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Good Morning, Broncos fans! As expected, the team officially added D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster yesterday, and he is expected to be among the 46 game-day actives against San Diego today.

Williams will earn a $950K salary for the rest of the season, plus a $100K escalator for each game during which he's active - a far cry from the pre-suspension $4.9M salary he had been due to make.

Meanwhile, fellow defenders Von Miller and Kevin Vickerson are trying to keep their salaries whole by appealing the fines levied upon them by the NFL for hits on Cam Newton last week. Miller says he was successful in appealing fines for hits on Mark Sanchez last year, while Vickerson is hoping for a reduction of his penalty.

Broncos

Andrew Mason figures the Broncos might use D.J. to help cover Antonio Gates today, and he predicts a seven-point Denver victory.

What made Chris Harris's game-sealing Week 6 pick-six against San Diego even sweeter, was that Philip Rivers had zeroed in on Harris for some smack talk earlier in the evening.

As one might suspect, 5-5 Trindon Holliday has trouble convincing people he's a professional football player; Champ Bailey calls Holliday the fastest teammate he's ever had.

Jeff Legwold gives Denver the edge in every facet except for when they try to run the ball today, and he says the Broncos must be better prepared to face WR Danario Alexander than were the Bucs last week.

One touchdown pass and a win today will move Peyton Manning past Dan Marino on the all-time list in each category.

No surprise here, but Dan Pompei hears the Broncos will use their franchise tag on Ryan Clady if the two sides are again unable to agree to a long-term deal.

Andre Caldwell says his "Bubba" nickname comes from his having been a chubby baby.

Chargers

For the millionth time this week, the Chargers are well aware that today is essentially a must-win game for them.

Malcom Floyd has slid over into the Chargers' Z receiver position, with Alexander taking Floyd's spot at the X.

Chargers kicker Nick Novak was a career-best five-for-five on FG attempts last season in Denver.

Scott Bair goes over a few keys for San Diego today, plus some players who will need to thrive today for the Chargers to have a chance.

Kevin Acee thinks the Chargers are lacking an "it" factor, but that makes it sound like they are actually talented.

Trimmings

Brady Quinn has been cleared to play, but will not start today; the Chiefs placed TE Jake O'Connell on IR; disgruntled fans will wear black to Arrowhead today, and have again hired a plane to fly a "Fire Pioli" banner over the stadium during the game against Cincy.

Detroit activated onetime Bronco Drayton Florence from IR, and placed S Amari Spievey there in his place; Tampa Bay signed DT Matthew Masifilo off San Francisco's practice squad.

RIP Jeff Kaye, who along with Harry Kalas, succeeded the legendary John Facenda as the voice of NFL Films. Kaye died earlier this week at 75.

Scrapple

Rookies are collectively making an unprecedented impact this season, potentially thanks to having been exposed in college to improved strength programs and NFL-style practices.

Matt Bowen considers how the Patriots will try to contain Reggie Wayne, and how the Packers might do the same with Calvin Johnson.

It's only a matter of time before Andrew Luck helps lift John Elway's Stanford Cardinal to the winningest college in terms of NFL playoff wins for quarterbacks.

Offal

Perhaps the Jets don't want to play the Ultimate Teammate™ because they would run the risk of triggering a massive contract escalator. As ridiculous as that sounds, it becomes more feasible when considering that GM Mike Tannenbaum (who earned that title on the supposed strength of his work with contracts) whiffed on the recapture language in the UT's deal back in March.

Now that he's occupying a ring in the Jets circus, and the Broncos are back to playing repeatably good football, the UT's former Denver teammates have only good things to say about him, egged on by Mike Klis (who thinks the Jets should make the subject of his own book their starting QB).

Elway and Luck's alma mater pulled off a shocker in Eugene, essentially finishing off Oregon's hopes for a national championship with a 17-14 OT victory.

Who runs a quarterback sneak on 1st and 10? Your CU Buffs, that's who.

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

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