Holliday shortest Bronco in history Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Demaryius Thomas (hip), Ryan Clady (hamstring), and Keith Brooking (concussion) were limited in practice yesterday.

Denver's claim of Trindon Holliday makes the 5-5 return specialist the shortest player to ever appear on the team's active roster. The Broncos waived safety Duke Ihenacho to make room for Holliday, and beat out the 2-2 Colts in waiver priority to land the player. According to Mike Klis, Holliday will replace Jim Leonhard as the team's punt returner, and could eat into Omar Bolden's role as the top kickoff returner.

Much of the talk out of Dove Valley yesterday was about consistency, and about stretching the team's fourth-quarter successes to the rest of games.

John Fox says the team is close to putting it all together, while several players acknowledge the importance of Monday's game, especially as a division matchup.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox and Peyton Manning speak; Willis McGahee visits with NFLN; Chris Hall reports from practice for BTV; NFL Films previews the game.

If you didn't know, the numbers say the Broncos have gone from the least-accurate QB PFF has ever tracked, to the eighth-most accurate so far this season. TYJE.

Jeff Legwold studies snap data of Peyton's targets, extrapolates Manning's numbers through five games and checks on the progress of Denver's rookies; Mark Kiszla says it's time Peyton helps the Broncos wipe the shit-eating grin off Philip Rivers's face.

We'll join Jason Cole in strongly suggesting that Peyton Manning and other NFL figures should halt their public and financial support of the Boy Scouts, whose discrimation against gay scouts and leaders is reprehensible.

Chargers

LT Jared Gaither's groin strain kept him out of practice yesterday, but he says he expects to play Monday night. Undrafted rookie Mike Harris is preparing to start in his place if necessary.

K Nate Kaeding also sat out, while RB Ryan Mathews and RT Jeromey Clary returned.

2011 first-rounder Corey Liuget is apparently thriving after a quiet rookie season.

Manning has struggled against the Chargers, and Kevin Acee apparently thinks he needs to be deferring to them in the press. Screw that.

Trimmings

Matt Hasselbeck led two late scoring drives as the Titans knocked off the visiting Steelers 26-23 on 40-yard game-winner by Rob Bironas as time expired.

Jets guard Matt Slauson was fined $10K for his hit on Brian Cushing; Carolina signed C Thomas Austin to replace the IR'ed Ryan Kalil; the Jets will be without DT Kenrick Ellis for 4-6 weeks due to a knee injury.

Calvin Johnson says he played with a concussion during Detroit's Week 4 game versus Minnesota; coach Jim Schwartz disagrees.

Brady Quinn will get the start - his first since 2009 - for Kansas City against Tampa Bay, with Matt Cassel still sidelined by his concussion.

A bunch of Dolphins think WR Brian Hartline is underrated because he's white, but how could he be underrated, if he's the next Wes Welker? See what I did there?

Scrapple

Andy Benoit previews Niners/Giants and a few other games in his film review, plus some more matchup notes for the Times; Ben Muth and Sam Monson study ballyhooed Buffalo defensive line and how the Niners offensive line destroyed them last week.

In their previews of Week 6, Mike Tanier and Benjamin Hoffman predict a Chargers victory, while Matt Bowen lists some matchups he's looking forward to.

Bucky Brooks checks the tape on the Patriots' devastating running game; Bowen studies a Christian Ponder TD pass to Kyle Rudolph.

ASU alum Pete Prisco says Vontaze Burfict has surprised him with his newly found athleticism and nose for the ball. Somewhere, TJ is cringing, as the Broncos continue to struggle at LB outside Von Miller.

Chase Stuart examines the remarkable statistical starts to the careers of Andrew Luck and RG3.

Offal

In his Jamboroo, Drew Magary says Sexy Rexy should just stick with Mark Sanchez at QB full time, and not bother using the Teebs. Now, what could be more awkward than low-level sex offender Lawrence Taylor saying on TV that professed virgin Timmy just needs to get laid?

The Worldwide Leader continues to troll America, this time by hiring Frank Caliendo to appear on Sunday NFL Countdown.

Over at KSK, a look at the Halloween masks being sold by the NFLPA, the All-Hype Glory Boy Team, and their latest Sex/FF Mailbag.

RIP Beano Cook, legendary college football expert and ESPN commentator.

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

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