The Daily Lard 4-1-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We learned last summer that former Denver lineman and Pro Bowler Larry Kaminski plans to donate his brain to the Boston University group studying CTE and its occurence in football players. Kaminski now lives out in Washington, and spoke with his local paper about the physical toll of the game as he's experienced it:

At the end of the game ... I couldn't even bite down. It felt like somebody stuck a pencil in there or a knife or something because your jaw was so (out of) whack from getting hit so much.

I would wake up the next day and it was like I just left the battlefield and everybody had their heads off and I was carrying a sword with blood on it, and I said, 'What happened?' It was like I got into this darkness.

It looks to me like we were the prototype model to go out and find out how badly you can get beat up and then changed the design of the model or how it's used.

The league is trying to abandon a lot of us old-timers because they know there's a big liability.

Trimmings

The appeal hearing for Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis will be heard Tuesday in New York; the NFLPA will review the league's findings on individual players sometime this week.

Philadelphia is considering free agents Demetrius Bell and Marcus McNeill to replace the injured Jason Peters; Eagles CB Asante Samuel is reportedly willing to take a pay cut to facilitate a trade out of town.

Ryan Leaf's latest arrest is the result of a month-long investigation; he allegedly broke into the home of an acquaintance to steal painkillers, and police suspect this was merely one in a string of similar break-ins by Leaf.

There's talk of another pro football league, but this time with the sensible goal of developing players for the NFL, rather than competing with it.

Among the latest chatter PFW is word that Oakland wants to sign safety Tyvon Branch to a long-term deal and San Francisco can easily dump Alex Smith next offseason.

Scrapple

Mike Klis checked in with Bears coach Lovie Smith about his trio of ex-Broncos brats Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Bates.

Dan Pompei touches on the Peyton Manning/arm strength issue that TJ addressed the other day, and he talks to Mike McCarthy and Chucky about how the Jets could best utilize Tim Tebow, including special teams play and an H-back role, if he's willing. Doug Farrar considers whether the Jets should go for two frequently with Tebow.

Congrats to Mike Tanier, who has been recruited to join his buddy Farrar over at Shutdown Corner; he starts off by scouting Miami RB Lamar Miller and Georgia TE Orson Charles.

Matt Bowen evaluates a pick-six by Janoris Jenkins from when he was still at Florida.

Here's a glimpse at a regional combine held at the Jets' training center in New Jersey, attended by players not invited to Indy for the national combine.

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

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