The Daily Lard 8-18-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver got a bit of help for their ailing defensive tackle corps by claiming DeMario Pressley off waivers from the Colts yesterday. Pressley (6-3, 301) was a fifth-round choice out of NC State by New Orleans in 2008 and was a part of the Saints' Super Bowl-winning team the following year, recording 15 tackles in seven games. Of course, that means Pressley is familiar with DC Dennis Allen, who was the Saints' secondary coach during the player's two seasons there. The 25-year-old tackle was stashed on the Saints' practice squad last season before the Texans signed him to their active roster in December. The Colts claimed Pressley after Houston waived him in February; here are his profiles from the Colts and Texans' official sites.

Meanwhile, Ty Warren is scheduled for surgery to repair his triceps injury and will not as of yet be placed on IR, as the Broncos are holding out hope that he'll be able to return at some point late in the season. Of course, they can always put him on IR at a later point; if he is placed on the PUP list, Warren would have to start practicing by Week 9 and be activiated by Week 12, or else remain on the PUP list for the entirety of the year.*

*Warren cannot be placed on the PUP list, as he had participated in training camp practices


The kickoff for Saturday's game versus the Bills the Aug. 27 game against the Seahawks has been moved back from 8:35pm ET to 9pm ET.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Trent Dilfer will join Brad Nessler in calling the Broncos' regular season opener against the Raiders.

Andrew Mason's article on Pressley, plus his practice notes - Ryan Clady, Brian Dawkins and Brandon Lloyd all left practice with what John Fox called "irritation" in their joints, but all should be fine.

LJ on the Broncos' expected devotion to the run under John Fox.

As Krieger points out, the NFL may let teams keep 90 players on their rosters until Sep. 3, and that the Broncos' scouting staff is evaluating 950 players they think will be waived or cut at that point. Even John Elway is getting in on the act, as he is apparently responsible for studying the QBs who may become available. Thankfully, the Broncos are taking a modern approach and will be scouting these players by watching them on video rather than wasting money flying around to have just one scout watch each of them play.

Practice notes from Legwold, plus more notes including that none of the Broncos' ex-Hurricanes were interested in speaking about their NCAA violations scandal.

Legwold's guess is that Matt Prater will either be suspended for a game or not at all by the Commish for his drunken misadventure.

An AP story on Dawk's tutelage of rookie safety Rahim Moore.

Here it is, what we've all been waiting for - Broncos season previews from the incomparable John Clayton and Bill Williamson! YAY!!!! Clayton speculates that Tim Tebow is really going to be Denver's #3 QB, and he says Orton has added 12 lbs onto his frame. Meanwhile, Williamson says Robert Ayers isn't showing much progress, that Richard Quinn could get cut, and that Andre' Goodman is a keeper.

The Invesco signage was removed yesterday from SAFaMH. Here's a photo gallery from the DP showing the process.

Chris Hall spoke with Director of Pro Personnel Keith Kidd about free agency for Broncos TV.

Video of John Fox speaking after practice, plus notes from Gray Caldwell and Kenny Legan.

Mike & Scott talked to Brian Dawkins yesterday.


Raiders WR Louis Murphy and CB Chris Johnson had double-secret-squirrel surgeries yesterday, and Murphy is not expected back in time for the season opener in Denver.

The Jets have agreed to terms with ex-Bills DE Aaron Maybin, while Buffalo is working on a new deal with DT Kyle Williams.

San Fran signed QB Josh McCown to compete for their backup gig, rather than Daunte Culpepper.

Pittsburgh signed two DBs and waived two players, including WR Limas Sweed.

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh and Jags LB Mike Lockley were each fined $20K for illegal hits in their teams' preseason openers.

Detroit restructured the contracts of QB Matthew Stafford and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch to create some more cap room.

As Jason Cole points out, Mark Murphy and Art Rooney aren't so keen on the idea of expanding the regular season to 18 games.

Season previews: Andy Benoit on the Titans, Khaled Elsayed on the Bengals and Bears. Plus, camp reports: Bucky Brooks on the Steelers, Pat Kirwan on the Bucs, Mike Freeman on the Bengals.

Matt Bowen on the Jets' signing of Maybin, Carolina's QB competition, the concept of Philly trading Asante Samuel, and imploring Mike Martz to run the ball more.

Notes from Don Banks on Jay Cutler, the Shanahans, Sam Bradford, Terrelle Pryor and Tom Cable.

Chris Brown is excited to see the tandem of Josh McDaniels and Sam Bradford in St. Louis this season.


Obviously, Jason Whitlock is not surprised by the Hurricanes' scandal.

Quite interestingly, the NFL is thinking about punishing players who are found to have violated NCAA rules, with fines and/or suspensions.

Jack Bechta considers ways to reform the NCAA.

If you don't have the ability to get a DirecTV dish because you're in an apartment or lack the proper sky view, you can now get Sunday Ticket via your PS3.

FO considers the over/unders for NFC team wins.

KSK captionizes Week 1 of the preseason.

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