Pre-game Lard and Open Thread: Broncos @ Cardinals

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Although any one of the four Denver players currently on IR will be eligible for activation later in the season thanks to the NFL's IR rule change, the team would have to designate that player by tomorrow night. So, forget about Jason Hunter coming back; the team will surely save the exception for a potential in-season injury to a more important player.

Once a player returns to practice, he will have 21 days to be added back to the 53-man roster.

Broncos

Andy Benoit figures the Broncos will be one of eleven teams to use two tight ends in its base offensive personnel grouping.

Bill Williamson expects Ronnie Hillman to play a big role in the passing game, and for Keith Brooking and Jim Leonhard to be locker room leaders for the Broncos.

Chucky thinks the Denver offense will struggle enough to sync up with PMFM that they'll go 8-8 this season.

Trimmings

While discussing the referees lockout, the Ginger Hammer channeled his inner Brian Xanders by saying, "the long-term goal is to make officiating better and to improve the officiating." Oh, and CHALLENGE.

Pittsburgh lost LB Sean Spence, their third-round pick, to what appears a serious leg injury tonight; Spence is listed on the Steelers' second-team defense.

Unfortunately for Denver, the IR rule change should make it more likely the Ravens will get DPOY Terrell Suggs back in time for the teams' Week 15 matchup in Baltimore.

Dallas is already giving up on a wideout they drafted in the fifth round of April's draft; TItans WR Kenny Britt has been suspended one game by the league for a DUI arrest.

Kansas City auditioned former Titans DT Shaun Smith today; Miami will work out WR Donte' Stallworth.

The Dolphins were in such a rush to get out of Dallas after their loss last night, that their charter plane backed into another plane, delaying their return home until this morning.

Scrapple

Jeffri Chadiha has a few ideas to make the NFL game safer.

Christmas Ape on the Chargers; Drew Magary on the Eagles; a photo of Tom Brady from pregame warmups last night is undoubtedly meme-worthy.

Among Don Banks's predictions for the season is a Broncos reappearance in the playoffs.

Rob Rang presents his first big board of the season, featuring 40 draft-eligible prospects; Bucky Brooks lists his top twelve Heisman candidates.

Via Lindsay Jones, John Elway did a trio of commercials for Dove:

 

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

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