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Expect Broncos to ease Danny Trevathan back into linebacker rotation

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Klis's latest mailbag is an especially good one, with plenty of useful info. The key points:

  • Danny Trevathan is expected back next week at San Diego, but Klis thinks he'll be eased back into the rotation and won't see a full complement of snaps until the playoffs
  • Denver hopes to have Ronnie Hillman back in Week 16 and Montee Ball in Week 17
  • The team continues to negotiate with Chris Harris on a new contract

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Josh McDaniels as a candidate to coach Tim Tebow’s alma mater is just perfect

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Miami (7-5) rebounded from its Week 12 loss at Denver with a 16-13 comeback win over the LOLJets (2-10) on Monday night.

The Dolphins scored 10 fourth-quarter points and sealed the victory with a last-minute interception of Geno Smith, who attempted just 13 passes all game, calling to mind You Know Who.

Miami is one of six AFC teams with seven wins, and the only one currently in position to make the playoffs.

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J.J. Watt has three more touchdown catches than the Chiefs’ WR corps

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's open with a few more notes on my new pet peeve: Connor Barth's woefully short kickoffs!

First, though, I should make clear that there is (of course) value in Barth being a more reliable placekicker than Brandon McManus has shown to this point.

In addition to points on the scoreboard, as Demaryius Thomas and Manny Ramirez showed last week, missed field goals can lead to plenty of frustrated teammates.

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Saints may flip Roger Goodell the double bird by signing Ray Rice

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been suggested since his reinstatement that Ray Rice is too toxic to be signed anytime soon.

But as always, talent and need trump all other issues in the NFL, and according to Adam Schefter, at least four teams have expressed interest in Rice.

Indy had been floated as Rice's likeliest destination, but the Colts have apparently backed off any possible pursuit of the former Raven.

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Roger Goodell is incompetent, Chapter 1,583

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It sure was nice to go a few weeks without having to think about the incompetence of Roger Goodell, wasn't it?

Well, the latest chapter of the Ray Rice story ensures that Goodell and his bumbling will remain at the forefront for some time to come.

Convenient for the NFL that news of Rice's arbitration win slipped out on a Friday afternoon, and on Black Friday to boot.

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Thanksgiving football serves up three turkeys

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! We hope you had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

If you were expecting or hoping for competitive football games, though, you were out of luck, as there were instead three blowouts.

In the first matchup, Detroit whipped Chicago 34-17, as Matthew Stafford threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns.

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It’s time for Denver’s kick coverage unit to get busy

Good Morning, Broncos fans, and Happy Thanksgiving! Denver's defense was short several players on Wednesday.

Aqib Talib (hamstring), Brandon Marshall (concussion), and Kayvon Webster (shoulder) were held out, while Danny Trevathan returned to practice as he aims to return for Week 15.

But according to Troy Renck, the Broncos expect to have Marshall and Webster back for Sunday night's game at Arrowhead.

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Is it already the end for RG3 in Washington?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's hard to believe it's only been two years since Robert Griffin III was emerging as one of the NFL's brightest young stars.

On Tuesday night, for the second time in as many years, RG3 has been benched, this time in favor of one Colt McCoy (!).

Washington is putting out word that Griffin is still in their long term plans, but it's readily apparent that Jay Gruden & Co. are moving on.

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Two kickers would be a lot worse than one

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tuesday is tryout day across the league. Most of the time, we hear about them post-fact.

But because Brandon McManus clanged a gimme off the upright on Sunday, word of today's auditionees (fairly) prompted a Breaking News email from the DP.

McManus is under fire, and deservedly so. He's missed four kicks already, although let's not forget that Denver has lost only one close game this year, and McManus made his lone attempt that day in Seattle.

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Odell Beckham, Jr. is rather talented

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver came up with a huge, potentially season-saving win on Sunday, but let's be real here: Odell Beckham, Jr. is the story today.

On Sunday night, the rookie Giants wideout made perhaps the greatest catch any of us will ever see, for a diving one-handed 43-yard touchdown.

As amazing as the catch was in real-time, a closer look shows Beckham might have accomplished it using only three fingers.

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