MRI on Sly’s knee negative Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver received another injury scare on Monday, this one involving first-rounder Sylvester Williams and his knee. Thankfully, the MRI was negative, and Sly is considered day-to-day at this point.

To Andrew Mason's eye, Sylvester has shown himself to be one quick cat, while fellow rookie lineman Quanterus Smith continues to impress. Duke Ihenacho is apparently keeping himself in the safety competition, at least for now.

C.J. Anderson and Von Miller were apparently among the other standouts.

Robert Ayers and Jacob Tamme were limited by leg injuries; the team has a day off today, and will return to practice tomorrow.

Broncos News

Videos: John Fox and Steve Vallos speak after practice Monday; Chris Hall discusses Manny Ramirez's ascension to the starting center gig; Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme visit with Vic Lombardi.

Here are the comments by Ramirez and Vallos from those clips.

It's small solace at this point, but at least Manny spent OTAs and minicamp as the starting center.

Montee Ball is well aware that protecting Peyton Manning is his highest priority.

Undrafted safety Ross Rasner employed a unique strategy to carry a bunch of shoulder pads off the field on Monday.

Zach Fogg thinks a dude who's never played center can and should suddenly become Denver's starting center. Yeah, makes total sense.

Retired Broncos

Simon Fletcher says he's relatively healthy, seems to think he'll someday get the Ring of Fame recognition he clearly deserves, and strangely thinks offensive linemen weighed 360-370 pounds in his day.

Unfortunately, Rod Smith still thinks Super Bowls are the only true measure of a quarterback, as if John Elway weren't an all-time great prior to 1997.

News

Houston has signed Joe Mays, reuniting him with Matt Schaub, whose ear he ripped off last year.

Two more players were lost for the year: Eagles LB Jason Phillips and Bears DE Turk McBride.

Oakland brought back LB Omar Gaither; Baltimore did the same with FB Vonta Leach, whom they'd cut for cap reasons; Tampa Bay added S Troy Nolan; Miami will work out WR Laurent Robinson today; Green Bay signed two players.

The Eagles will retire Donovan McNabb's #5 jersey in September; Mike Tanier says McNabb fits in with the rest of Philly's star athletes.

Fox Sports 1 has hired Brian Urlacher as an analyst.

Quotes

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor says nobody had ever taught him how to throw a football prior to this offseason.

Browns tackle Joe Thomas admits that playing for a perennial loser "sucks" and is "drudgery."

Aaron Hernandez

Police divers searched a lake in Aaron Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, CT, yesterday, in search of the gun used to kill Odin Lloyd.

Authorities in Florida are investigating Hernandez's possible role in multiple shootings that date back to his freshman year of 2007.

Analysis

With the HOF inductions coming up this weekend, Tanier predicts who will be inducted in the next five years: he sees Randy Gradishar finally getting in as a Seniors Committee selection in 2017, but he doesn't think Terrell Davis will make it, even if he knows TD is deserving.

Bucky Brooks thinks E.J. Manuel, Blaine Gabbert, Geno Smith, Matt Flynn, and Michael Vick will win their respective QB battles.

Neil Hornsby reports from Patriots camp; the SC guys discuss the Texans' on-field and caponomic outlooks.

Given Ben Volin's ridiculous article about the UT™, it appears there's still some hope that Tebowmania will attract readers and viewers. Of course, Volin is the dummy who made this claim.

Over at KSK, a translation of PK's MMQB, an appreciation of Roger Goodell from PFT Commenter, and some proof that Denver chose quite well by going with Montee Ball over Eddie Lacy, who does not resemble an NFL running back.

Maths

Obviously, no current Broncos make Bill Barnwell's list of the worst contracts in the NFL, although former friend Eddie Royal does.

Because Denver's schedule was so weak, Peyton Manning's best game relative to Adjusted Net Yards above average ranks just 21st among all QB performances.

Peyton Manning's 2012 campaign ranks third among all QB seasons as graded by PFF since 2008, while his 2008 season ranks 16th.

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

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