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Good Morning, Broncos fans! It will be a busy Thursday for Von Miller.

Denver's third-year star will miss the final day of training camp in order to appeal his NFL-mandated four-game suspension, which was triggered by a failure to conform to the league's PED substance abuse policy.

Von is also dealing with his recent arrest at Centennial Gun Club, where a background check turned up a warrant for a failure to appear in court over traffic violations.

While it's not a big deal that the 24-year-old has some minor traffic citations on his ledger, his having skipped court appearances doesn't send the greatest message, especially as relates to today's appeal.

Even if Von is a super busy guy, and he probably is, then he should have others helping him handle his business.

But first things first: let's all hope Denver's second-most important player wins a reduction on his suspension, if not a complete dismissal.

Broncos News

Videos: Highlights from Wednesday's practice - including Eric Decker and Wes Welker fielding punts - plus John Fox and Rahim Moore speak afterward.

Knowshon Moreno (knee) and Lamaar Thomas (concussion) sat out practice; this morning's is the final practice of camp.

Moore and Ronnie Hillman exchanged some fisticuffs on the practice field.

Director of pro personnel Tom Heckert is back at work today following his DUI-induced suspension.

The Broncos are building a permanent indoor practice facility that should be ready in time for the 2014 season.

Denver's trio of star receivers continue to say they will have no issue with sharing the ball this season.

Sly Williams says his post-high school factory job taught him the value of hard work.

The Broncos hosted service members from the Wounded Warriors Project yesterday at Dove Valley.

Broncos Analysis

Lindsay Jones says Duke Ihenacho has the starting strong safety gig all but locked up.

According to Jeff Legwold, C.J. Anderson has room to improve in terms of consistency and concentration.

Injuries

Pats QB Tom Brady hurt his knee during practice Wednesday, but an MRI was negative, and he may even play on Friday night. It just so happened to be Tim Tebow's birthday yesterday, which led Mike Tanier (and Zombies the world over) to wonder whether the Baby Jesus had anything to do with the injury.

Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer has a torn left triceps and is expected to miss much - if not all - of the season.

Minnesota FB Jerome Felton underwent an emergency appendectomy; Cleveland RB Montario Hardesty, New Orleans LB Jonathan Vilma, and Dallas G Ronald Leary will each have a knee scoped.

News

Old friend Clinton Portis is the lead plaintiff in a suit brought by 83 ex-NFLers against the league for its handling of head injuries.

Teams are beginning to track players on the practice field using GPS and will also do so in select games.

Kansas City added CB Kennard Cox and waived LB Chad Kilgore; New England cut WR Michael JenkinsMiami released K Dan Carpenter and added LB Antwan Applewhite, while G Nate Garner is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury; Washington dumped WR Devery Henderson.

St. Louis LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar was suspended four games for violating the PED policy; San Francisco DL Demarcus Dobbs was suspended one game for substance abuse.

Shannon Sharpe is skeptical about a plan to use retired NFLers for a population study on HGH levels.

Analysis

Chase Stuart continues his fine analysis of receiving stats adjusted for team and era; Rod Smith clocks in five times on the list of the top 200 individual receiving seasons since 1970, which places him among some elite company.

Bucky Brooks thinks Brady & Co. will be more than fine despite their offseason losses, including a possible read-option package for Tim Tebow.

Eric Decker is #18 on Joe Fortenbaugh's list of the top 25 players who will be auditioning for contracts this season.

KSK captionizes Preseason Week 1.

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

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