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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Five Denver players are on the Week 5 injury report, but all of them are listed as having fully practiced on both Thursday and Friday, and all are probable for the game.

John Fox is maintaining that Chris Kuper will be a game-time decision; the team headed to New England yesterday, a day early, due to the two-time-zone difference.

WR Julian Edelman and S Steve Gregory are out for the Patriots, while in typical Bill Belichick fashion, TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, RB Brandon Bolden, LB Dont'a Hightower, G Logan Mankins, and T Sebastian Vollmer are among twelve Patriots listed as questionable.

New England is clearly trying to make it appear that Hernandez will be ready to play, presumably to force the Broncos to plan for the possibility. Hightower claims that he himself will be a game-time decision.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox speaks after practice; NFLN's Playbook and Thursday Night Kickoff crews preview the game; Charley Casserly discusses New England's ground game.

Von Miller continues to concentrate on improving upon his own weaknesses; a Q&A with LB coach Richard Smith.

Andrew Mason figures the Broncos will attempt to cover Gronkowski with Miller, and he predicts a narrow victory for the Pats.

Jeff Legwold examines the similiarities between Brandon Stokley and Wes Welker, figures Ronnie Hillman's role in the offense will grow noticeably in coming weeks, and discusses some keys for a potential Denver victory.

Mike Lombardi says the Patriots will have to have changed all of their audible calls since the Broncos have Dan Koppen to provide their old ones.

In his game preview, PFF's Kevin Grauel notes that Ryan Clady has allowed just one pressure through four games, and that Tom Brady has struggled to get catchable deep passes to Brandon Lloyd.

Kevin Fishbain focuses on the matchup between Denver's pass rushers and the New England offensive line.

Mark Kiszla says there's quite a gap between the coaching abilities of Belichick and John Fox, and we'll agree, but Kiszla seems to have forgotten that Fox's Panthers only lost to the Pats by three points in the Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme as their quarterback.

Although J.J. Cooper criticizes the Chris Harris sack call (and it was a bizarre call), the only real effect of the mistake is giving Harris a sack. The down and distance would have been the same had it been correctly called as intentional grounding.

Manning/Brady

Naturally, Peyton tells Logan and Krieger that practice is the key to Denver's offense becoming more consistent.

The fathers of the two quarterbacks see plenty of similarities between the two, and they are developing their own friendship.

Patriots

Steve Gregory's absence will push rookie Tavon Wilson into the starting lineup.

The injuries to Hernandez and Gronkowski has resulted in a larger role for old friend Daniel Fells.

Although the Pats have come to be known as a passing team, they've started the season running the ball at a higher clip than in any of Belichick's 13 years with the team.

First-round pick DE Chandler Jones is off to quite a start, and he'll like be lining up across from Ryan Clady tomorrow.

Trimmings

A Chiefs fan has raised funds to fly a banner over Arrowhead tomorrow demanding the team fire GM Scott Pioli and bench QB Matt Cassel.

Among the week's biggest injury news, the Steelers will get Troy Polamalu back, while Rashard Mendenhall and James Harrison will make their season debuts, and the Giants will again be without Hakeem Nicks.

Jacksonville signed WR/KR Micheal Spurlock; Rams WR Danny Amendola is expected to miss about six weeks due to a shoulder injury from Thursday night.

Since the NFL seems more interested in winning the PR battle than actually protecting players, they're making a big deal of some benign comments from Titans DC Jerry Gray about knocking guys out of games.

During the Broncos' Week 6 MNF visit to San Diego, Phil Mickelson will attempt a shot to win $1M for charity.

Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell discuss Week 5 in their latest podcastClark Judge, Peter King, and John Clayton preview the week's games.

Offal

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum claims there's no pressure from Woody Johnson to play Teebs; a Tim Tebow Cardinals jersey is a thing that exists.

Jason Whitlock Bill Simmons is sticking with his theory that says Peyton Manning's arm is dead, and he's predicting a 10-point Patriots win.

Joe Mays could learn a thing or two about tackling from this leopard.

Who knew beer cans could look so good? But a can that requires an opener? Not so much...

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