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Will Broncos have leftover Pot Roast?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Matt Prater (illness) and Sione Fua (calf) were again held out of Saturday's practice, the year's last one at Dove Valley.

Prater has been battling a stomach virus, and keeping him away from the team facility this week was essentially a quarantine; there's no doubt that he'll play next Sunday.

The team will head east to New Jersey this morning and continue their preparations for SB 48 at the Jets' facility on Monday.

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Forecast: Cold with flurries of Broncos touchdowns

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver worked under milder conditions on Friday and will hold another practice this morning.

Matt Prater was again held out due to illness, partly to keep him from getting his teammates sick; Sione Fua (calf) did not practice either.

Knowshon Moreno was again limited, while Mitch Unrein (knee) made a limited return to action. Six others were again listed on the injury report as full participants.

X-rays on Moreno's sore ribs were negative, and he doesn't expect the injury to require him to wear any extra padding.

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Goodell softens stance on weed

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! First off, my apologies for the confusion regarding Wednesday's non-practice and fantastical injury report. Obviously, I missed the very easy-to-find fine print on that one.

The two teams actually did practice on Thursday, with Mitch Unrein (knee) and Matt Prater (illness) held out for Denver, and Knowshon Moreno (ribs) and Sione Fua (calf) limited. Six others were listed on the injury report as full participants in the Broncos' snowy session.

For Seattle, WR Percy Harvin was cleared from the concussion he suffered in the divisional round, and he was a full participant on Thursday.

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Darrelle Revis is really going to miss Greg Schiano

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mitch Unrein (knee) was the only player who would have been held out if the team had practiced on Wednesday, while Knowshon Moreno (ribs) would have been limited.*

Six other players were listed on the fantasy injury report as full participants.

Wideout Percy Harvin would have made a full return to action for Seattle; he'd missed the NFC title game after having suffered a concussion during the divisional round.

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Coordinating continuity

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just a few short weeks ago, there was concern in Broncos Land that the team could end up having to replace one or both of its coordinators in the offseason.

But with Adam Gase having told the Browns no thanks before even sitting for an interview with them, Denver is pretty much assured of having both Gase and Jack Del Rio back in 2014.

Gase's accomplishments this season speak for themselves (and of course, owe mostly to Peyton Manning), while Del Rio has turned an glaring, injury-riddled question mark into what should now be considered a formidable strong point.

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1st-and-20 ain’t no thing with PMFM at the controls

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I'd like to expound upon a couple of my points from last night about the two main figures of SB 48, Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman.

Aside from all the shattered NFL and franchise records, their presence in the Super Bowl, and all they have overcome this season, there are a couple more things about Manning that have really stood out to me.

First, and this is going to be rather sacrilegious (forgive me, Elway, for I am about to sin), but any Elway-era Broncos fan will recall that games at Arrowhead are to be feared.

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Peyton makes the impossible probable

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Obviously, this comes a whole lot later than I would ever hope or plan for it to, but let's just say that this control freak no longer controls his own schedule.

Although I haven't had much opportunity to write today, I have had some time to think about Sunday's game and the Broncos' seventh trip to the Super Bowl.

Naturally, everything comes back to Peyton Manning, as it has for the entirety of the past two seasons.

It's often said that a great athlete helps make anything possible for a team.

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It’s a perfect day for a Broncos win

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s at kickoff, and dropping into the high 40s by the end of the game.

There's no chance of precipitation, and very little wind expected, so the only elements greeting the Patriots will be 5,280 feet of elevation and whatever noise y'all are able to generate out at SAF@MH today.

In other words, conditions couldn't be better for the Broncos to win their seventh AFC title, and their first in fifteen years.

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Elway says his first job was cleaning up locker room

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas was limited by tightness in his calf on Friday but is listed as probable (along with seven others) and will play tomorrow.

With Chris Harris out, Lindsay Jones says Champ Bailey is expected to start in his familiar outside position tomorrow.

The loss of Harris figures to mean an increased role for Tony Carter, who has seen significant action in only five games this season.

More snaps for Carter may also translate to less playing time for Quentin Jammer, Denver's worst player against San Diego.

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Another standup performance from Kellen Winslow

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Mike Adams was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday, as Denver's entire 53-man roster put in a full day's work.

Tom Brady, CB Kyle Arrington, and LS Danny Aiken were improved enough to be removed from the injury report altogether.

Brady downplayed the illness that sent him home on Wednesday, saying he felt great on Thursday. 

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