Healing defense Lard 11-10-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As mentioned yesterday evening, some good news on the two fronts came yesterday for Denver. Perrish Cox, Wesley Woodyard, Kevin Vickerson and Darcel McBath all returned to practice. Unfortunately, Robert Ayers will be out at least another two weeks as his broken foot heals, and Andre' Goodman is also out this week. The other good news is that we may finally see the starting offensive line we had expected before the season started, with Zane Beadles at LG and Ryan Harris back at RT. The potential starting five of Ryan Clady, Beadles, JD Walton, Chris Kuper and Harris averages just over 25 years of age, so while we can expect growing pains, there's also the potential for this group to remain together for a long time.


Josh McDaniels met with the press yesterday.

Chris Hall and Broncos TV on the bye week, adjustments and what they face Sunday from the Chefs.

Kevin Vickerson and Jason Hunter spoke to reporters in the locker room (Audio).

Here's the weekly press release for Sunday's game.

Andrew Mason on the reshuffled offensive line.

Plus, Mason tells us more about the newly-signed Daniel Coats.

LJ reminds us that the Chefs sure know how to run the ball well. Can the Broncos contain them?

Legwold on just how bad the run defense has been for Denver over the past year or so.

Notes from Klis on the O-Line, Coats and the Broncos' injury situation.

In ruing the departure of Peyton Hillis and Ryan Torain, Legwold makes the exceptionally lazy claim that Hillis has "repaired his issue" of fumbling too often. In reality, Hillis has already fumbled four times, losing three of them. For a starting running back, that is a lot for an entire season. Over at MHR yesterday, a commenter actually tried to bury Knowshon Moreno by saying he fumbled eight times last year (it was four) in explaining why Hillis is better. So, let's get this straight before it becomes a Broncos meme - both Knowshon and Hillis have fumbled a lot (too much) in the past two seasons, but Hillis is doing so at a disastrous (and much higher) rate. Knowshon has 6 fumbles on 363 touches (1.7%), while Hillis has 5 fumbles on 180 touches (2.8%) over that span.

The two punting Colquitt brothers will meet on the field again on Sunday.

CU alum Justin Bannan says good riddance on Dan Hawkins.

Arnie Stapleton on how the Broncos can turn it around (thanks, BroncosLady).

Wesley Woodyard was named the Broncos' Walter Payton Man of the Year yesterday. Gray Caldwell details the community work for which Woodyard won the award.


Was Sunday just an anomaly for the Chefs?

The Crypt Keeper is making the call in terms of who starts at QB in Jokeland - he wants Jason Campbell to hold the job. Plus, notes on Jokeland.

The Dolts are hoping to heal up during their bye week.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford reportedly is done for the year. So is Steelers LT Max Starks.

Matt Bowen on what's gone wrong with NFL tackling.

Randy Cross on his own brilliance.

Andrew Brandt responds to questions regarding Brad Childress and Al Harris.

Don Banks on the OT tweaks. Plus, he examines the NFL's parity.

Man, do I ever hate that old Bill Parcells cliche about a team's record and who they are. It's so oversimplified, and thankfully Brian Burke is here to explain just how much so.

Denver sits at #24 in Burke's efficiency ratings.

KSK captionizes Week 9.

Peter King responds to tweets. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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