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Harris says he’ll be ready for camp

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're at another mini lull in the NFL calendar.

The league's spring owners meetings are taking place in Georgia tomorrow.

Players will be back at Dove Valley for OTAs next Wednesday.

Until then, let's check in on the key points from Peter King's MMQB column today:

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Certain di$traction$ are okay

Good Morning, Broncos fans! While it's somewhat exciting that players have been back on the field this weekend, that development is already accompanied by talk of injuries.

DE John Youboty, who spent last season on the practice squad, suffered an Achilles injury that's thought to be serious. Sounds like he'll be headed to IR.

RB Kapri Bibbs admits he's not fully recovered from a turf toe injury that hampered the end of his one season at CSU.

Meanwhile, Cody Latimer is primarily getting mental reps as he recovers from foot surgery.

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Welker tells Churchill Downs to shove it

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver opened its rookie minicamp on Friday, getting its first real look at its draftees and undrafted signees.

It's the players' first on-field action after a week of film work, position meetings, and playbook study.

A handful of last season's practice squadders are also participating.

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Reality show won’t help Sam make Rams, but does that matter?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! There's already some post-draft controversy brewing around Michael Sam, and this time, it's self-inflicted (rather than societally).

Oprah Winfrey has acquired the rights to film a documentary series covering Sam's upcoming attempt to make the Rams' 53-man roster.

An anonymous teammate suggested the reality show may be a distraction, but it's worth noting that the series will not feature any footage from Rams camp, or at the team's headquarters.

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Court ruling suggests NFL cannot hide prior concussion knowledge

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A group of retired Cardinals players suing the NFL over its handling of concussions won a significant court victory on Wednesday.

The NFL had tried to cut down the lawsuit by arguing that the CBA directed all disputes to arbitration.

Instead, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri concluded that the case could proceed in Missouri state court.

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NFL ready to walk back marijuana punishments

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tuesday was another busy day up in Cleveland.

The Browns signed corner Joe Haden to a five-year extension through 2019; the deal includes a reported $23M in full guarantees.

An while Cleveland prepares to deal with a possible suspension of Josh Gordon, there's talk they may pursue either Miles Austin or Santonio Holmes.

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Texas decision the beginning of the end of tackle football?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Saturday was as remarkable as a third day of any NFL draft has or ever will be.

68 years after they'd been the first team to integrate racially, the Rams became the first team to draft an openly gay player.

It was a moment of pure joy, one that represented real progress.

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Steelers nabbed Shazier ahead of Cowboys

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Peter King's MMQB column:

  • According to PK, Denver sees Cody Latimer as replacing Eric Decker right away. That would be something; we'll believe it when we see it.
  • Johnny Manziel was pretty convinced he was going to end up in St. Louis; the Browns apparently beat out the Vikings in trading up to draft him at #22. 
  • Browns GM Ray Farmer says he was close to drafting Sammy Watkins at #4, before trading down. Of course, they drafted no wideouts, and Josh Gordon is facing a one-year weed-related suspension.

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Let’s not start…

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Now that the draft is over, it's a good time to step back and consider what should be expected of Denver's newest players.

And as Mike Klis suggests, the answer is probably not very much, at least aside from first-rounder Bradley Roby.

Especially in the case of an overdog like these Broncos, rookies rarely play large roles.

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If nothing else, Latimer sure can dunk

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Heading into the final day of the 2014 Draft, Denver has four picks left (131, 207, 242, 246).

Their fifth-rounder went to San Francisco in the trade up for Cody Latimer, and they received an extra seventh-rounder from the Niners in the deal (originally a New Orleans pick).

As we detailed last night, the Broncos also sent San Francisco their 2015 fourth-rounder, leaving them with six picks (one in each other round) next year.

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