The Daily Lard 9-6-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Some terrific news among Mike Klis' practice notes from yesterday - defensive tackles Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas may both return to practice sometime this week, which of course would be an enormous development as the Raiders bring their dominant rushing attack to town Monday night. Plus, Demaryius Thomas practiced yesterday as expected, although there is no publicized timetable as to when he'll return to action - apparently at this point it's strictly a matter of Demaryius getting back into football shape. Granted, that could take awhile.

Meanwhile, Chris Kuper was back at practice yesterday after missing last week with a toe injury. The team is off today and will practice tomorrow.

Broncos


Stories on the return of Demaryius Thomas to practice from Andrew Mason and the AP. Plus, Mason's Monday practice notes.

Wow, this is pretty embarrassing. The Broncos have altered their depth chart to read "Brady Quinn or Tim Tebow" under second-string QB. Hmm, but why is Brady listed first? Is it alphabetical by first name? By last name? Is it because Brady's older or been in the league longer? Or is it really in reverse because how could Tebow not be first in any circumstance?!?!

Meanwhile, Legwold says Quinn is the primary backup if Kyle Orton is injured, but that we should see Tebow come in for some Wild Horses plays. Plus, he examines Denver's recent MNF debacles.

Klis' latest mailbag: Tebow, Tebow, Tebow, Tebow, Orlando Franklin, D.J. Williams, Patrick Smyth and Knowshon Moreno.

Lindsay Jones visits with the Broncos' rookies and shares some Raiders snippets.

Video of John Fox speaking after practice, and a report from Chris Hall for Broncos TV on the practice debuts of Demaryius Thomas (who has a great new hairdo) and Jonathan Wilhite. Plus, articles on Thomas from Kenny Legan and on Wilhite from Max Henson.

Raiders


Voluminous notes from Steve Corkran: On Monday Oakland re-signed S Matt Giordano (whom they had cut a day earlier) and cut RB Michael Bennett and FB Marcel Reese to make the team's roster a bit less lopsided. Meanwhile, Hue Jackson hasn't announced which WRs will start in Denver, but Corkran says the two players who have clearly been the top performers are Derek Hagan and Denarius Moore, although Hagan did not practice yesterday. Neither did TE Kevin Boss, whose status is unknown for Monday night.

The Raiders have lost 11 straight night games; their last victory under the lights was that awful 2004 Sunday night game in the snow when Jerry Porter caught three TD passes.

Vittorio Tafur focuses on Oakland safety Tyvon Branch, who has apparently had a strong offseason.

Trimmings


The Chiefs claimed OT Steve Maneri off waivers from the Patriots and cut TE Anthony Becht to make room for him. Plus, Matt Cassel says he's healthy enough to play in KC's opener. Finally, WR Keary Colbert (who was a Bronco for five months and two games in 2008) has incredibly made it back to the NFL, as he's on the Chiefs' 53-man roster.

There's growing concern in Whale's Vagina that the Chargers will be leaving for La La Land.

Peyton Manning has been told by doctors not to practice this week and he's unlikely to play Sunday, while the Colts and Jim Tressel decided upon a self-imposed (likely with a nudge from the Commish) six-game suspension to try to prevent an NFLPA uproar.

Washington is going with Rex Grossman in their opener, while Tarvaris Jackson will start for the Seahawks.

The Saints extended coach Sean Payton's contract through 2015, while Minnesota gave LB Chad Greenway $20M in guarantees as part of a five-year, $41M deal.

Carolina signed C Geoff Hangartner, who had been with the team from 2005-2008 and had been cut by the Bills on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Browns signed G Artis Hicks, whom the Redskins had cut.

As Greg Gabriel points out, after all that "woe is the undrafted rookie" talk, plenty of them made NFL rosters.

Scrapple


PFW season previews: Rams, Cards, Niners, Seahawks. Plus, their latest AFC Whispers and Eric Edholm's many thoughts on the final week of preseason.

PFF previews the Titans' season and ponders some questions on the NFC South. Plus, CHFF considers that division's over/unders.

Part 1 and Part 2 of MJD's 32 keys to the 2011 season.

Matt Bowen focuses on some key matchups for this week, Leigh Steinberg (naturally) says holdouts are no biggie, and Andrew Brandt translates Turk-ish to English.

Mike Lombardi goes bargain hunting to construct his dream 53-man roster, including Ryan Clady and his relative pittance of a salary, plus making Vincent Jackson his highest-paid player by a long shot.

NFL.com's writers have made their WAGs for the year, with one Broncos mention - Bucky Brooks picked Von Miller for Defensive ROY.

Kerry Byrne compiles some CHFF links in appreciation of the career of the late Lee Roy Selmon.

Here's a podcast of Doug Farrar chatting with Greg Cosell.

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