The Daily Lard 4-9-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The struggles continue for 2011 fourth-rounder Julius Thomas, whose high-ankle sprain last year allowed him just four games played and one catch. According to his father, Thomas underwent surgery last week to repair ligament damage in that ankle, and his availability for training camp is in doubt.

Thomas's lingering injury calls to Andrew Mason's mind the Denver failure of basketball convert Wesley Duke, who dressed for three games and caught just a pair of passes after being hailed as the next Antonio Gates by Shanny & Company. Meanwhile, Mason is glad Tim Tebow was never as creative in retelling history during his time with the Broncos as he was yesterday, when he happened to squeeze an Easter Sunday sermon into his busy football schedule.


Jeff Legwold says Denver did make a significant push to replace J.D. Walton in the starting lineup with Jeff Saturday but were far outbid by Green Bay.  As for the question posed by his reader, Legwold doesn't seem to get that Elliot in Ogden was asking about trading future draft picks for 2012 prospects, not for veterans.


Former Irish, Bucs, Colts, and Packers QB Blair Kiel passed away at 50 years old.

Jaguars DT Terrance Knighton suffered an eye injury on Saturday night at a nightclub and underwent surgery yesterday.


In the Saints' bounty scandal, Jason Whitlock and Howard Bryant see not a horrifying outlier but a clear reflection of American society.

Sam Monson considers the future of ex-Metro State hoopster and Australian rugby player Hayden Smith with the Jets.

Clark Judge measures the draft needs of the Eagles and Cowboys; Khaled Elsayed reviews the 08-10 drafts of the Panthers.

Tony Pauline lists purported risers and fallers as the draft nears.

Doug Farrar evalutates BSU RB Doug Martin; Matt Waldman scouts Miami RB Lamar Miller; Matt Bowen offers thoughts on A&M QB Ryan Tannehill and Stanford TE Coby Fleener.

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