Elway says his first job was cleaning up locker room

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas was limited by tightness in his calf on Friday but is listed as probable (along with seven others) and will play tomorrow.

With Chris Harris out, Lindsay Jones says Champ Bailey is expected to start in his familiar outside position tomorrow.

The loss of Harris figures to mean an increased role for Tony Carter, who has seen significant action in only five games this season.

More snaps for Carter may also translate to less playing time for Quentin Jammer, Denver's worst player against San Diego.

For New England, TE Steve Beauharnais is out, while three others are questionable after having been limited throughout the week: punter Ryan Allen and wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.

Six other Patriots are probable but were full participants on Friday.

Beauharnais was reportedly ruled out to keep his minor illness from spreading on the team plane, on which the presence of Dobson and Thompkins suggests the rookies will play.

Dobson, who had missed two weeks of practice with a stress fracture in his foot, sure is talking like someone who's ready to go.

Obviously, it would be a shocker for Allen not to suit up, given that the Pats have no other punter.

Broncos

Videos: BTV provides season highlights; John Fox, David Bruton, Louis Vasquez, Danny Trevathan, and two-time SB champ Rod Smith speak after practice; Shaun Phillips visits with NFLN; the Playbook crew on the Broncos and Patriots offenses, and Manning/Brady.

John Fox says Marquice Cole picked up Denver's defense quickly, and Irv Moss still doesn't realize that Rahim Moore is definitely not walking through that door.

There may be no more interesting quote from John Elway than "I think, No. 1, we had to clean up the locker room," regarding his tenure running football operations. Who might he be referring to? Obvious guesses would be Perrish Cox and perhaps Brandon Lloyd.

We've noted many times the propensity of Wes Welker to drop passes; unfortunately, his drop rate increases significantly in the postseason (small sample alert).

Rod Smith says some of the younger players on the 2005 squad were overconfident going into the title game because it was at home.

Jake Plummer thinks the Pats may try to force Julius Thomas and Montee Ball into blitz pickups.

Eric Decker's own tragic familiarity with school shootings led him to comfort students at Arapahoe High.

Manning/Brady 15

Chris Chase correctly states that Peyton Manning's legacy will not be determined by tomorrow or three Sundays from now. To anyone who's unsure about this, was John Elway not an all-time great prior to SBs 32 and 33?

In a similar vein, Steve Buckley would prefer to just see what happens tomorrow, rather than predict what the game will mean for the two quarterbacks.

NFL.com and KSK retell the history of the Manning/Brady rivalry.

Manning's line calls have the City of Omaha rooting for the Broncos tomorrow.

Patriots

Robert Kraft doesn't take for granted what he has in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Andre Carter has seen loads of progress this season from DE Chandler Jones.

News

The concussion he suffered last weekend will keep Seattle wideout Percy Harvin out of tomorrow's game.

New Tennessee head man Ken Whisenhunt brought TE coach Jason Michael along with him from San Diego to coordinate his offense, and hired Ray Horton to run his defense, as Horton had done for him in 2012 with Arizona.

Similarly, Jim Caldwell is taking Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin to run the Detroit defense.

Jets QB Geno Smith had a verbal altercation with a flight crew either over his headphones or cellphone use, depending upon who's telling the story.

NFLN analyst and longtime Packers/Vikings/Saints star safety Darren Sharper has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of rape.

Analysis

Doug Farrar, the Football Outsiders (AFC, NFC), Greg BedardJohn Clayton, and PFT Commenter preview tomorrow's games.

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