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Williams, McBean banned 6 games for PEDs, non-human urine reportedly in samples

D.J. released a statement proclaiming his innocence, including:

Instead, the NFL contends that I provided a non-human specimen.  I have never failed a test of any kind – for steroids or illegal substances – during my eight-year pro career.  I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen.

Green has also released a statement:

I was suspended for four games for taking ADHD medication prior to obtaining an exemption from the League.  I have now obtained the proper exemption to take the medication that has been prescribed to me to treat my condition.  I apologize to my teammates, coaches and fans for my mistake and will make sure to never let anything like this happen again.

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Miller: Manning will leave Denver without deal, may visit Arizona and Miami

3:13 AM Klis: An NFL source said Manning may also visit the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins, but those trips have not been scheduled. 

2:00 AM According to Mark Long, the Jaguars will not pursue Tim Tebow as long as Gene Smith is GM.

Who knows if Shahid "Chaka" Kahn has weighed in on this news.

1:56 AM Darren McKee: Rumor revision the dinner was only with 6 people at the men's grill upstairs. Bill in foxs name. Thems the rumors

12:37 AM Darren McKee: Just found out manning still at cherry hills cc. The club is closed but fox Elway manning all still there! C'mon boys keep him here!

12:11 AM Gary Miller: Manning wants to see what else is out there. He will go to Arizona tomorrow after short get together with Broncos in morning.

12:06 AM Gary Miller is reporting on CBS4 that Manning will depart tomorrow without a deal, as he is intent on making his other scheduled visits, presumably with Arizona and Miami. According to Miller, if the Broncos are able to sign Manning, they will try to trade Tebow, most likely to Jacksonville. If they don't land Peyton, then Tebow is still the starter heading into camp, as Miller tells it.

11:56 PM Shelley Smith on ESPN says Manning and the Denver brass may in fact continue their meeting tomorrow morning

11:32 PM Tim Tebow was in Tampa tonight to honor a wounded Army Ranger and had no comment on the Broncos' pursuit of Manning.

11:18 PM Who else but Shanny & Snyder? Adam Schefter: Trade will not change Redskins plans in pursuing Peyton Manning. Intend to talk with and try to sign him, even if considered a longshot.

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Broncos going after Manning with everything they have

Per Vic Lombardi's series of tweets tonight:

This Manning-to-Denver thing is heating up again. So says someone close to the situation.....that's all I got..."Heating up" meaning they are very much in the game. right now...they're excited...just know this: if the Broncos do miss out on Manning, they will have definitely gone down swinging...

I guess Tim Tebow was right all along: the Broncos organization doesn't give up and continues fighting to the very end.

Schefter: Broncos will indeed make play for Peyton Manning

Via Twitter, Adam Schefter is reporting the following:

Broncos will inquire about former QB Peyton Manning's availability and see if he has interest in coming to Denver.

Here's the first lesson in all of this: don't trust Mike Klis. He reported last night that the Broncos were not seeking Manning.

And the second lesson?  I'm not sure, but it involves Tim Tebow in some way, shape, or form.

Broncos will tag Prater

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos will use their franchise tag on kicker Matt Prater. The 27-year-old has been Denver's full-time kicker for four seasons and has made 90 of his 112 field goal attempts, a success rate of 80.4%.

Should Prater sign his franchise tender, he will be assured a $2.6M salary and a raise of $800K over his 2011 figure. Last season was an eventful for Prater, who was arrested in August for crashing his truck into a parked car while drunk and after having picked up an employee at area strip club Shotgun Willie's. It took him only months to find redemption, as several game-saving and -winning kicks had none other than JC singing his praises on national television.

The Broncos and Prater will still have until the beginning of the 2012 season to agree to a long-term contract.

Von Miller named Defensive Rookie of the Year

Von Miller's dominant season earned him the AP's Defensive Rookie of the Year award in a vote that wasn't nearly as close as expected. Miller took 39 of the 50 votes, while Niners DE Aldon Smith received the other 11 votes. Drafted second overall out of Texas A&M, Miller was credited with 11.5 sacks, 64 tackles, four passes defensed, and two forced fumbles.

But Von wasn't just exceptional relative to his rookie status - PFF rated him the best linebacker in all of football. His 50.3 overall rating nearly doubled the next best 4-3 OLB (Daryl Smith, 27.6) and easily beat the second best overall linebacker (Cameron Wake, 43.4). PFF also credited Miller with 12 sacks, 19 QB hits, 29 pressures, and 41 stops to go with zero missed tackles.

Sometimes these writer voted awards are popularity contests (like the HOF votes which were just announced), but they got this one right. Congratulations, Von!

Raiders to hire Dennis Allen as head coach

The Broncos have lost defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to Oakland, where he will take over as their new head coach. Denver will again be searching for someone new to run their defense and will start the 2012 season with their seventh DC in  as many seasons. Allen had been an assistant for the Saints under DC Gregg Williams before John Fox made him a coordinator for the first time, and like Williams he showed himself a confident and aggressive coach unafraid to dictate terms to opposing offenses.

There's been some speculation that ex-Jags coach Jack Del Rio is a possibility, and Dave Krieger says current Denver LB coach Richard Smith is another option. Del Rio was the Carolina DC for one season under Fox in 2002 before taking the head job in Jacksonville, while Smith has been a DC in Miami (2005) and Houston (2006-08).

Tebow played through torn rib cartilage, bruised lung

Adam Schefter is reporting that Tim Tebow suffered the following injuries early in the third quarter of Saturday's loss at New England:

Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib where it attaches to his sternum, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in the plural space of his chest

Three Four reactions:

  1. We knew this already, but it bears repeating: Tebow is a tough bastard.
  2. The culmination of all of Tebow's rushing attempts and sacks was bound to levy a toll on his body, and his ribs were the most likely location of such an injury.
  3. Should he have remained in the game? Granted, it was largely over before halftime, but is an injured Tebow better than a healthy Brady Quinn in a playoff game where there is no next week without a victory?
  4. This is another reason why the Broncos must de-emphasize Tebow's role in the running game, no matter how tough and strong he may be. His style of play invites contact, and outside the pocket he will not receive QB-specific protections from officials, and sometimes even within the pocket, as shown by the multiple facemask non-calls we all witnessed this season.

McCoy getting second interview with Dolphins

Per Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins plan to interview Mike McCoy a second time.  The interview will take place on Thursday in New York. This time, Miami owner Stephen Ross will be sitting in.  Why so serious, Miami?

According to the guy I used to shove into a locker John Clayton, this means McCoy has a great chance of landing the job.

Plus, the Broncos have promoted Matt Russell from director of college scouting to director of player personnel, and they hired former Yale OC/QB coach Brian Stark as their West Coast scout.

Raiders to interview McCoy, Allen; Tuten out

According to Jason La Canfora, Oakland has scheduled an interview with Denver OC Mike McCoy for their head coaching vacancy tomorrow. McCoy already met with the Dolphins yesterday regarding their HC opening, and the Bucs are also rumored to have interest in McCoy.

Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie will be in Denver tomorrow to speak with both McCoy and Dennis Allen.

Meanwhile, longtime Denver strength and conditioning coach Rich Tuten has been told he will not be back for the 2012 season. Tuten had been the Broncos strength coach since Mike Shanahan's first year as head coach, 1995.

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