The Daily Lard 4-1-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Yesterday was apparently another big PR day for the Broncos' brass; here are podcasts of John FoxBrain Xanders and John Elway all speaking on local Denver radio, plus a partial transcription of Elway's comments. Regarding Demaryius Thomas and his recovery from surgery on his torn Achilles' tendon, Fox danced around the question and Elway said the Broncos hope that the young WR will be ready by the middle of the season. If that's the case, then we're likely looking at Thomas beginning the season on the PUP list, meaning he'd be out for at least the first six games and would have to play by Week 12 at the very latest or be placed on IR for the year. Meanwhile, Xanders didn't have the warmest of words for RT Ryan Harris but said his status is up in the air thanks to the labor dispute. He also said the Broncos would like to have Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams back, for what that's worth.

PS. Don't let anyone make you a Fool today...

AFC West

According to Aaron Wilson, the Broncos have shown interest in Illinois WR Jarred Fayson. Really, if Denver drafts a wide receiver...

Jake Locker's private workout for Broncos QB coach Adam Gase is scheduled for today.

To no great surprise, the charges of assault and disturbing the peace against Elvis Dumervil were dropped. As for the parking attendant who wouldn't let Doom into the Big IF? Who knows...

Jason Elam will respond to readers' questions via the DP.

Tim Tebow's first Jockey commercial hit the airwaves; for all our sakes, it's thankfully just for a t-shirt.

Johnette Howard tries to find the racier side of Tebow and of course fails.

John Elway and his partners are expected to open a steakhouse in Vail later in the year. 

The NFL lightened the Lions' penalty for having tampered with the Chiefs' players. This pushes the Broncos' seventh-round compensatory pick from #246 to #247.


The NFLPA has requested that the NFL owners be hit with damages for their little TV contract stunt.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hilariously claimed that the NFL model under the last CBA "doesn't work" not long after he convinced about 60 different celebrities that the model most certainly does work.

Alex Marvez shares some more details on the NFLPA's lockout payouts to players.

If you need someone to point the finger at for your rising health care costs, Chad Pennington is a prime candidate.

Pippi Bongstocking was charged with misdemeanor drug possession (but avoided gun charges) for his January arrest.


Warren Moon, who has been advising Cam Newton, thinks the negative evaluations surrounding the Auburn QB's personality and intellect are racially motivated.

And while Matt Bowen thinks the negativity as relating to Newton and Ryan Mallett is likely overblown, he does think that character matters more with QBs than other positions.

Aaron Wilson on the pro days of Stephen Paea and Hawaii.

Gil Brandt on the pro days of North Carolina, Southern Cal and Stephen F. Austin. Plus, he looks forward to today's much-anticipated workout for Da'Quan Bowers.

With his performance yesterday, Mike Mayock thinks UNC DE Robert Quinn proved he's worthy of a top-10 pick.

Mike Lombardi explains how front offices must prepare for the draft now that they've seen the players work out and their boards are set.

Bucky Brooks wonders if it's worth the risk to take a one-year wonder like Nick Fairley, Bowers or Cam Newton high in the draft.

As Jeffrey Chadiha writes, Texas A&M LB Von Miller was not always the hard-working player he is today.

Greg Gabriel evaluates a pair of DL prospects: Come on Feel the Illinoise Corey Liuget and Aldon Smith of Mizzou.

Wes Bunting is the latest to compare ND TE Kyle Rudolph to Rob Gronkowski.

Plus, he looks back at some of the week's notable pro day performers.

Part 1 and Part 2 of Doug Farrar's interview with Huskers CB Prince Amukamara.

As impressive as he supposedly was the other day, as Jim Trotter points out it was just a pro day for Jake Locker.

Farrar's evaluation of Iowa DE Christian Ballard.

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