SAF@MH Scrimmage Day Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team will hold its annual scrimmage tonight at SAF@MH; it's expected that more than 40,000 fans will attend.

While Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will not be on the field, expectations continue to be that he will be back in time for the regular season opener against Baltimore, and Chris Harris and Tony Carter continue to benefit from his absence.

Sylvester Williams and Jacob Tamme were held out of practice again on Friday, although John Fox says Sly should return to action soon; Derek Wolfe was sent home with an illness, and it's not clear that he'll be around tonight. Fellow K-Staters Ryan Lilja and Nigel Malone participated in their first practice with the team, while Quant Smith and Lerentee McCray returned after having been held out on Thursday.

Broncos

As of yesterday, the Broncos have a healthy $9.287M in cap room, much of which they figure to carry into 2014 to help with the new contracts they're sure to dish out next year.

Video: Highlights from practice; John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, and Montee Ball speak afterward; Terrell Davis interviews Champ Bailey for NFLN.

Ronnie Hillman and Danny Trevathan again stood out, while Lerentee McCray made the most of his return; Del Rio says Duke Ihenacho has been the most pleasant surprise of camp.

Brock Osweiler and Duke Ihenacho continue to receive heaps of praise for their development.

Now that last year's health questions are behind him, Peyton Manning figures to see less preseason action this time around, meaning more snaps for Osweiler.

Peyton has the Broncos referring to Lilja by the nickname Taylor Hicks.

Brian McIntyre breaks down the Broncos' on-field prospects for the season.

Terrell Davis, should-be HOFer

Montee Ball got to meet Davis, his childhood idol, and picked his brain.

TD likened the loss to Baltimore to the '96 playoff debacle against Jacksonville.

Andrew Mason revisits the seismic special teams hit that helped put TD on the map in '95. It almost didn't happen though, with a chili dog perhaps to blame.

News

Oakland gave K Sebastian Janikowski a four-year extension; San Francisco signed WRs Austin Collie and LaVelle Hawkins; Seattle will sign WR Early Doucet.

Ravens CB Asa Jackson was suspended eight games for violating the PED policy.

Riley Cooper

The Eagles have excused WR Riley Cooper from all football activities while he seeks counseling.

While I appreciate where Ted is coming from regarding personal growth, I think there's nothing wrong with labeling Cooper a racist until he proves otherwise. And if/once he does so, then he should be applauded. 

Were the public reaction not so swift and severe, Cooper and the Eagles would likely have just continued about their business. Bigots of all forms need to be called out and embarrassed, else there's little to no hope of them become non-bigots, or reverse bigots in the parlance of other bigots.

As explained by Gregg Doyel, Cooper would be quite well served to follow the example of Niners corner Chris Culliver, who was castigated for his use of a gay slur earlier in the year, and used the incident to become a better person.

Analysis

PFF on the Bears and Panthers; Don Banks on the Baltimore defense, and it sure is weird to see Elvis Dumervil in a Ravens uniform.

Chase Stuart discusses the long odds faced by Adrian Peterson in his quest to break Emmitt Smith's all-time career rushing yardage mark.

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