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Good Evening, Broncos fans! The team has updated its depth chart today, with some notable changes:

- Knowshon Moreno has taken his rightful place as the primary backup to Willis McGahee - passing Lance Ball, who is now listed as third-string.

- Jim Leonhard is the #1 punt returner, with Eric Decker backing him up.

- Omar Bolden is the top kickoff returner, with Andre Caldwell next in line.

On a programming note, I will be away from the keyboard for a few days, and will leave you in the capable hands of my fellow IAOFM writers. See you on Sunday, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Broncos

John Elway and Matt Russell spoke to fans via conference call today, covering several topics. One caller floated the ludicrous notion that practice squadder Jeremiah Johnson deserves a bigger role than does Moreno, while Elway offered significant praise to Rahim Moore for his progress since his rookie season.

Rod Smith will represent the Broncos at a season-opening celebration tomorrow night at Rockefeller Center in NYC.

The team will honor twelve Colorado Olympians during the first quarter of Sunday night's game, with Aurora native Missy Franklin to serve as an honorary captain.

A remarkable 22% of Coloradans polled by Public Policy Polling would prefer Tim Tebow to PMFM as the Broncos QB, and Timmy incredibly has a higher "likeability" score than does Manning. Thank You, John Elway. No, really. THANK YOU.

Trimmings

The Steelers have indeed ruled safety Ryan Clark out for Sunday's game due to his sickle cell anemia, while Rashard Mendenhall may actually be more likely to play than fellow running back Isaace Redman.

San Diego placed WR Vincent Brown on IR under the new exception that he can return later in the year, and they signed ex-Raiders tackle Kevin Haslam to their practice squad.

Cincy used their IR exception on center Kyle Cook, and they signed Broncos draft bust TE Richard Quinn.

New England worked out Kellen Winslow, cut center Matt Tennant, and added RB Lex Hilliard.

Miami released QB David Garrard and placed guard Artis Hicks on IR; T Bryant McKinnie agreed to restructure his deal with Baltimore; the Jets released punter T.J. Conley and replaced him with recent Chargers cut Robert Malone; Jacksonville lost TE Brett Brackett, whom they'd just claimed off waivers, for the year; Giants guard Chris Snee (and son-in-law of Tom Coughlin) restructured his contract.

Scrapple

Keith Goldner finds that of course, the numbers say passing is still superior to running, even in the shadows of your own goalposts.

Bill Barnwell includes the Chiefs and Raiders among his candidates for the worst teams of 2012.

Drew Magary on the Cowboys; Christmas Ape on Shanny & Co., the 49ers, Titans, and Seahawks, plus a translation of PK's MMQB.

Offal

The NY Post doesn't get much correct, but their cover portrayal of the Giants and Jets today serves as a rare exception.

The legendary Keith Hernandez is pondering the unthinkable: bidding farewell to his signature moustache.

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

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