The Daily Lard 8-14-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos have been a bit banged up at receiver, but Eddie Royal did catch passes yesterday on a field adjacent to practice and should be back in full this week. Royal has been hampered by soreness in his previously healthy hip, presumably due to him compensating for his surgically repaired one. Plus, Matthew Willis was limited in practice and TE Richard Quinn will be out 2-4 weeks with a strained MCL.

Meanwhile, the team waived/injured WR Mark Dell and will likely place him on IR if he clears waivers; Dell suffered a serious knee injury in Thursday's game. They replaced him with former Purdue WR Greg Orton, who was an undrafted signee of the Bengals in 2009 and appeared in three preseason games for Cincy that year.


Practice notes from Andrew Mason - Brodrick Bunkley sat out with a groin problem, while Nate Irving was still out with an ankle sprain. Plus, LJ's notes.

LJ says Von Miller has been putting in plenty of overtime so far in camp.

After getting pwned on a blitz Thursday night, Julius Thomas admits his blocking is a work in progress.

Woody thinks we should just call it "Mile High" and writes one of those silly home-field advantage is gone columns. Right, because so many teams that are perenially mediocre (or bad, like last year) win most of their home games? Meanwhile, Klis thinks we're only scratching the surface in terms of corporate sponsorship of NFL teams.

Video of John Fox speaking after practice, plus highlights. Here are morning and afternoon practice notes from the official site, and an article on WR Eron Riley and RB Jeremiah Johnson.


Raiders WR Chaz Schilens is out on a week-to-week basis with a knee injury, while the Lions signed ex-Steelers CB Anthony Madison.

The Bears kicked off from their own 30-yard line twice last night (presumably as a protest of the new rule) and paid a price, as DL Corey Wootton was injured on one of the kickoffs.

Pat Kirwan visits the Titans; Andy Benoit previews the Dolphins' season; FO's trip around the NFCW.

Doug Farrar on Pats/Jags and Ravens/Eagles; PFF's first impressions: Chiefs/BucsPackers/Browns, Niners/Saints, Steelers/Skins, and Dolphins/Falcons  - apparently Chad Henne isn't looking so hot. Bucky Brooks thinks so too, proclaiming that Matt Moore should surpass Henne sooner than later. Hopefully Miami GM Jeff Ireland still has Brian Xanders on speed dial...

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei focuses on the NFL education of Cam Newton.

Mike Tanier on the wild excitement of preseason football.

Having watched Plaxico Burress' Real Sports interview, Mike Freeman doesn't get the impression that the WR has gained any humility.

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