Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Harris again missed practice yesterday, and John Fox is calling him a game-time decision.
If Harris is limited or unable to play on Monday, that will mean more playing time for Tony Carter, who was something of a surprise as Denver's #4 corner after final cuts. Should Harris not suit up, the team would be left with just four cornerbacks, and none to promote from the practice squad.
Jeff Legwold expects Denver would use Carter on the outside, and shift either Champ Bailey or Tracy Porter inside.
Any further injuries would force some of the team's five safeties down into coverage, with Rahim Moore and Mike Adams the likeliest candidates for such a shift.
Moore was fined $21K for the helmet-to-helmet hit he was flagged for against Pittsburgh wideout Emmanuel Sanders; the youngster says it was unintentional, but still a mistake.
Videos: Jack Del Rio, Mike McCoy, Champ Bailey, and several other defenders spoke after practice; the Playbook guys gush over the Broncos' offensive line play, while Donovan McNabb thinks Atlanta will be able to get it done Monday night in the passing game. As for him being a TV guy, he's definitely got some growing to do.
Adam Gase says that working with Peyton Manning is turning him into a better QB coach; Denver's receivers expect Manning to spread the ball around plenty, and Eric Decker says Manning and McCoy complement each other well.
John Elway tells Doug Farrar in an interview that Peyton has had something of a chip on his shoulder due to his release by Indy, and he admits to not having been a very cerebral QB early in his own career. The Duke says he's the ultimate decision maker in terms of personnel, and is enjoying his job, but isn't sure how long he'll want to keep it. His final answer, about Teebs, is deafening in what it doesn't say.
Pete Prisco is looking forward to the Demaryius Thomas/Asante Samuel and Elvis Dumervil/Sam Baker matchups.
WR Roddy White, who tends to use Twitter as an avenue for his mental and verbal diarrhea, says he expects the Falcons to make some big plays on offense; Denver's defenders certainly took notice.
White, LB Sean Witherspoon, and T Tyson Clabo were all limited yesterday, but are expected to play Monday.
Brooking apparently acted like a total jackass during his first game against the Falcons as a Cowboy, and he apologized afterward to owner Arthur Blank.
In addition to Moore, the NFL fined safeties Taylor Mays of Cincy and Madieu Williams of Washington $21K each for roughness penalties.
The most notable injuries of the week are in the Jets/Steelers game, for which Darrelle Revis, Dustin Keller, and Bryan Thomas are out for the Tebows, while Troy Polamalu and James Harrison are not expected to play for Pittsburgh.
As much as many of us wanted Denver to trade back into the first round and draft Nick Fairley last year, talk of Detroit being unhappy with his dedication tempers that regret.
It's a little unfair to criticize the Steelers line relative to the five sacks they allowed Sunday night, considering that three of them came during Pittsburgh's last, desperate possession.
Rob Rang updates his big board of college prospects.
Along those lines, Mike Lombardi says Peyton Manning would have been yelling at his teammates in Cutler's situation. But you know what? Plenty of QBs yell at their teammates, including Manning and Tom Brady. But those guys are also known as leaders, incredibly hard workers, and students of the game, and not petulant sulkers.