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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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Mark Davis and Fireman Ed go out to dinner…

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The team received some good news on Thursday, as C.J. Anderson was cleared from his concussion in time to practice.

The second-year back is sporting a heftier helmet and is expected to play on Sunday at San Francisco.

According to Anderson, it's the first concussion he's ever suffered.

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League may finally address domestic violence

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL may increase punishments for domestic abusers.

Reacting to intense criticism of Ray Rice's two-game ban, the league is considering a four- to six-game penalty for first offenders, and a one-year suspension for repeat abusers.

These changes would reportedly be implemented within a matter of weeks; the NFLPA has reportedly not been involved in the process.

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Bradley Roby chooses his tutors well, that’s for sure

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Fortunately, Danny Trevathan's leg fracture will not require surgery.

A worse case would have involved pins and screws, and/or ligament tear(s).

In his stead, Brandon Marshall will get the first chance to start at the Will, with rookie Lamin Barrow behind him.

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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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