Who wins a battle between Ditka and a stroke? Ditka Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Elvis Dumervil made a limited return to practice Friday, and is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against San Diego.

Chris Kuper and Tracy Porter also practiced on a limited basis, but Kuper is doubtful, while Porter will miss his fifth straight game.

Dumervil would likely play in a limited role if at all, while D.J. Williams will probably see some action tomorrow, once he's expectedly added to the active roster later today.

For the Chargers, RB Ryan Mathews returned to practice yesterday and expects to play, while LT Jared Gaither is listed as doubtful and figures to be replaced again by rookie Mike Harris.


Videos: Chris Hall reports from practice and checks on the slow progress of Zane Beadles's mustache; Playbook crew is unanimously picking the Broncos.

Eric Decker thinks Denver has an edge from training and playing at altitude, but the only time San Diego lost in Denver in the past seven seasons was the Hochuli game.

Rahim Moore says he owes some offseason MMA training for his improved tackling, and that he's simply more comfortable on the field this year.

Denver's QB switch has resulted in a much lighter workload for Britton Colquitt, but a lot more extra points and kickoffs for Matt Prater.

Jack Del Rio says he prioritizes creating a defensive scheme that's easy for his players to understand and implement, and he suggests he won't take a head-coaching job unless it's a great fit.

Jeff Legwold could see Denver using D.J. in some four-linebacker sets if Dumervil is unable to go, and he goes over some obvious keys to a potential Broncos victory.

Checking on Denver's rookies, Legwold says players are noticing an increasing level of confidence in practice from QB Brock Osweiler.

Happy Belated Birthday to Ronnie Hillman - the league's youngest player - who finally turned 21 a few days ago.

John Fox and Solomon Wilcots go back a long way; Wilcots says Fox stands out among coaches for his unwillingness to tell players whatever they want to hear.

Bill Barnwell figures Peyton Manning's eye-popping numbers to only improve as Denver's quality of opponents drops, and for him to remain the frontrunner for MVP.

Denver has a 97% likelihood of winning the AFCW, and a 47% chance of gaining a first-round playoff bye.

It's of course not enough that a fan spends thousands of dollars on season tickets; the Bronco$ are apparently trying to force a longtime ticketholder to take a fan conduct course for having brought a personal flask to a game with him. We're sure $acco has something haughty to say about this.


Writing for PFF, Kiernan Hogan thinks the Chargers will have plenty of trouble with Von Miller even if Dumervil doesn't play, and he notes that Eric Weddle is PFF's highest-rated safety so far this season.

Tom Krasovic figures the Chargers need to make use of the height advantage their receivers have on Denver's secondary, and he of course says it's a must-win game for San Diego.

A.J. Smith is still butthurt about Eli Manning having spurned his team by forcing a trade to the Giants; in this one instance, we'll say this is understandable.

Dan McLellan predicts a narrow San Diego victory tomorrow; we'll have whatever he's drinking or smoking.


An investigation by PBS and ESPN turned up documents showing that in 2002, the NFL's retirement board paid over $2M in disability benefits to a few former players, after having concluded that football caused their head injuries and subsequent maladies.

Eagles QB Michael Vick has been ruled out for tomorrow, and will be replaced by Nick Foles against Shanny & Co.

Mike Ditka suffered a minor stroke yesterday, and in typical Ditka fashion, says it was "not a big deal."

The NFL fined referee Tony Corrente for cursing into a hot microphone during the Colts/Dolphins game from two weeks ago.

Legendary Raiders punter Ray Guy has essentially given up on the idea of getting into the HOF; Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says this simply proves how lazy and ignorant the HOF voters are.


Greg Cosell and Doug Farrar discuss the week's games in their podcast, plus Farrar makes his picks (Denver in a blowout); Clark Judge and Peter King preview the week.

Bucky Brooks hits up the All-22 film to examine the prolific Tampa Bay offense that Denver will face in Week 13.

Mike Freeman polled several players over the summer to get their feelings on head injuries and football, and was surprised to learn that several players say they wouldn't want their children to play the sport.

Of course, Peyton is among the league leaders in fewest long sacks taken; impressively, he's joined there by youngsters Ryan Tannehill and Jake Locker.

Bafflingly, this year has seen coaches going for it on 4th and 1 at a much lower rate than in prior seasons. Our guess is that through only half of a season, there may be an outsized influence of newer coaches?


Bumbling Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum hilariously thinks the 3-6 Jets have been just a few plays shy of being a 6-3 team; Mike Lombardi disagrees and sees a lack of talent, and he expects Teebs to be a Jet in 2013; an anonymous Jets player thinks the anonymous quotes ripping the Ultimate Teammate™ were fabricated. Gary Myers says in his new book that John Fox "embraced" the Ultimate Teammate™ before the team dumped him; perhaps he's referring to a hug?

Here are the draft prospects Bucky Brooks will be paying particular attention to today.

There is so much irony in the BBWA dinosaurs citing stats to support their votes for Miguel Cabrera as AL MVP, when Mike Trout is the guy who does all the "little things" those self-proclaimed experts have always said the non-experts couldn't understand or quantify.

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

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