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Can Denver sneak Zac Dysert through to the practice squad?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Jeff Legwold had first suggested, Mike Klis reports that Denver is likely to find its next starting kicker via the waiver wire.

According to Klis, the Broncos will be paying close attention to kicking competitions in Kansas City, New Orleans, and Tennessee.

Many of the league's best kickers are retreads and/or went undrafted out of college, and of course, a kicker on a Peyton Manning-led team is particularly unimportant.

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Knowshon busts loose in Miami

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Jeff Legwold notes, Wes Welker's latest concussion figures to loom large in Denver's upcoming roster decisions.

The team already lost Jordan Norwood earlier in the week to a torn ACL; he'd been expected to stick as a punt returner and sixth receiver.

Given Welker's concussion history, it's no sure thing that he'll be back anytime soon.

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Broncos to be near full strength against Texans

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In the traditional final preseason tuneup for starters, several key Broncos are expected to play tonight against Houston.

According to Mike Klis, Von Miller, Montee Ball, and Kevin Vickerson will make their preseason debuts, while Emmanuel Sanders will return from his one-week absence.

Of Denver's 22 starters, only Chris Harris will not play.

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Hey, remember when the Broncos needed to draft Da’Quan Bowers?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice on Thursday and may even see some action on Saturday evening.

That decision will be made sometime this eveningSanders has been hampered throughout the summer by a quad injury.

Meanwhile, Wes Welker was excused for personal reasons for the second straight day, and might be held out for the game against Houston.

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Mike Carey is no Ditka, and that’s a good thing

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As tends to happen in joint practices, things got a bit heated between the Broncos and Texans during Wednesday's practice.

There was some pushing, yelling, and trash talk, but that was the extent of it.

Montee Ball's workload increased somewhat, but he's unlikely to play on Saturday.

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Browns choose Hoyer over Manziel

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It took a bit longer than expected, but the Browns have finally announced their choice of a starting quarterback.

Nope, it's not bird-flipping (gasp!) Johnny Manziel; it's Brian Hoyer!

In typical Browns clumsiness, the team is putting out word that Manziel's off-field behavior contributed to their decision.

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They don’t call him Johnny F#$%ing Football for nothing, I guess

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver will be hosting Houston at Dove Valley for the next three days, leading up to their game on Saturday at SAF@MH.

Although the week will provide the opportunity to spice up practice, the two sides will not be tackling to the ground.

Lamin Barrow (leg) may practice today, while Gerrell Robinson (knee) is expected to be out for two weeks.

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Kelly thinks Bon Jovi is full of it

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As always, please check our recap for updated links on Sunday's win.

Montee Ball remains sidelined as he recovers from his appendectomy, but hopes to receive medical clearance today.

But according to Mike Klis, the Broncos may keep Ball out for another week, even if he's cleared medically.

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Webster to miss Niners game

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver continues its preseason today at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco Santa Clara.

Kayvon Webster suffered an ankle sprain on Saturday and will not play.

The second-year corner had a particularly strong camp, but is likely to miss much of the week's practices against the Texans.

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Good riddance, minute-by-minute camp reports

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver finished training camp with an unpadded practice on Friday and will continue the preseason Sunday afternoon in San Francisco.

Going forward, weekly practice schedules will largely mirror the regular season format.

Friday's was a rough session for Brock Osweiler, who figures to get plenty more playing time tomorrow.

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