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Quinn follows Tebow’s reluctant exit

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! It took nearly six months, and wide ranging criticism to get there.

But Ray Rice has finally publicly apologized to his wife, Janay, and spoken out against domestic violence.

On Thursday, Rice took questions from reporters for the first time since his two-game suspension was announced.

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Cue the Brandon Marshall mental illness jokes

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Despite rainy conditions, more than 9,200 fans attended Wednesday's practice at SAF@MH.

Kayvon Webster put in a strong day's work against Wes Welker, capping it off with a pick-six against Peyton Manning.

The second-year player says he's more relaxed this year, and is still being mentored by Champ Bailey.

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Jerrah isn’t rolling out the red carpet for Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, are the Raiders really considering a move to San Antonio?

Probably not, but the story still drew a response from the mayor of Oakland.

Jerry Jones doesn't seem to feel threatened by the idea.

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Anderson slimmed down a bit for second season

Good Morning, Broncos fans! All offseason long, it's been suggested that Montee Ball is locked in as Denver's starting running back.

For his part, Montee says he's far more confident heading into his sophomore campaign, and he hopes to break the 250-carry barrier.

The 23-year-old admits that the length of the NFL season wore him down a bit, even though his best performances came down the stretch run.

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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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