The Daily Lard 9-23-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver's injury situation is gradually improving, with Brandon Lloyd a full participant in practice and limited participation from Elvis Dumervil, Knowshon Moreno and D.J. Williams yesterday. It's not clear whether Williams is expected to get the start over Wesley Woodyard, but Dennis Allen says D.J. could face some conditioning issues, so figure to see at least a decent amount of Woodyard come Sunday.

On the flip side, Champ Bailey has still not practiced since injuring his hamstring, although he's at least running and cutting. Basically, Champ sounds like he's not going to play, but that he would if it were a playoff game.


Chris Benson of PFF examines the Denver/Tennessee matchup and thinks the keys to the game are how Broncos' WRs fare against the Titans' secondary, whether Denver's D-line can win some battles against the Titans' O-line, and how Denver is able to cover Kenny Britt without Champ.

Ted Sundquist believes the Broncos are handling Tim Tebow properly, and he says Denver fans are rather spoiled.

Andrew Mason on the re-signing of TE Dante Rosario and the decision to waive LB Mike Mohamed.

Legwold on the Broncos' penalty problem, especially along the offensive line, which could be exacerbated at the Titans' noisy home field.

An AP story on Tim Tebow's appearance last week as a WR, plus Mike Klis looks at some other emergency position changes throughout NFL history.

NFL Films previews Sunday's matchup; video of John Fox, Dennis Allen, Mike McCoy and Brian Dawkins speaking after practice; photos of practice from Gray Caldwell, injury notes from Kenny Legan, a Q&A with Andre' Goodman, and a blog entry from Willis McGahee.

Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker will be calling the game for CBS.


FO's Ben Muth offers an in-depth look at the Titan's excellent pass protection.

Thanks to the new kickoff rules, game-changing KR Marc Mariani has not returned a single kick yet this season.

David Climer on Mike Munchak's willingness to be aggressive (and smart) with his fourth-down decisions.

Kenny Britt should be ready to go Sunday, although he did leave Wednesday's practice with hamstring tightness. Chris Johnson returned to practice after missing Wednesday's work with sore ribs, and it's expected that S Jordan Babineaux will start for the second consecutive week in place of the injured Chris Hope.

Cortland Finnegan took the high road regarding Kyle Orton's assertion last year that the Titans were a dirty team, while DE Dave Ball went the other route, calling Orton a "whiner."

Andrew Strickert of Total Titans previews the game; stay tuned for an analysis of the matchup from Ted and Total Titans/FO writer Tom Gower.


Former Giants LB Bryan Kehl says Perry Fewell (the Giants DC who interviewed for the Broncos' head job) coaches players to fake injuries, and Fewell didn't deny it when asked.

It appears yet another high pick from the 2009 Draft has busted out, as the Seahawks have demoted LB Aaron Curry to second string.

Mike Tanier previews the week's games, and he's taking the Titans. Plus, in his latest Walkthrough he enlists his wife to evaluate the hotness of NFL GMs.

Doug Farrar is puzzled by the NFL's handling of defensive players who get blocked into QBs. Plus, his podcast with Greg Cosell.

As Chris Brown points out, Don Banks isn't a very good football writer because he doesn't even know the difference between iterations of "the spread offense."

Bucky Brooks lists his X-factor players for Week 3, including Wesley Woodyard.

Matt Bowen breaks down Vincent Jackson's TD against the Pats and examines this week's matchup between the Packers and Bears.

Khaled Elsayed continues to heap praise on Von Miller, who leads his list of ROY candidates.

Also from PFF: Nathan Jahnke's observations, big matchups from last week's action, analysis of a few key plays, and links to their Week 3 game previews.


Jeffri Chadiha considers Scott Pioli's role in making the Chiefs a craptastic team.

Vikings P Chris Kluwe goes back to the whiteboard to spoof the NFL's memo on faking injuries.

Kevin Braig of CHFF grades the league's QBs on their ability to get the ball down the field so far this year, for which Kyle Orton gets a "D".

Wow, you know what's incredible about the Seahawks getting shut out by the Steelers? They didn't even turn the ball over.

Three Broncos (Clady, Bailey, Lloyd) rank among the Sporting News' latest top 100 players list.

Jason Whitlock is annoyed by stats - never mind the job that folks like Billy Beane, Theo Epstein, Brian Cashman and Andrew Friedman have done in MLB, or Daryl Morey in the NBA, among others. However, I will agree with Whitlock that fantasy football is one of the worst developments in the history of sports spectating.

Speaking of, here's KSK's latest Sex/FF mailbag.

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