The Daily Lard 10-30-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has interestingly foregone the option to add another running back to the active roster today, so only Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball will suit up in the absence of Willis McGahee. Obviously, Tim Tebow's running skills (on both designed and improvised plays) are a factor, and the team does have two fullbacks in Spencer Larsen and Quinn Johnson, who dressed last week in Miami after having been claimed on waivers from Tennessee three weeks ago. Presumably one of the fullbacks would fill in at halfback should Knowshon and Ball suffer injuries, and TE Dante Rosario has seen action at FB as a Bronco. Denver has one tailback on the practice squad: Jeremiah Johnson, who had been activated for the Week 2 victory over Cincinnati.


Carson Cistulli previews today's matchup and points out that Detroit's defense is a bit better than Miami's.

Andrew Mason and Jeff Legwold preview the game, plus Mason on the Champ/Megatron matchup.

Lindsay Jones chats with Quinton Carter about his remarkable charity work.

Jim Fassel tells Woody that he wouldn't have started Tebow either to start the season if he were the Denver coach, and he thinks Tim will be an NFL success.

Brian Billick breaks down Tebow's TD pass to Daniel Fells last week for NFLN.

No charges have been filed yet in Ryan McBean's stalking case, although he's watching closely for any developments.


Mike Klis addresses the new reputation Ndamukong Suh has earned of being a dirty player, and he taps into Bill Romanowski's expertise on the matter, plus of course how Tebow reacts to it.

Plus, Klis focuses on the return to Denver of Tony Scheffler.

Chris McCosky and Dave Birkett preview the game from Detroit's perspective, plus Birkett lays out the matchups.

Birkett says the Lions are viewing today as something of a must win game, and K Jason Hanson is curious to see how far he can kick it at Denver's altitude.


Dallas released fourth-year RB Tashard Choice yesterday; Choice had been a fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2008.

The Pats' secondary continues to shrink, as they placed rookie Ras-I Dowling on IR a day after cutting veteran Leigh Bodden. 

Shockingly, Cedric Benson's suspension was upheld after being reduced from three games to one, and he'll be sitting out today's game to serve it.

The league is investigating the Chargers' actions after G Kris Dielman suffered a concussion last Sunday, was not examined as such, and then suffered a seizure on the flight home.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei focuses on the relationship between Niners coach Jim Harbaugh and his QB Alex Smith.

Here's what Matt Bowen is looking for today, including more consistent production from Tebow throughout the game.

The latest AFC and NFC Whispers from PFW.

Doug Farrar shares the rest of his conversation with Chris Weinke, this time covering his work with Vikings QB Christian Ponder.

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