Vickerson likely done for season

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! According to Joan Niesen, the team is expected to place Kevin Vickerson on IR and replace him with a veteran free agent.

Big Vick's hip dislocation is expected to require 6-8 weeks to heal, meaning his roster spot would essentially be wasted until late in the postseason, were he not placed on IR.

Sly Williams, Mitch Unrein, and Malik Jackson all figure to see more playing time in Vickerson's absence.

As for available free agents, familiar and/or notable names include two-time Bronco Justin Bannan, Richard Seymour, Amobi Okoye, former Panther Ron Edwards, and Daniel Muir, who nearly signed with the Broncos two years ago.

Broncos News

Videos: Jacob Tamme was mic'd up for Pats/Broncos; NFL Films previews Sunday's matchup.

John Fox is due back in Denver today.

For the third time in four years, Wesley Woodyard is Denver's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Broncos Analysis

Peyton Manning has spent most of his time in the shotgun since he aggravated his ankle injury.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis rightly reminds of the importance of Denver's big third-quarter giveaways and says Peyton Manning will definitely be around next year.

Why does Cris Collinsworth catch a lot of heat in Broncos Land? Well, his claim that a late and fruitless drive by KC was a "win" for the Chiefs was completely ridiculous.

Mark Kiszla thinks the winner of Sunday's game will have a "firm grip" on the AFC's #1 seed, but the Chiefs' two division losses would remain a key tiebreaker for Denver.

Chiefs

KC turned to a pair of castoffs from the Packers' wretched defense when Justin Houston and Tamba Hali went down.

Their secondary has allowed YAC by the truckload against Denver and San Diego.

The man who plays the Chiefs' mascot reportedly suffered a broken back on Saturday at Arrowhead due to a faulty bungee cord.

Terez Paylor discusses the rub routes that have torn up the Chiefs defense for the past two weeks and goes over snap data from KC's loss to San Diego.

Jeffri Chadiha thinks Alex Smith proved a lot on Sunday by having a big day at home against the worst defense in the league.

News

Chip Kelly admitted the obvious - that Nick Foles is Philly's starting quarterback for good.

Seattle added CB Perrish Cox; Tennessee signed RB/KR Leon Washington; Washington DE Stephen Bowen and Giants C Jim Cordle are done for the year.

A group of Native American tribal leaders from around the country are calling for Washington to change the blatantly racist name and mascot of its NFL franchise:

Analysis

Mike Tanier previews Week 13; Andy Benoit and Bill Barnwell focus on Thursday's matchups.

All-22 analysis: Doug Farrar studies the Arizona defense; Bucky Brooks explains how Pittsburgh has turned it around.

Like Farrar and Brooks, Chase Stuart discusses the improvement of the Cards and Steelers.

Scott Kacsmar recaps Week 12's comeback attempts; we agree with Kacsmar that the real turning point of Pats/Broncos was Trindon Holliday's muffed punt and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's subsequent injury.

Don Banks ranks the AFC's 5-6 teams.

Joan Niesen is troubled by our expectations for athletes to quickly bounce back from serious injuries.

Maths

Not surprisingly, the data doesn't really support Bill Belichick's decision of prioritizing the wind over possession.

Despite the early takeaways, Denver's average field position on Sunday night was middling.

Obviously, Peyton Manning is producing under pressure at the best rate among all quarterbacks.

Yuks

As the two teams prepare to face off on Thanksgiving, Packers guard Josh Sitton says the Lions defense is a bunch of "scumbags" led by head coach Jim Schwartz, a "dick" whom Sitton "wouldn't want to play for."

Supposed elite QB Joe Flacco is mad the Ravens pulled him for a few Wildcat plays on Sunday.

True to form, owner Jim Irsay went on a Twitter rant over the Colts' embarrassing loss. Is it just me, or do Irsay and Jim Saccomano seem like soulmates?

Buttfumble says he'd like to remain with the Jets, which makes sense, because who else could possibly want him?

KSK meme-ifies Week 12; PFT Commenters meats out weakly awards.

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

The Lard

2014 Offseason

All Offseason Coverage