There’s more: Silver reported that running back Chris Johnson and his massive $8 million 2014 salary won’t be back, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport was told that Tennessee—very much intrigued by free-agent-to-be Jay Cutler—isn’t expected to pick up the hefty $13 million fifth-year option attached to quarterback Jake Locker.
Really, how much better than a minus-3 point differential and 5-7 record was Munchak supposed to have managed, especially with the improving Locker lost for the season?
Broncos game day roster moves: DRC, Julius, Hillman, Champ, Huff
The Broncos are expected to place cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and tight end Julius Thomas on their inactive list for their game today against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to Klis, Denver is expected to dress Michael Huff and Ronnie Hillman, who has not played since October 20.
King Signed to Active Roster, Robinson Waived
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.
Orlando Franklin hobbled, Von Miller back as Broncos start practice week
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.
Orlando Franklin day-to-day with ankle sprain
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.
Danny Trevathan injures knee; Broncos cart LB off field
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."
Danny Trevathan injured in practice
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 to sign Lavelle Hawkins
Former Titan Lavelle Hawkins signed with the team Tuesday. Malcom Floyd (neck) was placed on season-ending injured reserve in a corresponding move.
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.
Six-game ban likely for Von Miller
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.
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.
Broncos expect Wolfe, Welker for opener
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.
Welker was treated for a sprained ankle and is expected to be available for the Ravens game as well if all goes well.
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.