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Bon Jovi won’t be giving Bills a Toronto name

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Apologies for the lack of a Friday Lard; let's get caught up a bit, shall we?

The most discussion worthy item from Thursday was probably that Peyton Manning was fined for getting in the face of D.J. Swearinger, who was not fined for his hit on Wes Welker.

Manning's penalty is kind of ridiculous, but since Welker kind of ducked into the hit, we get the lack of a fine for Swearinger.

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Is tonight the last we’ll see of Kevin Vickerson?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Wes Welker continues to progress in his recovery from his latest concussion.

According to Mike Klis, Welker has been cleared to fly to Dallas for tonight's preseason finale.

But he has not yet received clearance for on-field contact, so he won't yet be practicing or playing.

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Each day is another chance for Greg Bedard to bow at Bill Belichick’s feet

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With final cuts only a few days away, transactions continue to flood the wire, and they're getting more interesting by the day.

New England traded guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-rounder.

Best known around these parts for his 2005 nutshot on Ebenezer Ekuban, the 32-year-old six-time Pro Bowler reportedly refused a pay cut.

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Cris Collinsworth buys PFF stake; Mike Zimmer doesn’t approve

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Kicker watch continues here in Broncos Land.

The Giants chose Josh Brown over Brandon McManus, who spent last summer in Colts camp.

A Temple alum, McManus reportedly boots kickoffs out of the end zone with ease and has made a 75-yard field goal in practice.

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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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