The Daily Lard 9-5-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Legwold says the FO just didn't see any players on the waiver wire who could contribute quickly to the team, hence their lack of claims. He also repeats what Klis wrote yesterday about the team not wanting to absorb any pre-existing contracts, but truly that one is hard to believe. As I wrote last night, most young players make the minimum salary for their respective experience levels, so anyone picked up on waivers would in essence be on one-year contracts as the claiming team would be able to cut them at any point with no bonus accelerations or cap hits.

Meanwhile, Demaryius Thomas has been working only with the medical and strength/conditioning staffs as he comes back from his Achilles injury. Brian Xanders says Thomas will be working with the scout team today as the team prepares for next Monday's opener against the Raiders.

Broncos


Andrew Mason says familiarity and experience in this year's training camp proved valuable for the players signed to Denver's practice squad. Plus, he thinks the timing of Darcel McBath's injuries (not just the injuries themselves) doomed the third-year player's chances of sticking with the team.

Legwold says that depth, tackling, and how well Von Miller adapts to the length of the pro schedule are the keys to Denver's season.

Notes from Klis, including more hyperbole-filled dumping on Josh McDaniels. How about that little poll on the right side of the screen? Stay classy, DP.

Woody is already growing tired of the fact that John Fox almost never actually says anything insightful, which Mason had told us all the day he was hired.

An article from the official site on the addition of Jonathan Wilhite and the practice squad signees.

Raiders


Oakland punter Shane Lechler is the team's #3 QB for now, and they may be without TE Kevin Boss for the opener in Denver. Meanwhile, the team kept a staggering 4 TEs, 7 WRs and 6 RBs and signed eight players to their practice squad.

A slew of practice notes from Steve Corkran - WR Chaz Schilens and CB Chris Johnson have been a bit banged up but should play next week.

Oakland brought back LB Ricky Brown, who had spent five seasons with the team before signing with New England, who cut him on Friday. Plus, the first victims of the year for Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil will be left tackle Jared Veldheer, left guard Stefen Wisniewski, center Samson Satele, right guard Cooper Carlisle and right tackle Khalif Barnes.

Trimmings


Former Bucs DE Lee Roy Selmon passed away yesterday at age 56 after having suffered a stroke on Friday. Memories of the HOFer from Andy Barall, Doug Farrar and ESPN.

A friend of Texans DE Antonio Smith was found dead in the swimming pool at Smith's house.

In his MMQB, PK says there's a good chance Peyton Manning does not play in the Colts' opener, and there have even been rumors he'll need a second surgery on his neck. Plus, King thinks we should all bow down because he put out a column on Labor Day, and he agrees with Mike Freeman, who says Jim Tressel deserves a suspension from the league. Freeman says the NFLPA is watching very closely to see how the Commish handles Tressel's case.

The Chiefs may be without Matt Cassel for their opener due to a rib injury suffered in Green Bay on Thursday. Meanwhile, KC's practice squad is also comprised fully of players who were in camp for them.

San Diego had hoped to place both QB Scott Tolzien and C Colin Baxter on their PS, but both were claimed on waivers. The team signed six players to their PS.

Ex-Cowboys C Andre Gurode agreed to join the Ravens, while Dallas cut old friend Montrae Holland and replaced him with Derrick Dockery.

After his week of getting jerked around by the Bears, RB Chester Taylor has agreed to become a Cardinal. Meanwhile, S Brandon Meriweather is heading to Chicago; Matt Bowen reacts.

The Niners found their third QB when they claimed Tolzien off waivers from San Diego to replace Josh McCown, while Carolina waived their 2009 second-rounder DE Everette Brown.

Aaron Maybin's stay on the Jets' 53-man roster lasted only a day; they waived him and claimed four others. Meanwhile, the Bengals claimed three players, including former Pat WR and 2009 third-rounder Brandon Tate.

Scrapple


Pat Kirwan considers some big storylines as we head for the regular season, plus a few veterans he thinks are worth signing.

NFC Whispers via PFW, plus their season previews for the Falcons, Saints, Bucs and Panthers. Also, a Redskins preview via PFF.

NFC North talk: four questions by PFF, and over/unders by CHFF.

Matt Bowen says Nnamdi Asomugha can join Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey as elite corners moving around the field in expanded roles.

Not only is Aaron Rodgers rocking a sweet stache ala our own Baxter McLove, but he clearly recognizes its value.

The Broncos ranked ninth in the league this preseason in terms of CHFF's rushing rating differential.

As Thomas G. Smith details in a new book, the Redskins' racist history goes far deeper than their ill-chosen name - they were also the last team to integrate. (Thanks, BroncosLady!)

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

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