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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Current and former Patriots and their unique health concerns are all over the news today.

First up is current Pats TE Rob Gronkowski, who has a fourth operation on his forearm upcoming; additionally, Gronkowski is said to be suffering from a back issue that may require surgery.

Meanwhile, DT Kyle Love, recently diagnosed with diabetes, passed his physical with the Jaguars, who had claimed him off waivers from the Patriots. Is there anyone who won't be rooting for this guy now? We'll call that a no.

Finally, former Patriots WR Donte Stallworth has been medically cleared to resume all football activities, after having recovered from the injuries he suffered during a hot-air ballooning accident in April.


Mike Klis says there's another notable factor that could draw Charles Woodson back to Oakland - proximity to his own winery. Atlanta writer Darren Connolly tweeted that Woodson has already agreed with the Raiders, but this wouldn't be the first time Connolly was alone, and dead wrong, in reporting something.

Ben Muth expounds upon his D.J. Fluker/Quanterus Smith thoughts with a breakdown of Quant's sack against Fluker, whom Muth thinks is going to struggle mightily against Von Miller.

Andrew Mason considers how many balls there will be to go around for Denver's ultra-talented receiving corps in 2013.

In his latest mailbag, Gray Caldwell pushes the company line that the team is happy to let Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, and Stewart Bradley compete for the starting Mike job.

Klis thinks Demaryius Thomas deserves to be ranked higher than 68th, but a list voted upon by players is another thing that shouldn't be taken all that seriously.

Dan Mohrmann thinks it would be a mistake for the Broncos to sign Woodson, but he presents the situation as if Woodson would be replacing Rahim Moore, and that's about as likely as a return of Tim Tebow to Denver.

Congratulations to Maurice Clarett, who is officially a member of the Columbus rugby team that is intended to funnel players to the 2016 U.S. Olympic team (via Deadspin).


According to Jason La Canfora, the Chargers are nearing agreement on a deal with former Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney.

Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin has been suspended four games by the league for PED use; he's the fifth Seahawks player to have been suspended for PED use since 2011, not counting Richard Sherman, who escaped suspension in a Ryan Braun-like manner.

Onetime Raiders and new LOLJets RB Mike Goodson was arrested and charged with possession of a loaded firearm, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, when he and another dummy were found asleep in a car parked in the left lane of Interstate 80, which stretches from NJ to CA. In other words, a great place to park one's car and hang out. Goodson received a $1.925M signing bonus as part of a free-agent deal he signed with the Jets in March.

Raiders draft bust Rolando McClain says his decision to retire is about getting his disastrous personal life in order, and for that, we applaud him, as does Jeffri Chadiha.

Topics of discussion at next week's owners meetings will be future SB venues and more stupid ideas for the Pro Bowl.

All eyes at those meetings will be focused upon troubled new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam; Don Banks says talk of the league being terrified by the allegations against Haslam's company are overblown.


Pete Prisco goes over the offseason questions that face each team; for Denver, it's whether they can adequately replace Elvis Dumervil.

Chase Stuart examines the longest post-merger streaks by teams of seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher.

Jason Fitzgerald is a huge fan of Matt Ryan, and he considers the Falcons QB's contract situation.

Scott Kacsmar puts the underrated career of newly retired QB David Garrard into perspective.

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