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SB 32/33 champ Neil Smith among latest to sue league

Former Chief Neil Smith sues NFL over brain injuries
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Smith, 46, contended in his suit that because of repeated and misdiagnosed concussions he suffers from “permanent and debilitating injuries,” including loss of memory, “cognitive impairment” and early-onset dementia.

“Indeed, Mr. Smith suffered three concussions — all of which were improperly diagnosed and treated — in one game during the 1988 season,” the suit alleged. “Despite exhibiting concussion symptoms, Mr. Smith was regularly returned to play, significantly increasing his chances of longterm brain damage.”

According to nflconcussionlitigation.com, more than one-third of all living, former NFL players are now suing the league over its handling of head injuries.

Rumor Mongering: Reid eyeing Chargers gig

Source: Reid has his sights set on San Diego
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

The Los Angeles native wants to coach the Chargers, according to a league source.  Per the source, Reid is making his intentions known as he lines up a potential coaching staff — part of the “multi-level musical chairs” tournament unfolding throughout the league.

Reid rightfully catches a lot of heat for his game-day clock management, and for his role in Philly having committed megadollars to Michael Vick and Nnamdi Asomugha.

But don't forget that Reid's Eagles won seven NFCE titles during his 14-season tenure, had at least a .600 winning percentage in nine of those years, and made it to five conference title games, including four consecutively. Between 2000 and 2011 (omitting his first and last years), Reid coached the Eagles to a .634 winning percentage, which was bettered only by New England, Pittsburgh, and Indy.

Many Broncos fans understandably find humor in the idea of Josh McDaniels taking over for Norv Turner, but Reid? That would be no laughing matter.

Holliday latest Bronco to win weekly performance award

Holliday Earns Weekly Honor
blog.denverbroncos.com

On Wednesday, the NFL named Holliday its AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, marking the first time the second-year player has earned that honor.

Holliday becomes the 23rd all-time AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Broncos history, and the second this season after Matt Prater took home the honor for Week 4.

The award is the fifth individual weekly accolade for the Broncos this season, as following each of the team’s wins, someone on the roster has earned an individual weekly honor.

A Broncos player has now taken one of these awards for each of Denver's five wins this season. Certainly not a bad thing.

D.J. Williams gets 30 days of house arrest

Broncos' D.J. Williams to serve 30 days in-home detention — but after Super Bowl
www.denverpost.com

A Denver County Court judge on Wednesday sentenced Broncos linebacker Genos “D.J.” Williams to 30 days of in-home detention for his most recent DWAI conviction but delayed the penalty’s start date until Feb. 7 — just after the Super Bowl.
Prosecutors sought a month in jail, saying it was Williams’ second ability-impaired driving conviction in just over five years. He also faces two years of mandatory probation.

If D.J. has any trouble killing his newly-found free time, we've got a few suggestions:

  • Work on becoming a better secret keeper
  • Purchase a Whizzinator, learn how to use it.
  • Store up some drug-free urine to save for testing, so he doesn't have to use non-human piss anymore.
  • Program the telephone numbers of some Denver-area car services into his phone, and add them to his Faves

Are the Broncos in the market for a defensive tackle?

Seahawks, 49ers must improve pass attacks; NFL-wide thoughts
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7) The Denver Broncos really needs another defensive tackle, and they seem like a team that might be aggressive near the trading deadline, possibly one willing to give away a 2013 draft pick for a player who can solidify the middle of the defense. The potential trade partner would have to be a team out of postseason contention with a free agent-to-be. Would Sedrick Ellis of the New Orleans Saints qualify? Only if the Saints keep losing. How about Glenn Dorsey of the Kansas City Chiefs? Only if the Chiefs are not planning on bringing him back. With the deadline extended this season to the Tuesday after Week 8, these potential scenarios will get interesting.

What to make of Lombardi's comments?  Lombardi is likely speculating on the actual names; it's unlikely the Broncos would allow those details to get out on the street.  But there's probalby a kernel of truth to the idea the Broncos want to get stronger up the middle.  It's not as if the idea would shock anyone.  Even the most casual of fans have been advocating this strategy for the last five drafts.  Selecting Derek Wolfe was just a drop in the bucket.  

Broncos will be without Tracy Porter when they battle Chargers tomorrow

Broncos CB Tracy Porter out with illness for Monday night game against Chargers
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Porter has an illness, the Broncos announced, and he didn’t make the team flight to San Diego for Monday’s game. He had practiced all week.

Chris Harris will move from nickelback to starting RCB opposite Champ Bailey, and Tony Carter is expected to replace Harris as the nickelback. When the Broncos go to a six-DB package, they’ll use rookie CB Omar Bolden or one of their backup safeties—Jim Leonhard or David Bruton—depending on the situation.

I've maintained Chris Harris has the ability to start in the NFL.  Tomorrow night, he'll get his first chance to prove it.  The good news for the Broncos?  The Chargers do not have anyone on their roster named Wes Welker.

Broncos’ subtle move shows they’re getting smarter

Broncos acquire returner Trindon Holliday
blogs.denverpost.com

The Broncos are taking a chance that Trindon Holliday can enhance their return game.  The Houston Texans’ kickoff and punt returner this year until he was waived earlier this week, Holliday was claimed and awarded to the Broncos on Thursday,

They say the definition of stupidity is dating a girl with a Raiders tattoo doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Consider the Broncos suddenly wiser.  This move won't get a lot of attention, but I like it.  In previous years, the Broncos have drafted various types of players and hoped someone would emerge as a return threat.  Trindon's signing (we hope) shows a recognition by the Broncos that the strategy has failed.  

Holliday may not work out, but the Broncos deserve some credit for realizing the value of having a return specialist on the roster.

Broncos sign fourth-round pick Omar Bolden

Bolden First Draft Pick to Sign
blog.denverbroncos.com

The first of the Broncos’ 2012 NFL Draft picks has signed with the team.

Cornerback Omar Bolden, drafted in the fourth round, put pen to paper on Thursday.

Selected at pick No. 101 overall, Bolden amassed 138 total tackles, five tackles for loss, 21 pass breakups and seven interceptions in his career at Arizona State.

One down, six to go.

Broncos will open 2012 season at home against Steelers on SNF

NFL chose matchup over Denver visit to New England
www.denverpost.com

The league will feature the Broncos in its first Sunday Night Game of the 2012 season. The Broncos will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season opener Sept. 9 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, an NFL source said.

New England was a possibility for the Broncos on the Sunday night opener, but the NFL went with Pittsburgh instead.

The rest of the schedule is due at the top of the next hour, and of course we'll have that for you here.

Tebow trade on ice yet again

Report: Tim Tebow Trade To New York Jets Is Off Until Saturday
www.rantsports.com

You probably are not going to believe me, but the Tim Tebow trade to the New York Jets is off again.  However, it should be completed on Saturday.  Due to some complicated language in his contract, Tebow must remain on the Denver Broncos salary cap for 24 hours and then he will be traded on Saturday, once he agrees to a brand new contract.

The Jets have postponed their press conference until Monday.  This trade is perfect for Tebow, in the sense that it is spiraling out of control.  It has taken on a life of its own and it seems to be self-sustaining.  Just like Tebowmania has been.

I doubt that the deal is cancelled, but the suspense is still building.  Every day that the deal is not done gives it a chance to unravel.  It would be a first, but I don’t believe that it would exactly shock everyone.  I know that I am expecting anything and everything to happen with this trade.

We assume this gets done, but you never never know.