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NFL to start HGH testing on Monday

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As expected, the Cardinals will again start Drew Stanton over the injured Carson Palmer at quarterback on Sunday.

Palmer (shoulder) and LB Glenn Carson (ankle) are out, guard Paul Fanaika (knee) is questionable, while five other Cardinals are listed as probable.

For Denver, David Bruton (ankle) and Lerentee McCray (knee) are questionable, and five others are probable, including Louis Vasquez (ribs).

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Thursday Night Football: Must miss TV

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Thursday night brought yet another dud, as the Packers dispatched the Vikings 42-10 in Green Bay.

The season's first two Thursday games were each decided by 20 points, while the three since have featured 30+ point margins. 

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy added two more on the ground.

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New DirecTV deal portends huge contracts for Broncos’ Thomases, Knighton, Harris

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As anticipated, the NFL and DirecTV have reached a lucrative extension to their exclusive broadcast agreement.

The deal will include an expansion of DirecTV's rights to stream games via mobile and broadband devices.

Incredibly, the reported figures are far higher than had been speculated earlier.

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Unearthing the 2000s time capsule: Gruden, Gannon, Orton, and McDaniels

Wednesday was an aughts-heavy news day, with all sorts of blasts from the not so distant past.

Jon Gruden issued a tepid dismissal of a potential return to Oakland, claiming he's "not thinking about coaching."

But the Raiders might have the young QB that Chucky covets, in Derek Carr.

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Study finds CTE in brains of 76 out of 79 deceased NFLers

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Now that the Raiders have fired their latest coach, what's next for them?

Owner Mark Davis danced around questions after introducing Tony Sparano as interim coach on Tuesday.

But Tim Kawakami still expects Davis to make a serious run at Jon Gruden.

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Goodbye, blackout rules!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Earlier today, we noted that Jim Harbaugh has been floated as a possible replacement for Dennis Allen in Oakland.

But what about his current gig across the Bay?

Harbaugh spent much of his Monday presser fighting back reports - including from Deion Sanders and Trent Dilfer - that he's losing the Niners locker room.

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The Dennis Allen Watch continues

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a mostly dull Sunday in the NFL, with 7 of the 11 games decided by 13 or more points (the Thursday game makes 8 of 12).

Of the eight, only San Diego (33) scored fewer than 38 points, with four of them tallying that very number.

The night game was perhaps the most surprising, with Dallas (3-1) mauling New Orleans (1-3) to the tune of 38-17.

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Broncos tried to sign tackle off Vikings’ practice squad

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just three weeks into the season, the seats below a pair of head coaches are already said to be getting quite hot.

In Miami, Joe Philbin apparently pissed off both his bosses and his charges by recently letting Ryan Tannehill twist in the wind a bit.

Philbin chose not to clarify that Tannehill remained his starting quarterback, even while the third-year player continued to take first-team reps.

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NFL team to call London home by 2022?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Given the recent uproar over how the NFL has handled domestic violence, it would figure that changes are on the way.

According to Mike Freeman, there's growing support for having former players mete out punishments for off-field transgressions.

Freeman says it appears likely that domestic violence arrests will lead to players being deactivated with pay while their cases are investigated by the league.

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Well, that should put to rest the Kirk Cousins as franchise QB talk

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! For the fourth straight week, Thursday Night Football was a dud.

Each game has been a blowout, but for the first time, the road team emerged victorious.

The Giants thrashed Washington 45-14 behind five touchdowns from Eli Manning - four passing, and one rushing.

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