More players dropping like flies

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we'd discussed yesterday, the next several weeks will be all about staying healthy, for the Broncos and every other team.

As John Fox told Arnie Stapleton:

Really, regardless of what time of the year, as a head coach and an organization, you hold your breath. Football is combative and injuries are part of the game, whether it's the offseason, training camp, regular season or even in the playoffs.

He went on:

You try to do everything you can. We talked about when you're practicing against each other, being smart, trying not to finish. You get four practice games to work on your finishing against opponents. So it's something you try to avoid, but no matter how hard you try, sometimes it just happens.

Unfortunately, several players leaguewide have already been lost for the season to non-contact injuries.

Add two more to that list: on Friday, San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL, while Carolina rookie running back Tyler Gaffney tore a meniscus.

These are more reminders that football is a brutal sport, and winning championships isn't simply about whose team is best; it's also about who's luckiest.

The post-SB 48 narrative has consistently been that the Broncos are miles behind Seattle as a team.

But it's not hard to envision a different outcome, had Denver had Von Miller, Ryan Clady, Chris Harris, Derek Wolfe, and/or Rahim Moore.

Injuries will surely provide a hurdle between now and SB 49, but the answer isn't solely just roster depth and that tired next man up mantra.

The Broncos need Lady Luck on their side, too.

Broncos

Videos: Julius Thomas was mic'd up for Saturday's practice, after which Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, and Montee Ball spoke; the BTV crew discussed Saturday's action.

Montee Ball failed in his attempts to block Danny Trevathan and Nate Irving one-on-one, despite having added a few pounds of bulk this offseason.

Wes Welker went gluten-free a few months ago and has his body fat content down to just four percent.

Marvin Austin is impressing, as is Lerentee McCray; T.J. Ward is setting a tougher defensive tone, as advertised; Ronnie Hillman is getting a shot to return kickoffs; Ben Garland is working at left guard with the second team.

Bob Slowik, architect of the worst defenses in Denver history, visited practice; today's practice is open to the public and will take place at SAF@MH.

In a pair of strangely timed columns, Mike Klis revisits the Seahawks' trash talk, while Paul Klee goes over Aqib Talib's checkered off-field history.

Mark Kiszla thinks Dick Monfort should take some cues from the great Pat Bowlen. A good place to start would be hiring people who know how to spell the name of the team's best player.

Woody Paige wonders which of Mr. B's children might take over ownership of the franchise.

News

26-year-old Kansas City tight end Sean McGrath is retiring after just two NFL seasons.

Houston added linebackers Quentin Groves and Lawrence Sidbury; Seattle worked out a trio of running backs.

In a puzzling move, troubled owner Jim Irsay gave out $100 bills at Colts camp on Saturday. 

Analysis

Team previews: San Diego (Greg Gabriel); Seattle (Robert Klemko); Indy (Frank Schwab).

Chase Stuart ranks wide receivers by their yards per reception, adjusted for era.

No Females League

Mike Lupica skewers Roger Goodell's handling of fiancee-beater Ray Rice.

The league's explanation of Rice's ultralenient suspension (as delivered by league waterboy Peter King) was sadly typical of domestic violene cases. Of course, it shouldn't take an expert on domestic violence to figure that out.

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

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