Court ruling suggests NFL cannot hide prior concussion knowledge

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A group of retired Cardinals players suing the NFL over its handling of concussions won a significant court victory on Wednesday.

The NFL had tried to cut down the lawsuit by arguing that the CBA directed all disputes to arbitration.

Instead, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri concluded that the case could proceed in Missouri state court.

As Mike Florio explains, this decision suggests the NFL will eventually be forced to share what it knew about concussions and their long-term effects.

Florio adds that this important decision figures to impact the disputed $765M concussion settlement.

Broncos

Videos: Orlando Franklin and Emmanuel Sanders speak with the press; NFLN's segment on Louis Vasquez; BTV on Tuesday night's coaches dinner at SAF@MH.

Like Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker before him, Cody Latimer joins the Broncos while recovering from a foot injury (surgery to repair a broken metatarsal).

Sanders says he's still adjusting to the altitude, and he's happy for Latimer's addition.

Franklin admits he was initially disappointed about being moved inside, and he doesn't yet know how he'll fare there.

Big O added that Chris Kuper was an important mentor for him, and that he's trying to provide the same help to the rookie linemen.

Matt Bowen expects Latimer to be a great fit within Denver's passing concepts.

Paul Klee says Denver is still a passing team, much to Jeff Legwold's presumable chagrin.

Stop me if you've heard this one before - Mark Kiszla declares that Denver can't win the SB with Peyton Manning alone.

News

11 cities are said to be vying for the chance to host future NFL drafts.

Kansas City signed another draft pick, while San Diego inked four of their six.

Cleveland is expected to sign wideout Earl Bennett; San Francisco signed QB Josh JohnsonMinnesota visited with tackle J'Marcus Webb; former Huskers QB Taylor Martinez flunked his physical in Philly.

Marvin Lewis bluntly says A.J. McCarron is in Cincy to be a long-term backup to Andy Dalton.

Analysis

Ryan Glasspiegel wonders why Roger Goodell hasn't been in the same hurry to punish Jim Irsay over his recent arrest, as he always is with players. Well, gee...

PFF's top player countdown continues (60-5150-41, 40-31), including Demaryius Thomas (53), Terrance Knighton (50), Louis Vasquez (45), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (36).

PFF is sticking by its 2013 characterization of Rahim Moore as a secret superstar for Denver.

Ben Stockwell compares the play of Richard Sherman, Joe Haden, and Patrick Peterson.

Jason Fitzgerald goes over the negotiable points of rookie contracts.

Don Banks reviews the offseason's most notable happenings, including the Broncos' latest talent spree.

Draft Reviews

Andy Benoit and Mike Tanier on the NFC teams; Greg Gabriel on the NFCW and NFCE squads; Bucky Brooks on the AFCEAFCS, and NFCS teams.

Doug Farrar discusses Jacksonville's melding of traditional scouting and advanced metrics with Tony Khan, the son of team owner Shad Khan.

Dan Pompei details the many fine quarterbacking traits the Vikings saw in Teddy Bridgewater.

Oakland's Khalil Mack is one of the rookies Gil Brandt expects to have the biggest impact this season.

As Chase Stuart reminds us, it's hard to predict how drafted quarterbacks will fare, and precedent is no help.

KSK memeifies the 2014 Draft, including a pair of Broncos fans and John Elway.

Michael Sam

Andrew Bucholtz (and John Oliver) discuss ESPN and NFLN's laudable handling of the drafting of Michael Sam.

Mizzou alum Joan Niesen celebrates Sam's NFL entrance.

In his latest mailbag, Jay Busbee does a fine job taking down every anti-Sam complaint floating around Wingnutville.

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