The Daily Lard 9-27-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Plenty of injury updates from Mike Klis: Denver is expecting to have Elvis Dumervil, Champ Bailey, D.J. Williams and Knowshon Moreno back in action this week for their game in Green Bay. Obviously, they'll need all the help they can get, so these returns could not come soon enough, although whether having Williams take over for his worthy replacement Wesley Woodyard isn't so clear.

In more great news, Marcus Thomas is expected to practice this week but perhaps on a limited basis - it remains to be seen if  he's anywhere near the proper shape to play after missing most of camp with a strained pec and then missing the first three games with a groin injury. Julius Thomas got rid of his walking boot and could be back next week against San Diego, while the other injured Thomas (Demaryius) is not expected back until Week 7 (after the bye).


In his latest mailbag, Klis addresses a wacky reader who thinks the problem is the defense, Kyle Orton's many tipped passes, more Orton/Tebow questions, Denver's biggest talent needs, and the hard luck of Demaryius Thomas.

Kiszla thinks Denver should have used Tim Tebow on goal-to-go from the 2-yard line on Sunday. Or, how about just some creative playcalling?

Legwold echoes Doc's point that Eddie Royal's double duty as a WR and return man may be hampering his offensive production.

LJ shares some notes on the Packers, plus her summary of John Fox's Monday presser. Plus, Andrew Mason's notes on the Fox presser.

Wow. As Legwold tells it, the Broncos' "desire to win is real (and) palpable." Thanks for getting the pulse of the team, Captain Insider.

Legwold also points out that Denver hasn't done so well in running behind Chris Kuper and Orlando Franklin so far, and that their play in the red zone hasn't been great on either side of the ball.

Steve Camp of CHFF points out this was the Titans' first win over the Broncos since 1995 in his breakdown of the game from the Tennesee vantage point.

Video of John Fox speaking yesterday, a summary of his comments from Gray Caldwell, and stories from Max Henson on the Broncos debut of Quan Cosby and from Kenny Legan revisiting Sunday's loss.

Part 1 and Part 2 of the John Elway Show with Vic & Gary, plus their visit with Zane Beadles.


Green Bay RT Brian Bulaga sprained a knee in Chicago, while RB Ryan Grant suffered a bruised kidney; the status of both players for Sunday is unknown at this juncture.

Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel thinks the Packers' 3-0 record is a bit deceptive at this point considering the slew of yards and points they allowed New Orleans and Carolina.

More on the Bulaga injury and his backup Marshall Newhouse from Brian Carriveau of Cheesehead TV.

Matt Bowen examines the matchup nightmare that is Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley. How on earth are the Broncos going to defense him?


The Cowboys gutted out an 18-16 victory and overcame a one-point deficit despite facing 3rd and 21 from their own 21 in the closing minutes of the game.

As expected, Kenny Britt is done for the year after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee against the Broncos.

Turns out Michael Vick only suffered a bruise to his right hand rather than a break; he's day to day at this point.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates is still struggling with foot problems and will see a specialist today.

Colts owner Jim Irsay says the best-case scenario is that Peyton Manning comes back in December, just in time for Indy to lose the Suck for Luck sweepstakes.

The Jets have lost TE Jeff Cumberland for the year, while The Sanchize broke his nose and OctoDad suffered a bruised lung.

After his team lost to the Broncos and Niners in consecutive weeks, Marvin Lewis says the Bengals are going to beat the Bills.

Unnoticed until now is that the new CBA contains language protecting players from discrimination due their sexual orientation. Way to go, NFL!

Andrew Brandt sees the suspension appeals of Terrelle Pryor and Cedric Benson as early indications of problems with the new CBA and just what the NFLPA agreed to.

Matt Bowen breaks down a rail route used by the Giants to score on the Eagles, plus his players of the week.

Chris Brown analyzes Darren McFadden's 70-yard TD run against the Jets.


Here's what CHFF took away from the Week 3 action.

MJD's most and least valuable players from Sunday's games.

In light of the Bills' wild comebacks in back to back weeks, Chase Stuart lists the biggest comeback wins since 1945.

Keith Goldner applies his Markov model to the Saints' game-winning drive against Houston.

Although Michael Vick backed off earlier comments claiming he's not as well protected by the refs and the league as other top QBs, Jason Whitlock thinks there's something to the claim and that it applies to other black quarterbacks.

Stay classy, Philly: according to DE Justin Tuck, some 7- or 8-year-old kid threw a beer bottle at the Giants' bus on Sunday after the G-Men dismantled the Iggles.

When will those silly Canadians learn that it's not a good idea to keep the goalpost in the end zone? Maybe now?

Bucky Brooks examines some draft prospects and says the play of ASU MLB Vontaze Burfict recalls a young Ray Lewis.

More reaction to the Saturday play of top prospects from Wes Bunting and Rob Rang.

Drew interprets PK's MMQB for KSK.

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