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Happy weekend, Broncos Country! The NFL is breaking new ground, according to a report; Demaryius Thomas says he was 'shocked' John Fox left; notes on Gino Gradkowski and more.

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The NFL is breaking new ground with the report out of The Baltimore Sun that Sarah Thomas will become the league's first female full-time official. You can expect to see Thomas calling regular season games next year.

"She has the right temperament and attitude and feel for the game," an officiating source told The Baltimore Sun. "She knows the rules and understands how to apply them in the spirit of the rules. That sets her apart, male or female."

The NFL didn't confirm Thomas' hire with an official announcement expected as soon as next week

"The 2015 roster of officials has not yet been finalized," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in an email. "When it is, the new officials for 2015 and the entire roster will be announced."

As long as she can do better than Bill Vinovich, she'll be fine.

Horse Tracks

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