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Good Evening, Broncos fans! Denver is edging its way to better health, as veteran defenders Keith Brooking and Jim Leonhard were full participants in the team's (unpadded) practice on Tuesday (photos).

Brooking says he feels great, but isn't sure whether he'll play on Thursday night at Arizona.

Omar Bolden (knee) and Lance Ball (ribs) both practiced after suffering minor injuries on Sunday, while Tony Hills (neck) was sidelined along with Chris Kuper, who is still recovering from his broken forearm.

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Mike McCoy and Jack Del Rio (videos) spoke to the press after practice; naturally, both coaches say Thursday will be important for players hoping to stick.

Willis McGahee, Eric Decker, and Joel Dreessen spoke to season ticket holders today via conference call.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis tries to explain why the Broncos shouldn't go after Plaxico Burress and Maurice Jones-Drew (apparently because MJD's holdout will make him less effective), and he thinks the team could be interested in picking up another blocking TE while Virgil Green serves his suspension. 

Jeff Legwold says Brooking is unlikely to play Thursday, and he expects the team to be scouring the waiver and cut wires for linebackers.

Deadspin's Timothy Burke: not as fond of John Elway's sportscoat as Ted and I are. Could use some epaulets, though...

Trimmings

NFLPA boss De Smith says the union would consider striking if the league doesn't bring back the regular officials. He may not be joking, but he surely isn't serious. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and several others remain highly critical of the shoddy work being done by the replacements.

WR Mike Wallace reported to the Steelers today as expected, and says he'll be ready for the opener at SAF@MH. Pittsburgh activated linebackers James Harrison and Jason Worilds from the PUP list, although it's unclear whether Harrison will be ready Week 1. Rookie guard David DeCastro will definitely miss the opener, but his knee injury will not land him on IR. The Steelers will become the first NFL team to establish a program to help raise concussion awareness.

A day after appearing to win Washington's PK competition, Graham Gano was released in favor of Billy Cundiff, who had been cut by Baltimore yesterday. Shanny & Co. also released TE Chris Cooley, seen here in some too-short shorts with old friend Brandon Lloyd.

Atlanta released QB Chris Redman and replaced him with Luke McCown; Cincy may lose C Kyle Cook for the season with a foot and ankle injury; RB Brian Westbrook will retire as an Eagle.

As part of their transition to a classier organization, the Raiders are giving out free radiation along with game tickets.

Scrapple

FO's Mike Kurtz continues his officiating primer with a look at special teams; hopefully the replacement refs will read the article a few times over.

Turning to defense, Mike Lombardi counts Von Miller among his blue-chippers and Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil among his red-chippers in his annual update.

Although his research finds that luck usually catches up to teams that win a lot of close games in a given year, Scott Kacsmar figures that bringing in PMFM could help the Broncos avoid such a regression.

Bill Barnwell lists the types of contracts he thinks can harm NFL franchises, of course including deals for kickers like Denver gave Matt Prater.

Christmas Ape checks in on the Steelers and Eagles, plus a few of the Cowboys' new guidelines for Dez Bryant's behavior.

Could there ever be a more drastic example of the ESPN masturbatory echo chamber than Herm Edwards ranking the league's coaches (Norv = elite), and Bill Williamson analyzing Herm's analysis? Surely Edwards has been doing the rounds on the Network, explaining his list. BTW, he includes John Fox among the elite coaches, and has six (SIX!) current coaches as being HOF-worthy, including Shanny. Hahaha, Norv.

Offal

The Jets claimed a punter off waivers from the Browns and received $1.55M from the Rams in their Wayne Hunter/Jason Smith trade. Drew Magary and a bunch of long-suffering Jets fans consider the prospects of Teebs & Company; at least a Tebow-centric blog discovered something positive to focus on from his woeful preseason. Clark Judge found another sunny note on Timmy: Ronnie Brown thinks the lefty who throws like he's right-handed could thrive in the Wildcat, and why not?

Also on the bright side, the punt protector will have an entire episode of NFLN's A Football Life dedicated to him. Be sure to visit IAOFM for the live blog. No, not really...

Here are some horrific NFL-inspired tattoos, including one of the Manning brothers and another that you'll recall some poor schmuck in Denver received last season.

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

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