Good Morning, Broncos fans! Matt Prater (illness) and Sione Fua (calf) were again held out of Saturday's practice, the year's last one at Dove Valley.
Prater has been battling a stomach virus, and keeping him away from the team facility this week was essentially a quarantine; there's no doubt that he'll play next Sunday.
The team will head east to New Jersey this morning and continue their preparations for SB 48 at the Jets' facility on Monday.
As we'd figured might happen, Len Pasquarelli hears that Denver may approach Terrance Knighton about an extension as he heads into another contract year.
John Fox makes a point of avoiding a hierarchical structure with his coaches and players, which is a stark contrast from three of the four head coaches who preceded him in Denver.
Fox says Champ Bailey served as an important guide for his 2011 introduction to the Broncos organization.
Former Badgers coach Brett Bielema says Montee Ball's emergence at Wisconsin followed his having gotten into better shape; Ball admits his Week 2 fumble against the Giants cost him a good chunk of his confidence.
Along with Brock Osweiler, young Zac Dysert (who's actually nine months older than Osweiler) has had a front row seat to learn from the very best this season.
Thomas George offers a wonderful portrait of Robin Fox, who speaks for the first time about John's near-death experience.
Brian Dawkins thinks this Denver defense has tightened up its tackling and learned to better play with leads.
Mike Klis correctly reminds us that Denver's specialists won't have the benefit of 5,280 in New Jersey.
Woody Paige declares that a victory on Sunday would cement Peyton Manning's place atop the NFL's greatest QBs.
David Ramsey is convinced that Ronnie Hillman still has a bright future with the Broncos.
Russell Wilson has gone beyond on-field work to help prepare himself for the SB.
Chase Stuart explores whether opponents have shied away from throwing the ball against Seattle.
The Seahawks have developed quite a following north of the border.
Richard Sherman's agent says the corner is turning into a hot endorsement commodity, and we say good for him.
From Ben Shpigel, a terrific profile of Sherman as a young geek and loudmouth, and the influence of his remarkable family.
True to form, Champ Bailey has nothing but praise for the younger corner.
Sean Newell addresses the ridiculous criticism sent Erin Andrews' way for her handling of Sherman's postgame rant.
Accuweather's forecast for Sunday evening has warmed up from 32 degrees to 35, but with the chance of precipitation also higher - from 30% to 35%.
Archie and Olivia Manning say they don't take any of their sons' accomplishments for granted.
Playing in the swamplands of Jersey will be another homecoming for Mike Adams, Robert Ayers, and Knowshon Moreno.
Chris Kluwe met with investigators for five hours on Friday to discuss his allegations against the Vikings. According to Kluwe's lawyer, the punter named kicker Blair Walsh and longsnapper Cullen Loeffler as witnesses to ST coach Mike Priefer's homophobic comments, and Kluwe apparently has text messages from Walsh corroborating this.
Personnel man Nick Caserio will $tay with the Patriots after turning down an offer from the Dolphins regarding their GM gig. Belichick probably sent him down there to get some intel on Miami's plans, amirite?
Ravens WR coach Nick Hostler and Mini Shanny are the reported finalists for Baltimore's OC job.
Old friend Domonique Foxworth says the Ginger Hammer was thisclose to canceling the Pro Bowl.
Manny Ramirez, Chris Clark, Champ Bailey, and Malik Jackson are among PFF's best subs of 2013.
Robert Weintraub ranks his top 48 moments of the 2013 season, obnoxious Roman numerals and all.
Any non-Zombie who's familiar with Heath Evans' analysis on NFLN likely won't be too surprised by this story about how he crafts his opinions.