Negative MRI on Franklin Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Right tackle Orlando Franklin is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason opener at San Francisco.

However, the team got great news in the form of an MRI which showed no serious damage to Franklin's injured hip.

Provided that the newly unretired Ryan Lilja is physically ready to do so, Jeff Legwold says to look for Louis Vasquez to start at right tackle on Thursday, with Lilja taking over for Vasquez at right guard.

Broncos

John Elway had Peyton Manning make the team's initial contact with Lilja, who heard from the Bears that same day. Mike Klis says contract extension talk between the Broncos and Eric Decker isn't likely to occur anytime soon.

Third-year tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green continue to show improvement in the absence of Joel Dreessen and the limited presence of Jacob Tamme.

Brock Osweiler's goals for this preseason are much loftier than they were a year ago.

News

Once the league and NFLPA settle on a structure for HGH testing, the two sides are expected to agree upon harsher punishment for DUI arrests.

San Diego signed LB Jerrell Harris; Chargers fans are already in midseason form, as the team is trying to avoid a blackout of its preseason opener Thursday.

Exonerated Falcons LB Brian Banks continues to stay in the moment and appreciate his NFL opportunity; fellow linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered a dislocated finger.

Analysis

Mike Tanier ranks quarterbacks in terms of how much stupid stuff is written and said about them, with the much maligned Tony Romo leading the way.

Neil Paine charts how quarterbacks age as measured by ANY/A relative to the league average.

John Clayton checks in from Rams camp; Greg Bedard thinks the loss of TE Dennis Pitta will have a serious impact on Baltimore's offense.

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