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Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team practiced on Tuesday morning and is headed to San Francisco, where they will open their preseason tomorrow night.

Jacob Tamme and Orlando Franklin were among the players who sat out yesterday's practice, while Tony Carter departed early. Franklin will not play on Thursday.

Louis Vasquez, who had practiced at right tackle in Franklin's place on Monday, shifted back inside on Tuesday, while Zane Beadles kicked out to cover left tackle.

Chris Clark slid across from left tackle to right tackle, and Ryan Lilja, who had worked at right guard on Monday, took over for Beadles at left guard on Tuesday.

Broncos News

The team added former LSU TE DeAngelo Peterson, who signed with Detroit as an undrafted free agent before spending the season on Washington's practice squad. Peterson figures to serve as camp fodder while Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme recuperate from their injuries.

Denver waived/injured guard Justin Boren this morning, presumably to make room for Peterson.

Broncos Practice/Quotes

Videos: John FoxPeyton Manning, and several others speak after Tuesday's practice.

Duke Ihenacho had an up-and-down Tuesday.

Stewart Bradley has spent some time as the starting middle linebacker this week.

John Fox discusses some of the players he's been most impressed with thus far in camp.

Peyton Manning says he doesn't really care how his teammates are motivated, as long as they're motivated to work hard.

Julius Thomas and Virgil Green appreciate the opportunity provided by the injuries to Dreessen and Tamme.

Mike Adams, last year's starting strong safety, acknowledges that Duke Ihenacho deserves to be playing with the starters, but also reminds us that it's very early.

Nate Irving recalls the single-car accident that nearly ended his life and football career.

Broncos Analysis/Miscellany

Jeff Legwold 1,000-yard rushers Broncos something blah blah something.

Mark Kiszla thinks the pressure is highest on John Fox this season. All he has to do is leave the ball in the hands of his best player...

The Grantland Channel and PTI look back at the career arc of one Peyton Manning.

Manning and his three star receivers are on the next cover of Sports Illustrated.

Who knows what took them so long, but Stanford is finally retiring the jersey of John Elway on November 7, which falls between Denver's bye week and their Week 10 trip to San Diego.

League News

Another mythical tale of NFL owner as brilliant, hard-working business titan role model is crashing down, as it turns out that Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, just like Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, is simply a huge crook.

Even Packers CEO Mark Murphy is willing to acknowledge that the blatantly racist name of the Washington football club (for which he himself played) is highly offensive.

The No Fun League plans to crack down on the horrible influence that is celebratory ball spinning.

Player News

Chargers WR Danario Alexander and Eagles WR Arrelious Benn each suffered a torn ACL; San Diego had high hopes for Alexander, while Benn is already the third Eagle to be lost for the season.

Kansas City added former Arena League CB Semaj MoodyPackers WR Jordy Nelson underwent knee surgery to correct a nerve issue; Falcons RT Mike Johnson suffered a leg/ankle injury that sounds a lot like what befell Chris Kuper and J.D. Walton.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had first been defiant regarding the league's new rule on leading with the head, but after having seen an instructional video, he's changed his tune.

Dallas agreed to terms with guard Brandon Moore, who quickly changed his mind and decided instead to retire; longtime NFL safety Deon Grant is also retiring.

Riley Cooper is already back with the Eagles; Mike Tanier details Cooper's return and considers how he might have spent the prior three days; PFT Commenter offers Riley some advice.

Analysis

Chase Stuart offers a proper appreciation for Panthers wideout Steve Smith; there doesn't appear to be a correlation between arm length and NFL success for offensive tackles.

PFF checks in on Dallas and from Washington's training camp; Christmas Ape on the Raiders.

Bill Barnwell digs into the statistical strangeness of the Colts' 2012 season.

Obviously, Peyton's name litters FO's tables of the best quarterback performances since 1991.

Miscellany

Buying the special edition of Madden this year is a far cheaper way of getting Sunday NFL Ticket access.

Congratulations to Scott Kacsmar, who is joining Football Outsiders as an assistant editor.

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

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