Contract talks off with Champ Lard 10-8-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The injury roller coaster rolls on, as Knowshon Moreno missed practice yesterday and is “questionable” for Sunday, according to Josh McDaniels. Andre’ Goodman and Wesley Woodyard again were limited participants. In another surprising turn, the Broncos have decided to put off contract negotiations with Champ Bailey’s agent until after the season after reportedly being close to a deal.

Broncos/Ravens

NFL Films previews Sunday’s matchup.

Josh McDaniels and Brian Dawkins each met with the press yesterday.

The Playbook guys aren’t expecting things to go well for the Broncos in Baltimore.

CB Cassius Vaughn answers questions from Gabe Hiatt.

Andrew Mason and Mike Klis on Champ’s halted contract talks.

More from LJ on Knowshon’s health.

Despite the absence of Ed Reed and Domonique Foxworth, the Ravens have been completely shutting down the passing game to the tune of a ridiculous 119 yards per game.

Legwold explains why the Broncos probably aren’t about to start whipping out the gadget plays. Plus some notes, including the reason Jamal Williams doesn’t practice on Thursdays (a focus on third-down plays).

Klis looks at the projections of Kyle Orton’s passing yards thus far. Kinda silly, after four games. But I’ll be impressed if this pace keeps up after the next two games at Baltimore and versus the Jets. Still, let’s see some more touchdowns!

The Greatest Ever answered a few questions from The Big Lead.

Just in case you haven’t had enough of the Peyton Hillis talk…

Mike Preston says the Broncos’ passing offense is REALLY overrated.

Jamison Henley on what could go right and what could go wrong for the Ravens on Sunday.

Don Markus on the greatness of Haloti Ngata.

Enemies

The Pats and Dolts have discussed a Vincent Jackson/Logan Mankins deal, but Kevin Acee says it’s unlikely to happen. Plus, some notes on the Dolts.

Jim Trotter talks Antonio Gates.

Notes on the Chefs from Adam Teicher.

Jokeland has lost a remarkable 13 straight games to the Dolts.

Trimmings

Brian Burke’s win probabilities don’t look so hot for the Broncos this week.

Notes from Burke’s colleague Carson Cistulli, who wonders if Knowshon is really a feature back.

Matt Bowen wants to see the Broncos run successfully out of one-back sets this week.

Pat Kirwan thinks Denver wouldn’t be so wise to blitz Joe Flacco much on Sunday.

Randy Cross looks at the shrinking windows QBs have to throw through these days.

Jack Bechta on how a big MNF performance can affect a player’s worth.

Mike Tanier looks at the offensive woes of the Panthers and Bears up close. For Carolina, it’s hard to win when your guys are running for the tunnel.

The concussed Jay Cutler will miss Sunday’s game, while Peyton Hillis injured his thigh yesterday.

Burke doesn’t think Clinton Portis’ big numbers in Washington have really added up to anything.

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