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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Ryan Clady (hamstring) and Tony Carter (illness) sat out Friday's practice; all other players were full participants.

John Fox says Clady is day-to-day; Chris Clark would take his place in the starting lineup should he not be ready to go Monday. Chris Kuper will likely see his first action of the year, but it's unknown whether he'll start at right guard and return Manny Ramirez to the bench.

Keith Brooking was a full participant after having passed his post-concussion tests on Tuesday; he admits he's likely past the days where he should be playing 60-70 defensive snaps per game.

Demaryius Thomas continues to tote a football around with him at Dove Valley in order to improve his ball security, and he hopes defenders will become preoccupied with trying to strip the ball instead of tackling him.

Broncos

Videos: Mike McCoy, Jack Del Rio, and Champ Bailey speak to reporters after practice; Demaryius Thomas tells BTV he won't be fumbling anymore; the NFLN Playbook guys break down the matchup, with Brian Baldinger predicting that Denver's tight ends will tear up San Diego's defense.

Champ says he's grown to respect Philip Rivers, after calling him out on his trash-talking several years ago, and he says the Broncos miss the return skills of Eddie Royal.

After last Sunday's third-and-long debacles, much of the week's focus was on getting the defense off the field in those situations.

Jeff Legwold expects the Broncos to rush Rivers more aggressively than they did Tom Brady, and he thinks the Broncos were unfairly penalized on the too-many-men call that went against them in New England.

We'll agree with Mike Lombardi that Elvis Dumervil had a poor game last week, but strongly disagree with the claim by others that Doom has been bad all season.

Kevin Fishbain hears the Broncos don't think Danny Trevathan and Nate Irving are strong in coverage, that Jim Leonhard's knee still isn't 100%, and he reminds us that Ryan Mathews has thrived against Denver. As for his note on Quinton Carter, the safety already had his microfracture surgery.

Sam DeWitt looks ahead to the 2013 offseason and ponders a free-agent signing of Bengals LB Rey Maualuga; we'll continue to argue that Ronnie Hillman was drafted to be an every-down back, and disagree that Quinton Carter has been a disappointment. After all, he started ten games as a fourth-round pick, and injuries are part of the game.

Naturally, Peyton ranks well in terms of not holding the ball too long and taking long sacks. TYJE.

Video game maker Ubisoft sent a pair of choreographers to Von Miller's house to help mend his ailing sack dance.

Newly elected Colorado Sports HOFer Steve Atwater has three sons currently playing football; two in college, one in high school.

Chargers

Norv Turner is not confident that LT Jared Gaither (groin) will be ready to go for Monday; that would leave undrafted rookie Mike Harris protecting the blind side of Philip Rivers against Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. Former friend Eddie Royal (hamstring) and fellow wideout Malcom Floyd (groin) are also banged up, but are expected to play.

Rivers, who has always thrown a lot of passes to his backs, is doing so at an unusually high clip so far this season.

Tom Krasovic goes unit by unit and somehow decides the Chargers field a better defense than does Denver.

To no great surprise, the Chargers held enough of their fans hostage (by forcing them to also buy Chiefs tickets) that the game will not be blacked out in the Whale's Vagina.

Trimmings

All four players suspended in the Saints bounty scandal have appealed, and they have requested that the Ginger Hammer recuse himself from handling the appeals, since he obviously can't be impartial.

The Jets have given up on their dream of having Darrelle Revis make a Super Bowl return (HAHAHA), and have finally placed him on IR.

Brian Cushing's season-ending injury has re-raised the topic of the NFL's offensive/defensive double standard when it comes to protecting defenseless players from injury.

We love to joke about how Raiders players and fans are terrible people, but yikes - former Raiders DE Anthony Smith will stand trial for four murders, and could face the death penalty.

Scrapple

Previews of Week 6 from Clark Judge, Peter KingJohn Clayton, Bill Simmons and Doug Farrar/Greg Cosell (podcast), plus the most notable reported injuries.

Robert Weintraub offers a remembrance of the late Beano Cook.

WVU QB Geno Smith now sits atop Rob Rang's 2013 Big Board.

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

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