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Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Elvis Dumervil missed practice for the second consecutive day due to the shoulder injury he suffered on Sunday.

But Elvis says he plans to practice today and play on Sunday, calling his shoulder strain much less severe than the one that delayed the start of his 2011 season.

The six sacks Dumervil has tallied against Philip Rivers are the most he's had against any quarterback.

Chris Kuper was limited in practice again, but Manny Ramirez is expected to again start in his place. FWIW, Manny graded out at +1.1 against Carolina - his third-best grade of the year, according to PFF.

Broncos

Videos: Mike McCoy, Jack Del Rio, and Champ Bailey speak after practice; NFL Films previews Sunday's game.

Fox discussed his many ties to San Diego and admits to regretting having left the Chargers just before their 1994 Super Bowl run.

Del Rio says D.J. Williams has taken a lot of practice snaps, and Champ says he stayed in touch with D.J. throughout his suspension.

But Andy Benoit isn't sure where D.J. will fit in this Denver defense, what with the fine play by the rest of their linebackers, and he expects the offense to show some new wrinkles aimed at getting safety Eric Weddle out of position.

Now would be a great time to say we were being far too conservative when we suggested that Jim Leonhard's ball security trumped whatever threat Trindon Holliday brought to the return game. This kid can be our Dante Hall.

Mike Klis considers how fortunate the Broncos are that Charles Johnson didn't lay a dirty hit on Peyton Manning on his strip sack in Carolina, while Von Miller ($21K, Brady rule) and Kevin Vickerson ($15K, horsecollar) were fined for gray hits on Cam Newton.

Jeff Legwold marvels at the insane statistics being posted by Von, and he figures Julius Thomas won't crack the lineup anytime soon.

Pete Prisco checks the tape on Von Miller's role in forcing Cam Newton into the pick-six he threw to Tony Carter last week.

Congratulations to Broncos personnel man Matt Russell, who was inducted into CU's HOF last night.

Chargers

It's looking like San Diego will be without LT Jared Gaither and RB Ryan Mathews on Sunday; if that's the case, we'll say the Chargers will have no chance.

Hey, guess what - the Chargers plan to get more of a pass rush going against Peyton this time around.

Antonio Gates is one receiving TD shy of tying San Diego's all-time record. Surprisingly, only six of his 80 career TDs have come against Denver.

Trimmings

Buffalo slid by Miami 19-14 thanks to two late picks of Ryan Tannehill, in a game where all but six points were scored on special teams.

Roger Goodell says the NFL is heading in the right direction on player safety, but that the culture of playing through injuries has to change. As if on cue, Brian Urlacher says he's more concerned about his knees than his head, and is willing to hide signs of a concussion if he's able.

Chiefs guard Jon Asamoah had thumb surgery and will not play this week; Dwayne Bowe claims he wants to remain in KC; Mel Kiper doesn't see a QB worthy of whatever pick the Chiefs will have atop the draft in April.

Not sure that there's anything "minor" about a heart procedure, but Jim Harbaugh had one yesterday that was called precisely that; former Texans punter Brett Hartmann sued the county agency responsible for Reliant Stadium, blaming a seam in the field's turf for what may be a career-ending leg injury.

Scrapple

Mike Tanier, Pat Kirwan, and Benjamin Hoffman  preview the week's games, plus Drew Magary's Jamboroo and KSK's Sex/FF Mailbag. Typically, John Clayton mails in his preview, crediting Peyton Manning for all 35 points scored by Denver in the San Diego comeback. Never mind that Tony Carter and Chris Harris were responsible for two touchdowns.

Ben Stockwell details how the Bears contained J.J. Watt on Sunday night; Matt Bowen explains Wham blocks and sight adjustments; Ben Muth studies the fine play of the Rams defensive line in their surprising tie against the Niners.

Bill Barnwell looks for the season's worst passes and finds them having floated from the hands of Phil Rivers and the Sanchize.

Stefan Fatsis presents a case against children playing tackle football.

As NFL Films releases a 23-DVD whopper of a box set, Doug Farrar considers the institution's enduring greatness.

Offal

Woody Johnson says he "didn't sign up for a 3-6 season," while Bart Scott and Antonio Cromartie disputed LDT's suggestion they were the anonymous Jets who ripped the Ultimate Teammate™. Gwen Knapp ponders where it has all gone wrong for the Jets after consecutive title game appearances.

Matt Yoder revisits the most notable recent snafus by the Worldwide Leader that have us all trusting them less; Will Leitch weighs in on the downfall of the once-great Rick Reilly.

Rob Rang updates his big board and says scouts are having trouble identifying a clear number-one pick at this juncture.

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

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