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.
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.
Dave Krieger gets the sense that Ryan Lilja's knee problems are about to end his NFL career.
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.
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.
Pete Prisco abandoned all logic in reacting to the settlement.
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.
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.
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.