Woodyard returns to practice

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The team, displaced to an auxiliary field by flooding in the area, got some great (though not necessarily unexpected) injury news on Thursday.

Wesley Woodyard practiced for the first time since suffering an ankle injury following Danny Trevathan's ill-fated and premature TD celebration last Thursday night.

Woodyard was a limited participant, as were Wes Welker, Trindon Holliday, C.J. Anderson, Omar Bolden, and Chris Kuper; Champ Bailey and Joel Dreessen remained sidelined and are unlikely to play Sunday. Eric Decker, who had been limited during Wednesday's practice, was a full participant on Thursday.

The day was a bit more grim for the Giants, who placed starting middle linebacker Dan Connor on IR with a neck injury he suffered last week in Dallas. In a corresponding move, the team claimed LB Allen Bradford off waivers from Seattle.

T David Diehl, CB Prince Amukamara, and TE Adrien Robinson again missed practice, while C David Baas and DE Damontre Moore were again limited.

Surprisingly, RB Da'Rel Scott was a full participant on Thursday, only a day after undergoing an MRI for a knee injury he suffered in practice.

Broncos News

Videos: NFL Films previews Sunday's game; John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, Wes Welker, and Manny Ramirez speak after practice.

Ramirez says his stint with the Broncos and his new contract extension are each a "blessing."

His coaches at Portland State say Julius Thomas crammed as much of a football education as he could into his senior season there.

Peyton Manning is 51 passing yards shy of 60,000 for his career.

Broncos Analysis

With Andy Benoit having left for MMQB, Cian Fahey has taken over for him as FO's film guy, and his Week 1 breakdown is of PMFM's demolition of the Ravens defense.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, old friend Nate Jackson discusses the daily pain endured by NFL players.

DRC apparently has quite the set of wheels.

Giants

Jeff Legwold expects the Giants' always tough front four to present Ramirez with some problems.

They're not quite up to the level of Denver's trio, but the Giants have an excellent WR group.

Naturally, the Giants' defenders say they view Sunday as a welcome challenge.

News

New England needed three late interceptions of Geno Smith to eke out a 13-10 win over the visiting Jets, who benched first-round corner Dee Milliner at halftime; Doug Farrar and Sam Monson break down the game.

Meanwhile, Humpty Dumpty Danny Amendola may miss as many as six weeks with a groin injury; Amendola's injury-filled past had fueled many doubts that the wideout could effectively replace Wes Welker, and those fears are already coming to fruition, just one game into his hefty contract.

Analysis

Mike Tanier previews Week 2 and predicts a Denver victory in Manning Bowl 3.

Duke Ihenacho is among PFF's Secret Superstars from Week 1, but his exceptional play was no secret to Broncos fans.

Ben Muth thinks Cowboys left tackle and 2011 first-rounder Tyron Smith may be the NFL's next great player at his position.

Chase Stuart discusses the less-than-stellar debut of Mike Shula as the Panthers' offensive coordinator.

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