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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, but to no great surprise, Tracy Porter has been ruled out for tomorrow's game in Carolina.

Chris Kuper, who will be out two to four weeks with his latest ankle injury, is the only other player who didn't practice; the other six Broncos listed on the injury report were full practice participants Friday and are listed as probable.

As has become Denver's wise habit for early East Coast games, the team flew to Carolina yesterday - a day earlier than they do for other road affairs - and the team's PR crew is sharing photos from their travel experience through the organization's Twitter account.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox speaks after practice; Chris Hall and BTV focus on the showdown between Cam Newton and Von Miller, last year's top two draft choices; the Playbook crew breaks down the matchup, and Sterling Sharpe highlights Denver's protection problems with Manny Ramirez subbing for Chris Kuper.

As Danny Trevathan begins to see more snaps in nickel personnel with fellow UK Wildcat Wesley Woodyard, the team's depth at linebacker is looking a bit less desperate than it did just a few weeks ago. And to add to that, D.J. Williams will be back in a few days.

Mike McCoy says he's going to remain picky about potential head coaching opportunities.

Jeff Legwold goes over some keys for Denver and says the Broncos had Derek Wolfe graded higher than they did Doug Martin.

Andrew Mason answers reader questions and predicts an 11-point Broncos win.

Denver is now considered a 98% likelihood to win the AFCW, and has a 65% chance to gain a first-round bye.

Woodyard and Chris Harris are among the few players to have a part in more than one unblocked sack this season; each has been credited with 1.5, which is a credit to Jack Del Rio.

Panthers

Captain Munnerlyn will return punts for Carolina, while it's not clear who will handle kickoffs; the starting offensive line will remain intact after rumors of a change.

Carolina has hired Ernie Accorsi - the man who drafted and was forced to trade John Elway - to help them find a new GM to replace the recently fired Marty Hurney.

Shawn Krest and Ron Green each predict a Denver victory.

Trimmings

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt reportedly met with good old Marty Schottenheimer, who apparently is interested in being tortured by John Elway & Co. some more. Of course, the team denied the reports. (via PFT)

Pats RB Brandon Bolden was suspended four games for PED use.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly reportedly would like to move up to an NFL gig.

Scrapple

Don Banks examines the league's move to weekly Thur$day night games; expectations are that of course, they're here to stay, but also that they're eventually likely to be sold to a network other than NFLN.

Doug Farrar & Greg CosellMike Tanier, Clark JudgeJohn Clayton, and Peter King preview the week's games; Rivers McCown gathers the best quotes of the week.

Farrar and Bill Simmons share their picks; Farrar expects an easy Denver win, while Simmons is of course taking Carolina straight up because he hates Peyton Manning.

Mike Lombardi credits Colts OC Bruce Arians for the remarkable start to Andrew Luck's pro career.

Matt Bowen breaks down the pick-six thrown by Blaine Gabbert Thursday night; Bill Barnwell autopsies Jacksonville's descent to the NFL's cellar.

Judy Battista answers reader questions about Dan Snyder's commitment to Shanny, and the Jets' decision not to use Teebs more.

Spurred by Mike Tomlin's decision to fake a FG attempt against the Giants, Keith Goldner checks on the sparse data on fakes to find that teams should actually try them more often.

Bucky Brooks lists some NFL prospects he'll be paying particular attention to in today's games.

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

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