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Four Broncos Back in Action
The Broncos got some good news on Monday as four players returned to the practice field after missing time.

Quick Chance For Redemption "
In terms of points allowed, the Broncos first-team defense turned in its second strong performance in a row Saturday night against Seattle.

Preseason Week 3: Monday Practice Blog "
The Broncos took the field for their first post-training camp practice Monday at 11:10 a.m. In its first practice since Saturday night’s 30-10 loss to Seattle, the team practiced in shorts, jerseys, shells and helmets.

Inside the Numbers: Preseason Week 2 "
1 Rookie DL Malik Jackson recorded his first career sack, a 5-yard takedown of Seattle QB Russell Wilson in the third quarter. Jackson led the team with two quarterback hurries in the game.

Bronco Birthdays

DT Lewis Pate "Bud" McFadin (1960-63) is 78.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fantasy: Sleeper Wide Receivers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Karabell discusses his sleeper fantasy wide receivers for 2012.

ESPN The Mag: Calvin Johnson - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN The Magazine talks with Calvin Johnson about the upcoming 2012 season and being the bad guy.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos get return of defensive players Carter, Porter, Trevathan - The Denver Post
Safety Quinton Carter, cornerback Tracy Porter and linebacker Danny Trevathan each returned to practice for the Denver Broncos on Monday after missing significant practice time this month.

49ers, Broncos among top 6 favorites to win Super Bowl | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
As preseason matchups go, they don’t get much better than the San Francisco 49ers and Broncos at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, at least as far as the wise guys are concerned.

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays said run defense wasn't good enough | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Middle linebacker Joe Mays didn’t sugar coat anything about the way the Broncos’ defense played in Saturday’s 30-10 preseason loss to Seattle.

MaxDenver » Joe Mays Is a ‘Little Upset,’ and Can You Blame Him?
As the Seahawks attacked repeatedly on rushes at the heart of the Broncos’ defense Saturday, Joe Mays was angry. Two nights of sleep did little to soften his emotions.

Decorum course required for unruly fans ejected from Broncos games - The Denver Post
Mind your game-day manners Broncos fans or face the consequences: a personal-conduct class.

Rookie tailback Ronnie Hillman in hurry to make his move with Broncos - The Denver Post
For the moment, Ronnie Hillman is a man alone.

Broncos CB Chris Harris sees what he missed in Denver's training camp - The Denver Post
When all things are considered, 23 years old doesn't seem remotely close to remember-when status.

Broncos rookie DE Derek Wolfe impresses, but stays humble - The Denver Post
One series in, Derek Wolfe couldn't be blocked.

Broncos rookie report: Derek Wolfe Broncos' leading tackler in preseason - The Denver Post
Denver Post NFL reporter Jeff Legwold tracks the progress of Broncos rookies this season.

Peyton Manning's three INTs not a sign of Broncos things to come - The Denver Post
At the risk of jostling the hive, the Denver Broncos aren't going to return their future Hall of Fame quarterback after a 30-day trial period.

For Broncos fans, a question of Russell Wilson vs. Brock Osweiler - The Denver Post
Q: Are we sure John Elway studied the college quarterbacks for two years before taking Brock Osweiler over Russell Wilson?

Broncos Mailbag: Why Peyton Manning is like Michael Jordan - The Denver Post
In this preseason installment, Mike tackles five Qs, including one wondering if its time to worry about $96 million Peyton Manning.

Mark Kiszla: Broncos can fix dents in their defense with 3-4 alignment - The Denver Post
The Broncos' defense is fundamentally and fatally flawed. The good news: It can be fixed, if coach John Fox is willing to think outside the box.

Division News

32 Teams in 32 Days: Oakland Raiders |
After the sad passing of Al Davis and a tumultuous decade in Oakland, 2012 marks the start of a new era in Oakland. A new General Manager, Reggie McKenzie, a new head coach, Dennis Allen, and a rejuvenated coaching staff are all charged with bringing the glory days back to this once proud franchise.

When will Chiefs' Brandon Flowers return? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
If Brandon Flowers is going to be ready to play for the Kansas City Chiefs in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons in 20 days, the standout cornerback is going to have to make progress.

Crennel discusses Bowe and Hali - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It is a busy time in Kansas City as the team prepares for Dwayne Bowe to practice for the first time Tuesday as he begins to shake off the rust of his holdout and the team prepares to play the season opener against business Atlanta on Sept. 9 without top pass-rusher Tamba Hali, who has been suspended for one game by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. - Chiefs OLB Hali suspended for Week One
The NFL suspended Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali for the first game of the regular season without pay for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

Hali’s suspension arises from previously unreported violation of law | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali has made his living slipping past blockers. At some point in the not-too-distant past, Hali and the team slipped an arrest, prosecution, and disposition of a criminal case past the media.

Suspension voids large guarantee for Hali in 2013 | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali’s one-game suspension and one-game fine is guaranteed to cost him $1.32 million

With Hali out, pressure on Houston - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Justin Houston, you must continue to step up ... And get to Matt Ryan.

Can Chargers' offense survive through injuries? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There’s no doubt, it’s time to worry in San Diego.

Future Foes

Falcons OT Will Svitek out for the season | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons offensive line has been better than advertised this preseason, but they took a hit this afternoon they can ill afford. - Saints acquire LB Ruud
The Saints have acquired LB Barrett Ruud from Seattle for an undisclosed draft pick, the Saints said Monday night.

Josh Gordon catches attention with "brilliant" practices | ProFootballTalk
The Browns took a chance on receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft.

NFL News

Rumors fly that league may go with one-man officiating crews | ProFootballTalk
The good news is that the replacement officials could soon be getting fired. The bad news is that the locked-out officials may stay locked out.

NFL says one-man crew hasn’t been discussed | ProFootballTalk
Well, it was fun while it lasted. And it didn't last very long. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the NFL will not be using one-man officiating crews in lieu of full crews of replacement officials. "There has been no discussion or consideration of that whatsoever," Aiello said by email.

Jerry Markbreit thinks replacement refs don’t respect officiating | ProFootballTalk
Jerry Markbreit spent 23 years as an NFL official and is the only person to referee four Super Bowls, and he says he has a lot of respect for the job of officiating.

Bob McNair on replacement refs: "I can’t see any difference" | ProFootballTalk
If the NFL’s regular officials won’t get back to work until the NFL owners agree to pay them more, then they may remain locked out for a long time.

Week Two preseason games taking too long to play | ProFootballTalk
The repeated delays in the post-whistle decision-making and administration by the replacement officials is creating, not surprisingly, a delay in the completion of the games.

Miscellaneous Stuff

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Officiating Minicamp: Part I
The Tuck Rule. The Football Move. Maintaining possession while going to the ground - Bills cut DE Merriman
The Bills announced that they released DE-OLB Shawne Merriman on Monday.

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