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No decision yet on Harris Lard 10-1-10

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Jamal Williams skipped practice for the third straight Thursday. Brian Dawkins was a full participant on Thursday after missing the prior day, while Ryan Harris and Andre’ Goodman were again limited participants. Knowshon Moreno, Spencer Larsen and Wesley Woodyard again missed practice. For the Titans, the same three players who missed practice on Wednesday were out yesterday - CB Jason McCourty, DT Tony Brown and DE Jacob Ford.

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O-Line finally intact? Lard 9-30-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I hope you’re doing well. Andre’ Goodman and Ryan Harris both practiced yesterday, albeit in limited fashion. Brian Dawkins, Knowshon Moreno, Wesley Woodyard and Spencer Larsen all missed practice. Brandon Lloyd missed practice as well, but not due to injury. Demaryius Thomas, who had an injury scare on the last offensive play versus the Colts, practiced and was not listed on the injury report.

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The Daily Lard 9-29-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There isn’t anything important for me to share with you in terms of injuries (surely that news will come later today), so I’d like to address some website-related stuff. We are now in our third week here at IAOFM, and frankly we’re having a lot of fun with it so far. TJ, Em and I are all quite grateful for your readership; it’s been a joy to reconnect with so many old friends, and to make new ones. Thank you for being here, and please tell your fellow Broncos fans about us if you haven’t already. Please follow us on Twitter @IAOFM and Facebook, and if your friends are on those networks, we’d appreciate if you’d share the info with them. Since we’re a brand new site working without the power of a larger network, we are relying upon you, our most loyal readers, to help spread the word on us. We also appreciate all of the great feedback you’ve already given us - your encouragement and your suggestions on how we can improve are equally meaningful. We will only get better with time, and we’re working on sprucing up the look of the site. Thanks again for being here!

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Thomas okay, Knowshon not okay Lard 9-28-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In great news, Demaryius Thomas ending up not needing an X-ray on his arm, as the pain subsided after that final offensive play Sunday. For what it’s worth, Josh McDaniels said Knowshon Moreno’s hamstring injury is less severe than the one that kept him out of the preseason. Meanwhile, Jay Cutler and the Bears are now 3-0 and Peyton Hillis is the next Jim Brown. If these sort of things rile you up, please look at the big picture! The Broncos are headed in the right direction!

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Broncos fall to Colts once more Lard 9-27-10

Updated 10AM ET

Good Morning, Broncos fans. This may ring hollow to some, but it was not déjà vu all over again, as the Broncos lost to the Colts 27-13 at the Big IF. While the big stories, rightfully so, were turnovers (two big early ones which led to 10 points for Indy) and red-zone disasters (0-5, no joke), there are some overarching positives to take away from the game. Not moral victories - I’m not suggesting the players be proud of their performance - but rather things for us fans to be excited about. Kyle Orton and the passing offense are still progressing; the deep pass which was missing last year is here in bunches (Orton is tied with Phil Rivers for first in the NFL with 18 passes of 20+ yards), and the protection was exceptional yesterday (only 1 sack on 58 passing plays). Their defense kept Denver within reach for much of the game despite those huge turnovers, and held the Colts to just 40 rushing yards on 22 attempts.

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Uh-oh, here comes Peyton Lard 9-26-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I hope you’re all doing well and if you’re going to the game, you’ve gotta make just a bit more noise today when Peyton Manning has the ball. Bring some lozenges along if you need ‘em, because the Broncos need you. Denver will be without Ryan Harris and Knowshon Moreno, while the Colts will be missing starters WR Pierre Garcon, WR Anthony Gonzalez,  S Bob Sanders and LB Clint Session, and backups DB Brandon King and LB Ramon Humber. Champ Bailey is being called a game-time decision but is expected to play.

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Knowshon out, Maroney in Lard 9-25-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. As everyone knows by now, Knowshon Moreno will not play Sunday after injuring a hamstring in practice Thursday. Ryan Harris is out again, while Chris Kuper, Champ Bailey, Andre’ Goodman and Wesley Woodyard are listed as questionable. Laurence Maroney and Darcel McBath are listed as probable, and both can expect to see significant action tomorrow. Meanwhile, Perrish Cox and Eric Decker were fined by the league; Cox for an ill-conceived throat-slash gesture after his INT, Decker for a late hit on special teams.

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Harris likely out again Lard 9-24-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Unfortunately, that return to O-Line health I was talking about yesterday? Not so much - Ryan Harris missed practice yesterday and is unlikely to play on Sunday. One would have to think this means Zane Beadles will be spending a lot of time with his close friend Daniel Graham. Also not practicing were Champ Bailey and Andre’ Goodman, although both have a chance of playing. Jamal Williams did not practice, but he is not injured and it seems like a weekly thing for him to get Thursdays off. Chris Kuper and Wesley Woodyard were both limited in practice. The good news is that Darcel McBath and Laurence Maroney were full practice participants, and those players will boost perhaps the two most important weapons against Peyton & Co. - running the ball and defending the pass. Meanwhile, the RB shuffle continues as Lance Ball was added to the practice squad a few days after getting cut and replaced by Andre Brown. Today is the Broncos’ private memorial for Kenny McKinley.

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O-Line getting healthier Lard 9-23-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Champ Bailey, Andre’ Goodman and Wesley Woodyard all missed practice yesterday with injuries. Meanwhile, Ryan Harris, Chris Kuper, Laurence Maroney and Darcel McBath all returned to practice in limited fashion; all four had been out of action for some time, so this is a big development for the Broncos. Considering how important it will be to both possess the ball and put up points on Sunday versus Peyton & Company, potentially getting the starting offensive line intact couldn’t come at a better time. Plus, Denver added LB Diyral Briggs to the practice squad. Briggs was an undrafted rookie last year for the 49ers, who waived him two weeks ago. The Broncos are holding a memorial for Kenny McKinley tomorrow. He will be buried Friday in Georgia.

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Mourning McKinley and RB swap Lard 9-22-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Yesterday was another somber day for the Broncos, as the organization began its mourning process for their late teammate Kenny McKinley. Coach McDaniels and Wes Woodyard spoke about McKinley, for whom there will be a moment of silence at Sunday’s game versus the Colts. The Broncos will wear a decal of McKinley’s number 11 on their helmets and his locker will be left in tact for the season.

Here is the Broncos’ video tribute to McKinley.

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