The Daily Lard 8-16-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Well, not really. During yesterday's practice, Ty Warren suffered a triceps tendon injury that's thought to be serious; he underwent an MRI last night, the results of which we can expect sometime today. To top it off, fellow defensive tackle Marcus Thomas strained his right pec and was also scheduled to undergo an MRI last night. With yesterday's release of DT Louis Leonard, that leaves Brodrick Bunkley, Kevin Vickerson, Jeremy Jarmon, Mitch Unrein, Ryan McBean and Ronnell Brown as the healthy tackles on Denver's roster.

Now, this may be bad news, but keep in mind - serious injuries are a part of almost every NFL team, every year - just ask the SB Champion Packers, who had 16 players on IR last year including six starters. This is why teams need quality depth. Yes, the Broncos were greatly impacted by the injury to Elvis Dumervil last year, but the reality is that their season was harmed equally by the lack of starting-caliber players behind him. So whatever happens with Warren, it's not an excuse for the FO - it's their job to have enough talent on the roster to make up for his potential loss. Remember - it's all in the game.


As Andrew Mason details, Rahim Moore and Brandon Lloyd got into a bit of a scuffle during practice after an end-zone collision. Meanwhile, WRs Eddie Royal and Britt Davis both returned to practice, as did LBs D.J. Williams and Nate Irving and DT Brodrick Bunkley. Plus, practice notes from Klis.

The board of the Metropolitan Football Stadium District will vote this afternoon on whether to change the name of the Big IF to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis says he expects Denver to keep three or four TEs on the active roster, with Virgil Green perhaps ending up on the practice squad. He also doesn't figure we'll see either Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn taking any first-team snaps during preseason games.

LJ on the progression and healthiness of Eric Decker, who is third on the Broncos' depth chart and is the starting slot guy when they go three wide. They will still do that, right?

If Clark Judge's column on the Broncos is correct, John Fox just wants to create the Denver version of what he had in Carolina. Now, this is just one quote, but it's a pretty awful one - Fox calls passing the ball "high risk" and likens it to the "stock market." Fox does know how the Saints and Packers went about winning the past two Super Bowls, doesn't he?

Meawhile, Judge thinks folks should turn down the heat being directed at Tebow's game, because he's working really hard - even getting coached up by John Elway yesterday after practice.

Dave Krieger thinks the Broncos would be well served by cutting Perrish Cox and avoiding the possibility of having teammates testify against each other in court.

Video of John Fox speaking after practice yesterday, plus highlights and notes from the official site.

CBS4 on Elvis Dumervil and team's embracing of John Fox, plus an interview of David Anderson by Gary Miller, completely through Twitter.

Rick Morrissey obviously hasn't had his Come to Tebow moment just yet. Lots of regurgitated misinformed analysis, but also a good point in that the "hero worship" of Tebow is a bit much. And, case in point.

Legwold rambles passionately about giving up on players and the quality of tackling this preseason. Don't bother.


Mike Freeman says NFL assistant coaches are making a push of their own for better employment benefits.

The Bills have already cut bait on 2009 #11 pick Aaron Maybin, the Dolphins signed LB Marvin Mitchell, and New Orleans released T Jon Stinchcomb.

Oakland signed two safeties: Matt Giordano and Josh Bullocks, while the Niners are expected to sign Daunte Culpepper after working him out yesterday.

There's been little or no progress in the contract talks between Chris Johnson and the Titans, who signed OT Adam Terry.

A stipulation of Larry Fitzgerald's contract is that he cannot be franchised by Arizona, so unless he gets an extension before the end of the season, he'll be a UFA.

Mike Lombardi on the positive debuts of several rookie QBs last weekend, plus some random thoughts.

Training camp reports: Pat Kirwan on the Ravens, Gil Brandt on the Raiders, Jason Cole on the Packers, Jeffri Chadiha on the Bills. Plus, FO's latest trip around the NFCN and Audibles from PFW.

PFF's first impressions: Giants/Panthers, Bengals/Lions, and Jets/Texans. Plus, their season previews of the Bills and Ravens.

Doug Farrar on the likelihood of female officials working NFL games in the near future, plus the general crappiness of the Bears' offensive line.

Matt Bowen was impressed by Packers WR Randall Cobb and Tampa Bay's backup QB Josh Johnson last weekend, but he wants to see more from John Beck.

MJD also doesn't get why the NFL is leaving Terrelle Pryor hanging.

Here are the contract details for all of this year's first-round picks.


Chris Brown on the influence of Jack Elway and Jack Neumeier on the one-back spread offense. Of course, Doc covered the very same topic last year.

Drew interprets PK's MMQB, plus 10 observations from Preseason Wk 1 by With Leather.

This is one of the funniest at-bats in history, without a doubt.

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