The Daily Lard 5-19-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Former CU Buffs and Patriots LB Ted Johnson, who retired in 2005 due to the after effects of the head injuries he suffered in his 10 years in the league, spoke at a conference on pediatric concussions at Boston Children's Hospital yesterday.

During his 30-minute speech, Johnson said he suffered 100-150 concussions during his career, and he told the conference he's certain that head injuries played a role in the suicide of Junior Seau:

It's corrode or explode. And it all exploded by killing (himself). You can't tell me the head trauma he had over his career didn't affect him. That was the tip of the tipping point for me. ... It makes you take inventory on your own mortality. If that can happen to him, I've got to be more diligent in how I live my life. 'Cause it's a road I don't want to go down.

The ex-LB hopes players will be more forthcoming about their own head injuries, admitting that he "felt compelled to play against doctors' orders" by coach Bill Belichick in 2002.

Broncos

Chris Kuper was only able to put weight on his surgically repaired ankle for the first time a few weeks ago, but he is expected to be ready to go come training camp in July.

John Elway will endorse a company that makes krill oil supplements.

A former Denver fan from the Orange Crush days explains why he now finds soccer more entertaining than football.

Trimmings

The Jets signed free-agent S Yeremiah Bell; Jeff Darlington says Tim Tebow is already starting to win over the locker room, and says Timmy was throwing end-over-end passes in practice last year for Denver. No comment from Darlington's boy Brady Quinn.

FB Chad Diehl, who had signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent, has decided to pass on a potential football career after suffering a concussion during the Raven's rookie minicamp last weekend. Diehl is the second rookie in the last week to quit football over health concerns.

Ex-Colts TE Dallas Clark worked out for the Patriots yesterday; the team is reportedly unhappy with Wes Welker for going public with his unhappiness regarding his contract negotiations.

Saints owner Tom Benson is confident he'll get a new deal done with Drew Brees; Albert Breer says the Saints are closing ranks like the 2007 Pats did; Jason Whitlock applauds Jonathan Vilma for standing up to the Ginger Hammer.

Terrell Owens says he dumped Drew Rosenhaus and is hoping to sign with the Raiders or Niners this year.

The Packers are planning to retire Brett Favre's number in a year or two.

It was reportedly Lawrence Taylor's son who put the legendary LB's SB ring up for sale, not LT himself.

Scrapple

The folks over at CubbyTees.com have told Tim Tebow's lawyers to pound salt.

Mike Freeman lists the biggest names among ex-players currently suing the league for its handling of head injuries.

FO's Danny Tuccitto examines injury data by position group, finding Denver's offensive line the healthiest in the league, their secondary among the healthiest, and the defensive line and RBs among the most banged up.

Khaled Elsayed reviews top performances by safeties in 2011.

Don Banks thinks KC's Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry, plus San Diego's Luis Castillo, will bounce back well from injury in 2012.

Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell discuss the drafts of the AFCN teams in their latest podcast; Greg Gabriel thinks Colt McCoy should be able to beat Brandon Weeden out for the Browns' starting QB gig.

Here's what Chris Brown and Matt Waldman have been reading.

Wes Bunting lists his top five QB prospects for next year.

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

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