The Daily Lard 5-5-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In its letter to the four players suspended in the Saints' bounty scandal, the NFL alleges that DE Will Smith helped Gregg Williams set up and fund the bounty system in New Orleans, that LB Scott Fujita also contributed to the fund during the 2009 playoffs, and that DE Anthony Hargrove was an active participant in the system.

In responding to the grievance filed by the union yesterday over the four players' suspensions, the league notes that the NFLPA did not challenge any of the facts in the case, nor the length of the penalties. In its statement, the NFL also alleges the NFLPA had never before suggested the players should possess immunity from punishment under the current CBA.

A legal expert says the issuance of suspensions by the Commish falls under the Ginger Hammer's best-interest powers to protect the league, and thus should pass muster with arbitrators.

Meanwhile, NFLPA counsel Richard Smith says the league has refused to provide the union with any of the evidence they requested, including player names, interview transcripts, or violation dates.

Broncos

The woman who accused Perrish Cox of rape has filed a civil suit against Cox and Demaryius Thomas. (via PFT)

Brock Osweiler will spend a few more days in Arizona before heading to Denver for his first minicamp.

Ron Jaworski spoke with Arizona Sports 620 yesterday about several quarterback draftees, among them Osweiler (Podcast, starting at 8:33):

You know I love Brock, when we spoke last week; I think the guy is going to be a starter. What an ideal situation to be in -- to back up Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time -- I think is an ideal situation. I'm a little bit old school when it comes to the quarterback position. 

I love when a guy can sit and learn from a wily old veteran. Learn not only how to play the position but how to be a pro and how to act on the field as well as off the field. What a great guy to learn from, Peyton Manning.

Trimmings

Andy Barall offers a remembrance for Junior Seau's playing career; tributes continue to pour in for the late Seau, whose family is pondering how to properly memorialize him; Kevin Acee spoke with several ex-NFLers about the difficult transition from playing to retirement.

San Diego hopes to bring back ex-Chargers CB Drayton Florence, who was released by Buffalo.

Panthers DE Charles Johnson had his knee scoped recently; so did Saints RB Mark Ingram.

Philly claimed tackle Thomas Welch off waivers from the Rams.

Self-proclaimed future HOFer Donovan McNabb thinks he's still an elite player, and is somehow under the impression that he will have an array of teams to choose from to continue his career.

Jerel Worthy, one of the most popular mockery picks to Denver, has admitted to intentionally taking plays off, and he claims everyone in the NFL and college game does it.

J-Cutty and Cavallari are peeved that Jay's buddy Earl Bennett spilled the beans that they're expecting a boy; via Burnsy, some highlights from a life-advice video Jay made for Junior.

Ex-NFLer Art Schlichter was sentenced to 11 years in prison for a ticket scam, and he has promised to donate his brain for CTE research.

Scrapple

Bucky Brooks grades the AFCW teams' drafts, characterizing Denver's as a gamble; Greg Gabriel evaluates the AFCN teams' drafts.

Wes Bunting lists his favorite third-round picks; he expects Nick Foles to end up being a starting QB.

Khaled Elsayed examines CB run stop data, finding Chris Harris among the leaders on a percentage basis.

Gordon McGuinness considers the seemingly impossible task for Baltimore of replacing Terrell Suggs.

More accusers have stepped forward in the Jerry Sandusky case.

RIP, MCA. The Mets, who hardly ever strike the proper tone in anything they do, actually got it right last night in honoring Adam Yauch.

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

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