The return from suspension of D.J. Williams after the Broncos' Week 10 game at Carolina has created questions about how the team will handle its LB corps going forward.
Unfortunately, a fractured fibula suffered by Joe Mays will go a long way to forcing Denver's hand there. Mays is done for the year after he was injured during a Broncos punt return last night, and is expected to be placed on IR tomorrow.
Mays had lost his starting Mike job to Keith Brooking, and had been relegated to special teams duty for the past two weeks. 2011 sixth-rounder Mike Mohamed is on the practice squad as a likely replacement for Mays, if a temporary one until Williams is reinstated.
The former Saint had suffered a seizure in August, and was held back from traveling to San Diego for Denver's last game due to a recurrence of symptoms that had preceded the earlier seizure.
Perhaps it doesn't have the ring of Peytonpalooza, or of Tebow Time, but the Brady Quinn Era will continue indefinitely in Kansas City, according to Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel.
Quinn had started in place of the injured Matt Cassel in KC's Week 6 blowout loss to Tampa Bay, and Cassel, who's in the fourth season of a six-year, $63M contract, has been cleared to play this week.
Early this afternoon, Jay Glazer reported that the San Diego Chargers were being investigated by the league for using a substance likened to Stickum during their loss to the Broncos last Monday. Per Glazer :
NFL Security has already begun investigation as SD equipment man was hiding illegal sticky substance and giving to players. Line judge saw it and had it confiscated and sent to broncos and league.
Surprise--NFL teams are trying to find any advantage they can get. The only surprise here is the Chargers so poorly hid their cheating.
This does give us the opportunity to remind everyone this whole cheating-with-Stickum thing orginated with an Oakland Raider, Lester "The Molester" Hayes.
Peyton Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 6 performance against the Chargers.
It's the 22nd time Manning has won the award, and the first time a Bronco has been chosen for it since Brandon Marshall in Week 13 of the 2009 season. Peyton completed 24 of 30 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns, but threw one interception that came back for a score.
Nine Broncos are on the final injury report for Week 6, and all are listed as probable, after all 53 players on the active roster were full participants in Saturday's practice. Ryan Clady was back in action after missing Friday's work due to a minor hamstring injury.
The outlook for the Chargers is not looking as good, as kicker Nate Kaeding is out, starting left tackle Jared Gaither and nickel corner Shareece Wright are doubtful, and wideouts Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd are both listed as questionable. RB Ryan Mathews and RT Jeromey Clary are probable.
Tony Carter set the Twittersphere afire last night with a wildly insensitive remark about seeing a late movie in the Denver area. Not sure what took so long, but he recently apologized:
I am truly sorry for the insensitive and inappropriate comment I made last night. It will never happen again.— Tony Carter(@tonycarter904) October 9, 2012
We'll hope Carter truly understands how vile his original tweet was, and that it's the last of the sort from any Denver player.
Reed was signed by Cleveland as an undrafted rookie out of Florida State; Weems was an undrafted signee by the Vikings out of Oregon, and he was on Indy's practice squad for the first two weeks of this season.
The Broncos had two open spots on the practice unit following last weekend's promotion of Mohamed and Duke Ihenacho to the 53-man roster. G Adam Grant was waived from the practice squad to create the third open spot for today's additions.
As expected, the Broncos have placed center J.D. Walton on injured reserve with a fractured/dislocated ankle.
Taking his place on the active roster will be linebacker Joe Mays, who returns after serving a one-game suspension for his Week 3 hit on Texans QB Matt Schaub.
Tight end Virgil Green, who is back working with the team after serving a four-game PED-use suspension, was also reinstated to the active roster.
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Second-year safety Quinton Carter was placed on IR and will undergo microfracture surgery next week on the same knee he had arthroscopically repaired during training camp.
With Joe Mays suspended for tomorrow's game against Oakland, two spots had opened on the active roster; Denver promoted safety Duke Ihenacho and linebacker Mike Mohamed to fill them.