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And thus begins the annual run on crappy quarterbacks

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team returned to practice Monday, after a day off on Sunday.

Jacob Tamme was excused for personal reasons, while Emmanuel Sanders, C.J. Anderson, and Montee Ball were among those held out.

With Ball and Anderson out, Juwan Thompson got in some quality reps with Peyton Manning and the starters.

Malik Jackson was the apparent star of the day, even picking off Manning along the way.

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If that’s Demaryius in bad shape, then look out

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Peter King's latest MMQB column:

  • Donte Whitner says the Cleveland locker room is split 50/50 into Manziel and Hoyer camps, adding that Johnny Football has been a respectful rookie 
  • Echoing Mike Tanier's thoughts, PK says Michael Sam faces an uphill battle to crack the St. Louis roster, given the team's defensive line depth
  • Cincy QB Matt Scott attributes his on field vomiting to a virus

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It sure is rough making tens of millions in profits

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Several notable rookies made their preseason debuts this weekend.

Houston linebacker Jadeveon Clowney flashed some of what made him the first overall pick, but had some rough moments as well.

Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer also put up mixed performances, but Manziel reportedly did enough to pull slightly ahead.

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Judge says down with shamateurism

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The NCAA and its shamateurism were dealt a serious legal blow on Friday.

A federal judge ruled that the organization's ban on compensating athletes is a violation of antitrust laws, blasting several holes in its contradictory claims along the way.

This, of course, was the O'Bannon case, in which the NCAA laughably tried to defend its use of player images for profit, while not sharing said profits with said players.

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Matt Scott pulls off a Gordie Howe hat trick of sorts

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Let's kick off this sleep-deprived Lard with a programming note-slash-reminder.

Each week, be sure to keep checking the game recap, as we continually update it with plenty of links (articles, quotes, videos) along the way.

The idea is to have everything together, so that at any point (later in the year, or years later), you can find coverage of any game in one spot.

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As meaningful as a meaningless game can get?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yes, tonight's game is just the preseason, and even the regular season rematch will only mean so much.

But the Broncos still have an opportunity to let out some frustration tonight against Seattle, and any bit of closure will help.

Some players, like Omar Bolden and Kevin Vickerson, admit there is some meaning in the game.

As always, the primary goal is to emerge healthily.

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Richard Quinn is back!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As per usual, the starters are expected to play 10-12 snaps in tomorrow's preseason opener.

Von Miller and Chris Harris will not play, while DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, and Kevin Vickerson are questionable.

Montee Ball is expected to be released from the hospital today, but may not play in any preseason games.

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Montee may miss only two weeks

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Fortunately, Montee Ball's appendicitis was caught before the organ could rupture.

His surgery reportedly went well, and the second-year runner is expected to make a full recovery in time for Denver's season opener against Indy.

But in a best case scenario, he could miss as few as two games and return in a couple of weeks.

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Favre, Packers finally mend fences

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Four years into his retirement, the Packers will finally honor Brett Favre in a proper manner.

Yes, he was (and is) vastly overrated, and his annual should I/shouldn't I retire exercise was the worst part of many NFL summers.

But there was never any doubt that Favre deserved to have his number retired and be inducted to Green Bay's HOF.

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Tamme TD highlights stadium scrimmage

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team held its annual stadium scrimmage on Saturday, in front of 38,620 appreciative (and appreciated) fans.

Julius Thomas, Chris Harris, DeMarcus Ware, and Kevin Vickerson were among those who were held out.

Thomas suffered a thigh bruise on Friday, but is expected back at practice on Monday.

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