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A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

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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They don’t call him Johnny F#$%ing Football for nothing, I guess

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver will be hosting Houston at Dove Valley for the next three days, leading up to their game on Saturday at SAF@MH.

Although the week will provide the opportunity to spice up practice, the two sides will not be tackling to the ground.

Lamin Barrow (leg) may practice today, while Gerrell Robinson (knee) is expected to be out for two weeks.

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Kelly thinks Bon Jovi is full of it

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As always, please check our recap for updated links on Sunday's win.

Montee Ball remains sidelined as he recovers from his appendectomy, but hopes to receive medical clearance today.

But according to Mike Klis, the Broncos may keep Ball out for another week, even if he's cleared medically.

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Webster to miss Niners game

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver continues its preseason today at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco Santa Clara.

Kayvon Webster suffered an ankle sprain on Saturday and will not play.

The second-year corner had a particularly strong camp, but is likely to miss much of the week's practices against the Texans.

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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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