Good Morning, Broncos fans! Justin Bannan (calf), Ryan Harris (ankle), and Quinton Carter (knee, hamstring) were among those who did not participate in yesterday's practice (Peyton Manning, photos, more photos), while Ty Warren left early with a possible stomach virus. Newly signed LB Keith Brooking was already on the field for individual and 7-on-7 drills; he cannot join padded practices until Saturday.
D.J. Williams even saw some action, but it was only at the Sam spot when Von Miller got a late start to the morning walkthrough. A failure to stay in bounds by Knowshon Moreno while trying to run out the clock yesterday calls both his low Wonderlic score and Marion Barber to mind, although he did see first-team snaps.
The Broncos also had a walkthrough yesterday evening, and this morning's practice will be somewhat abbreviated so the team can catch a flight to Chicago for tomorrow's preseason opener.
After several days' worth of heaping praise, Brock Osweiler has struggled in the past couple of practices; Adam Weber was the only QB to lead a successful two-minute drill, as Peyton's turn ended with four straight incompletions at the goal line.
Brooking and Jim Leonhard both say Manning's presence influenced their decisions to sign with Denver, and Leonhard believes he'll be ready to go before the season opener.
Ben Garland's defensive teammates provided a tremendous gesture (video) to the airman, by helping replace the sabres and Air Force football helmet that had been lost in the Waldo Canyon fire that destroyed his grandparents' home.
Champ Bailey continues to laud the effects of practicing against PMFM; Caleb Hanie says Manning deserves more praise for his accuracy, and he calls Jay Cutler "more loose" than Peyton personality-wise. That's certainly one way to put it.
Mike Klis figures we'll see Peyton & Co. play for about 10-12 snaps, with Hanie taking over from there, Osweiler playing the third quarter, and Adam Weber the fourth. Naturally, Manning would prefer to get more action than that, and he reminds us that for guys at the bottom of the roster, these games are everything.
Jeff Legwold doesn't expect we'll see any form of option football now that the Broncos have a QB who can throw, and he strangely calls last year's win over the Bears the beginning of the end for Denver's defense.
Jim Trotter visited Dove Valley last week, and Peyton Manning told him that Von Miller may be a more complete pass rusher than his former Colts teammates Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
Brian Dawkins says he's getting more sleep and seeing more of his kids these days.
Peter King is still trying to argue against Terrell Davis's HOF case, and he's still failing miserably.
Raiders RB Mike Goodson was transported to a hospital via ambulance following a head-to-head collision in practice yesterday; he thankfully never lost feeling in his extremities and was released from the hospital last night.
Moving kickoffs up last year helped significantly reduce the number of concussions reported on those plays.
LB Brian Urlacher has missed the Bears' last six practices and is unlikely to play tomorrow against the Broncos. As for the regular season opener, Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil are expected to be facing a Pittsburgh offensive line featuring two rookies; the Steelers say they have no intention of trading WR Mike Wallace, who is still holding out. The team may have interest in bringing back Plaxico Burress in his stead, but his asking price is reportedly too high.
Out in Washington state, someone created a Marshawn Lynch corn maze.
Andy Benoit sees the Bills finishing second in the AFC East; Chase Stuart revisits the Giants' surprising SB run; Bill Barnwell says the Dolphins caught plenty of bad breaks last season; Drew Magary on the Titans; Christmas Ape on dem Cowboys.
The stats guys have already said they expect the Niners to regress in a big way this year, but Chris Brown can see a pathway for their offense to improve. Also, Brown shares some clips of the Run and Shoot; in his new book, he explains that concepts from the offense are used by every team in the league, in spite of the notion that it's antiquated.
Matt Bowen thinks the Inverted Veer could work in the NFL for Cam Newton, Teebs, and RG3.
FOX is adding Mike Martz and Heath Evans as game analysts this season; mute button, please.
Jets owner Woody Johnson claims to have been surprised by the amount of media coverage that follows his new punt protector around. A couple more scuffles at Jets camp resulted in gassers for the players, with Teebs finishing first; Bowen thinks such dustups aren't really a big deal, while Jason La Canfora sees in them an omen of future locker room troubles.
Via With Leather, this may in fact be the worst play in baseball history: