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Broncos lose three players to injury in practice on Friday
Donald Stephenson, Corey Nelson, and freshly signed River Cracraft all went down with injuries on Friday. In practice on Friday, the Denver Broncos lost right tackle Donald Stephenson to a torn calf, linebacker Corey Nelson with an elbow injury, and wide receiver River Cracraft to a torn hamstring. Broncos suffer 3 injuries in THU practice: RT Donald Stephenson torn calf; LB Corey Nelson elbow, IR; WR River Cracraft torn hammy. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 20, 2017 All three could end up on injured reserve with those injuries. With Menelik Watson and Billy Turner likely out with injury this week, the Broncos are hurting at tackle. They will be calling up Elijah Wilkinson from the practice squad to fill this need. For now, they will be sliding Allen Barbre outside to fill in at right tackle. He did well in substitution for Garett Bolles at times, so maybe they’ll see a slight improvement at the position against the Los Angeles Chargers. In an unconfirmed rumor, Benjamin Allbright has a source saying Denver is trying to work out a potential trade for an offensive tackle with the Buffalo Bills. Strong rumor circulating that the Broncos are sniffing the Bills out for an offensive tackle...— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 20, 2017 Whatever is happening, the Broncos are hurting at the position and it was a position that is widely considered the weakest talent on the team. It could go from worse to disaster real quick. Broncos-Chargers injury report Final practice report of the week for the #Broncos & #Chargers. Thursday did no favors to Denver's health status, which took a hit against the #Giants. #DENvsLAC pic.twitter.com/CQrAkF567W— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) October 20, 2017 [...]
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Broncos lose third right tackle to injury in five-day span
The Denver Broncos' injury epidemic has gotten drastically worse. Coach Vance Joseph said Friday that Donald Stephenson tore his left calf muscle at practice a day earlier when linebacker Corey Nelson also suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Stephenson, the third right tackle to get hurt in a five-day span, and Nelson were expecting big roles Sunday when the Broncos (3-2) visit the Chargers (2-4). [...]
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Quick Picks: Week 7
Take a look at a roundup of the experts' picks for this weekend's game between the Broncos and the Chargers in Los Angeles. [...]
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Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch suspended 1 game for shoving official
NEW YORK — Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders’ victory over Kansas City on Thursday night. Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp. The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City’s Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul. NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying: “You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. … You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved.” Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland’s active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders’ game against the Buffalo Bills. Related Articles Raiders score on final play to beat Chiefs Marshawn Lynch ejected for pushing official in Raiders game Eric Reid was first to follow Colin Kaepernick. He’s still trying to change the world. Panthers QB Cam Newton opts not to speak with reporters NFL to give away 500 tickets to February’s Super Bowl Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards. The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates. Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020. Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. [...]
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Broncos and Chargers injury report: Thomas and Marshall limited, Watson not practicing
Here is your Thursday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. A host of Broncos veteran’s who received a day off on Wednesday returned to practice today. Those players include running back Jamaal Charles, cornerback Aqib Talib, nose tackle Domata Peko, and tight end A.J. Derby. Back at practice. pic.twitter.com/5OVLVDIUji— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 19, 2017 Also returning to practice(in a limited manner) was wide receiver Demaryius Thomas(Calf) and linebacker Brandon Marshall(Shoulder). Thomas was never really in doubt of missing Sunday’s game, but there was some question about Marshall. The fact he put in at least some level of practice today increases his chances of playing on Sunday. What he does tomorrow will really give us an idea about his potential availability for Sunday’s game, however. It wasn’t all good news for the Broncos. Starting right tackle Menelik Watson continued to sit out practice and it’s beginning to look like he will miss Sunday’s game against the rival Chargers. If he does sit out, it appears that Donald Stephenson and/or Alan Barbre will be the two guys taking over for him. Head Coach Vance Joseph did make it sound like it would be Stephenson on Sunday. “Today, Stephenson worked there. We also had [G] Allen Barbre worked there. I’d be really comfortable with Stephenson. That’s why he’s here. He’s our swing tackle. He’s the next guy in. He’s an experienced guy, so if he has to play, he has to play.” Also popping up on the injury report is backup inside linebacker Corey Nelson(Elbow). This is noteworthy because if Brandon Marshall is unable to go on Sunday, Nelson would be next in line. The Broncos inside linebacking spot is a tad banged up currently. As for the Chargers, defensive tackle Corey Liuget was downgraded from limited on Wednesday to a DNP on Thursday. So his status could be up in the air for Sunday’s matchup. Also added to the Chargers injury report is star receiver Keenan Allen with a shoulder issue. I do not think he is in danger of missing Sunday’s game, but his shoulder will be something to watch moving forward. Here is your entire Thursday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play [...]
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Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders: Thursday Night Football Live Blog
This is a big AFC West division game on Thursday Night Football between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. The AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) take their act to the Bay Area to take on the “we’ve lost four straight” Oakland Raiders (2-4) in a critical Thursday Night matchup that could break the season for the Silver & Black. Who to root for? I have a rule of thumb when it comes to hated rivals. If one team is ahead of the Denver Broncos in the standings and the other is not, always root for the team in front to choke and fail. So tonight, I hope Derek Carr becomes pre-2015 Peyton Manning and shreds the Chiefs secondary like it is a junior varsity high school unit. I want Alex Smith to get panic-benched by Andy Reid for the rookie Patrick Mahomes. In short, I want the Raiders to win and I don’t even care if people hate that I said it. Beat the damn Chiefs! Chiefs vs Raiders live blog Arrowhead Pride Silver & Black Pride Tweets from https://twitter.com/MileHighReport/lists/broncos-gameday [...]
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Reeling Raiders lead this week's Sorry Six
The bad news is, there are no truly great teams in the NFL. The good news is, there are a lot more candidates for this week’s Sorry Six. 1. Oakland Raiders: Hey, remember when we said the AFC West was the toughest division in football? [...]
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Broncos have struggled to force turnovers, but feel 'the takeaways will come'
They've worked on strip-the-ball drills this week in an effort to restore the turnover touch that has helped them win 26 of their last 30 games in which they've forced at least one takeaway. [...]
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With Sanders and McKenzie out, the Broncos turn to others to step up
With two key weapons out vs. the Chargers, the Broncos are looking to their reserve receivers to fill in for Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie. [...]
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Panthers QB Cam Newton opts not to speak with reporters
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has declined to speak to reporters for the second consecutive day. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Thursday the former league MVP gave no explanation as to why he wouldn’t participate in his weekly news conference prior to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Drummond was seen speaking to Newton at his locker for several minutes during the team’s open locker room session. Related Articles Eric Reid was first to follow Colin Kaepernick. He’s still trying to change the world. NFL to give away 500 tickets to February’s Super Bowl Roger Goodell’s contract extension with NFL remains on track, says Falcons owner Suspension on hold again, Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott returns to team NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races NFL players are subject to fines for not talking to the media. Newton’s decision comes two weeks after he apologized for comments he said were “extremely degrading and disrespectful to women.” Jourdan Rodrigue, the female reporter from the Charlotte Observer that Newton’s sexist comments were directed at, returned to work this week after taking time off. When reporters entered the Panthers locker room on Thursday, Newton had the volume so high on a sound system playing music it made it difficult for other players to conduct interviews. He turned the music off after about 15 minutes. When asked about Newton’s decision to not speak to reporters on Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, “I thought he had a press conference today, but apparently not.” [...]
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Eric Reid was first to follow Colin Kaepernick. He’s still trying to change the world.
There was a second player in that hotel lobby 13 months ago; another San Francisco 49ers player who, later that night, risked his career by kneeling. It was more than a year ago that Colin Kaepernick, a 49ers quarterback at the time, began drawing attention and intense criticism for protesting police brutality against African Americans by first sitting and then kneeling while the national anthem was performed. Kaepernick is now a household name, for better or worse – one of the nation’s most polarizing figures and either pro football’s Curt Flood or the man who spoiled Sundays by dragging politics onto the football field. From the beginning, Kaepernick’s knee wasn’t the only one on the turf. “I’m not doing this to be recognized,” Eric Reid, the 49ers’ 25-year-old safety, said in an interview at FedEx Field this past Sunday – a few hours after, along with other San Francisco players, Reid again took a knee before his team’s game against the Washington Redskins. And, indeed, for his part in what has become an important and perhaps historic moment in sports dialogue – NFL players have, if nothing else, realized the power of their voices and their caucus – Reid remains a highly influential, if mostly anonymous, participant in NFL politics. After San Francisco’s game Sunday, Reid dressed in the locker room while a small group of reporters waited. He answered a few questions as his teammates left for the West Coast. Reid, though, was staying in Washington before traveling to New York to join a small group of players for a meeting with NFL franchise owners. On Tuesday following that meeting, Reid told The Washington Post in a telephone interview that owners were “open-minded” while listening to what players see as the league’s role in social activism. But Reid said he will continue kneeling before games. “We all knew that this is a long-term process, and it’s going to take many years moving forward,” he said. “It’s not something that’s going to be fixed over the next couple months left in this season. … We’re going to continue to do what we’ve been doing.” He has been doing it since September 2016, a week after media members noticed Kaepernick sitting on the 49ers’ bench during the national anthem before a preseason game. Shortly after Kaepernick’s protest was noticed, a former Green Beret named Nate Boyer published an open letter to Kaepernick. It described how veterans might interpret Kaepernick’s protest, and the quarterback invited Boyer to San Diego to talk about their options. At a table near a window, Kaepernick and Boyer talked, and Reid sat with them and mostly listened. Reid and Kaepernick had discussed various social issues, including what they saw as unfair treatment of African Americans, and had pondered various ways of bringing awareness to an intensifying problem. Related Articles Roger Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy Trump blasts NFL for not making players stand during anthem NFL players, owners hold “constructive” talks on issues Owners seek NFLPA’s help as players standing for anthem is “not happening quickly enough” Colin Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him Kaepernick, in the meeting with Boyer and in previous discussions, took the lead. Reid, an intelligent and overachieving young athlete from Louisiana, understood a quarterback’s protest would resonate more than that of a defensive back. So, as much as anything, he was there as backup. Later that night, when the 49ers gathered on the Qualcomm Stadium sideline, Reid stood to Kaepernick’s right before kneeling with him. “I was taught growing up that you always do what you believe,” Reid said. “For me, it’s learning how to follow before learning how to lead. “A lot of it was taking Colin’s direction,” he said. “I told him how I felt and told him I wanted to support him, and from there we just kept talking and talking and talking, and here we are.” But before they arrived here, before representing NFL players in New York or taking a knee in San Diego, Reid was a talented kid near Baton Rouge. He was dependable, his high school coach said, always on time; Reid was – and this is a mighty compliment for a football coach to give – somebody you didn’t have to worry about. “One of the finest young men that I’ve ever been around,” said Benny Saia, who coached Reid and a great many more players in 15 years at Dutchtown High. Reid didn’t say much about equality back then or violence involving police or anything more than reaching his goals. He wanted to play c [...]
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Broncos’ defense emphasizes takeaways, two injured players return to practice, more notes
As the Broncos look to bounce back from a disappointing loss, their preparation for the Chargers and 10 games thereafter includes an emphasis on creating takeaways. Last season, the Broncos tied for seventh in the NFL with 27 total takeaways — 14 interceptions and 13 fumbles. Of their 333 total points, 117 of them were scored off takeaways. Through five games this season, the Broncos have only four interceptions and zero forced fumbles. “We actually had a turnover circuit in practice,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “I made a cut-up tape of guys creating takeaways, just different teams throughout the NFL. But in terms of turnovers, the thing for us is we’re doing a lot of different things to try to create matchups for Von Miller and others guys on defense, a lot of different pressure packages, things we’re doing with our stunts, how we’re moving guys around. And the way the teams are playing us, they’re getting rid of the ball. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Broncos’ defense has been their greatest weapon and often their safety net. Though they lead the league in total yards (261.8 per game) this season and had the NFL’s top run defense before Sunday’s loss, they’ve made takeaways a priority. “It’s got to be a conscious effort to really go out there and try to strip the ball,” Von Miller said. “There were a couple plays there I feel like, on the sack in Oakland game, I felt like I should have had a chance to get the ball out and it didn’t happen. I felt like this last past week when Eli (Manning) came down on it and it just didn’t happen. Even the sack on Dak (Prescott), my second sack of the season on Dak, I tried to get the ball out and it just didn’t go. We just haven’t had our break yet, but we’re definitely working on it. It’s definitely a priority of ours. Hey, if we can play the same defense we’ve been playing and add on some turnovers, we’ll be more than good.” Injury updates. Receiver Demaryius Thomas (calf bruise) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday’s workout. Right tackle Menelik Watson did not practice again, but remains day-to-day for a calf strain. The Broncos have been working Allen Barbre and Donald Stephenson at right tackle, should Watson be unable to go Sunday, but the team is not ready to rule out their starting tackle. Related Articles Kiszla: Here’s the first real test of Vance Joseph’s mettle as head coach of the Broncos Hunter Sharp eager for chance to help Broncos team with injuries piling up at wide receiver Shane Ray, Jake Butt return to Broncos practice; LB Brandon Marshall added to injury list NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races Can’t decide which player to rep? Broncos fans can now rotate jerseys week to week Cornerback Aqib Talib, running back Jamaal Charles and nose tackle Domata Peko returned after taking their usual veteran day off. And tight end A.J. Derby was back, a day after his wife gave birth to their first child, a girl. Six hours at a time. As the Broncos ready for a three-game road stretch at Los Angeles, Kansas City and then Philadelphia, Miller says he can look only a day ahead — or less. “We have three road games in a row?” he asked. “I hadn’t really thought about it like that. “I knew it was at some point in the season, I just didn’t think we were there. For me, it’s day-to-day. To be consistent in the National Football League, you can’t really think about it like this month of football coming up. It’s too competitive, there are too many moving parts. Things happen so fast. Actually you got to really go about it six hours at a time. If you’re able to do that, you’ll be good.” [...]
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MHR Live: Back like cooked Braque
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); MHR Live: Back like BraqueWeek 7 has started with quite a few roster moves, the Denver Broncos have cut defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, placed offensive lineman Billy Turner on injured reserve, activated wide receiver Hunter Sharp to the 53-man roster, signed wide receiver River Cracraft to the practice squad and announced wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie as OUT for this weekend's contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Perhaps most important, outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt both The Chargers will host the Broncos at the home of the (United Soccer League team) LA Galaxy. Early reports on tickets sales project the chargers to have somewhere around 39 fans in attendance. Join us live as we break down what happened to Denver at home against the New York Giants last Sunday and give a short introduction to the Chargers in Week 7. Tomorrow we will have the deep dive Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now.Posted by Mile High Report: A Denver Broncos Blog on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Wake up tomorrow with exclusive Denver Broncos news and stories in your inbox for your morning commute! Join The Strongside Blitz by Denver vs. newsletter right now and get freemium, high key storytelling in your inbox every morning. Week 7 has started with quite a few roster moves, the Denver Broncos have cut defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, placed offensive lineman Billy Turner on injured reserve, activated wide receiver Hunter Sharp to the 53-man roster, signed wide receiver River Cracraft to the practice squad and announced wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie as OUT for this weekend's contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Perhaps most important, outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt both return to practice this week. The Chargers will host the Broncos at the home of the (United Soccer League team) LA Galaxy. Early reports on tickets sales project the chargers to have somewhere around 39 fans in attendance. Join us live as we break down what happened to Denver at home against the New York Giants last Sunday and give a short introduction to the Chargers in Week 7. Tomorrow we will have the deep dive Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now. An excerpt from the latest edition of The Strongside Blitz, sign-up right here: DEFENSE New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa did not necessarily come out of nowhere necessarily. No offense to the fantasy football experts, but it was not much of a secret that Darkwa was New York's best running back to anyone that has seen the Giants play football this season or last. In Week 6—on Sunday Night Football—Darkwa ran for 117 yards. A running back running for 117 yards on the Broncos is a running back that has run for 63 more yards against Denver this season than Melvin Gordon, 92 more yards than LeSean McCoy, and 105 more yards than Ezekiel Elliot were able to do this season. How Darkwa ran for all of those yards is the part that is important to focus on as you attempt to simmer your bowling blood. Darkwa had 117 yards, but only four first downs... For reference Gordon had two first downs rushing against the Broncos, McCoy had two, Elliot even had one. So, what gives? Chunk yardage, Darkwa's 47-yard run in the first quarter accounts for 40.2% of Darkwa's total rushing yards. Other than that 47-yard run, Denver's defense also allowed tiny Darkwa breakaways of 14, 15 and 19-yards. The Broncos allowed Darkwa 95 yards on four rushing plays. The rest of the time, Darkwa had 16 attempts for 22 yards (1.38 average yards-per-carry). Ground Control Someone has to be Major Tom and that very well may be Justin Simmons. Simmons led the Broncos in tackles. Which isn't completely peculiar, except that he played center field most of the game. On top of leading the team in tackles (11), Simmons had one-third of Denver's team total in tackle for losses (two) and half of Denver's team total in passes defensed (two). His tackles saved touchdowns nearly every time. On Darkwa's big run: With Ahtyba Rubin subbing for Derek Wolfe, the Giants called for a play run opposite Rubin and Von Miller's side. Prior to the snap, the Broncos defense audibled, giving Miller a clear path to Eli Manning—daring the Giants to run at the well prepared defensive side of Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis and Shaquil Barrett with Darian Stewart idling near. On the snap, New York's left guard John Jerry and left ta [...]
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