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Happy Thanksgiving, Broncos fans! A day after having given RB Steve Slaton a workout, the team auditioned former Chargers back Jacob Hester on Wednesday.

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are likely to sign a running back this week to take the spot of Willis McGahee, which we'll translate to mean that Jeremiah Johnson won't be promoted from the practice squad.

Tracy Porter and Chris Kuper practiced fully on Wednesday, marking the first time Porter had done so in three weeks; Kuper had been no more than a limited participant since having suffered his ankle injury Week 9 at Cincinnati.

Champ Bailey got the day off and will practice today. Omar Bolden (concussion) did not practice, while Derek Wolfe (quad), Virgil Green (hamstring), and Demaryius Thomas (knee) were listed on the injury report as having been limited. Ronnie Hillman (hamstring) and Robert Ayers (groin) were listed on the report but were full participants.

Meanwhile, all of Brady Quinn's top receivers (Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin, Tony Moeaki) were limited, while two of his top linemen (Branden Albert, Ryan Lilja) did not practice, and another was limited (Jon Asamoah). Not good when you're trying to overcome a reputation of being nothing more than a career backup.


Videos: John Fox, Mike McCoy, Jack Del Rio, Peyton Manning, and Champ Bailey speak after practice; NFL Films previews Sunday's game.

Fox says he'd prefer his defenders knock the ball down on fourth down instead of intercepting it, but that's quite a dilemma, when players think they have a chance to gain significant yardage or even score on a return.

Between Colorado and Indiana, Peyton Manning's foundation will feed more than 10,000 people today, but where does that put him on the list of Greatest Humans to Have Played QB for the Broncos? To move up to #1, he'd probably have to do this stuff on the sideline or outside the locker room in front of reporters...

Mike Adams gave $100K to his New Jersey charity to provide Sandy relief, and his foundation will mark today's holiday by giving winter coats to the needy.

Anyone want to guess which team has had the biggest improvement at QB between this season and last, according to Brian Burke's data?

Chase Stuart still thinks the Broncos are going to run the table and finish with 13 victories.


Dear Clark Hunt, Thank you for having fired Carl Peterson, you incompetent silver spoon dumbass. Sincerely, Broncos fans

The Chiefs have yet to score a touchdown while Brady Quinn is quarterbacking their offense, and the rest of the free agents imported by the team (Peyton HiLOLis, amirite?) haven't fared much better this season.

Ricky Stanzi is this year's Quinn, not getting a chance despite sitting behind bumbling QBs. Of course, there's a high likelihood they both suck, too.

San Diego's offensive line still hasn't recovered from having been eviscerated by Von Miller & Co., so the team signed tackle Kevin Hughes to its practice squad.

Sunday will mark Carson Palmer's first trip back to Cincinnati, where he'll face none other than Huebris Jackson, the dummy who traded for him. Palmers says he has no regrets about his decision to ditch Cincy, while Mike Silver thinks that instead of booing their old QB, Bengals fans should be grateful to have swapped Palmer for the Red Rifle.


Colin Kaepernick is expected to get the start this week at QB for the Niners, despite Alex Smith having been physically cleared to play; Jason Cole thinks the switch is a no-brainer.

Arizona will start Ryan Lindley over John Skelton, and they activated RB Beanie Wells off IR.

Jacksonville placed Blaine Gabbert and Laurent Robinson on IR; Tampa Bay did the same with WR Arrelious Benn.

Bears guard Chilo Rachal left the team in a huff after learning he'd been demoted from the starting lineup.


Mike Tanier previews the week's games and ponders the career of Willis McGahee; Bill Simmons puts his own hex on the Broncos' chances for Sunday by suggesting they'll win by 40.

In Rob Gronkowski's injury, Jason Cole sees another case for eliminating the point after try in the NFL.

PFF's data shows Peyton Manning's receivers are tied for have dropped passes at the seventh-highest rate, and of course, his adjusted completion rate is tops in the league. Other figures show Peyton's been pressured the least on a percentage basis, and is among the most accurate when he's being heated up.

ESPN's Playoff Machine is back to help visualize seeding scenarios based upon every game's result.

Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf will call Broncos/Chiefs; here are the broadcast maps/announcer pairings.

KSK captionizes Week 11, and what could possibly be a more appropriate team giveaway than the Browns handing out white flags to its fans? Perhaps alphabet flash cards for Raiders fans?

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