Prater working on mechanics (shouldn’t be new news) Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's probably not worthwhile to place one's hope in the idea that appeals judge Roger Goodell will turn over a suspension handed down by judge/jury/executioner Roger Goodell.

But in the case of Von Miller and his four-game ban, we can at least take comfort in knowing that the Denver All-Pro didn't fail a drug test.

Then there's this, from Peter King in his MMQB column:

Miller’s defense could be that he didn’t test positive, but that he simply missed a test. The NFL’s procedure is that a missed test can count as a positive test. Or, as one source with knowledge of the case told me, Miller at least has a chance to beat the rap—partially or in whole—if he can prove he was simply late for the test or has a valid excuse for missing it.

So, you're saying there's a chance...

Does hanging out at the Playboy Mansion count as a valid excuse?


Dan Koppen's wasn't the only injury from Sunday, as Derek Wolfe hurt his ankle; Ryan Clady was limited, while C.J. Davis and Andre Caldwell sat out.

Safety Duke Ihenacho continues to draw praise, along with Danny Trevathan, Julius Thomas (more on him here), and perennial camp star Jeremiah Johnson.

Shaun Phillips hasn't been pleased with his own performance in camp thus far.

Placekicker Matt Prater thankfully has the mindset of needing to improve his accuracy, but let's not make it out like 2012 was an outlier. Prater has been maddeningly inconsistent during four of his five seasons in Denver (he had a good overall conversion rate in 2009, but two misses from inside 39 yards is deplorable).

In other Denver nuggets from PK, Peyton Manning says his passion for football hasn't waned a bit, John Elway is a big fan of DRC, Matt Russell likely won't be back with the team until sometime during the regular season, plus a highly irresponsible (obscene?) statistical likening of Wes Welker to Jerry Rice (no mention of eras, schemes, or roles).

Even while the Broncos turned the clock back to the 1950s in 2011, Demaryius Thomas wasn't complaining about a lack of targets; he instead was offering constructive ideas in offensive meetings, which sure says a lot about him. Meanwhile, Lindsay Jones says Demaryius - whom teammates apparently call Juggernaut - showed up at camp nine pounds lighter than last year, and faster. Can't wait for the character assassination that will surely come when he seeks to get paid what he deserves in a year...

Videos: Highlights from Sunday's practice; John Fox, Von Miller, and Ronnie Hillman speak afterward.


Buffalo added former Broncos lineman Tony Hills and OL Antoine Caldwell; LB Joe Mays is visiting with the Texans.

San Diego signed CB William MiddletonBaltimore added TE Visanthe Shiancoe to replace the injured Dennis Pitta; Arizona claimed TE Mickey Shuler off waivers from Buffalo; Miami lost WR Armon Binns to a torn ACL and MCL.

Donovan McNabb will finally retire today, as a member of the Eagles.

Chargers LB Manti Te'o helped fellow rookie D.J. Fluker overcome a fear of water that stemmed from a childhood pool incident.


Neil Hornsby checks in from Raiders and Niners camp; Andy Benoit discusses the Lions' prospects; the SC guys analyze the Falcons' on-field and capononic outlooks.

Mike Tanier says Jets camp is drama-free and no longer resembles a circus, now that Tebowmania has left town.

John Clayton responds to emails, including one about the Broncos' 2013 schedule.

Demaryius Thomas's 2012 campaign is the third best among all receivers graded by PFF since 2008, while Brandon Lloyd's 2010 season ranks seventh; Wes Welker's 2011 ranks tenth.


Relative to all quarterbacks over the first four years of their careers since 1960, John Elway ranks sixth in both wins and wins over .500.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos defense were terrific for fantasy teams last year, but their numbers were aided by the relative ease of their schedule.


Richard Deitsch discusses the burgeoning rivalry between ESPN and new competitor Fox Sports 1, and he offers the welcome news that Judy Battista will not only be reporting for NFLN, but will be writing for

FS1 imported Jay Onrait, Dan O'Toole, and their modern Dan-and-Keith-like act from north of the border to host Fox Sports Live.

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

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