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Ryan Tannehill to have knee surgery and miss season
MIAMI — Ryan Tannehill has decided surgery can no longer be avoided. The Miami Dolphins quarterback will undergo an operation to repair the torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire season, a person familiar with the decision said Friday. The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn’t disclosed it publicly. Tannehill will be placed on injured reserve, the person said. Related ArticlesAugust 11, 2017 Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games in domestic case August 11, 2017 Ezekiel Elliott suspension appears imminent August 11, 2017 Myles Garrett struts stuff in Browns debut, DeShone Kizer closes gap on Brock Osweiler August 9, 2017 Devonta Freeman, Falcons agree to five-year extension August 8, 2017 Patrick Mahomes to start second half of Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason opener Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, reinjured it a week into training camp on Aug. 3. The Dolphins consulted with specialists before the team and Tannehill decided surgery was the best option. Tannehill opted not to have surgery after last season’s injury, and instead rehabilitated the partially torn ligaments and underwent stem cell treatments. Jay Cutler, who parted with the Chicago Bears after eight seasons, agreed to delay his fledgling network TV career and signed a $10 million, one-year contract Monday to replace Tannehill. Cutler, 34, might make his Dolphins debut in their second exhibition game next Thursday. Tannehill won the No. 1 job for Miami’s opener in his rookie season of 2012 and made 77 consecutive starts before his injury last season. He’s expected to be ready for the start of training camp next season. [...]
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Keegan-Michael Key explains why he and Jordan Peele paid Von Miller's thrusting fine
Hingle McCringleberry liked Von Miller’s imitation so much, he paid Miller’s NFL fine. Miller, the Denver Broncos outside linebacker, was fined $11,567 back in 2015 for thrusting after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Regular viewers of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” or one of the 17 million people who have viewed the McCringleberry excessive celebration skit on YouTube knew Miller was giving a shout-out to the comedians. [...]
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Von Miller won’t play on Thursday night
John Fox saw a lot of Von Miller sacks while he was the head coach of the Broncos, but he won’t have to worry about the linebacker dropping any Bears quarterbacks on Thursday night. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that Miller will not play in Denver’s preseason opener. There’s no injury that the Broncos are being cautious about, but a couple of other injuries are related to the decision. [...]
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Even in the preseason, 'winning is winning'
Head Coach Vance Joseph stressed that the Broncos went to Chicago to win. [...]
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From the pocket: Knocking the rust off
Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch each felt their own performance had shining moments, and each thought their counterpart’s did, too. [...]
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WATCH: Broncos’ Kyle Sloter throws 47-yd TD pass to Isaiah McKenzie against Bears
.@Broncos QB Kyle Sloter is tossing TDs! We’ve got ourselves a ballgame in Chicago. #DENvsCHI pic.twitter.com/5u0gFr2eDX — NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017 All eyes were on Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian on Thursday, but it was former Northern Colorado star Kyle Sloter who made the Denver Broncos highlight reel. Sloter connected with rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie for a 47-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter on Thursday. The score tied the game up at 17-all. Isaiah McKenzie, he of the 47-yard TD catch, gave his debut performance a C: “I could do better. Next game is going to be a better game.” — Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) August 11, 2017 [...]
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WATCH: Broncos’ De’Angelo Henderson takes off for 41-yard touchdown run
De’Angelo Henderson.41 yards.TOUCHDOWN! The @broncos take the lead! #DENvsCHI pic.twitter.com/QnAlOfb2RF — NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017 It’s late in the fourth quarter and the Broncos are on a third-and-22. So what do they do? Run. The. Ball. With the game tied at 17-apiece, rookie De’Angelo Henderson ran 41 yards to the end zone to give the Broncos a 24-17 lead over the Bears. [...]
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Broncos’ new offense, QBs uninspiring in preseason opener
CHICAGO — An hour before kickoff Thursday, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch trotted out onto Soldier Field to warm up, setting up shop at the 20-yard line in front of a swath of fans who quickly pulled out camera phones and dangled photos for signatures. In the center stood a young girl donning an orange No. 18 Manning jersey. At her side was an older man wearing John Elway’s No. 7. There was no No. 13. No 12, either. No sign of the Broncos’ future. Thursday’s preseason opener — a 24-17 win over the Bears — put them one step closer to finding him. Siemian, as planned by first-year head coach Vance Joseph, started and played 19 plays before handing the reins to Lynch midway through the second quarter. Kyle Sloter closed out the final quarter and was the only one of the three quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass. Related ArticlesAugust 10, 2017 Will Kyle Sloter get to vie for Broncos’ starting QB job? August 10, 2017 WATCH: Broncos’ De’Angelo Henderson takes off for 41-yard touchdown run August 10, 2017 WATCH: Broncos’ Kyle Sloter throws 47-yd TD pass to Isaiah McKenzie against Bears August 10, 2017 Three up, three down in Broncos preseason opener against Bears August 10, 2017 Gone in 60 seconds: Broncos starting defense makes statement in short, sweet outing “I was satisfied,” Joseph said. “Trevor was solid. He made some nice plays in the pass game. Paxton had some. Ice plays but we had so many penalties. … It hurt his drives. That’s why he played more. But overall it was a solid performance.” While eyes were on the quarterbacks, the victory highlighted many persistent issues on offense for Denver — notably protection problems and penalties (10 total) — with only 144 net yards and a 13 percent conversion rate on third downs when Siemian and Lynch played. Siemian began with a seven-point cushion, thanks to Chris Harris’ pick-six on the third play of the game, and went 6-of-7 in passing for 51 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions for a passer rating of 97.0. He was sacked once — on the first play — as Leonard Floyd flew around right tackle Menelik Watson for the takedown as protection issues and penalties littered Siemian’s three drives. “It’s the preseason, so we’ve been doing all of our things we want to do in the regular season,” said rookie tackle Garett Bolles. “We’re just trying to be consistent, run plays we know we can run and continue to get better. It was a good start. There are things we need to work on, definitely, but I feel like everyone is out there playing with their heart tonight.” Both teams racked up a total of six flags on Denver’s opening drive, but Siemian held his own, connecting with Demaryius Thomas for a conversion on third-and-11 and setting up a 38-yard field goal by Brandon McManus. Siemian’s second drive was a three-and-out, and his final go was a seven-play, 37-yard drive that included two completions to Cody Latimer. One of those, however, was nullified by penalties. The drive ended on a run by Stevan Ridley on third-and-1 that resulted in a loss of 3 yards. “I thought I did some good things, I thought Paxton did some good things,” Siemian said. “There is definitely some stuff we’re going to watch and clean up. I can’t really give a reaction right now without watching the tape, but I thought everybody did something good tonight.” Where Siemian appeared in control under pressure, Lynch struggled early with his reads and reacting quickly to the defense. He took over with 7:41 left in the second quarter and played four series, going 6-of-9 passing for 42 yards and a 77.1 rating, while adding 11 yards on four carries. He closed the first half with back-to-back three-and-outs, often tucked the ball and scrambled to evade pressure. To compensate for his late reads, he appeared to throw harder, affecting his accuracy. Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://www.denverpost.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); “I thought I did pretty good. Before we went to halftime I think we struggled a little bit moving the ball. Missed some third downs that we should have converted and had a lot of penalties,” Lynch said. “That kind of set us back. We came out of the locker room at halftime and I thought we did a really good job of moving the ball. But like coach Joseph said, it was just too many penalties to keep us from the moving the ball downfield [...]
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Will Kyle Sloter get to vie for Broncos’ starting QB job?
CHICAGO — Of the Broncos’ three active quarterbacks, only one threw a touchdown pass Thursday in the team’s preseason opening victory against the Bears. It and it wasn’t one of the two contending for the starting gig. Kyle Sloter, an undrafted free agent out of Northern Colorado, was added to the Broncos’ roster for camp competition and depth, but proved he could be much more in Chicago. In his lone quarter of play, Sloter completed five of six passes for 94 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown to rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie. On his final series, he led the Broncos on a four-play drive that was capped by a 41-yard go-ahead touchdown run by De’Angelo Henderson. Sloter’s passer rating? A perfect 158.3. “It was awesome,” he said. “That’s everything you dream of as a kid. Dropping back and throwing a touchdown in the National Football League and leading another one. It was just a blessing to have an opportunity and be in this position.” His performance raised eyebrows — and the question of whether he should be included in the Broncos’ QB race. “As a starter for us? ” Joseph said, seemingly baffled by the question. “No. We’ve got Trevor (Siemian) and we’ve got Paxton (Lynch), who we’re satisfied with.They’re both playing good football. Outside of the penalties tonight I was impressed with both guys. So, no.” What about giving Sloter some second-team reps? “No,” Joseph said. “It’s Trevor’s and Paxton’s job, first and second team.” Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://www.denverpost.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader'));   [...]
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John Elway doesn't need new Broncos quarterback — just for Paxton Lynch to be better
John Elway is executive vice president of the Denver Broncos, but he tweeted a lot like the president of the United States on Wednesday. With his team's quarterback situation becoming messier than anticipated in Year 2 of Trevor Siemian vs. Paxton Lynch, Elway had to shoot down rumors of the Broncos pursuing a third option: Bengals backup AJ McCarron. [...]
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Broncos, Briefly: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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3 things to watch (aside from QBs) in the Broncos-Bears preseason opener
Running backs Starter C.J. Anderson is expected to play a maximum of three series and veteran Jamaal Charles will not play at all, leaving the bulk of the reps to Stevan Ridley, De’Angelo Henderson and Juwan Thompson. The running back race is tight — and stacked — and these reps are critical to creating separation. Ridley has impressed since his arrival on Day 1 of camp. A strong showing in Chicago and the subsequent preseason games will make for difficult roster decisions at running back. Related ArticlesAugust 9, 2017 Big test ahead for Broncos quarterbacks in preseason opener at Chicago August 9, 2017 Broncos’ John Elway refutes QB trade rumor with “fake news” tweet August 8, 2017 Broncos rookies competed in a hot dog eating contest and it was vile August 8, 2017 After circuitous route to NFL, Brendan Langley fighting for spot in Broncos secondary August 8, 2017 Broncos QB Trevor Siemian says switch recently flipped, “like things were clicking for me” Fourth CB battle Rookie Brendan Langley has an edge on paper, but his experience at the position is limited and his time in a pro system is nonexistent. Lorenzo Doss has showed out in camp and continues to vie for the fourth cornerback job, a coveted and important spot on the Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” secondary. “We just want to put those guys in positions where they are competing against the other team’s better players as well,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “We just want to make sure we rotate them in right now at the two position. Give them a shot to go against some of the better receivers. Right now, they’re battling.” O-line cohesion Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway have lauded the Broncos’ new-look offensive line. Thursday’s game will provide limited reps to the starters — tackles Garett Bolles and Menelik Watson, and guards Max Garcia and Ron Leary — but it will be the first test of the group’s cohesion. Connor McGovern will start at center as Matt Paradis takes it slow in returning from two hip surgeries. [...]
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Big test ahead for Broncos quarterbacks in preseason opener at Chicago
Two days before the Broncos were to take the field in Chicago for their preseason opener against the Bears, first-year coach Vance Joseph trotted out the scout team at Dove Valley. “I’m not going to rescue guys with scheme,” Joseph said after Tuesday’s practice. “But I will give them enough to play well. It’s a difference between putting players out there and not having them ready to play versus helping them with scheme.” His thinking was this: More time to prepare for an opponent, even in preseason, gives his players a better chance of playing their best. The season before the season is often labeled meaningless, but for the past two years it has been anything but for the Broncos as they continue to search for their starting quarterback and leaders at many other positions. Related ArticlesAugust 9, 2017 3 things to watch (aside from QBs) in the Broncos-Bears preseason opener August 9, 2017 Broncos’ John Elway refutes QB trade rumor with “fake news” tweet August 8, 2017 Broncos rookies competed in a hot dog eating contest and it was vile August 8, 2017 After circuitous route to NFL, Brendan Langley fighting for spot in Broncos secondary August 8, 2017 Broncos QB Trevor Siemian says switch recently flipped, “like things were clicking for me” In preseason, jobs are won and lost even when the games don’t count. Since April, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch have been battling for the starting quarterback gig while learning offensive coordinator Mike McCoy‘s new system. Their work in training camp is weighted heavily in the evaluation, but their performance Thursday and next week at San Francisco will count the most. “The games matter,” Joseph said. “I want to get to the games so we can get to the bottom of this.” Siemian will start against the Bears and play no more than a quarter and a half before Lynch takes over. Against the 49ers, they’ll swap, giving each a fair opportunity with the first-team offense and against a defense other than their own. These games require a balancing act for all as the coaches monitor not only the quarterbacks’ — and every other player’s — performance, but also their snap counts and how much of the offense is revealed before the regular season. “There’s a fine line there,” McCoy said. “There are certain things every team in this league are not going to show until the opener. You go in there and the big thing, we’re always going to talk is, it’s about us. We have to go out there and do our jobs regardless.” For the quarterbacks, their jobs will be decided by their complete body of work. The biggest factor? Decision-making without a script. “I know that during camp, they kind of throw a lot at you to see what we can do and see what we’re good at,” Lynch said. “Now that we’re about to play a team and actually game-plan a little bit for them, it cuts it down and you can kind of focus in on a little more specific stuff.” McCoy’s system, which will resemble the one he ran in Denver when he was coordinator from 2009-12, will change — quite often, he said — and is designed to be “explosive” and “uptempo” and put points on the board early and often. “We want to put pressure on the defense every snap and every play,” Siemian said. “That’s a common theme all over the place; it’s just how well can you do it. I think with the guys we have, receivers, running backs and the way our offensive line is coming together, I think we have a good chance to do that.” Mastery of the playbook has yet to come for most, but the first preseason game changes the tenor and expectations. It should also provide clarity in the quarterback race. “You want to see how guys react when they’re tired, when they’re hurt and obviously against a different opponent,” Joseph said. “I’m excited about Thursday to see how the young guys go out and play football so we can find out the best guys for our football team.” [...]
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