Tebow will start next Sunday at home versus Houston. According to Studesville, Kyle Orton has not progressed in recovering from the rib injury he suffered last week against Arizona. Studesville said the Broncos "have more information about Tim" and will thus be able to utilize more of the playbook against the Texans.
Studesville also announced that Denver had claimed CB Chevis Jackson off waivers from New England and released LB Kevin Alexander to make room for him. Jackson was originally a third-round choice in the 2008 Draft by Atlanta, where he spent the first two seasons of his career.
According to a report from Adam Schefter on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, the Broncos may have interest in Falcons OC Mike Mularkey for their head coaching position. Mularkey, who was head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005, has been the Falcons' OC for three seasons. The 11-2 Falcons are fifth in the NFL this season in scoring with 335 points and ninth in yardage.
Mularkey told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that while unaware of Schefter's report or of any interest from the Broncos, he is indeed interested in becoming a head coach again. When asked specifically about pursuing a HC job, Mularkey said,
I would like the opportunity again. I would, if it ever presents itself.
Due to the groin injury suffered earlier in the week by K Matt Prater, the Broncos today added Steven Hauschka, a third-year kicker who made 10 of 15 field goal attempts in 17 games for Baltimore in 2008 and 2009. Hauschka was a member of the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives in 2010 after appearing in two preseason games for the Detroit Lions.
In order to make room for Hauschka on the roster, Denver has waived G Stanley Daniels, who started the first four games of the season at left guard for the Broncos.
UPDATE 5:27PM ET: The latest story from the DP states that Cox was released from jail today at 2PM MT and that his bond had been $50,000 rather than the $15,000 reported earlier. The judge in his case has allowed Cox to leave the state for the Broncos' upcoming road games and also for a family event next month.
According to an AP report via CBS4, the next court hearing date for Cox is January 7.
UPDATE 12:52PM ET: LJ points out that the alleged assault took place on the day the Broncos left for London. Cox stayed behind after having suffered a concussion four days earlier in the 59-14 loss to Jokeland.
Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network is reporting that the Broncos will speak with John Elway about a potential position within their front office. According to Lombardi's sources, current Texans coach and former Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak (also Elway's longtime backup QB) would be Pat Bowlen's first choice to replace Josh McDaniels should Kubiak be relieved of his duties in Houston.
McDaniels, who was fired earlier today, released the following statement:
I am very grateful to Pat Bowlen and the Broncos' organization for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of such a proud franchise. I would like to thank all of the people who helped us over the last two years. I am especially appreciative of the efforts of every player, coach and member of the personnel department who worked so hard every day. I wish Pat Bowlen and the Broncos' organization nothing but the best in the future.
UPDATE 12:15AM ET According to Denver's 9NEWS, Bowlen and Elway dined Monday night at the local restaurant bearing the latter's name. No word on what they discussed...
Everyone and their dog is now reporting that running backs coach Eric Studesville has been named interim head coach for the rest of the season.
I'd give a long bio of the guy, but to be honest, the story isn't about a guy who is going to be around for 4 more games.
It's about where the Broncos go next. With all due respect to Studesville, he is simply filling a gap.
Here was some measured perspective (link corrected) from Michael Lombardi on what the Broncos might be thinking.
Let the speculation begin. Gruden? Cowher? Kubiak? Patches O'Houlihan?
Within the last five minutes, 104.3 The Fan is reporting, along with Adam Schefter, that Josh McDaniels has been fired as coach of the Denver Broncos.
Details are sure to emerge soon.
This certainly doesn't come as a surprise to Broncos fans.
While I could certainly cite all of the statistics for why he was let go, perhaps Alfred Williams said it best (I'm paraphrasing):
"Pat Bowlen wasn't going to let this organization continue like this for one more day."
Adam Schefter is reporting that Broncos running backs coach, Eric Studesville, will be interim head coach.
An AP report shares details of an investigation by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department into the death of former Broncos WR Kenny McKinley. McKinley apparently had significant gambling debts and owed former teammate Tom Brandstater $65,000 when he committed suicide in September using a gun purchased from Broncos WR Jabar Gaffney. McKinley's family, friends and the Broncos organization were reportedly all aware of his financial troubles and he had mentioned suicide to three friends, including Brandstater.