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Von Miller’s appeal a week away

Sources: Von Miller's hearing set
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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s appeal of his four-game suspension is now scheduled to be heard Aug. 15, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Even if Von did no wrong, as he claims, we're figuring judge/jury/executioner/appellate judge Roger Goodell won't wipe out the suspension.

Meanwhile, Mike Klis suggests that Von's 2011 positive test for amphetamines may have been related to his asthma and/or allergies.

Orlando Franklin may play tonight

Franklin poised for short stint vs. 49ers
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The Broncos considered sitting Franklin in this preseason opener given he left practice Monday with a hip injury and did not participate in Tuesday’s full practice. He did take part in a walk-through Tuesday night. But if Franklin can move without difficulty through warm-ups, he should make a brief appearance.

Typically, you don't want to rush players onto the field for a preseason game, but if the Broncos are to keep Peyton Manning's jersey clean tonight, playing Franklin may be their only choice.

Wharton $kips Denver visit

Fox: Business as usual with Miller
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Offensive lineman Travelle Wharton has cancelled his visit to Denver. I get the sense he is looking for more than what Denver is offering. He will sit and wait. Denver could always revisit.

I get the sense...classic Bill Will.

Insert joke about kickers here…

Bucs lose K Barth to Achilles tear, sign Tynes
tbo.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the 2013 season without one of their primary offensive weapons after losing place kicker Connor Barth to an offseason Achilles tendon tear.

The Bucs signed nine-year veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes to fill the void, but the loss of Barth is a blow to an offense that ranked ninth in the NFL last season.
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Barth injured the right Achilles tendon during a charity basketball game in North Carolina, according to the team.

Obviously, this is ironclad proof that placekickers are overpaid non-athletes. Ironclad.

Report: Broncos offer Clady $52.5M over five years

Broncos up offer to Ryan Clady
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A $500,000 a year increase in an offer by the Denver Broncos could lead to a five-year contract for left tackle Ryan Clady, a source said.

Since last year, the Broncos have been offering Clady a five-year, $50 million contract. By increasing the offer to $52.5 million and showing a willingness to guarantee significantly more than 50 percent of the contract, the Broncos have Clady thinking about accepting the offer.

If these are indeed the numbers, then it's a reasonable deal for both sides, and not far off from what we'd suggested back in February.

Report: Broncos inch closer to deal with Clady

Ryan Clady, Broncos getting close on new contract, sources confirm
www.denverpost.com

There has been progress in contract negotiations between Ryan Clady and the Broncos, according to two NFL sources close to each party…A potential breakthrough in negotiations came when there appeared to be agreement on the guaranteed portion of the contract, the sources said. The sides are still haggling over dollars in annual and total value.

Translation: There's agreement on the only part of the contract that truly matters, so it would be a significant upset were this not to get done. For those new to NFL contracts, it's always, all about the guaranteed money.

Recall that Vic Lombardi reported the guaranteed portion would cover the first three years of Clady's deal. What that means is essentially, the Broncos will hold one-year options on each season beyond the third. If it's a five-year contract in name, then in function, it's a three-year deal, with the Broncos holding two one-year options after that.

2013 Supplemental Draft a nonevent

No picks in supplemental draft
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Four defensive players—defensive end James Boyd and defensive tackle Nate Holloway, both from UNLV, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson and South Alabama defensive back Damond Smith—and two receivers—Houston’s DeWayne Peace and Purdue’s O.J. Ross—were eligible to be selected.

Those six prospects may now be signed as undrafted free agents; the last time no players were taken in the supplemental draft was 2008.

Studesville’s parents killed in motorcycle accident

Broncos mourn loss of parents of running backs coach Eric Studesville
www.denverpost.com

According to a report by ConnectAmarillo.com, Alfonso Studesville, 67, and his wife Janet Studesville, 68, were riding a motorcycle along U.S. Highway 54 when a truck towing a grain trailer veered into their lane and struck them head-on.

Unfathomable. All of us here at IAOFM extend our thoughts and condolences to Eric Studesville, his family, and their friends.

Dreessen out for OTAs after knee scope; Jammer practices

Quentin Jammer practices with Broncos; John Fox likes his versatility
www.denverpost.com

Fox also said after Thursday’s practice that tight end Joel Dreessen has had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will not be available for the remainder of offseason workouts, including the team’s mandatory minicamp June 11-13.

Julius Thomas, who had ankle surgery last April after missing most of his rookie season in 2011, has taken many of the snaps in passing situations in Dreessen’s absence.

“Just a little knee procedure, scope, done, just to clean it up,” Fox said. “It’s been a good deal for Julius.”

Good deal indeed, at least from the vantage of sideline observers at an OTA practice. This again seems a make-or-break offseason for Thomas. Can his physical talents translate into a spot on the 53-man roster?

Shanny rehires Coyer, but not for *that* job

R*d*k*ns add a scout and offensive assistant
www.washingtonpost.com

He will serve as an advance scout for the R*d*k*ns. Most recently, Coyer served as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011.

Coyer is best known around these parts as the guy whose defense allowed PMFM & Co. to rack up 90 points in consecutive playoff games, but we prefer to remember him as the architect of the seventh-stingiest defense in Denver history relative to points allowed per game.

A five-game stretch in 2006 during which the team allowed just 26 points called to mind the Orange Crush defense of 1977, but things fell apart quickly from there, leading to the nightmarish Bob Slowik Era.

Coyer was again undone by Manning in 2011, when the QB's injury led to a 2-14 season for Indy, and you know the rest...