Mourning McKinley and RB swap Lard 9-22-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. Yesterday was another somber day for the Broncos, as the organization began its mourning process for their late teammate Kenny McKinley. Coach McDaniels and Wes Woodyard spoke about McKinley, for whom there will be a moment of silence at Sunday’s game versus the Colts. The Broncos will wear a decal of McKinley’s number 11 on their helmets and his locker will be left in tact for the season.

Here is the Broncos’ video tribute to McKinley.

RIP Kenny McKinley

DP - Klis has details of McKinley’s death. McKinley’s body was found with a gun in his hand and a strong smell of marijuana in the room. The article may be a bit graphic for some…

DP - The NFLPA has set up a trust fund for the benefit of McKinley’s young son Keon in his education and health care.

DP - Krieger points out that outward appearances can hide a person’s true emotions. Importantly, he stresses that depression should be something to talk openly and honestly about rather than bury and hide.

DB - Josh McDaniels and Wesley Woodyard shared their memories of Kenny McKinley (Video). Gray Caldwell summarizes their pressers.

DB - Team photographer Eric Lars Bakke has fond recollections of Kenny McKinley. Here are some more from a few of McKinley’s former coaches and teammates.

DP - Legwold with more on McD and WW’s pressers and the circumstances of McKinley’s death. Meanwhile, friends of McKinley cite his second season-ending knee injury as a detriment to his mental health.

KDVR - An important set of reminders to help anyone you know who may be thinking about suicide.


DP - Denver made another pair of moves at RB, releasing Lance Ball and re-signing Andre Brown, who had been waived following the acquisition of Laurence Maroney. Brown is healed from his turf toe injury and will dress on Sunday.

DP - It’s not a sure thing the Broncos will have Champ Bailey (heel) and Andre’ Goodman (thigh) in uniform on Sunday.

DP - That running game will need to fare better than it has so far for the Broncos to beat Indy.

DP - Legwold reminds us that some poor throws by Matt Hasselbeck made the Denver D look a bit better than it really was on Sunday. Hard to argue with that; Peyton Manning will not likely make those same mistakes.

DB - Here’s the summary of the Broncos’ press release for the upcoming game versus the Colts.

DB - Perrish Cox spoke on Monday of his first NFL INT and preparing to face Peyton Manning & Company (Video).

DB - Demaryius Thomas is up for two weekly awards for his debut. Vote for him here and here.

DB - The Broncos family got together Monday to honor Darrent Williams and support the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. Meanwhile, a few current players supported the NFL Play 60 initiative at the Boys & Girls Club (Video).


With today’s deadline looming, rumors of a Vincent Jackson trade to Minnesota are flying.

Monte Poole thinks it’d be crazy for Jokeland to switch QBs at this point.

Other Stuff

Kyle Orton’s performance on Sunday placed him atop FO’s DYAR ranking for the week, while DT’s debut made him the third-most valuable WR.

DVOA does not paint a pretty picture so far of the Broncos’ play.

Part 2 of Brian Burke’s comparison shows that teams utilizing 3-4 defenses have been much more successful than those employing 4-3 schemes.

Pat Kirwan looks at the QB switches around the league.

Don Banks hints at the comparisons that are sure to come between Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Marshall.

Andrew Brandt answers questions about Favre (who else?), female reporters, and breaking into the football biz.

Lombardi thinks the Niners mishandled the clock late in their loss to the Saints.

Peter King’s mailbag. Me, I’d rather read the one that’s coming tomorrow…

Andy Reid is sticking with Michael Vick at QB. Matt Bowen likes the decision.

Pats RB Kevin Faulk has a torn ACL. So does Falcons RB Jerious Norwood.

Shanny and Co. dumped Larry Johnson.

Texans LT Duane Brown has been suspended four games by the league for substance abuse.

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