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Good Morning, Broncos fans! The unraveling life and career of Chad Johnson was front and center yesterday.

Just 41 days into their marriage, and three days after Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic violence, Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce, calling the union "irretrievably broken."

To make matters worse, the publicity-seeking wideout's release from the Dolphins was broadcast and recorded for posterity as part of HBO's Hard Knocks. At least Johnson and coach Joe Philbin appeared to handle the whole thing well, for what that's worth.

Chad expressed contrition in a statement, but considering the circumstances, chose some unfortunate wording when he said about his soon-to-be ex-wife, "I truly love her to death."

Meanwhile, Will Brinson and Nate Davis recap the Hard Knocks episode, and Ben Stockwell previews the Dolphins' season for PFF.

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Peyton Manning made the television rounds yesterday for DirecTV®, visiting with Jim Rome and Trey Wingo to discuss his transition to Denver and the progress of his returning arm strength. Of course, Peyton doesn't want to stupidly attach a percentage to his arm strength like Mike Klis and Woody Paige did, but he says he still has work to do there - which we all could see last Thursday.

With no practice-squad eligibility to fall back on, RB Xavier Omon realizes this may be his final chance to make a 53-man roster.

Here are Andrew Mason's practice report and photos from yesterday, plus video of practice from BTV.

The story out of Dove Valley continues to be that the team will use plenty of two-back sets this season, but count us among the skeptical.

Jeff Legwold hit up his trusty Rolodex to learn that other teams are expecting the Broncos to have a fierce pass rush this season, and he will surely earn some brownie points with Sacco for listing the organization's longest-tenured employees.

Mike Klis leads off his latest mailbag by answering a question we covered ten days ago, and he resists a reader's urge to already call Nate Irving a bust. 

Former Broncos safety Renaldo Hill is working as a graduate assistant for the Wyoming Cowboys.

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One of the NFL's many insurers has decided it wants no part in defending the league against concussion lawsuits. Meanwhile, a federal court ruling says ex-players may seek workers' compensation benefits in California if they can show they suffered injuries while playing in that state.

Steelers LB James Harrison has yet to practice this summer, and may need arthroscopic surgery on his knee which could keep him out of the season opener in Denver. This would certainly soften the blow of Chris Kuper's absence. On the topic of Pittsburgh, Andy Benoit sees a maturing Ben Roethlisberger whom he expects will mesh well with Handshake Haley, a young and talented offensive line, the potential for a "borderline unstoppable" offense, and a Super Bowl team once again.

Former Gators RB Jeff Demps, who eschewed the draft for the Olympics (where he won a silver medal as part of the 4x100 meter relay team), filed for entrance to the NFL and will be a free agent.

The blood clot in Giants DT Shaun Rogers's knee will cost him the season, and the team has signed former Broncos draftee DT Carlton Powell to take his spot; Washington DT Chris Neild is done for the year with a torn ACL; Vikings WR Michael Jenkins accepted a pay cut.

Tom Brady is apathetic to concerns regarding the league's use of replacement officials. Perhaps he figures it's still a level playing field, and that the increased number of bad calls will be randomly distributed anyway. Apparently, the league will be placing senior supervisors on each sideline to help the replacement crews try to avoid catastrophic errors.

Jaguars coach Mark Mike Mularkey will donate $250 to charity (matched by the team's foundation) for every touchdown his players score sans celebration. So, it's the No Fun League, but at least for a cause.

Because the league relaxed its deadline for teams to lower their blackout thresholds (until their first preseason home games), a few franchises still hold the option of doing so. The Bucs are one of three teams to have lowered their figure so far, but their preseason home opener will still be blacked out.

Carson Palmer provided one of his rookie linemen with a dong-shaped haircut. Always knew the Raiders were just a bunch of dickheads...

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Judging by this study, it's too bad the Broncos don't host more East Coast teams for night games. Hopefully the Steelers will feel the effects, even if it's just a two-hour difference.

Chase Stuart challenges the notion that certain running backs can really be "injury prone" by pointing out that consistently healthy backs are more the rare exception than the norm.

Christmas Ape checks in on the Chiefs.

Pepsi and the NFL are sponsoring new theme songs for a few teams, thankfully not including the Broncos. There's enough terrible music in pro sports already. With that in mind, our sentiments align with Matt Yoder's: how about choosing better songs for viral videos, like such...

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

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