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When will the Broncos play mistake-free football?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis explains what caused the two controversial draw plays in Seattle:

On the first third-and-long run, Manning made an unfortunate audible. A pass play was the call but instead he gave tight end Virgil Green the ball, who ran on a play when a lineman didn't pull. Green got no gain and a game-ending concussion.

On the next third-and-long, Manning had not yet called a play at the line of scrimmage. He was about to signal for a pass play when Manny Ramirez snapped the ball. Crowd noise was the factor there. Manning had the ball with no play called. Busted. Manning fed running back C.J. Anderson, who took the hit for a 2-yard loss.

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Ravens dispute report from ESPN, which stands by story

On Monday afternoon, the Ravens released a statement rebutting ESPN's damning report about their handling of the Ray Rice case.

Within it, the team reasserted that Rice had misled them, coach John Harbaugh denied seeking Rice's release, and owner Steve Bisciotti downplayed his relationship with Roger Goodell.

Shortly thereafter, Bisciotti held a rambling presser, during which he suggested that all of ESPN's sources were friends of Rice's.

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Broncos’ linebackers getting healthy

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As their bye week begins, Denver's linebacker corps is nearing full strength.

Danny Trevathan, who made the trip to Seattle but was held out, will continue to practice, and is expected back for the Week 5 game against Arizona.

Additionally, the team figures to get Lerentee McCray back next week; he missed the Seattle game with a sprained knee ligament.

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So, did the Broncos close the gap on Seattle?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! It was another injury-ravaged Sunday around the league.

Pittsburgh linebackers Ryan Shazier (sprained MCL) and Jarvis Jones (wrist surgery), and Ike Taylor (broken forearm) each suffered serious injuries.

Their AFCN rival Ravens lost tight end Dennis Pitta to a dislocated hip that may also be fractured.

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AFCW wrap: Chargers pull into first-place tie

With their loss at Seattle on Sunday, the Broncos fell into a first-place tie with the Chargers (2-1), who thumped the Bills 22-10 in Buffalo.

Philip Rivers threw a pair of touchdown passes to former friend Eddie Royal, but Danny Woodhead was lost to a leg injury that figures to end his season.

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DP: Broncos ownership likely to come down to Bowlen children or John Elway

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Over at the DP, David Migoya has written an extensive article on the succession plan for the Broncos. Per Migoya:

  • The NFL has given the Bowlen family a potentially flexible two-year window within which to find a new ownership leader.
  • Ownership is currently split between Pat Bowlen (60%) and his brother, John (40%).
  • Whenever John Bowlen passes, his stake will be sold back to Pat's side of the Bowlen family.

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Fingers crossed for Wes Welker, John Abraham

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The team can only be thrilled to have Wes Welker back on the field tomorrow.

This is especially true in light of Denver's second-half offensive struggles through two weeks.

But several observers will be holding their collective breath, focusing more on Welker's health.

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Roger Goodell finally speaks, says very little

Even Roger Goodell's harshest critics had to be expecting more out of him on Friday.

After all, he'd been hunkered down for more than a week, having remained completely silent throughout the entirety of the Vikings/Adrian Peterson affair.

As often as Goodell has made himself and the league look bad in recent months, this was his chance to impress, even if through powerful statements written by his lawyers or PR staff.

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Devin Hester brings us back to the halcyon days of Todd Sauerbrun’s Broncos

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Week 3 got off to a lopsided start, as Atlanta demolished Tampa Bay 56-14.

Along the way, Devin Hester broke Deion Sanders' all-time return touchdown record with a 62-yard punt return.

Hester paid tribute to Neon Deion (who was in the house) by reprising his familiar high step into the end zone.

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But what about BMarsh and Big Ben?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just yesterday, Vikings ownership spoke about how they'd reversed course on Adrian Peterson.

They did admit to having made a mistake in first reinstating Peterson on Monday.

But the Wilf brothers apparently spent much of their presser patting themselves on the back for having done "the right thing."

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