The Daily Lard 11-3-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Quinton Carter, Virgil Green and Cassius Vaughn did not practice yesterday, while Willis McGahee and Orlando Franklin were limited. John Fox says McGahee will only play Sunday if he's able to use both of his hands effectively.

Out in Oakland, RB Darren McFadden is still on crutches and in a walking boot, so don't expect him to play Sunday; rather, Denver can figure upon seeing a steady diet of Michael Bush, a RB many Broncos fans had hoped the team would acquire via FA. Also not practicing were LB Rolando McClain, K Sebastian Janikowski, and CBs Chris Johnson and Chimdi Chekwa. Janikowski is expected to play, and his replacement against KC, Dave Rayner, is no longer on the team's roster.


Notes from Andrew Mason and Jeff Legwold

John Elway was out in Palo Alto yesterday to scout Andrew Luck.

Legwold points out that both Denver and Oakland have undergone major change since their Week 1 matchup, more on the Tebowification of Denver's playbook, and who to blame for Tebow's 13 sacks.

Notes from Andrew Mason, plus he details the musical-chairs act going on in the Denver secondary.

Mike Klis says Sunday is a must-win game for both Denver and Oakland.

Woody Paige says everyone at Dove Valley is at fault for the team's struggles, and he even goes so far as to say that Von Miller hasn't performed exceptionally.

Video of John Fox and Tim Tebow speaking yesterday after practice and the No Huddle crew talking Tebow on NFLN, notes and photos from practice, Gray Caldwell's notes.

Captain Caveman doesn't appreciate blaming everyone but Tebow for Denver's woes, and Drew Magary says God isn't as big a fan of Tebow as we're told he is. Am I allowed to say this is funny? Well, it is.


Oakland waived WR Derek Hagan to make room for T.J. Whosyourmama, whom Hue Jackson essentially said he signed because Al Davis is dead and can't overrule him like he did during the offseason.

Carson Palmer is excited to be joined by Houshmandzadeh, who says his play in the middle of the field is a good complement to the Raiders' young burners.


The NFL has instructed its on-field officials to be on the lookout for concussion symptoms from players.

It appears Minnesota lawmakers will not vote on a stadium plan for the Vikings this year.

New Orleans put OT Charles Brown on IR yesterday, signing OT Ray Willis to replace him.

Jacksonville GM Gene Smith says he turned down a contract extension over the offseason.

The death of Bubba Smith was found to have been a result of an overdose of weight-loss medication.

Brian Burke's probabilities give Denver just a 29% chance of winning this week.

Alex Marvez says a few coaches are on the proverbial hot seat.

Mike Lombardi thinks Phil Rivers is being let down by a lack of talent on defense in San Diego.

Mike Freeman says folks around the league are beginning to question Chuck Norris Peyton Hillis' dedication and toughness.

Clark Judge would like to see defensive pass interference become a 15-yard penalty instead of a spot foul. But, wouldn't that open up the committing of such a penalty as a strategy at times?

Over at PFF, best players for October, the MVP race, reviewing key matchups from last week, a glimpse at their TE stats, and Khaled Elsayed does the 2008 Draft over and has Denver still taking Ryan Clady, whom he says has been a bit overrated and is not quite elite.


Andy Benoit goes in depth to preview Steelers/Ravens and Saints/Bucs.

Brian Burke points out that long FG accuracy is way up so far this year, and predictability is apparently killing the Dallas offense, 

Andrew Brandt examines Ryan Fitzpatrick's new deal in Buffalo.

Mike Silver has Denver at 28th in his weekly rankings, CHFF has them up at #26 in theirs, and Jim Trotter ranks Tebow at #31 among the league's QBs ahead of Carson Palmer.

Rob Rang updates his big board, while Wes Bunting checks on the stock of a few notable prospects.

Phil Simms claims that Andrew Luck's arm isn't that strong, and Doug Farrar vehemently disagrees with him. Simms also made the statement recently that Matt Barkley should stay in school another year, so apparently the only top NFL prospects are his own sons?

Gil Brandt told Luke O'Brien of Deadspin that teams are relying heavily upon intense psychological tests to evaluate QB prospects.

Meanwhile, in Brandt's 2011 Draft do-over he has Denver taking Andy Dalton at #2 and Von Miller slipping all the way to Houston at #11 because he's "a great fit for the 3-4 in Houston as opposed to the 4-3 in Denver." Oh my.

Eddie Murphy gets his own edition of Grantland's YouTube HOF.

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