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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Harris says he's ready to play tomorrow; including Harris and Quinton Carter, who were both limited in practice, Denver has listed six players as probable for tomorrow.

Chris Kuper remains out, as he recovers from his forearm injury, and is the only other Bronco on the injury report.

Jack Del Rio says LB Keith Brooking's role will continue to grow; after playing nine snaps against Pittsburgh, Brooking was in for 36 of Denver's 69 defensive snaps on Monday night.

LB Tim Dobbins is questionable for Houston, while eleven others are probable.

Broncos

We've been over the most blatant missed calls from Monday night by the replacement officials. But as Mark Kiszla notes, the last meaningful play of the game featured a more subtle missed call, at least relative to watching the game live on television.

A look at the coaching film confirms what Kiszla says - that Falcons Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez were clearly interfering with the men covering them - Champ Bailey and Mike Adams, respectively. Champ and Pops were basically dragged down the field, away from the play, and clearing the way for Julio Jones to run across the formation completely unaccounted for:

Although Houston's defense comes in ranked #1 almost across the board, they have achieved that ranking while playing just 96 snaps combined against the Dolphins and Jaguars.

As we've been saying all week here at IAOFM, there's no concern at Dove Valley for Elvis Dumervil's lack of sacks, what with his contributions in the run game and in creating pocket pressure.

Tomorrow will mark Joel Dreessen's first matchup with the Texans after playing with them for five seasons.

Andrew Mason explains why concerns over Peyton Manning's arm strength appear overblown, and he notes that Rahim Moore has taken a 15-yard penalty in each of the last four games in which he's taken snaps at safety.

PFF's Trey Cunningham says the Broncos have to be pleased with the play of center J.D. Walton after two rough seasons to start his career.

J.J. Cooper's sack data says the new Manning is holding onto the ball longer than the pre-injury Peyton did.

Videos: John Fox spoke after practice; Rod Smith was honored at SAF@MH; Chris Hall and BTV go over what Denver's offense and defense face tomorrow; Lindsay Jones appeared on NFLN to discuss Manning and the Broncos.

With Rod set to join Denver's Ring of Fame, a few of his old teammates discuss his HOF chances.

Texans

With old friend Wade Phillips coming to town, Jeff Legwold considers the question of what makes some great coordinators such mediocre head coaches.

Houston gave up a 72-yard PR touchdown Week 1, and they have been flagged for three illegal blocks on their own punt returns so far.

Not sure what makes the folks at Forbes think they can evaluate who's overpaid in the NFL, but including Texans CB Johnathan Joseph on the list is a joke. Mike Lombardi agrees with much of the rest of their list, though.

Joseph and WR Andre Johnson have nothing but respect for Champ Bailey.

Trimmings

WR Gerell Robinson, who is on Arizona's practice squad after spending the summer with the Broncos, has been suspended four games for PED use.

Panthers WR Steve Smith criticized QB Cam Newton for sulking on the bench during Thursday night's drubbing by the Giants.

Jets LB Bart Scott, who's boycotting the media this year, threatened a writer/radio host who took a photo of him in the Jets locker room.

A slew of players were fined by the league for Week 2 infractions; the Bills are close to extending their deal to play an annual home game in Toronto.

Scrapple

Benjamin Hoffman and Clark Judge examine the week's matchups; Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell preview Week 3 in their latest podcast; the PFF guys preview Chargers/Falcons and Raiders/Steelers; Bill Simmons is taking the Texans and laying two points.

Jason Whitlock pays tribute to the late, great Steve Sabol.

Bucky Brooks explains what has made the Seahawks defense so successful thus far.

Time Warner Cable, after nine years of dicking over its NFL fan subscribers, has finally reached a deal to carry NFLN.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is finally distancing itself from the Confederate flag. Well done. (via YITR)

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

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