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T.J. Ward turns himself in

Broncos' T.J. Ward turns himself in on assault charge

Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward appeared in court and was issued a summons Friday, one day after it was revealed police had issued a warrant for his arrest on a misdemeanor simple assault charge.

The warrant was dismissed, and Ward is scheduled to appear in court again June 23, according to the Denver Police Department’s Twitter account.

Glad to know someone, somewhere is working the hell out of that DPO Twitter account.

T.J. Ward’s apparently making friends in Denver

Arrest Warrant Out For Broncos Star

According to documents reviewed by CBS4, Ward is wanted in connection with an incident that took place May 9 which is categorized both as an assault and disturbing the peace…sources say the warrant was issued in connection with a scuffle at a Denver nightclub.

We'll reserve judgment, but safe to say that no news like this is good news.

Gabriel: Latimer fell to Broncos for a reason

Draft Review: AFC West

I’m not as high on Cody Latimer as many other people are. Yes, he is big and runs fast for the stop watch, but he doesn’t play with that speed. He plays like a 4.6 guy and is not quick in and out of cuts. What he does very well is track the ball and win the jump balls. I feel he still needs to develop his route running skills.

In his scouting report on the former Hoosier - in which he projects Latimer as a fourth- or fifth-rounder - Gabriel makes clear he doesn't agree with John Elway when it comes to Latimer's blocking acumen.

About that money, Wes…


Wes Welker left the Kentucky Derby with nearby $15,000 more than he should have ... thanks to a machine malfunction ... and now Churchill Downs is demanding he give the money back, stat ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Well, he still won $42K, so he probably doesn't need to go get back those hundreds he gave away.

Knapp: Osweiler preparing, progressing well

Broncos' Brock Osweiler set to graduate from Arizona State

“He has shown all the qualities you like to see as a starter in this league. With the way he prepares. When he’s quizzed in the classroom or on the field on the progressions or reads, he is always on top of it. He asks questions that are well thought out.

“And then I saw great progress physically on his mechanics in tightening up his drop and his footwork. He has shown all the signs. You never know until a guy plays, but he has shown everything for us to believe he’s on track to becoming a starting NFL quarterback.”

It's all talk, as Knapp acknowledges. We'll just hope that if Brock does have to play sooner than later, his hard work translates to the field.

McShay: Latimer can provide immediate impact

Identifying the best selections made by each of the 32 NFL teams

He uses his size to his advantage, winning with physicality and body control and by attacking the football with his hands. He didn’t drop a pass in the five games I studied of him. While he isn’t a burner, I think he can absolutely get enough separation at the pro level. Latimer can have an impact right away, and provides good depth to a unit that will see both Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker become free agents next offseason.

Latimer is probably here to replace Eric Decker. But don't dismiss the possibility that he takes over for Demaryius Thomas, who is about to become extremely (and deservedly) expensive.

Klis: Denver isn’t PK’s mystery team hot for Bortles

Broncos source: Trade for QB Blake Bortles not happening

A Broncos source said the trade up for Bortles is not happening and that the team loves Osweiler.

Well, no shit.

Yeah, guess 2009 wasn’t the year to stockpile picks

Five Years Later, the 2009 NFL Draft May Be the Worst Ever

Twenty years later, we can reasonably call 1994 the birth of modern NFL drafting. That’s when the NFL went to a seven-round format, down from eight the previous season. Over that time period, and with five years of perspective, it’s safe to say that the 2009 draft is the worst of that era. It’s not really close.

Okay, so Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers were useful, but they certainly didn't live up to their draft position. We won't even talk about those three second-rounders...

Report: Manning/Luck II will lead off SNF

Broncos schedule starting to take shape

According to Tom Donohue of, the Broncos will open the season on Sept. 7 with a prime time matchup at home against the Indianapolis Colt.  It has also been reported by multiple sources that the Broncos will have four additional prime time games, including two on Monday Night Football.

Presumably, this means Denver will play at least once more on Sunday Night Football, plus once on a Thursday night.

Orton’s absence leads Cowboys to sign Hanie

Report: QB Caleb Hanie signs one-year deal with Cowboys

One possible reason for this signing is that Dallas still doesn’t know if last year’s backup, Kyle Orton, will return to the team or instead will retire.

It's often said that backup quarterbacks have the best gigs going. Orton is set to draw a $3.25M salary, which would be the second biggest of his career (Denver, $7.4M in 2011).

Who knows - perhaps the idea of another year spent working for Jerrah Jones is just too much for old Kyle to swallow.