The Daily Lard 9-20-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, the news of the day was that WR Eddie Royal will be out at least two weeks with a strained groin, with his return figuring to be Week 5 against San Diego or Week 7 at Miami following the Broncos' bye week. Obviously, Royal's injury underscores the urgency for WR Brandon Lloyd to return from his groin strain this week; according to LJ, there's a chance Lloyd, DE Elvis Dumervil, RB Knowshon Moreno and LB D.J. Williams will be back practicing sometime this week. As for Denver's other serious injury from Sunday, TE Julius Thomas is also out for at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain, and he was in a boot and on crutches yesterday.

Meanwhile, John Fox said yesterday the Broncos wouldn't again make the glaring mistake of entering a game with only three healthy WRs - and since Lloyd's return to health is not guaranteed, it's probably a safe bet the team will call up Eron Riley or D'Andre Goodwin from the practice squad to supplement the current group of Lloyd?, Eric Decker and Matt Willis for Sunday's game at Tennessee. It will also be interesting to see if the team is willing to enter Sunday with only Daniel Fells and Virgil Green healthy at TE, as doing so would likely hamper Denver's ability to utilize two-TE and max-protect sets. If the team were to make a pair of moves, DT Mitch Unrein and RB Jeremiah Johnson would figure to be prime candidates to be waived and stashed on the PS if they were to clear. Is Richard Quinn healthy and/or in football shape?


Notes from Mike Klis and Andrew Mason: The team is unhappy about the penalty called on Chris Harris during Britton Colquitt's 82-yard punt, and they'll be heading to Nashville on Friday instead of Saturday to help them adjust to the time change. As reported last week, Darren Sharper and several others are expected to work out for the Broncos today. Today also marks the first anniversary of Kenny McKinley's death. RIP, Kenny.

Legwold says it would be a shock to see Bailey and Dumervil in action come Sunday. Plus, his thoughts on the RB workload in Knowshon's absence and the irksome dilemma Cassius Vaughn faced when Andy Dalton came scrambling/diving his way on Sunday.

In his mailbag, Klis addresses the RB depth chart, the hasty aging of defensive linemen, the play of Rahim Moore, and of course questions about Tebow, among others.

In case you were wondering, the Broncos aren't planning to convert Tim Tebow into a WR. Plus, a billboard response to Sunday's position change.

Here's video of John Fox's Monday presser and a summary of his comments from Kenny Legan. Plus, Gray Caldwell revisits Sunday's victory and the halftime ceremony that honored Shannon Sharpe, while Sacco examines the Broncos' lengthy history with the Oilers/Titans.

Part 1 and Part 2 of the John Elway Show with Vic & Gary.


Notes from Jim Wyatt: Javon Ringer figures to see more carries going forward, DEs Jason Jones and Derrick Morgan had successful season debuts on Sunday, and S Chris Hope will be back this week.

The Titans are happy with how Matt Hasselbeck has played thus far.

Old friend Clinton Portis will be one of several players working out for Tennessee today.

LJ's notes on the Titans.


The Giants beat the Rams 28-16 last night on the strength of their defense.

Falcons CB Dunta Robinson was fined $40K for his latest headhunting hit against the Eagles, this time Jeremy Maclin. Matt Bowen thinks it's time to suspend Robinson.

Packers S Nick Collins is done for the year with a neck injury; La Canfora thinks it'd make sense for Darren Sharper to replace him in Green Bay, while Bowen considers the impact of Collins' injury.

Cassius Vaughn's staggering hit on Jordan Shipley has ended the Bengals WR's season.

Tony Romo suffered a slight lung collapse in addition to his rib fracture on Sunday.

Bears T Gabe Carimi, Pats TE Aaron Hernandez, Seahawks G Robert Gallery and Jets C Nick Mangold will all miss games due to their injuries, while Panthers LB Thomas Davis has torn his right ACL for the third time in two years.

Naturally, Jeff George thinks he should be the QB for the Colts.

Matt Bowen dishes out game balls and wraps up to Sunday's action, and he thinks Calvin Johnson may be unstoppable in the red zone.

Mike Lombardi and Pat Kirwan share their thoughts on Week 2, while Chase Stuart breaks down a few of its notable numbers. Plus, he examines teams with multiple 1,000-yard rushers on their rosters, including several Denver teams.

If, due to a penalty, your team is kicking off from the 50, should you go onsides? Of course you should, writes Brian Burke.

Chris Brown analyzes the Bills' winning TD against the Raiders, plus he wonders if any NFL QBs have ever increased their arm strength noticeably as pros.

CHFF breaks down Steelers/Seahawks and Cowboys/Niners, plus links to all of PFF's game analyses (no Broncos/Bengals yet).


Jason Whitlock's Week 2 reactions, plus PK's MMQB and Drew's interpretation.

NFL players are definitely not on steriods. Definitely not.

Hahaha how can anyone not love Rex and Rob Ryan? Check out Rob's playcalling sheet.

It's nice to see that Ted Sundquist has an idea of what statistical correlation is and which NFL stats actually mean something. Hopefully Brian Xanders thinks this way...

Awww, poor Colts fan.

As Wes Bunting points out, Oklahoma's Landry Jones just doesn't look like an elite QB prospect, and Rob Rang agrees that Jones is clearly in a class below Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley.

Nate Silver takes a fascinating look at how geography and college football allegiances line up across the country.

Week 3 Pammies nominees.

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

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