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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Heavy rains delayed last night's scrimmage at SAF@MH, but more than 44,000 fans still attended.

Peyton Manning used the rain delay to practice his belly flops, and while wearing gloves, was sharp during the scrimmage. John Elway left the HOF enshrinement ceremony early to attend.

Injuries prevented Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme from playing, which meant Julius Thomas got to play with the starters. Dreessen is expected to miss two weeks after aggravating his surgically repaired kneecap.

The first-team defense fared well, but their success came against the second-team offense. Duke Ihenacho continued to impress, as did Lerentee McCray and Omar Bolden.

Denver's rookies got their traditionally terrible haircuts yesterday.

The rains inspired a pair of dummies to run onto the field, but at least they did so while wearing the jerseys of the two greatest Broncos.

Broncos News

Videos: Highlights from the scrimmage; John Fox and several others speak afterward; a tour of the recent upgrades to SAF@MH.

Peyton hasn't been shy about the team's goal of winning the Super Bowl.

According to Len Pasquarelli, the Broncos did indeed check in on Jeff Saturday following the season-ending injury to Dan Koppen. Apparently, Saturday recommended the team contact his old Indy teammate Ryan Lilja, whom Denver ended up signing.

Ian Rapoport says that prior to his ankle sprain, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had been a pleasant surprise to the coaching staff.

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Jeff Legwold says it's not quite a foregone conclusion that Lilja will overtake Manny Ramirez for the starting center gig.

David Ramsey wonders whether John Fox will be any less meek in his decision-making after the loss to Baltimore. We can onlly hope.

Mike Klis, who had hilariously suggested that Bill Romanowski deserves HOF consideration, is again off the mark in suggesting Dan Reeves and IAOFM Patron Saint Tom Jackson should be inducted.

News

Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, Larry Allen, Bill Parcells, Curley Culp, Warren Sapp, and Cris Carter were inducted into the Pro Football HOF on Saturday.

San Diego is working toward an extension with LB Donald Butler; Buffalo added supposedly ultrafast WR Terrell Sinkfield; Pittsburgh added former Broncos tackle D'Anthony Batiste; Chicago signed TE Leonard Pope.

Arizona is apparently quite serious about using cornerback Patrick Peterson as a wide receiver.

Buttfumble was booed at the LOLJets' scrimmage Saturday; here is where we'd say something about Jets fans, except that Broncos fans did the same to Kyle Orton upon his arrival from Chicago.

For the second time this summer, a man associated with Aaron Hernandez died in a single-vehicle accident - this time, an uncle who lives near the lake that's being searched for the weapon used to kill Odin Lloyd.

Analysis

Add John Clayton to those who think the Chiefs could make some noise this season, although he says there's not much depth behind their talented starters.

Andy Benoit analyzes the Rams and Titans; Neil Hornsby and Pat Kirwan check in from Steelers camp.

Chase Stuart discusses leading passers in terms of yardage over ten-year periods.

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