Here it is, and coming to a newsstand near you…unless you live where the RGIII cover is sold. According to the Denver Broncos, this is the team’s 22nd Sports Illustrated cover.
NFL Modifies Trade Deadline and Injured Reserve - Less than one week from the 2012 NFL season opener, the NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have agreed to adopt 2012 Bylaw Proposals No. 2 and No. 6A, the NFL and NFLPA announced on Thursday. Bylaw proposal No. 2 moves the trading deadline from Tuesday, October 16 – the Tuesday after Week 6 of the regular season – to Tuesday, October 30, the Tuesday after Week 8. Bylaw proposal No. 6A permits clubs to re-activate one player from Reserve/Injured during the 2012 season, subject to certain restrictions. Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
Sports Illustrated predicts Denver Broncos in Super Bowl, Peyton Manning as MVP - Landing Peyton Manning in the offseason has resulted in the usual rocky mountain high hopes in Denver soaring even higher. Fans’ “Super Bowl or Bust” attitude has been amplified as they sense something special brewing with their Broncos. Read more from Examiner >>>>
Peyton Manning: First-Year Adjustments Will Crush QB’s Super Bowl Hopes - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s 2012 NFL season will be more of a struggle than a success. Despite all the chatter coming from Broncos fans about Manning making Denver a Super Bowl favorite this fall, the veteran signal caller will have to deal with a plethora of first year adjustments that will undoubtedly put him and the Broncos behind the 8-ball. Read more from Bleacher Report >>>>
Denver Broncos: Predicting the 53-Man Roster -The time has come, the time is now. Turn in your playbook and please go now. Unfortunately for a dozen players, the Broncos will have to cut 20 players on Friday at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. EST). Not all hope is lost for the 20 because up to eight players will get a job on the practice squad. Read more from Bleacher Report >>>>
Osweiler gives Montana man a Mile-high moment - The moment still brings tears to Carol Sullivan’s eyes, but is joined by a smile when she thinks or talks about it. “I just have one regret about dying and that’s (leaving) you,” she said of what her husband told her before he passed away earlier this month. And then he said … “Maybe two regrets. I won’t get to see Brock play.” Read more from Montana Standard >>>>
Eggs In One Basket – Tonight’s final preseason game between the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals won’t feature many regular season starters on either side of the ball. Instead, tonight will serve as a final casting call – a last-ditch opportunity – for players on the bubble to make their case for one of the spots on the final 53-man roster. Read more from Mile High Sports >>>>
Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning are top storylines for 2012 NFL season - One is arguably the greatest NFL quarterback of this decade. The other is arguably miscast as an NFL quarterback in any century. Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow didn’t have much in common beyond their SEC bloodlines until recently. Peyton was a hot-shot prospect from the University of Tennessee who got squeezed out of the Heisman conversation with all the hullabaloo surrounding Charles Woodson in 1997. Read more from Orlando Sentinel >>>>
Today’s headlines center on a certain unemployed NFL quarterback.
Broncos are a mile high on Peyton Manning - Remember those boring Broncos offseasons when there was nothing other than a stormy feud between the new young head coach and the Pro Bowl quarterback? Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Peyton Manning not only QB target for John Elway and John Fox - Before Peyton Manning was the news of the day for the Broncos, before a private plane sent by the Broncos had whisked Manning out of Florida, the Broncos had their eye on another quarterback. The Broncos sent a large contingent, including executive vice president of football operations John Elway, head coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders, to Stillwater, Okla., for Oklahoma State’s pro day Friday. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Kiszla: Broncos’ Peyton Manning pursuit a crunching hit for Tim Tebow - Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow took the most vicious hit of his NFL career Friday, when he got run over by the red carpet that Denver rolled out for Peyton Manning. This town isn’t big enough for Manning and Tebow. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Broncos Draft History: Offensive Line - A look back at offensive lineman the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft. As we wrap up the preview of the offensive linemen available in the 2012 NFL Draft, let’s take a look back at the offensive linemen who the Broncos have drafted. All five of the starters on the team’s 2011 offensive line were acquired by the club via the draft. Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
Broncos Release Statement on Suspensions - The Denver Broncos released a statement regarding the suspensions of three players on Friday. Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
Brian Griese: Peyton Manning Signing With Broncos “Very Realistic” - Former Denver Broncos quarterback and current Broncos radio color commentator Brian Griese said Friday morning that he believes the Broncos are one of the favorites to land free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning, according to Pro Football Talk. “I think it’s very realistic,” Griese said. “More realistic than people would realize.” Read more from Sports Illustrated >>>>
Peyton Manning Free Agency: Peter King Says Denver Broncos ‘Desperate’ For Quarterback - It hasn’t been hard to read the alleged tension between the Denver Broncos brass and the fans’ wishes to have Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback. John Elway and John Fox inherited Tebow from the previous regime, but his popularity and surprising results in the win-loss column in 2011 have forced the team’s hand to call him their No. 1 quarterback heading into the season. Yet no one really believes that Elway has his franchise quarterback that he’s pictured since taking over the team. Read more from SB Nation >>>>
What The Denver Broncos Can Learn From The Indianapolis Colts - There’s obviously ample player-oriented news (read: speculation) surrounding Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos as this talk has appeared to be more than just an apparition. Who could have seen anything like this coming? What seemed impossible a month ago has come to fruition. The Indianapolis Colts released their surefire first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback after injury concerns mounted and the salary cap realities pressed into the finances. Read more from Predominantly Orange >>>>
Broncos’ Dennis Allen frontrunner for Raiders’ job - Many in the NFL who know Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen say he will be a head coach in the league someday. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Broncos’ lack of depth in secondary revealed in playoffs - Today’s question about the Broncos comes from David Shen. Q:What was the biggest factor in the Broncos’ 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC semifinals? Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Josh McDaniels And The Denver Broncos: Has The Stench Faded? - Over a year ago, Broncos fans celebrated like they were liberated from a maniacal dictator when Pat Bowlen relieved Josh McDaniels of his coaching duties with the Denver Broncos. The dark ages had finally ended, and though everyone knew the sun would rise again albeit at a very slow pace. Read more from Bronco Talk >>>>
Denver Broncos First Round Draft Need - The Denver Broncos led the NFL in rushing and they set a franchise record for most yards on the ground in a single season. That doesn’t mean all is gravy, however. Read more from Predominantly Orange >>>>
Joe Gibbs likes what he sees in Tim Tebow - Tim Tebow doesn’t have anything to do with NASCAR or the Sprint Media Tour, but he’s made an impression on one team owner. ”I love Tebow,” said Joe Gibbs, the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and former head coach of the Washington Redskins. Read more from ESPN >>>>
Forcing fumbles an art, not luck - For Kyle Williams and shellshocked San Francisco 49ers fans, it may still feel as though destiny dealt them a cruel blow in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Read more from Sports Illustrated >>>>
Key Contributions from 2011 Acquisitions - Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, General Manager Brian Xanders and Head Coach John Fox completed their first full season together in 2011, which culminated in an AFC West title and an AFC Wild Card victory in the playoffs. Much of that success can be traced back to last offseason, when the team added 19 newcomers that made the 2011 opening-week roster. Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
How Do You Respond to Tebow-mania? - No matter what you think about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow or the public way he expresses his faith in God, what is certain is that he has helped spur discussions on what our lives are all about and where God is in all of it. Read more from Huffington Post >>>>
Before we delve into the headlines, here’s a video I finally got around to watching last night. It’s a reenactment of the Tim Tebow-to-Demaryius Thomas overtime touchdown pass – using peanuts.
Like Conan said, using NFL game football is a bit pricey for his budget.
Patriots making plans to stop Broncos’ “track meet” - Inside the defensive meeting rooms here at the Patriots practice facility, the game tape of the first quarter of New England’s 41-23 win against Denver last month is getting plenty of play. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Krieger: Broncos are playing with house money vs. Patriots - So let’s see. No team that finished the regular season at 8-8 has ever gone beyond the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Game-Winner Drawn Up at Halftime - Going into halftime Sunday, the Broncos held a two touchdown lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. They had 11 first down plays so far on the day, and had run the ball on all 11 snaps. Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
NFL Playoff Preview – Denver (9-8) at New England (13-3) - The unlikeliest of teams that remain in the hunt for this season’s Lombardi Trophy continues its remarkable run Saturday at Gillette Stadium, though the Denver Broncos’ participation in this weekend’s AFC Divisional Playoff clash with the storied New England Patriots is just one of several juicy plot lines that have built up this fascinating and pivotal matchup. Read more from Kansas City Star >>>>
2012 NFL Mock Draft: Post-BCS Championship Game version - Now that Alabama and LSU have officially put an end to the college football season, all attention will start turning toward the prospects who are leaving school behind for a chance to play in the NFL and how the draft’s first round might go. Read more from Sports Illustrated >>>>
Broncos, Tebow memorabilia fetching big bucks–for now - Broncos fans are taking matters into their own hands and turning their love for Tim Tebow into a money market. Read more from KDVR >>>>
Broncos History: Remembering ‘The Drive’ 25 Years Later - History has a way of repeating itself. We were privy to that fact almost to the day when the Denver Broncos put together a game winning, albeit one play drive, Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers to move on to the second round of the playoffs. Read more from Predominantly Orange >>>>
Shanahan Should Take Note of Fox’s Flexibility - Denver Broncos coach John Fox has bucked a trend. In a coach-driven league where the guys wearing headsets on the sideline know best, he’s altered his entire philosophy to mesh with a quarterback he and Broncos’ new executive vice president John Elway didn’t even want. Read more from NBC Washington >>>>
In today’s installment of Tim Tebow news, Sports Illustrated named the Broncos quarterback one of its ‘Sports Figures to Watch in 2012,’ writing:
The scrutiny of Tebow doesn’t figure to abate in 2012, even after Broncos boss John Elway said the second quarterback “isn’t going anywhere.” Will Denver bring in a quality veteran to compete with Tebow next year? Or will Denver make a full-on commitment to Tebow despite his limitations as a passer? First things first: The Broncos entered Week 17 hoping to nail down a playoff spot after a 1-4 start that led to Tebow’s promotion to starter.
Now as for that “quality veteran to compete with Tebow” speculation, SI’s Chris Burke seems to think that will happen. In his ‘NFL Predictions for 2012,’ Burke writes the Broncos will bring in an experienced quarterback to challenge Tebow. With free agent Brady Quinn likely gone at season’s end, Burke suspects there will be some “intriguing” names available for Denver’s choosing, including Detroit backup Shaun Hill, Miami’s Chad Henne, Tampa Bay’s Josh Johnson, and Washington’s Rex Grossman.
Broncos Injury Update
Safety Brian Dawkins was the lone player to miss today’s practice. According to The Denver Post, Dawkins watched from the sidelines. Following last weekend’s loss to Buffalo, head coach John Fox described Dawkins’ injury as a pinched nerve in his neck.
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Fans recently named his return to the football field as Sports Illustrated’s moment of the year.
Now former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand will reportedly spend the weekend in Denver.
The Associated Press reports LeGrand will attend the Broncos season finale against the Chiefs on Sunday. The New Jersey native is a longtime Broncos fans. Before Sunday’s game, LeGrand will meet his favorite player, Terrell Davis.
LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury during a special teams tackle during a game against Army in Oct. 2010. Doctors feared LeGrand would spend the rest of his life on a respirator, but within weeks, he was breathing on his own.
Two months ago, LeGrand led his Rutgers teammates onto the field for a home game against West Virginia. The return is featured of the cover of the current Sports Illustrated ‘Photos of the Year’ edition.
Broncos Practice Notes
The Broncos practiced in pads Wednesday for this final time this regular season. Rookies Quinton Carter and Chris Harris, who both left Saturday’s game with injuries, participated. Brian Dawkins was the only play not taking part in practice.
Broncos’ sole focus is beating Kansas City, making playoffs - Broncos players were back at Dove Valley today, going through meetings and conditioning work to begin preparing for the final regular season game against Kansas City. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Broncos’ Fox downplays QB angle for Sunday’s game - During Broncos coach John Fox’s weekly Monday briefing with the media, he was naturally asked about the quarterback battle between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton on Sunday. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Bruton Plays Santa - David Bruton is no stranger to helping out in the community. He’s volunteered at Boys and Girls Clubs, participated in Shop with a Bronco events and supported his teammates with their foundations. Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
Elway Live podcast - John Elway answers fan questions about Saturday’s loss to the Bills, Tim Tebow and getting ready for Kyle Orton and the Chiefs. Listen on Denver Broncos >>>>
Tim Tebow or Kyle Orton: Who would you rather have at QB? - Tim Tebow or Kyle Orton? The question was asked early and often this season when both players were quarterbacks for the Denver Broncos. The fans seemed to have their minds made up from the beginning — they wanted Tebow. Read more from LA Times >>>>
NFL Power Rankings, AFC West-style - Here’s a look at how the AFC West teams fared in our Week 17 NFL Power Rankings. I do not have a vote, but I do have an opinion. Read more from ESPN AFC West blog >>>>
Some Call for HBO Boycott in Wake of Bill Maher’s Derisive Tweet About Tim Tebow - HBO is catching some flak in the wake of comedian Bill Maher’s crack about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Maher, who hosts the long-running HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher,” wrote a message on his Twitter account after the Broncos lost to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. Read more from Fox News >>>>
Biggest NFL stories of 2011 - 2. Tebow-mania comes to the NFL. There should almost be before and after shots of the Denver Broncos’ team picture this year. Before second-year quarterback Tim Tebow — the most overly dissected player in the history of the NFL — was inserted into the starting lineup in Week 7, the Broncos looked one way. Read more from Sports Illustrated >>>>
Is Tim Tebow’s Lucky Streak Over? Game With Chiefs May Decide - Tim Tebow’s biggest challenge isn’t proving his critics wrong by continuing to breathe unlikely yet miraculous life into the Denver Broncos. Now, it will be coming back from the Christmas Eve game where a poor performance made the Bills look like the Patriots in the worst game of Tebow’s career. Read more from The Inquisitr >>>>
Tim Tebow, Fourth Runner-Up, Man of the Year - As we count down to the Man Of The Year of the Don Surber Blog, we come to the most expected nominee. He is an original. He is sincere. He is taking flak from people who really should take a knee once in a while themselves. He is making humility cool again. What can I say about him that you don’t already know? Read more from Daily Mail >>>>
At only 24, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the seventh time – the second time in a month.
Tebow and the 8-5 Broncos are the subject of Jim Trotter’s article “The Power of the Possible.”
The issue hits newsstands Thursday, just days after the inaugural edition of NFL Magazine, which also features Tebow on the cover.
Mondays typically get a bad wrap.
And for good reason.
Coming up later today, we should learn if the Broncos Dec. 18 matchup against New England will be flexed as NBC’S Sunday night game. The consensus is it will, but we’ll know soon enough.
Second take for Broncos’ Dante Rosario - Dante Rosario is making the most of a second chance. Cut by the Broncos at the end of the preseason, Rosario returned to Denver before the team’s third game. In the nine games since, Rosario has been a staple on special teams while proving to be a valuable part of the Broncos’ option offense. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
What they said: Broncos’ Eric Decker talks about how to stay atop AFC West - What players and coaches were saying after the Denver Broncos’ 35-32 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, after which they moved into a tip for the AFC West division lead. Read more from The Denver Post >>>>
Harvin’s big day not enough against buddy Tebow - Percy Harvin knew he’d have to give everything he had if the Minnesota Vikings were going to get the best of his old college buddy Tim Tebow. Read more from The Associated Press >>>>
There’s no stopping the Broncos playoff train now; more Snaps - Musings, observations and the occasional insight in a Week 13 fairly well filled with playoff-contending teams — like Chicago, Atlanta, Oakland and Cincinnati — that didn’t look particularly playoff worthy… Read more from Sports Illustrated >>>>