The Daily Lard 9-3-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's a big day, as final cutdowns are due across the league, and Denver is expected to be scouring the waiver wire for some much-needed depth - or didn't you see Thursday's game? Andrew Mason takes his shot at predicting the Denver roster (pre-waiver pickups, of course) and figures the team to keep only three RBs (Lance Ball over Jeremiah Johnson and Brandon Minor) and three TEs (with Virgil Green potentially sliding to the PS), plus five WRs (Eron Riley beating out David Anderson) and eight LBs (Lee Robinson and Mike Mohamed sticking). Mason also sees CB Chris Harris making the squad, with Darcel McBath beating out his fellow '09 draftee David Bruton at safety.

All this talk of running the ball yet only three tailbacks? I don't know about that one, and if Anderson is cut then who returns punts now that Syd'Quan Thompson is done for the year? Let's hope Mason is wrong on this one, else Eddie Royal end up taking another pounding as the returner. Plus, eight 'backers sounds like a lot to me - but we'll see in a matter of hours. And don't forget - Denver still has a ton of salary cap room.

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Legwold will be shocked if Denver does not claim an offensive tackle off waivers to replace either Chris Clark or Herb Taylor, and he thinks one of Russ Hochstein, Manny Ramirez and Stanley Daniels will be cut as well.

Klis ponders the backup QB situation and points out that Tim Tebow hadn't led the team to a TD this preseason until Thursday night.

In case you were wondering, Legwold says cutdown day isn't actually fun for anyone on the team, plus notes from Legwold and Klis.

Here's a transcription and podcast of Kyle Orton speaking with Les & Jojo on The Ticket.

Josh McDaniels took a $500K loss on his Greenwood Village house.

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HGH testing will not begin before the regular season starts.

The Colts have hired Jim Tressel as a consultant, and Doug Farrar wonders where his suspension is from the Commish. So, Terrelle Pryor gets suspended but Tressel doesn't? Yeah, that makes total sense.

Lance Briggs is unhappy again, and he demanded a trade from the Bears.

As expected, Redskins CB Phillip Buchanon was suspended for four games, while Vikings DT Kevin Williams, Saints DE Will Smith and currently-unsigned DT Pat Williams and DE Charles Grant each got two-game suspensions for their roles in the whole StarCaps mess. Plus, Ravens WR David Reed got a one-gamer.

The Giants lost LB Clint Sintim for the year, newly-signed Titans WR Kevin Curtis broke a bone in his hand, Cincy gave CB Leon Hall $14M in guaranteed money as part of an extension, Packers G Josh Sitton got an undisclosed new deal, and Browns TE Evan Moore got a two-year extension.

The Titans' roster's mean IQ dropped quite a bit as they cut S Myron Rolle, while the Cards cut P Ben Graham and Pittsburgh placed QB Byron Leftwich on IR.

The hip injury suffered by Saints K Garrett Hartley may cost him 10 weeks.

HOFer Lee Roy Selmon was hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Oakland finished the preseason 0-4 after their 20-3 loss to Seattle last night.

PFF previews the Rams' season, plus some AFC South questions/answers. PFW season previews: Packers, Bears, Vikings, Lions, Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins.

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CHFF's Scott Kacsmar uses a regression model to find which teams since 1995 have been the best, worst, biggest overachievers and underachievers. One Denver team makes the lists, and it's probably not what you're thinking - no, not the '98 title team, but rather the '08 team which pulled an eight-win season out of their collective rear ends. Yeah, we know - elite offense, wins are wins, all that garbage. Smoke and mirrors, as I was telling my good friends Ed Hochuli, Martin Gramatica, Matt Bryant and Roddy White.

The best of the week's quotes according to FO.

Last night's Baylor over TCU shocker featured a false start on everyone but the center.

KSK's latest Sex/FF mailbag, plus a Masshole.

Some notes from Chris Brown, plus his thoughts on today's college games.

Stlll more mailbag from Bill Simmons.

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