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Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was another fine day at Dove Valley yesterday, but not in the positive sense of the word.

Von Miller was slapped with a $15,750 penalty for his late hit on Matt Schaub, which preceded Joe Mays's own suspension-inducing hit on the quarterback by one play. Mays will still collect a game check tomorrow, but he was fined $50K. In his brief career, Miller has already been penalized with over $60K in fines.

Meanwhile, John Fox has formally appealed the ridiculous $30K fine he received for his behavior in Atlanta; Jack Del Rio is expected to follow suit regarding his $25K penalty.

As for the injury report, Quinton Carter is out after having reaggravated the injury to the knee he had surgically repaired during training camp. It is feared that Carter's injury is serious, and it sounds like it could even land the second-year player on IR.

Chris Kuper is listed as doubtful and should make his season debut next week in New England, while Matthew Willis and Nate Irving are questionable. Tracy Porter, Jacob Tamme, Willis McGahee, and Chris Harris are all listed as probable.

Broncos

John Fox (video) spoke after practice yesterday; Danny Trevathan, who will likely see some defensive snaps in Joe Mays's absence, says playing on special teams has helped acquaint him to the speed of the NFL game.

Ronnie Hillman says he's anxious to see more action, but Mike McCoy says the rookie made some mistakes in his limited time on the field last week.

Andrew Mason previews the game and predicts a Denver blowout victory.

Jeff Legwold thinks the more limited offseason program has contributed to the struggles of Manning and his receivers to get onto the same page. As for keys for tomorrow's game, he thinks Denver must run the ball well, protect Manning, and play with more discipline on defense than they showed in last week's disastrous first half.

Albert Breer sees plenty of statistical similarities to Peyton's season so far, and the start he had to his 2008 MVP season.

Mark Kiszla reminds Peyton how important it is to beat the Raiders, especially in Denver.

From last week's Gameday program, an article honoring Rod Smith's induction to the Ring of Fame, and Q&A sessions with John Elway and  special teams coach Keith Burns.

Raiders

Although he is listed as doubtful, Darrius Heyward-Bey will not play tomorrow, and says he has no memory of the frightening hit which hospitalized him last week.

Oakland will also be without CB Shawntae Spencer and RT Khalif Barnes; TE Brandon Myers has been cleared to play after a concussion, while fellow TE Richard Gordon is questionable. RB Mike Goodson and WR Rod Streater are also questionable, with eight others listed as probable.

After Streater hurt his neck in practice, and with Juron Criner nursing an ankle injury, Oakland is down to just two healthy receivers in Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan.

Obviously it makes sense, but how weird is it to see the lovefest between a Raiders head coach and the Broncos' coaches and players?

Trimmings

With injuries decimating Kansas City's offensive line, the team visited with retired former friend Casey Wiegmann; the Chargers will be without kicker Nate Kaeding tomorrow, and will sign Nick Novak to replace him temporarily.

Former Packers safety Nick Collins will likely retire due to the neck injury that ended his 2011 season prematurely.

The NFL sent out a memo reminding teams not to fake injury to help stop the clock late in games.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a plan to build a new $1.5B stadium.

Scrapple

Mike Lombardi sees issues with Baltimore's defense, while Bill Barnwell says it's still carrying the team despite talk of Joe Flacco's greatness.

Clark Judge, John Clayton, and Peter King preview the week's games, so do Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell in their weekly podcast.

Bill Simmons and his readers don't remember that Peyton Manning's passes have always wobbled, so they're making a big deal out of some incompletions.

Scott Kacsmar pleads the case for Golden Tate's touchdown catch having been the correct ruling.

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

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