Unfortunately, Santa’s not bringing Von back

Merry Christmas, Broncos fans! Sadly, there will be no magical reappearance from Von Miller this season.

It had been reported that Von might seek a second opinion on his knee injury in the coming weeks, but even if he does so, it won't mean anything for Denver's 2013.

The Broncos placed Miller on IR on Tuesday, promoting linebacker Brandon Marshall from the practice squad to take his roster spot.

Marshall was taken by Jacksonville as a fifth-round pick out of Nevada in 2012; he rejoins ex-teammates Terrance Knighton and Jeremy Mincey on the active roster.

It's expected that Nate Irving will start at the Sam in Miller's place.

Following Von's departure on Sunday, Irving graded out at +1.9 in 30 snaps there, according to PFF.

Denver signed former Colts and Dolphins WR Nathan Palmer to take Marshall's place on the practice squad.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Peyton Manning's recordbreaking Sunday; John Fox tells Peter King about Manning's decision to come to Denver.

Peyton Manning was named the AFC Offensive POW for the third time this season.

Doug Farrar thinks Malik Jackson may be Denver's best hope to replace some of Von Miller's contribution in the pass rush.

Andrew Mason credits the play of Sly Williams for having set up Mike Adams's game-changing interception.

Jeff Legwold notes that Denver was mostly in two tight ends on offense on Sunday, while his look at the defense focuses on Champ Bailey's play in the slot.

Joan Niesen considers what gifts the Broncos should be hoping for in coming weeks and offers her own appreciation for Manning's greatness.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis suggests that Jack Del Rio should be the top head-coaching candidate this offseason, based upon his 3-1 mark as Denver's interim coach. But from our perspective, taking over these Broncos is more about not crashing the borrowed Ferrari (recalling Shannon Sharpe's words to Bubby Brister in 1998), and JDR's not impressed us too much in his DC role this year.

Only two teams (KC and NE) have converted first downs via the running game at a higher clip than has Denver this season.

Raiders

All 53 players practiced for Oakland on Tuesday and will be off today; three of them were limited.

Dennis Allen was clearly angered by the moronic accusations hurled his way by Terrelle Pryor's agent.

Marcus Thompson says it's time for Pryor to step up and show his worth, even if it's in a losing effort.

News

Dallas signed retired QB Jon Kitna to back up Kyle Orton; Tony Romo had an epidural but is not expected to be available Sunday night.

Atlanta DT Corey Peters and S Zeke Motta each underwent season-ending surgery.

Coaching Carousel

Mike Munchak and Greg Schiano have reportedly expressed interest in the Penn State job, should Bill O'Brien head to the NFL.

Chase Stuart and Jason Lisk take their cracks at predicting this offseason's firings.

Analysis

PFF's Pro Bowl team includes Peyton Manning and Louis Vasquez as starters, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as a backup.

FO: Denver remains #2 behind Seattle according to DVOA; Scott Kacsmar recaps Week 16's comeback attempts.

Judging by his responses to emails, Peter King clearly doesn't understand where he went wrong in his criticism of Cam Newton on Sunday. PK, it's one thing to say the guy is playing poorly; it's another to suggest that his season - or his team's - needed saving.

KSK: Unsilent Majority meme-ifies Week 16; PFT Commenter doles out his weekly awards, including a shot at Peyton.

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

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