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Good Morning, Broncos fans! With training camp in the rearview and the preseason nearly over, the time for roster cutdowns is nearing.

The NFL released its calendar for the league year on Wednesday; the deadline for first cuts (from 90 to 75) is Monday afternoon, while final cuts (from 75 to 53) will be due by next Friday night.

Accordingly, Andrew Mason has updated his forecast for the Broncos' final 53, with recent injuries helping determine the bottom of the roster. Most notably, he sees RB Lance Ball, WR Jason Hill, T Ryan Harris, DE Jeremy Beal, LB Mike Mohamed, LB Keith Brooking, and S Jim Leonhard making the team, with QB Caleb Hanie, RB Knowshon Moreno, and CB Syd'Quan Thompson on the outside looking in.

Mason thinks the injury to G Chris Kuper will help Harris be the ninth lineman to make the squad, while Jeff Legwold figures Harris would have to be the eleventh man (we assume he's counting LS Lonie Paxton as a lineman).

As for Kuper, Legwold suggests the guard could be out as long as seven or eight weeks rather than the four or six weeks the Broncos have suggested publicly. Also, the injury to Jason Hunter will apparently force rookie Malik Jackson into significant playing time, and Legwold says other teams could be ready to pounce should Denver release Beal, Jackson, or Sealver Siliga.

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Legwold says the team will, in fact, use a lot more two-back and two-TE sets than Peyton Manning was accustomed to seeing in Indy.

Elvis Dumervil sounds confident in Denver's chances, says the team is working hard, and he's annoyed by the sarcastic tone of other AFCW players talking about the Broncos and PMFM.

The Broncos continue to be pleased with the progress of Derek Wolfe and how quickly he's picked up the pro game.

Drayton Florence says he'd like to work in a personnel department once his playing career is over; Brandon Stokley and line coach Dave Magazu were interviewed for the official site, plus a story on Mike Adams from last week's game program.

Mason can see the logic behind looking into a deal for MJD, but figures the team would be reluctant to send much in Jacksonville's direction; Sam DeWitt proposes sending Jacksonville Knowshon Moreno and a third-rounder for MJD, but with all due respect, that's not realistic.

Lindsay Jones surveys the laundry list of cornerbacks who have started opposite Champ Bailey during his time in Denver.

Not sure what John Clayton is a "guru" in, but he and Matt Williamson think Manning has been struggling somewhat while throwing to his right.

Neil Hornsby of PFF was impressed by Derek Wolfe's play against the Bears and early against the Seahawks, but saw Wolfe as being "easily controlled" by Seattle's tackles as the game wore on.

FO's almanac calls the 2011 Broncos defense the second-most consistent squad in the 21 years they've been tracking such data, behind the 2001 Chiefs (a team that scored more points, gave up fewer, but had a 6-10 record).

A Brother Jimmy's BBQ joint co-owned by D.J. Williams and Jonathan Vilma put up a sign saying the Ginger Hammer is not welcome at their establishment.

Sacco discusses some of the Denver defensive greats who continue to get snubbed by the HOF selection committee.

To Matt Bowen, what stands out the most when thinking about his old teammate Clinton Portis is the back's remarkable toughness.

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The NFLPA has yet to approve a move of the trade deadline or an extra IR provision, apparently because there already would have been a walkback of the practice rules from the new CBA.

Some more insurers have sued the league in a fight over whether to defend the NFL against the lawsuits from ex-players over head injuries.

Former Chiefs DT Curley Culp and ex-Packers LB Dave Robinson were nominated for the HOF by the seniors committee.

Maurice Jones-Drew says he's open to working things out with the Jaguars, whose owner Shad Khan is holding firm. Gene Frenette of the FTU says the likeliest outcome of the showdown is Jones-Drew reporting to the team without a new deal.

Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will be the interim interim coach while Joe Vitt serves his six-game suspension; Tennessee released DT Shaun Smith; Detroit signed WR Kassim Osgood; New England extended DT Kyle Love for two years; St. Louis signed DE Vernon Gholston and worked out Andre Carter; former Browns and Bengals guard Eric Steinbach is retiring.

Scrapple

In his new book, Warren Sapp claims that then-Browns coach Bill Belichick told Sapp he wanted to draft him so bad that he had a boner, but that he was being overruled by then-personnel director Mike Lombardi.

PFF's Gordon McGuinness evaluates the Steelers; Andy Benoit turns his attention to the Saints.

A typically exhaustive study by Scott Kacsmar finds that those dreaded QB sophomore slumps haven't been a reality for the past thirty years. Which makes sense, since only dopes like Pete Prisco write about such things.

Bill Barnwell explores the many ways that technology is being/will be used to improve football analysis.

Drew Magary on the Packers; Christmas Ape on the Raiders, a captionization of Week 2 of the preseason, and some toolshed who put a giant Dolphins tattoo on the back of his head.

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

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