The Lard

A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

The latest on Adrian Peterson

On Monday, Adrian Peterson issued a statement regarding his recent arrest on child abuse charges in Texas.

Within it, Peterson says he disciplines his children much in the same way he was punished by his own parents.

But what Peterson views to be functional parenting is apparently not just a Peterson family-specific thing.

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Much of Chargers’ win over Seahawks is nearly impossible to replicate

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, what was behind the Broncos' five offside penalties on Sunday?

As John Fox sees it, the Chiefs weren't quite playing by the rules.

The coach says KC center Rodney Hudson's "squatting and turning of the head fairly abruptly" was bad enough to warrant sending to the league for review.

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From Knowshon to ADP, or how do we focus on football?

It was a dramatic Sunday for a trio of former Denver offensive stars.

Knowshon Moreno, who ran over the Patriots in helping the Dolphins to a huge Week 1 upset, suffered a dislocated elbow at Buffalo yesterday.

The injury occurred on Knowshon's first carry and only of the game, and will reportedly keep him out of four games.

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Broncos figure to have Wes Welker back next week

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Wes Welker may not be in uniform today, but he figures to be on the field in Seattle next Sunday.

According to Jason La Canfora, it's now expected that the new drug policy will (finally) be finalized early this week.

La Canfora says the latest holdup has been about avoiding policy-related disputes over the next several years.

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Chiefs looking more and more familiar

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Earlier in the week, the Chiefs added former Broncos Kevin Vickerson (free agency) and Jerry Franklin (promotion from PS).

As of Friday, injury has pushed another familiar player - Ryan Harris - into the starting lineup, at right tackle.

Harris is the Chiefs' third option there, as Donald Stephenson is suspended (PEDs), and Jeff Allen is having elbow surgery which will likely end his season.

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Proposed new policy may leave Josh Gordon on the outside looking in

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Speculation continues that Wes Welker could be reinstated today, following the potential passage of a new drug policy.

But Josh Gordon? Not so much.

Adam Schefter reports that Gordon's one-year ban may only be reduced to eight games, because the positive marijuana test that triggered it took place during the 2013 league year.

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Damn, football news sure is depressing

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Yes, there is football news that's not directly related to Roger Goodell (although there is more of that below).

Unfortunately, the other news is actually worse.

Arizona defensive end John Abraham has taken a leave of absence from the team, citing severe memory loss and a flagging desire to play the game.

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The latest on Roger Goodell

It's open season on Roger Goodell.

Current and former players are teeing off on him on Twitter, and the National Organization for Women has called for his resignation.

His response, or at least that from a source close to him ("Never"), calls to mind Dan Snyder's defiance in the face of calls to chance his franchise's blatantly racist name.

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Pegulas win bidding for Bills

Good Morning, Broncos fans! At the end of this month, the FCC will vote on ending the NFL's blackout rule.

In an op-ed for USA Today, the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, explains why he supports an end to the antiquated rule:

With the first weekend of professional football in the books, two things should be abundantly clear: The NFL is king; and the Federal Communications Commission's sports blackout rules are obsolete and have to go.

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On Roger Goodell: A compendium of thoughts

It's been particularly difficult this week to focus/care about last weekend's games, or any upcoming action.

The NFL is in crisis, and its commissioner is under fire.

Roger Goodell's bungling of the Ray Rice case is a watershed moment for the league.

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