Woody manning the middle

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Not long ago, we started to wonder whether the Broncos were going to consider letting Wesley Woodyard walk after this season, and have Danny Trevathan replace him at the Will.

But that was prior to Von Miller's six-game suspension and Stewart Bradley's injury prompted Denver to shift Woody over to Mike.

Considering all the long odds that Wesley has overcome during his five seasons with the Broncos, we'd be foolish to doubt his chances of handling the Mike well.

What if it turns out that Wes, despite all the talk of him being undersized or not quite durable enough, is actually the Broncos' best long-term option at middle linebacker (meaning five years or so)?

Von, thanks to his suspension, doesn't figure to be getting anytime soon that megacontract we'd long expected for him. His next slip-up will result in a one-year ban, after all.

Who knows, maybe Denver's starting linebacking corps this year and beyond will end up Miller/Woodyard/Trevathan, with Nate Irving and Steven Johnson providing versatile depth.

We'll get our first glimpses at this possibility on Saturday night. Should be interesting.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox, Jack Del Rio, and Adam Gase speak after practice; BTV on replacing Von Miller; a video message regarding the No Females League's bag policy.

Gase says preventing fumbles was already a focus of the offseason prior to the Seattle blowout...not sure that's a comforting statement.

Robert Ayers was held out on Wednesday with a foot injury, with Malik Jackson seeing some action at RDE in his place; Steve Vallos worked as the second-team center, as Ryan Lilja remains out with a knee issue.

In addition to his on-field struggles, newly acquired guard/center John Moffitt hasn't exactly been a Boy Scout during his brief NFL career.

Moffitt practiced some on Wednesday, and Wes Welker was already back following his ankle sprain, while WR Lamaar Thomas sprained his ankle.

Broncos Analysis

Lindsay Jones thinks Von's suspension further helps the chance that Lerentee McCray will make the 53-man roster.

Bucky Brooks expects JDR to rely upon Woodyard and Shaun Phillips to generate the pass rush while Von is out, and he says the pressure is on DRC and Rahim Moore.

With PMFM at the controls, Paul Klee doesn't see Von's absence as that big of a deal, while Mark Kiszla hovers over the panic button.

According to PFF's data, Denver has struggled to bring pressure so far this preseason.

Tom Gower and Mike Kurtz still think the Broncos will win more than 11.5 games, although Kurtz isn't yet aware of how good Danny Trevathan can be.

Danny Tuccitto argues that Priest Holmes was better than Terrell Davis LOLZ.

Drew Magary previews the Broncos and comes up with a pretty decent list of their worst players ever.

News

Dallas extended LB Sean Lee; Arizona added K Dan Carpenter; Indy traded RB Delone Carter to Baltimore for KR David Reed; the Giants added speedy WR Terrell Sinkfield; New Orleans released T Jason Smith, who had been the #2 overall pick by the Rams in 2009; Rams RB Terrance Ganaway retired and is going to graduate school.

Injuries

Houston RB Arian Foster came off the PUP list and practiced for the first time since OTAs.

Raiders RB Latavius Murray had his knee scoped; Jets FB Lex Hilliard is done for the year with a fractured shoulder blade; Giants T David Diehl is out six weeks after thumb surgery; Seattle DT Jordan Hill may be out 3-6 weeks with a partially torn bicep.

Analysis

The NFL's effort to cut down on head-to-head hits may lead to more catastrophic lower body injuries like that suffered by Miami TE Dustin Keller last weekend.

Andy Benoit on the LOLJets; PFF on the Steelers and Eagles; Chase Stuart discusses the Cowboys' switch back to a 4-3 front on defense.

Mike Tanier basks in the wondrous news that online All-22 film is going to be of a higher quality this year.

Media

The NFL is reportedly in discussions with Google about shifting NFL Sunday Ticket from DirecTV to YouTube.

The Jets apparently have given their players little cue cards to help them not sound like idiots while speaking to the press.

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

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