Bubble boys make final bids

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver concluded its preseason with a 32-24 loss (Gamebook) to the visiting Cardinals.

There were thankfully no major injuries, but undrafted rookie linebacker Lerentee McCray suffered a severely sprained right ankle and was carried off the field. The ex-Gator has been seen as having a good shot at sticking on the 53-man roster, but this issue opens up the possibility that Denver stashes him on IR.

According to Mike Klis, Champ Bailey and Joel Dreessen are hoping to get back onto the practice field tomorrow, in preparation for next Thursday's season opener against Baltimore.

Klis adds that undrafted rookie running back C.J. Anderson was off crutches last night, and is scheduled to be ready to go in 2-4 weeks.

Fellow bubble back Jeremiah Johnson, who annually shows some preseason flash, powered his way to Denver's first touchdown of the night, while wideout Gerell Robinson scored their second one on a fine back-shoulder throw from Zac Dysert.

We'll know the fate of each of these players by Saturday at 6pm ET, when rosters must be down to 53 players. For Denver, that will include placing Von Miller on the reserve/suspended list, so he won't count toward that number until he returns.

Waiver claims for players who are let go tomorrow are due by noon ET on Sunday, after which teams may construct their practice squads.

Denver will have to be particularly careful about striking the balance between having enough healthy players for next Thursday, and not letting short-term issues cost them talented players.

In John Elway's third year running the show, the Broncos are now an overdog, and their trash is potential treasure for most other teams. It says here that trying to sneak Anderson, McCray, and/or Dysert through waivers won't end happily for Denver.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV and NFLN highlights; John Fox, Brock Osweiler, and several others speak afterward; here are their quotes transcribed.

Brock Osweiler was efficient in his one half of play; Von Miller remains mum with the press.

Gerell Robinson says his time spent on Arizona's practice squad allowed him to soak up some knowledge from Larry Fitzgerald.

A man was reportedly seriously injured after falling from an escalator at SAF@MH during the fourth quarter.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason says the decisions at center will be very difficult, and he discusses the performances by the young quarterbacks.

Dave Krieger gets the sense that Ryan Lilja's knee problems are about to end his NFL career.

Jeff Legwold doesn't see Lerentee McCray or Zac Dysert making it through waivers either.

Paul Klee thinks Knowshon Moreno should be Denver's starting RB, in part thanks to his pass-blocking, and in part due to preseason fumbles by the younger backs.

Concussion Settlement

Here's the press release detailing the proposed settlement between the NFL and NFLPA, including a Q&A with the judge who mediated the case.

Kevin MawaePeter KingBill Barnwell, and Jeffri Chadiha think the league won big with the settlement; Patrick HrubyLester Munson, and Ken Belson address common questions about the case.

Pete Prisco abandoned all logic in reacting to the settlement.

News

Tyler Lewellen, a 16-year-old high school football player has died after a head injury suffered during a scrimmage put him into a coma.

New England is reportedly leaning toward activating TE Rob Gronkowski rather than lose him for six weeks on the PUP list.

Newly signed Niners QB Seneca Wallace is retiring; Packers K Mason Crosby took a huge pay cut.

Former Broncos

Giants RB Andre Brown suffered a fracture in his leg; Vikings guard Seth Olsen was carted off with an apparent concussion.

Here's a snap-by-snap breakdown of the Ultimate Teammate's™ performance Thursday, which Josh Katzowitz suspects won't be enough for him to stick. But Les Carpenter thinks making winning plays at the end of the preseason finale is still #winning.

Analysis

Andy Benoit on Baltimore; PFF on Washington; Mike Tanier on the NFCE teams; Chase Stuart on the unquestionable greatness of Aaron Rodgers.

As detailed by Tanier, the Fat Man's video games have been doing their best over the years to nurture mini John Foxes the world over.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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