NFL muscles ESPN out of concussion doc

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! As is the norm around the NFL, Denver's starters are expected to play into the second half of tomorrow night's game against St. Louis.

Wes Welker (ankle sprain), who sat out Thursday after returning to practice on Wednesday, will not play.

Champ Bailey (foot strain) was off crutches, but remains in a walking boot, while Joel Dreessen performed conditioning drills and may return for the preseason finale against Arizona next week.

Ryan Lilja and Robert Ayers were again out.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox and Derek Wolfe speak after practice; BTV on Saturday's game against St. Louis.

Wolfe says he's still in pain after last week's scare, but that he plans to be ready for the season opener. Malik Jackson is expected to start in his stead.

The Broncos are converting four suites at SAF@MH into ten smaller ones.

Broncos Analysis

Denver's running backs and their fumbles were again a topic of discussion on Thursday; Jeff Legwold says Knowshon Moreno remains the best pass protector of the bunch.

Julius Thomas is one of Gil Brandt's preseason revelations.

News

Aaron Hernandez was indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the killing of Odin Lloyd.

San Diego will visit with CB Richard Marshall, recently of Miami; the LOLJets added WR Mohamed Massaquoi, are bringing back T Jason Smith, and will start Geno Smith at QB tomorrow night; San Francisco placed former Broncos safety Darcel McBath on IR and signed QB Seneca Wallace; Cleveland waived punter T.J. Conley.

The Patriots are so concerned about letting the rest of the NFL in on the winning play(s) they've set aside for the Ultimate Teammate™ that they didn't even utlilize him last night. After all, why give away the keys to your whole season, amirite?

The No Fun League fined RG3 $10K over an unlicensed t-shirt he wore during a pre-game warmup.

Analysis

Chris Brown's latest must-read piece is a discussion of what a young quarterback must do to lift his play to the greatness of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

Andy Benoit on the Eagles; PFF on the Chargers; Christmas Ape on the Chiefs; Robert Mays on Titans tackle Michael Roos; Mays and Bill Barnwell discuss the Broncos and Chiefs in their latest podcast.

Pete Prisco examines the talented young defensive linemen Peyton will see across from him tomorrow night.

Chase Stuart has teamed with FanDuel to create a way for knowledgeable fans to cash in on their expertise.

Media

The Worldwide Leader has dropped out of its concussion project with Frontline, obviously because the NFL is going to be supremely pissed with the end product.

Sean Pamphilon's film "The United States of Football" isn't getting the greatest of reviews so far.

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