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Good Morning, Broncos fans! No new word yet on the health of Denver cornerback Tracy Porter.

But if/when Porter is cleared to play, Mike Klis expects he'll spend a week working behind youngsters Chris Harris and Tony Carter, who have proven themselves more than capable in his absence.

As for the sophomore improvement exhibited by Rahim Moore, Klis says the 22-year old has matured quite a bit, perhaps thanks to the humbling experience of a difficult rookie season. Moore apparently worked extremely hard over the offseason and has earned newfound respect from both teammates and coaches.

Broncos

Keith Brooking says Peyton Manning is lying when he says he's not yet back to playing like his usual self.

John Elway says the injury to Joe Mays will create a bigger role for undrafted rookie Steven Johnson.

As Arnie Stapleton tells it, the coaching staff has no poorly-devised plans to reduce Wesley Woodyard's playing time once D.J. Williams is back.

According to Klis, the Broncos chose to promote Duke Ihenacho over Mike Mohamed for the speed he brings to special teams, and he says that (of course) the Broncos aren't interested in trading for Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams.

Jeff Legwold thinks it remains unanswered whether Denver's nickel package can hold up against the run, says the Broncos are pleased with the leadership by example from their oldest players, and tells us to expect more broken records from Peyton as the season progresses.

Among his weekly observations, Nathan Jahnke notes that Demaryius Thomas is averaging 15.2 yards on the 12 screen passes he's caught.

Irv Moss revisits the mind-boggling 1971 decision by then-Broncos coach Lou Saban to run out the clock on a 10-10 tie with the Dolphins rather than try for a go-ahead score.

Trimmings

St. Louis is reportedly not interested in dealing RB Steven Jackson; teams reportedly are contacting Carolina regarding the potential availability of WR Steve Smith.

Seattle dealt WR Mike Thomas to Detroit and waived QB John Parker Wilson; New England cut LB Bobby Carpenter; Seahawks WR Ben Obomanu and Bucs G Carl Nicks were both placed on IR.

Chiefs OC Brian Daboll tried in vain to explain why RB Jamaal Charles only received eight touches in KC's loss to Oakland; San Diego's receiving corp is banged up heading into tomorrow's game, and Billy Ray Smith thinks they overlooked the Browns. 

Scrapple

After eight weeks, Mike Tanier thinks the Broncos are the league's third-best team, and he expects them to have an easy time taking the AFCW title.

Mike Freeman isn't convinced that Alex Smith can get the ball down the field (PFF's figures confirm he hasn't tried to very much), and he says Nuggets PG Ty Lawson's mammoth guarantee is a reminder of how NFL owners have players over a barrel.

Brian Burke says Smith is leading the league in Air Yards, but that his vast improvement since 2009 has only turned him into a league-average quarterback.

Bill Barnwell thinks an easy schedule and some very lucky breaks have a lot to do with why the Falcons are undefeated.

Jason Whitlock thinks Andy Reid and Jason Garrett should be fired midseason, and he's now even making the case for Peyton as MVP.

At least PK can admit that ranking the Broncos behind the Ravens, Dolphins, and Steelers was really stupid on his part.

Over at PFF, their best (Peyton Manning, Willis McGahee, Demaryius Thomas, Von Miller) and worst (Elvis Dumervil) players from Week 8, their midseason All-Pros (Miller), and best of the AFCW (Manning, McGahee, Jacob Tamme, Thomas, Ryan Clady, Orlando Franklin, Zane Beadles, Miller, Champ Bailey).

Matt Bowen analyzes Julio Jones's TD catch against Nnamdi Asomugha and one of Rob Gronkowski's touchdowns against the Rams in London; Doug Farrar goes over the ridiculous amount of dropped passes by RG3's receivers on Sunday.

Offal

Rumors of Jacksonville and the Jets discussing a Tebow trade are apparently BS; Catler is working on a stache.

Christmas Ape shares his brilliant annual list of Halloween costume ideas for NFL players.

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