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Broncos can clinch playoffs next week

Seahawks can clinch playoffs tonight, more teams can clinch Sunday
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In the AFC, the Broncos will clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Titans on Sunday. Even if the Broncos lose to the Titans on Sunday, they’ll clinch at least a wild card if the Dolphins lose to the Steelers.

Yes, they're aiming for much bigger things than a Wild Card spot, but clinching a postseason berth in Week 14 would still be pretty great.

Wolfe hospitalized, ruled out for Chiefs game

Broncos' Derek Wolfe ruled out for Kansas City game with illness
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Wolfe is being treated at a Denver hospital after becoming ill on the team’s bus to Denver International Airport on Friday. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after becoming sick and is being evaluated to determine the cause of his symptoms.

Here's the team's statement on Wolfe. Feel better, Derek!

Injury Report: Looks like Chiefs will have Hali, but not Houston

Chiefs’ Reid: Good chance that Tamba Hali plays Sunday
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Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that injured linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali would not practice Wednesday.

There was some encouraging news on Hali. Reid said there was a good chance Hali would play Sunday against the Broncos.

Houston finally underwent an MRI on his dislocated elbow today, because there was too much swelling for an earlier scan.

Sounds like Chiefs will have Hali, but not Houston

Reid updates Hali, Houston injuries
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The Chiefs were encouraged that MRI results on Hali’s injured right ankle showed only what coach Andy Reid called a “slight sprain” and not a high ankle injury that could threaten his availability to play for several weeks…
Houston has what Reid called a subluxation of his right elbow. He was also scheduled for an MRI on Monday, but it was postponed because of swelling.

Not only has Houston graded out as KC's best player over the course of the season, but he earned the highest grade for all players during the Week 11 matchup.

It's not as simple as subtracting his +9.4 grade, three hurries, two batted passes, ten tackles, and eight stops from that first game, but if the Chiefs don't have Houston for Sunday's rematch, they're pretty much screwed.

Broncos make Pats home dogs for first time in eight years

Patriots to be home underdogs for first time since 2005
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The last time they were not favored for a home game was Nov. 7, 2005 when the Patriots played (guess who?) Manning and the Colts. Indianapolis was a three-point road favorite on that day, and the Colts easily covered, winning 40-21. Before that game, the previous time the Patriots were an underdog at home occurred Dec. 29, 2002 vs. the Dolphins.

The last quarterback not named Peyton Manning to lead his team into Foxboro as a favorite? Naturally, it was Jay Fiedler.

Tony Dorsett diagnosed with signs of CTE

Dorsett, others show signs of CTE
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Two weeks ago, upon arriving in California for his evaluation and brain scan at UCLA, Dorsett described to “Outside the Lines” the symptoms that compelled him to seek testing: memory loss, depression and thoughts of suicide.

The former Cowboys running back, now 59, said that when he took his Oct. 21 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for testing, he repeatedly struggled to remember why he was aboard the plane and where he was going. Such episodes, he said, are commonplace when he travels.

Dorsett said he also gets lost when he drives his two youngest daughters, ages 15 and 10, to their soccer and volleyball games.

Frankly, this is one of those heartbreaking stories that makes one question one's love for the game. Let's hope Dorsett and his peers (especially the lesser known players who were never highly paid) are able get the help they need.

Meriweather’s appeal today; Washington adds safety

Brandon Meriweather appeals ban
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Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has appealed his two-game suspension for illegal hits against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

The appeal is scheduled to be heard Wednesday with a decision to follow on whether Meriweather will be permitted to play in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson had his suspension overturned earlier this year, but that was only a one-game ban. We're guessing Meriweather does no better than a reduction to one game, which would keep him out against Denver.

With Washington's other starting safety, Reed Doughty, recovering from a concussion, the team re-signed safety Justin Pugh on Tuesday. Safety has been a difficult position for Shanny & Co. to fill, apparently.

NFLPA: Dumervil debacle was Magid’s fault

Report: Agent who bungled Dumvervil deal fined, suspended
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Now, seven months later, FOXSports.com reports that the NFL Players Association has fined Magid $25,000 and suspended him six months for negligence in the fax mishap that at the time cost Dumervil $4 million (it’s what his restructured deal would have been worth with the Broncos this season).

John Elway & Co. had every opportunity to re-sign Elvis, so if you're upset that Doom's in Baltimore (doing very well, albeit playing only 2/3 of the snaps he used to), feel free to blame them. But as for how Dumervil was cut loose? That's all on Bob Loblaw Marty Magid.

Broncos promote King, waive Robinson

King Signed to Active Roster, Robinson Waived
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The Broncos have signed wide receiver Tavarres King to the active roster from the team’s practice squad and waived linebacker Adrian Robinson, the club announced on Tuesday.

Of Denver's seven 2013 draft picks, five are now on the active roster, while Quanterus Smith is on IR, and Vinston Painter is on the practice squad.

Report: Green Bay may sign Tavarres King off Denver’s PS

Orlando Franklin hobbled, Von Miller back as Broncos start practice week
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King is on the Broncos’ practice squad but Green Bay has offered him a spot on its 53-man roster. The Broncos, though, were trying to keep their fifth-round pick.

“I’d like to stay here,” King said. “But we’re talking about a spot on the 53. It’s a business. We’re still trying to sort it all out. We probably won’t know until (Tuesday) morning.”

We'll presume that Green Bay's interest in Tavarres King stems from the knee injury to WR Randall Cobb, who may be out for as long as a month. Not sure there's anything short of adding him to their own 53-man roster that Denver could do to convince Tavarres to stick around. After all, we're talking about a far higher salary and the potential for NFL playing time.