Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos are expected to announce their final 53-man roster far in advance of the 6pm ET deadline, given that they are practicing today for a game on Thursday.
Presumably, the names will trickle out throughout the morning, and perhaps into the afternoon.
There's always a mild surprise or two, and considering Denver's depth of talent, today should be no exception.
I'm not sure any of these would even qualify as mild surprises, but I'll float Ryan Lilja, Jacob Hester, Paris Lenon, Quentin Jammer, Jeremiah Johnson, and Ross Rasner (who clearly cannot be a "lock" to make the team, as was suggested somewhere in the Twittersphere on Thursday night) as bubble-ish cuts.
I hope Lerentee McCray doesn't end up on IR with an injury that may only keep him out for 4-6 weeks, but could see that happening.
Of course, Von Miller will be moved to the reserve/suspended list, so the Broncos will essentially be cutting down to 54, if we include Von.
McCray apparently has a high ankle sprain, while John Fox says he decided against risking Von Miller's health to just have him play a handful of snaps against Arizona.
We can only hope that Kayvon Webster learns to appreciate the difference between playing tough football and delivering a head-to-head hit.
Karl Mecklenburg is pleased with the NFL's concussion settlement.
Indications continue to be that Denver will be spreading the carries among its running backs this season, but why no mention of C.J. Anderson?
Andrew Mason discusses Omar Bolden's switch from exclusive cornerback to versatile corner/safety.
Sam Monson liked what he saw from Brock Osweiler and Gerell Robinson on Thursday, but thought Quanterus Smith, Steven Johnson, and the announcing crew were pretty terrible.
Among his predictions for the season, Don Banks says Wes Welker will be less productive in Denver than Danny Amendola will be in New England, Montee Ball will top 1,000 yards, and the Broncos will win 11 games and take the AFCW.
Although Sexy Rexy hasn't yet announced who will be the starting QB for his LOLJets, all signs are pointing to Geno Smith being that man; RB/KR Joe McKnight, whom the Jets had cut earlier in the week, will work out for Green Bay.
Andrew Luck says he never set for himself the unreachable goal of filling Peyton Manning's shoes in Indy.
Kudos to Peter King & Co., as The MMQB will no longer refer to the Washington football club by their blatantly racist name. The unbearable persecution of racists continues, but in other news, people still have the freeeeeedom to say whatever they want...
The Packers have cut Vince Young; Seattle is expected to cut CB Antoine Winfield; Carolina has waived QB Jimmy Clausen, on whom they spent a second-rounder in 2010; the LOLJets have cut K Dan Carpenter and DT Antonio Garay, he of the Hello Kitty smart car; Cleveland cut WR David Nelson; Atlanta waived exonerated LB Brian Banks; Chicago cut T J'Marcus Webb.
Giants RB Andre Brown is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with his leg fracture.
A sprained MCL will likely cost Niners RB LaMichael James 3-4 weeks, just as the same injury has for C.J. Anderson.
Cincy DE Dequin Evans has been banned eight games for a PED violation.
Pat Kirwan thinks game-day rosters should be expanded from 46 players to 50, and hey, why not?
Not sure what took me so long to notice, but Doug Farrar left Shutdown Corner and has been writing for SI for a while now. Anyway, here's his latest podcast with Greg Cosell, in which they discuss the preseason, and he says Adam Gase and Mini Shanny are on the rise to future head coaching gigs.
Doug Farrar is convinced that Chargers QB Philip Rivers can return to greatness with the help of Mike McCoy.
Chase Stuart explains how to schedule a season for a potential London NFL franchise while minimizing travel pain for all involved.
As Barry Petchesky's excellent timeline bears out, scientific information on concussions and football goes back a hell of a lot farther than the NFL would have us think.