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Ware, Austin banged up in stadium practice

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Sunday's practice at SAF@MH was mostly about the red zone.

There were a pair of apparently minor injuries, as DeMarcus Ware suffered a leg bruise, and Marvin Austin banged up his hand.

Sly Williams continues to thrive, while Shaq Barrett and Corey Nelson are standing out among the backups.

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More players dropping like flies

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we'd discussed yesterday, the next several weeks will be all about staying healthy, for the Broncos and every other team.

As John Fox told Arnie Stapleton:

Really, regardless of what time of the year, as a head coach and an organization, you hold your breath. Football is combative and injuries are part of the game, whether it's the offseason, training camp, regular season or even in the playoffs.

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Pads mean it’s finger crossing time

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Starting today, it's time we start holding our collective breaths.

Pads are going on, and hitting will start.

The term real football is overused at every juncture of the NFL calendar, and this is most definitely not that.

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Broncos intend to maintain grip on blue balls

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Although camp has kicked off, this week continues to be all about the great Pat Bowlen.

As tends to happen in times like this, words of tribute and appreciation have come from all over.

But it's Bowlen's former players who have offered the most poignant comments.

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Harris could leave PUP list as soon as Monday

Good Evening, Broncos fans! The team got down to business on Thursday, the first day of training camp.

Of those in attendance, only Chris Harris did not participate in team drills.

But Harris will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, and expects to be cleared and removed from Denver's PUP list.

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Jerrah says Orton quit on the Cowboys

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Wednesday at Dove Valley was an emotional day, perhaps the most heart-tugging of all.

It was particularly rough for John Elway and Joe Ellis, who were tasked with publicly discussing Pat Bowlen's health and legacy.

According to Ellis, the team will soon honor Mr. B by either enshrining him in the Ring of Fame or by naming their new practice facility after him.

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Do skyrocketing TV revenues have players patient for new deals?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, Demaryius Thomas isn't in any particular rush to sign a new contract.

Is it his $3.275M salary for 2014 that has him at ease? Could be.

According to John Elway, the agent for Julius Thomas hasn't even bothered to submit a counter to the team's recent contract offer.

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Broncos reportedly no closer to deals with Thomases

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A week ago, John Elway relaxed his deadline for extending Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Having originally set the beginning of camp as his target date, Elway told Lindsay Jones that he was willing to negotiate into the preseason.

But according to Mike Klis, there's been little or no progress toward a contract extension with either player.

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Foursome may be headed to PUP list

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The dead season is just about over, as players will report to Dove Valley for physicals on Wednesday.

According to Mike Klis, several players are expected to be on the preseason PUP list when camp begins on Thursday.

Von Miller, Chris Harris, Kevin Vickerson, and Joel Dreessen are all coming back from offseason surgeries.

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NFL could build, own stadium in Los Angeles

Good Morning, Broncos fans! That Los Angeles might host the 2015 Draft seemed silly, given that no NFL team calls the city home.

At points this offseason, it's been suggested that the league was abandoning the idea of putting a team back in LA.

But according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times, there's now talk of the NFL building and owning a stadium there.

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