No surprise here, but Tracy Porter will not play; Chris Harris will again start in his place. Also inactive for Denver are RB Knowshon Moreno, TE Julius Thomas, LB Steven Johnson, OL C.J. Davis, DT Sealver Siliga, and QB Caleb Hanie.
Denver is dressing five wideouts (plus KR Trindon Holliday), Brock Osweiler is again the backup QB, and Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball remain ahead of Moreno.
Jimmy Graham will play for New Orleans, who will be without old friends DT Brodrick Bunkley and TE Daniel Graham, LB David Hawthorne, WR Joe Morgan, LB Scott Shanle, DT Tyrunn Walker, and T Bryce Harris.
Brandon Marshall, self-proclaimed student of the game:
Five years ago, I didn’t know what conference I was in, probably. When you go back that far, the game was different. It was definitely different for me. I was seeing a lot of one-on-one coverages and we were out there just throwing it all over the place. Now, we have to be smarter. The looks that we’re getting, the disguises, you have to be a student of the game. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you’re not a student of the game, you’re definitely going to fail. I think the things you guys are hearing from me is just a maturity — learning the game more, learning the business and understanding the business more — so it’s also refreshing to me to see the growth in myself and the guys around me.
Here are the day's inactive lists. Enjoy the games, and Go Jaguars!
Doug Farrar, Bucky Brooks, Gordon McGuinness, Benjamin Hoffman, Joe Fortenbaugh, and Dan Arkush preview the game, plus some notes on the matchup; Bill Simmons expects Seattle to win outright despite being seven-point dogs.
Mike Tanier analyzes the pistol formations Jim Harbaugh is utilizing with Colin Kaepernick but doesn't expect the Niners to transition from Alex Smith to their second-year QB. But Jason Cole thinks they should, and soon.
Enjoy the game!
Enjoy the games, and Go Falcons and Bucs!
Enjoy the game!
Leave it to Teebs to know that tonight's is the 666th MNF game, and to tweet about it. Skip Bayless predicts that if Tebow takes over next week, he'll lead the Jets to a 7-4 finish and a playoff berth, all while summoning up the chutzpah to call himself "EXTREMELY OBJECTIVE" about Teebs (yes, in all caps).
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Here are the day's inactive lists. Denver will be without QB Caleb Hanie, C/G C.J. Davis, DT Sealver Siliga, LB Steven Johnson, S Duke Ihenacho, TE Julius Thomas, and RB Knowshon Moreno.
Thomas is kicked back off the 45-man by the return of Virgil Green from suspension, Johnson by the return of Joe Mays, and Chris Kuper will make his season debut. Brock Osweiler is the primary backup QB yet again, while Ronnie Hillman, whose role has expanded each week, keeps Moreno inactive.
As expected, the Patriots will be without TE Aaron Hernandez today; also inactive are LB Dont'a Hightower, WR Julian Edelman, S Steve Gregory, C Matt Tennant, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and DE Jake Bequette. Hightower's absence is a significant one, and a mild surprise; Tracy White is listed as his backup.
Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos!