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Broncos Sign Seven to Practice Squad
The Denver Broncos have announced the signings of seven players to their 2012 practice squad.

The full list of Saturday waivers claims | ProFootballTalk
Friday’s roster cuts sent hundreds of game-ready NFL players onto the market. - NFL practice squads list
In the aftermath of Friday's mandatory roster cut downs, NFL teams are busy making roster tweaks and building their practice squads. What follows is a team-by-team list of the players who have officially been added to practice squads.

What happens after a player gets cut? | National Football Post
A former player walks us through the process and the pain of being released.

Bronco Birthdays

OT Russ Freeman (1992-94) is 44.

QB Tommy Maddox (1992-93) is 42.

Denver Broncos Videos

Witten Returns To Practice - ESPN Video - ESPN's Todd Archer and Calvin Watkins with an injury update from Saturday's practice including the status of Jason Witten.

Witten: 'I Feel Really Good' - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jason Witten speaks about how he is feeling following his first practice with the Cowboys since lacerating his spleen.

Branch; Hoyer Part Of Pats Final Cut - ESPN Video - ESPN
11-year veteran Deion Branch and QB Brian Hoyer are cut from the Patriots, but John Clayton thinks they won't be out of a job for long.

Denver Broncos Blogs

What is Von Miller's ceiling? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Von Miller's second NFL season is about taking the next step. - Broncos-Steelers latest Week One playoff rematch
One of the lasting images from last year’s playoffs came in arguably the most shocking result.

Adam Weber to join Tampa Bay practice squad | First-and-Orange — Lindsay Jones
Adam Weber is no longer a Bronco.

Rafael Bush claimed by Saints; Ryan Harris signs with Texans | First-and-Orange — Mike Klis
When a team cuts players that other teams pick up?

Drayton Florence could be headed to Detroit | ProFootballTalk
Cut by the Broncos on Friday, cornerback Drayton Florence may not be out of a job for long.

Adam Weber sees better opportunity at QB with Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Adam Weber had practice-squad discussions with four NFL teams, the Broncos among them. This was one decision where quantity counts more than quality.

Kickin' it with Kiszla: Orange ya glad to be true blue Broncos fans? - The Denver Post
Golden ticket. Brutha Kiz, blood is in the water. Peyton Manning has lifted all boats. I could easily fetch a cool $1,000 for my two pair of tickets for opening night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You can smell the buyers.

Salute to true grit: Broncos' Ben Garland, Greg Orton, Adam Weber all have it - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
During this Colorado summer of natural disaster and human tragedy, Ben Garland became the face of the Broncos franchise.

Broncos defensive tackle Ty Warren back in saddle, ready to make Denver debut - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Before every snap Ty Warren takes in practice and the preseason, he knows what it's supposed to feel like.

Broncos turn on fans to Mile High Mountain Village - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
This season, Broncos ticket holders can get through the gates at Sports Authority Field at Mile High further in advance of game time than in the past.

Mark Kiszla: With Manning at helm, only Fox can be goat - The Denver Post
There's no doubt the Broncos could win a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning at quarterback.

Division News

Jared Gaither ruled out of Week One | ProFootballTalk
We still don’t know when or if Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither is going to return to the field after suffering what were called back spasms more than a month ago.

Rookie LT to face Oakland's top D-line - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Harris, meet the best defensive front in the AFC West.

Chiefs announce practice squad - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs just announced their eight-man practice squad.

Raiders cut CB Chimdi Chekwa - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Three in and three out for the Oakland Raiders.

Raiders announce cuts - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders just announced their final cuts.

Oakland Raiders cut-down analysis - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Most significant move: Putting starting linebacker Aaron Curry on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. - Raiders claim three off waivers
The Raiders have claimed DB Phillip Adams, LB Keenan Clayton and OT Willie Smith off waivers.

Raiders’ roster roulette dumps fourth-round pick in 2011 | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders have tweaked their 53-man roster by claiming three players on waivers, and in turn cutting loose three players who thought they had made the team.

Is Brian Hoyer AFC West-bound? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Brian Hoyer, who was cut by New England, could be a fit with the Chiefs and also a potential fit in Denver.

My biggest worry for each AFC West team - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With the regular season starting in one week, let’s look at the biggest concern I have for each AFC West team heading into Week 1:

Future Foes

A.F.C. South Preview: Houston Is in Line to Win Division, and Maybe More -
Player to Watch The Colts may not go far this season, but follow quarterback Andrew Luck anyway. We’re probably going to be watching him win for a long time.

Report: Steelers and Mike Wallace negotiating, but a deal is unlikely | ProFootballTalk
It’s not too late for receiver Mike Wallace to sign a long-term contract with the Steelers that will ensure he remains in Pittsburgh for the prime of his career.

NFL News

NFL tells UK fans TV update is coming | ProFootballTalk
NFL fans in the United Kingdom are feeling some unified anxiety regarding the lack of a TV deal between the league and Sky Sports.

NFL, referees agree that no agreement is coming soon | ProFootballTalk
After today’s news broke that talks broke down between the NFL and the locked-out officials, both sides issued statements in which they could agree on just one thing: No agreement will be coming soon enough to get the regular refs back on the field for Week 1. - NFL, NFLRA fail to reach agreement Saturday
The NFL and its on-field referees union failed to reach an agreement when they met Saturday, and the league said it's proceeding with replacement officials.

Miscellaneous Stuff

New injured reserve rule could be more trouble than it’s worth | ProFootballTalk
The good news for NFL teams is that there’s a new tweak to the IR rules. The bad news for NFL teams is that there’s a new tweak to the IR rules.

Cuts who can Contribute |
Just because a player is cut doesn’t mean he can’t contribute. It just means that either there was too much competition at one team, or he didn’t fit in with the front office. With that in mind, here’s 10 guys who were cut yesterday and could make an impression in 2012 and beyond.

NCAA Kickoff Weekend - Scouting USC QB Matt Barkley |
College football opened play this weekend with some big stories on the Week 1 docket;

A Stream of Consciousness | National Football Post
The conversation about concussions has led to more questions than answers

Playbook: A.J. Green vs. Asante Samuel | National Football Post
Using video to break down the 'Double-Move.'

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