Goodell softens stance on weed

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! First off, my apologies for the confusion regarding Wednesday's non-practice and fantastical injury report. Obviously, I missed the very easy-to-find fine print on that one.

The two teams actually did practice on Thursday, with Mitch Unrein (knee) and Matt Prater (illness) held out for Denver, and Knowshon Moreno (ribs) and Sione Fua (calf) limited. Six others were listed on the injury report as full participants in the Broncos' snowy session.

For Seattle, WR Percy Harvin was cleared from the concussion he suffered in the divisional round, and he was a full participant on Thursday.

WR Doug Baldwin (hip) and RB Marshawn Lynch (knee) were limited, while DT Brandon Mebane (ankle) was limited; again, all three are expected to be fine for the Super Bowl.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Thursday's practice; John Fox, Peyton Manning, and several others speak afterward; NFL Films previews the matchup.

Von Miller pleaded guilty to a couple of minor traffic violations after having completed a driver's course and some community service, ending that overblown chapter of his life. Interestingly, the Denver Post did not feel the need to mark this occasion with a Breaking News email, as it had when Miller's dastardly deeds first came to light.

Eli Manning is helping his big brother out with Meadowlands wind advisories and ticket brokering; since this is the fifth SB for the siblings, they've apparently got the routine down.

Overall, Tony Carter is happy with his performance against the Pats, but knows he could've made at least one interception.

How did Montee Ball become a Broncos fan as a kid? That was apparently his dad's influence.

Mark Kiszla checks in with the John Elway/Patrick Roy Mutual Appreciation Society.

Cian Fahey focuses on the instances when Demaryius Thomas played a bit softly this season.

Dave Logan reflects upon his time calling Broncos games.

Seahawks

A producer at Fox Sports says the network cut away from the Richard Sherman postgame interview because it was "getting a little dangerous." Good grief.

Doug Farrar provides an All-22 breakdown of Seattle's secondary and considers the possibility the Seahawks are a budding dynasty.

Jim Trotter discusses the sunny nature of Pete Carroll's coaching style.

SB 48

Of course, the NFL is making players dish out tens of thousands to get their dearest into the stadium, which is particularly ridiculous with young players making the minimum.

For those of you making the trip east, this is probably your best guide for where to go/eat/see. The Where to Eat and Cheap Eats sections are essential if you appreciate good food and want to avoid the touristy junk. I won't be going to the game (have some writing to do), but let me know if you have any questions about NYC; if there's enough demand for it, I'll put together some sort of IAOFM guide to NYC.

News

The Ginger Hammer says the league may eventually permit the use of medical marijuana if it's shown to help alleviate the effects of concussions. Obviously, as more states legalize the stuff, this will be the NFL's way of saving face regarding its currently overreaching and overly penal policy.

Meanwhile, Washington TE Fred Davis faces another weed-based suspension.

Cleveland finally settled on Bills DC Mike Pettine as their new head man, apparently just in time to keep him from telling them to take the job and shove it.

Browns assistant GM Ray Farmer has pulled his name from consideration for the Miami GM gig, while Brian Xanders was told he is not among the finalists for the position.

Dallas gave kicker Dan Bailey a new seven-year deal.

Virgin America apologized to Jets QB Geno Smith over the handling of their embarrassing incident.

Analysis

Not sure why it's being presented as newsworthy that the team-held fifth-year option for first-rounders keeps all of the contractual leverage on the side of ownership. We've known this all along.

Chase Stuart takes a crack at ranking the best postseasons by quarterbacks in NFL history.

Bucky Brooks, Matt BowenRob Rang, Greg Bedard, Eric Edholm, and Gil Brandt check in from the Senior Bowl.

With no games to preview, Drew Magary shares reader poop stories.

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

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