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Report: Franklin avoids MCL sprain, considered day-to-day

Orlando Franklin day-to-day with ankle sprain
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Franklin went for tests on his ankle and knee on Monday to discover the severity of his injuries. PFT has learned, via a league source, that Franklin is being considered day-to-day with an ankle sprain.

This is unquestionably great news on the injury front.

(Whew!) Trevathan’s MRI negative

Danny Trevathan injures knee; Broncos cart LB off field
www.denverpost.com

The Broncos had a scare, but they were relieved to learn an MRI exam on Trevathan’s knee was negative.

He is still questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

If Trevathan is unable to go, it sounds like it will indeed by Steven Johnson playing in his place:

"My goal coming into the season was to be a starter," said Johnson, a second-year undrafted free agent from Kansas. "That didn't happen. I don't wish anybody getting hurt but if I'm asked to step up and get on the field, like I told Wood when we came off the field today: I looked him in the eye and said I will not let you down.' If I get some playing time, I'll be ready."

Trevathan injures knee in practice, will undergo MRI

Danny Trevathan injured in practice
espn.go.com

Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker was held out of Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury and linebacker Danny Trevathan suffered a knee injury during practice and was to be evaluated.

As linebackers go, it's been the Woodyard (279 snaps) and Trevathan (219) show, so the Broncos could need Nate Irving (94) or Steven Johnson (1) - or both - to step up in a big way this week in Dallas.

The week after is the Jags game, for which Jacob Tamme could line up at the Will. After that, Von Miller returns...

Lindsay Jones hears the injury "was signficant."

Chargers place Freeney, Floyd on IR, sign Hawkins

Chargers to sign Lavelle Hawkins
www.utsandiego.com

Former Titan Lavelle Hawkins signed with the team Tuesday. Malcom Floyd (neck) was placed on season-ending injured reserve in a corresponding move.
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Last week, the Chargers worked out wide receivers Austin Collie, David Nelson, Derek Hagan, Matthew Willis and Hawkins.

As expected, San Diego also placed Dwight Freeney on season-ending IR with a torn quad tendon.

La Canfora: Gase may not be far behind JDR

Broncos OC Adam Gase emerging as hot young coaching candidate
www.cbssports.com

With Peyton Manning on a record-setting pace and the Broncos offense flourishing, young coordinator Adam Gase has a rising profile, and his time in that role might not extend beyond 2015. His resume is impressive and, though just 34, some GMs believe he will get overtures for head coaching interviews in 2014 should the Broncos continue this tear, though 2015 may prove to be his sweetspot to land a job.

It's not ideal, but obviously, there are prices to pay for being one of the NFL's overdogs, and this is one of them.

A four-game suspension for Von Miller would apparently be a reduction

Six-game ban likely for Von Miller
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Von Miller is facing a six-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance policy, according to league sources, but the sides still are negotiating as representatives of the Denver Broncos linebacker are trying to get the ban reduced to four games.
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Miller met last Thursday with the NFL Players Association with some hope he could have the suspension reduced to four games, sources said, but another source familiar with the process was convinced it will be at least a six-game suspension.

Sheesh. Denver's first six games are, in order, versus Baltimore, at the Giants, versus Oakland and Philadelphia, at Dallas, and versus Jacksonville.

Wolfe, Welker, Bailey likely done for preseason

Broncos expect Wolfe, Welker for opener
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The MRI showed no major tears, but Bailey was dealing with plenty of soreness in the arch of his foot and the exact timetable for a return to practice was still uncertain. The Broncos are hopeful they see progress in him over the next three weeks so he will be available for the Sept. 5 regular-season opener against the Ravens.

Wolfe, after tests in a Seattle hospital Saturday night, was allowed to return to Denver on the team’s chartered flight. He is expected, at this point, to be available for the season opener against Baltimore.
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Welker was treated for a sprained ankle and is expected to be available for the Ravens game as well if all goes well.
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Broncos guard Louis Vasquez was also in for treatment on his left knee, but could be available to practice this week if all goes well.

No injuries are good injuries, but if the Broncos are able to make it through the preseason without losing anyone else for the year beyond Dan Koppen, it will have been a good preseason.

Reason to feel confident about Von Miller’s suspension?

Appeal hearing regarding suspension of Broncos' Von Miller delayed
www.usatoday.com

Miller missed practice Thursday to attend a meeting regarding the appeal process, not to attend the actual hearing itself after the appeal scheduled for Thursday was postponed, a person with knowledge of Miller’s situation told USA TODAY Sports.
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It’s possible that there will never be an appeals hearing. The issue could be resolved between the NFL and NFLPA, thus avoiding a hearing, the person told USA TODAY Sports.

That the players' union appears to be taking up his case (rather than leaving it up to a personal attorney) figures to be a positive development for Von's chances.

Anderson escapes serious injury

C.J. Anderson carted off Broncos practice field with knee injury
www.denverpost.com

Tests on C.J. Anderson’s right knee revealed a sprain to the medial collateral ligament, according to an NFL source — and not a torn anterior cruciate ligament as was the fear when the running back went down in pain during practice Thursday.

Anderson is expected to be out four to six weeks.

Four to six weeks would mean Anderson could be back anywhere from Week 2 to Week 4; will one excellent preseason performance (against a second-team defense) be enough for him to stick on the 53-man roster? Or, does this injury mean the team can slip him through to the practice squad?

Finnerty died of pneumonia, had CTE

Star College Quarterback Who Went Missing Died of Pneumonia
www.nytimes.com

Cullen Finnerty, the former star college quarterback found dead in the Michigan woods in late May, died from pneumonia, complicated by oxycodone toxicity and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., according to a summary of the autopsy findings released Thursday by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Upon Finnerty's mysterious death, it was difficult for the mind not to wander toward CTE as a possible cause. At the least, let's hope this provides a measure of closure for his family.

RIP, Cullen.