Defense intact; offensive line, not so much

Last updated: Oct 18, 2013 1:00 PM

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Orlando Franklin did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and is not likely to play Sunday at Indy.

According to John Fox, the Broncos would likely use the same configuration they went to when Franklin was first injured against Jacksonville.

Louis Vasquez would shift over from right guard to take Franklin's place, while Chris Kuper would man his own most familiar position.

Wesley Woodyard, who was a limited participant for the second straight day, says he will play against the Colts.

Robert Ayers was also limited again, while Shaun Phillips and Sly Williams were full participants on Thursday after having been limited on Wednesday.

If Woodyard does play, the Broncos will be trotting out a fearsome trio at linebacker, with Wesley rejoining Danny Trevathan and welcoming Von Miller back from suspension.

Miller hasn't yet been activated, which means Denver will have to waive or release a player soon to make room for him. Quentin Jammer and Paris Lenon figure to be the likeliest cut candidates.

Broncos

NFL Films previews Sunday's matchup.

Von Miller credits strength coach Luke Richesson for the physical transformation Von underwent during his suspension.

PFF's Julian Carpentier says Von will have the benefit of facing a subpar offensive line in his season debut.

Joan Niesen discusses David Bruton's remarkable season.

Malik Jackson has already played more snaps in 2013 than he did in all of 2012.

Peyton Manning

Peyton continues to deflect questions about his return to Indy, but Judy Battista says his body language belies pain that remains from his departure.

Former Colts OC Tom Moore provides further insight into Manning's maniacal work ethic.

The Colts' tribute to Peyton will be in the form of a video prior to kickoff, not a ceremony.

As he did in Indiana, Manning has devoted time to the local community, albeit not with a camera crew in tow.

Andrew Brandt considers the NFL landscape had Denver not landed Peyton Manning (shudder).

Mike Tanier lists his top five sports homecomings prior to Sunday's game.

Colts

Indy's defense may be boosted by a return by safety LaRon Landry, who's missed four games, and LB Jerrell Freeman, who left Monday's game early.

Andy Benoit studies the rapid development of Andrew Luck, whom he already calls the NFL's second best QB to Peyton Manning.

Andrew Mason tells us what to expect from the Colts defense.

News

Seattle (6-1) defeated Arizona (3-4) 34-22 on the strength of three Russell Wilson touchdown passes; Sam Monson and Ben Stockwell analyze the game.

Pats TE Rob Gronkowski has finally been medically cleared, and will make his season debut Sunday against the Jets.

The Vikings are expected to place S Harrison Smith on short-term IR; Houston will start QB Case Keenum in place of the injured Matt Schaub.

Analysis

Andy Benoit, Burke/Farrar, Peter KingJohn Clayton, and Tony Gervino preview the Week 7 matchups.

Robert Mays explores the construction of the Chiefs defense, which he calls the NFL's best.

While racists will claim that the name of the Washington football franchise has only been branded as offensive by so-called "PC" types, the word had "often contemptuous" in its dictionary definition as far back as 115 years ago. Of course, most racists will need contemptuous to be defined for them, so here's that.

KSK meme-ifies Week 6.

Maths

Brian Burke believes the impact of coaches on their teams' success is not as great as it's made out to be.

Keith Goldner's efficiency ratings have Peyton Manning and Knowshon Moreno atop their respective positions, with Ronnie Hillman 10th, and Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, and Julius Thomas among the top ten receiving targets.

As close as the game felt relative to expectations, Broncos/Jaguars had the third highest Game Script, and the Broncos had the seventh best field position, despite their three giveaways.

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

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