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The Daily Lard 10-20-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As I mentioned last night, the Broncos made a few transactions yesterday - they promoted LB Diyral Briggs from the practice squad and added WR Eron Riley to the PS. Briggs takes the place of WR Matthew Willis, who was officially placed on IR with his broken foot.

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Whatcha, done Willis? Lard 10-19-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I hope that today you’re feeling at least a bit better than you were yesterday. Josh McDaniels announced yesterday that Matthew Willis would be placed on IR after breaking his foot on Sunday. Meanwhile, he did not have any comment regarding the health status of Eddie Royal or Kevin Vickerson, both of whom left Sunday’s game with groin injuries. Hopefully, McD’s silence means at least that there’s a chance they’ll both play.

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Woulda coulda shoulda Lard 10-18-10


Good Morning, Broncos fans. I don’t know about you, but I was mightily impressed yesterday by our Broncos. Yes, they probably should have won, and were the better team for much of the day. But they made too many big mistakes at the wrong times, just enough for the Jets of New Jersey to slink away with a victory. The bad snaps by Lonie Paxton and J.D. Walton (two of the worst I’ve seen), the missed kick by Matt Prater (albeit a long one), and the fumble by Knowshon Moreno all loomed large. So did that last pass-interference penalty on Renaldo Hill at the end, although I was fine with the call. But let’s not lose sight of something. This was a team without its best safety and defensive heart in Brian Dawkins, its best linebacker in Robert Ayers, a starting cornerback in Andre’ Goodman, and two key special teamers and backup defenders in Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard. They didn’t just play their hearts out and all that cheesy cliched stuff - they played some excellent defense, and did so all game long.

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Orange Sunday Lard 10-17-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver made two sets of roster moves yesterday, adding LB Kevin Alexander and S Kyle McCarthy from the practice squad, making room for them by cutting T D’Anthonty Batiste and RB Andre Brown. Brown’s release could mean that the team is feeling good about Knowshon Moreno’s health. If you’re going to the game, wear orange, and if you’re sitting in the first level, please actually stand up and make some noise when you’re supposed to. This does not include the times if/when the Broncos go for it on fourth down. But you know that, right? (note: This is all rhetorical in nature and an attempt at humor, however poor. Clearly, our readers are well-educated in the football department, among many other topics. They know when to cheer, how loudly to do so, and will clearly be wearing orange if they’re at the Big IF today. Quite frankly, they wouldn’t be reading this site otherwise…)

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Moreno practices, Thomas returns Lard 10-16-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas returned to practice in limited fashion yesterday and is listed as questionable, as are Knowshon Moreno and Spencer Larsen. Mario Haggan and Andre Brown were full participants and are listed as probable. As Josh McDaniels had already announced on Monday, Robert Ayers, Brian Dawkins, Andre’ Goodman, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard are out. Knowshon practiced on consecutive days for the first time since his latest injury, and it appears that Russ Hochstein will again be starting at left guard. Meanwhile, it’s expected that Kyle McCarthy will be elevated from the practice squad to provide safety depth tomorrow.

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Knowshon and Larsen limited Lard 10-15-10

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Knowshon Moreno and Spencer Larsen were limited participants yesterday in practice, while Mario Haggan and Andre Brown were full participants. Once again, Demaryius Thomas did not practice as he recovers from a concussion. Jamal Williams apparently practiced rather than take his customary Thursday off. Hopefully this means he’s rejuvenated, feels like a 24-year old and is ready to become a three-down player again? Probably not, but we can hope…

Later today, a Broncography on Kevin Vickerson and more Trivia Trough!

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The Daily Lard 10-14-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In addition to the players who have already been ruled out (Brian Dawkins, Robert Ayers, Andre’ Goodman, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard), Knowshon Moreno and Demaryius Thomas did not practice due to injury. Andre Brown missed practice due to illness, while Mario Haggan and Spencer Larsen were limited participants. The Broncos added LB Lee Robinson to the practice squad. Robinson had been a 2009 UDFA signee for Denver before being on the practice squads of the Cards and Bucs.

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Dirty agents Lard 10-13-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos waived defensive lineman Jeff Stehle yesterday, who had been on the practice squad. But really, the biggest news is that NFL player agent Josh Luchs has come clean about paying college players while recruiting them as potential clients. This story printed just weeks after Charles Robinson of Yahoo! wrote that Elvis Dumervil’s agent Gary Wichard was being investigated under similar allegations. In fact, Wichard is prominently featured in the SI article, along with none other than Mel Kiper. Obviously, this is a must-read article, full of interesting details and names, if perhaps not much of a shocker.

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Injuries galore Lard 10-12-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, there was plenty of bad injury news yesterday, although perhaps not as bad as originally thought. Robert Ayers may only be out for six weeks with a broken foot after an earlier prognosis of 2 to 3 months. Brian Dawkins is out at least two weeks with a strained knee ligament. Andre’ Goodman, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard have already been ruled out of Sunday’s game as well. Meanwhile, Mayor Hickenlooper has officially declared this an Orange Sunday as the NJ Jets come to town. Unfortunately he didn’t also declare it a Level One People Must Stand And Cheer On Key Defensive Plays Sunday, but perhaps that was implied?

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More of the same Lard 10-11-10


Good Morning, Broncos fans. That felt familiar, didn’t it? In case you missed it, yesterday’s game went just like every other trip to Baltimore for the Broncos - so just picture one of those prior affairs and you’re good. Denver got shoved around (28 first downs and 233 rushing yards for BAL), played undisciplined (10 penalties), couldn’t keep the ball (1 fumble and 23:43 of possession), couldn’t move the ball (one fruitless trip to the red zone), and again lost the battle up front (4 tackles for loss and 1 sack for BAL, 0 TFL and 1 sack for DEN) in losing 31-17. The final score does not do the game justice, however - the Ravens may have had a TD on their first drive had they challenged the call, and the Broncos got a garbage-time TD pass from Kyle Orton to Brandon Lloyd for their final score (Lloyd’s second of the game). In other words, it wasn’t nearly as close as 14 points would indicate, and really it felt more like a 42-10 game. Andre’ Goodman started but departed after just four plays, while Darcel McBath injured an ankle and Demaryius Thomas left with an apparent neck injury while fumbling a kickoff he returned from five yards deep. Brian Dawkins, David Bruton and Robert Ayers also got a bit banged up. Better rest/heal up quickly, though - another bruising team is next on the schedule, as the New Jersey Jets visit on Sunday.

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