Franklin likely out Sunday; expect King to be promoted

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It appears that Orlando Franklin escaped serious injury during Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

However, he did sprain both his left knee and ankle, and is not expected to play Sunday night at Indy. According to Jeff Legwold, best case is that Franklin returns Week 8 against Washington, while a post-bye comeback in Week 10 at San Diego is more likely.

Legwold says the team will consider starting Winston Justice in Franklin's place, while Mike Klis seems to think that shifting Louis Vasquez over and having Chris Kuper start at right guard is more likely.

Legwold adds that Denver is likely to promote WR Tavarres King from the practice squad, in order to keep Green Bay from stealing him away.

Promoting King and adding Von Miller from suspension will force the team to make a pair of cuts, possibly as soon as today.

Names to consider would figure to be Adrian Robinson, C.J. Anderson, and Quentin Jammer.

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Videos: John FoxVon Miller, and BTV discuss Von's return from suspension.

Von Miller avoided any promises or grand proclamations and says his teammates have been supportive throughout.

Denver is getting plenty of use out of all of its tight ends, so don't look for any of them to be among today's cuts.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason and Joan Niesen consider how Miller's return will help the Broncos.

According to PFF, Malik Jackson was Denver's best defender on Sunday, Julius Thomas was atrocious in run blocking, and Chris Clark has been shockingly good.

Benjamin Hochman thinks Von should have promised that he wouldn't do any more drugs during his NFL career, and he too, disliked Sunday's booing at SAF@MH.


Owner Jim Irsay says the Colts' transition from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck has been ideal, and who can argue with that?

Safety Antoine Bethea is trying to downplay the return of Peyton to Indy.


A truck driver was killed at the site of the new Niners stadium; that's the second time a worker has been killed during construction.

Retired CB Antoine Winfield is reportedly drawing interest from several playoff contenders.

Buffalo added QB Matt Flynn; in light of the Bills' injury-fueled QB carousel, Mike Tanier ranks the biggest QB disasters in NFL history.

QB Vince Young is publicly campaigning for the Texans to sign him.

The Eagles ran their victory formation out of the shotgun on Sunday, to keep noted dickhead Greg Schiano from having his Bucs try to blow it up. Doug Farrar says Schiano is well on his way to getting fired, and details his worst decisions in Tampa Bay.


Vikings LB Desmond Bishop (knee), Jets RB Mike Goodson (knee) are done for the season.

Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware (quad) is expected to miss 3-4 weeks; Giants RB David Wilson will reportedly not require neck surgery.


Robert Klemko explains how the Chiefs have gone from laughinstock to undefeated; Len Pasquarelli says the Chiefs have gone old-school to fuel their rise; Ryan Wilson isn't ready to put them in Denver's class.

Judy Battista blames an uncharacteristic lack of aggression on Sean Payton's part for the Saints' heartbreaking loss to the Patriots.

PFF's best (Malik Jackson, honorable mention) and worst players of Week 6; Frank Schwab still has the Broncos atop his power rankings.

PFT Commenter interprets PK's MMQB column.


Brian Burke considers the excellent question of when defenses should be happy with their own fine plays and decline offensive penalties.

Peyton Manning's 2001 campaign (Playoffs?! Playoffs?!?!?!) included six pick-sixes, the most by any QB in Chase Stuart's dataset.

According to DYAR, Peyton Manning was only 10th among QBs on Sunday, while Knowshon Moreno was fourth among running backs.

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