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Denver Broncos

Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: John Fox
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd117.1 (15th)340.2 (3rd)
Defense19th101.6 (7th)254.4 (26th)
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22Anderson, C.J. RB5-82242/10/19912California
76Austin, Marvin DT6-23121/10/19894North Carolina
28Ball, Montee RB5-1021512/5/19902Wisconsin
57Barrow, Lamin LB6-122911/15/1990RLouisiana State
31Bolden, Omar SS5-1019512/20/19883Arizona State
46Brewer, Aaron LS6-52307/5/19903San Diego State
30Bruton, David SS6-22177/23/19876Notre Dame
19Burse, Isaiah WR5-1018812/8/1991RFresno State
12Caldwell, Andre WR6-02004/15/19857Florida
38Carter, Quinton SS6-12007/20/19884Oklahoma
32Carter, Tony CB5-91755/24/19865Florida State
78Clady, Ryan T6-63159/6/19866Boise State
75Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19856Southern Mississippi
4Colquitt, Britton P6-32053/20/19856Tennessee
71Cornick, Paul T6-63103/15/19891North Dakota State
74Franklin, Orlando T6-732012/16/19874Miami (Fla.)
63Garland, Ben G6-53084/6/19881Air Force
85Green, Virgil TE6-52558/3/19884Nevada
25Harris, Chris CB5-101996/18/19894Kansas
23Hillman, Ronnie RB5-101959/14/19913San Diego State
56Irving, Nate OLB6-12457/12/19884North Carolina State
97Jackson, Malik DE6-52931/11/19903Tennessee
53Johnson, Steven LB6-12373/28/19883Kansas
98Knighton, Terrance DT6-33357/4/19866Temple
14Latimer, Cody WR6-221510/10/1992RIndiana
18Manning, Peyton QB6-52303/24/197617Tennessee
54Marshall, Brandon LB6-12389/10/19892Nevada
55McCray, Lerentee OLB6-32498/26/19902Florida
8McManus, Brandon K6-32017/25/1991RTemple
58Miller, Von OLB6-32503/26/19894Texas A&M
64Montgomery, Will C6-33042/13/19839Virginia Tech
26Moore, Rahim FS6-11952/11/19904UCLA
47Nelson, Corey OLB6-02314/22/1992ROklahoma
17Osweiler, Brock QB6-824011/22/19903Arizona State
66Ramirez, Manny C6-33202/13/19838Texas Tech
29Roby, Bradley CB5-111925/1/1992ROhio State
10Sanders, Emmanuel WR5-111803/17/19875Southern Methodist
79Schofield, Michael T6-430311/15/1990RMichigan
93Smith, Quanterus DE6-525511/26/19892Western Kentucky
21Talib, Aqib CB6-12052/13/19867Kansas
84Tamme, Jacob TE6-32303/15/19857Kentucky
88Thomas, Demaryius WR6-322912/25/19875Georgia Tech
80Thomas, Julius TE6-52506/27/19884Portland State
40Thompson, Juwan RB5-112255/13/1992RDuke
59Trevathan, Danny OLB6-12403/24/19903Kentucky
96Unrein, Mitch DT6-43063/25/19873Wyoming
65Vasquez, Louis G6-53354/11/19876Texas Tech
43Ward, T.J. SS5-1020012/12/19865Oregon
94Ware, DeMarcus DE6-42587/31/198210Troy
36Webster, Kayvon CB5-111982/1/19912South Florida
83Welker, Wes WR5-91855/1/198111Texas Tech
92Williams, Sylvester DT6-231311/21/19882North Carolina
95Wolfe, Derek DE6-52852/24/19903Cincinnati
Injured Players
68Anunike, Kenny (IR) DE6-42605/22/1990RDuke
62Latta, Greg (IR) DE6-526012/27/1991RPurdue
11Norwood, Jordan (IR) WR5-111809/29/19865Penn State
49Vaughn, Chase (IR) LB6-12429/4/1988RSouthern Colorado
79Youboty, John (IR) DE6-42582/25/19901Temple
Suspended Players
5Prater, Matt K5-101958/10/19848Central Florida
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Aqib Talib
With the No. 31 pick in the NFL Draft, the Broncos selected cornerback Bradley Roby from Ohio State.

Roby is 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, and he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash. He is expected to challenge for a starting spot right away opposite Aqib Talib, and he could allow the Broncos to keep Chris Harris as a slot corner.

This will help the Broncos defense and Broncos DST, who have revamped their secondary from 2013, bringing in Talib, T.J. Ward and now Roby.

Peyton Manning
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has called the $8,268 fine he received for unsportsmanlike conduct "money well spent," per Pro Football Talk.

Manning was handed the rare fine for jawing last week at Texans safety D.J. Swearinger after he clobbered Denver wideout Wes Welker with a shoulder to the head and caused a concussion. Swearinger is expected to be fined by the league as well.

Brandon McManus
The Broncos waived kicker Mitch Ewald and seem prepared to move forward with kicker Brandon McManus while Matt Prater serves his four-game suspension. In seven career preseason games, McManus is 3 for 3 on field goals, all the kicks coming from 46 yards or longer.

Denver acquired McManus from the Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Demaryius Thomas
Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas caught all five of his targets for 37 yards against the 49ers on Sunday. Peyton Manning looked Thomas' way repeatedly, targeting him whenever there was a cushion.

Thomas left the game for good early in the second quarter, with the rest of the starters.

Orlando Franklin
Broncos general manager John Elway has been pleased with Orlando Franklin's move from right tackle to left guard, reports the Denver Post.

"Orlando's been good," Elway said. "He's still raw. Anytime you make that change, it's going to take some time to get adjusted to it. He's smart enough and athletic enough that I think he'll be able to make that change."

Corey Nelson
The Broncos on Monday signed two players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, center Matt Paradis from Boise State and linebacker Corey Nelson from Oklahoma.

Paradis appeared in 35 career games (27 starts) for Boise State, opening every game at center for the Broncos during his last two seasons. He earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference accolades and was named the school’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman following his senior campaign in 2013.

Nelson saw action in 45 games (27 starts) during his career at Oklahoma and collected 153 tackles (75 solo) to go along with 17.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. He received second-team All-Big 12 Conference recognition following his junior season in 2012 before missing the majority of his senior year with a pectoral injury.

Wes Welker
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker worked out with the team prior to Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys. Although Welker ran routes before the game, he'll still need to pass multiple evaluations as part of the league's concussion protocol to play Week 1 against the Colts on Sept. 7, ESPN reports.
Head - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Indianapolis
Isaiah Burse
No Updates
Julius Thomas
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas abused the 49ers' secondary Sunday, catching three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in just over a quarter of work. All three of his grabs came on Denver's second drive.

After a 19-yard catch over the middle and a screen that went nowhere, Thomas got behind safety Craig Dahl for an easy 17-yard touchdown.

Thomas scored 12 touchdowns last year despite missing two games.

Quinton Carter
The Broncos placed third-year safety Quinton Carter on injured reserve with a knee injury. He also went on IR with a knee problem last year after playing in three games on defense and special teams.

Greg Latta
The Broncos waived defensive end Greg Latta, who's been out with a hip injury.
Omar Bolden
The Broncos defense is mostly in good shape health-wise, with just two injured players unable to take the field in Week 15 against the Chargers. Among those listed on the injury report, defensive lineman Malik Jackson and defensive backs Omar Bolden (shoulder), David Bruton (shoulder) and Mike Adams (thumb) are all active for Thursday's game. 
Montee Ball
Playing 19 days after an appendectomy, Broncos running back Montee Ball "sustained some hits" and emerged "none the worse for the wear," reports the team's website. Ball got eight touches on the opening drive against Houston.
Mitch Unrein
The Broncos announced the re-signing of restricted free agent defensive tackle Mitch Unrein and the re-signing of three exclusive rights free agents: cornerback Tony Carter, safety Duke Ihenacho and linebacker Brandon Marshall

Of the group, Ihenacho contributed the most in 2013, starting 14 games and totaling 72 tackles, most of any Broncos defensive back. 

Jordan Norwood
Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood (knee) and Jamar Chaney (hamstring) were placed on the injured reserved list Monday, reports.
Knee - IR. Out for season
Sylvester Williams
Broncos defensive linemen Shaun Phillips and Sylvester Williams were the only players able to get the quarterback Thursday, in a 27-20 loss to the Chargers in Week 15. Phillips had two tackles to go along with his sack, while, Williams added five stops.

Williams' sack was the first of his career, while Phillips' was his 10th of the season. 

Lamin Barrow
The Broncos on Tuesday signed linebacker Lamin Barrow, who was selected by the club in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Barrow played 51 career games (28 starts) for LSU and totaled 230 career tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. He was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a senior in 2013 after leading the Tigers with 91 tackles.

Barrow is expected to be a reserve linebacker this season and play on special teams.

Nate Irving
Broncos general manager John Elway said Nate Irving is doing well in his move to starting middle linebacker, reports the Denver Post.

"Nate's doing fine, but middle linebacker — you've got to get the pads on," Elway said. "I still expect Nate to do a good job there. He's smart and understands the defense."

Aaron Brewer
Four Broncos who were listed as probable are active for Monday night's game against the Raiders. They are safety Omar Bolden (shoulder), linebacker Aaron Brewer (rib), tight end Jacob Tamme (undisclosed) and safety Duke Ihenacho (ankle).
DeMarcus Ware
Broncos defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware shined in his preseason debut Thursday against the Seahawks.

Ware played just in the first quarter of the game, but recorded a sack and two quarterback hurries in the game.

Ware joined the Broncos after being a salary cap casualty for the Cowboys. He is also recovering from offseason elbow surgery and coming off a career-low six sack season. 

Manny Ramirez
Only two of the Broncos' offensive line positions are set, reports the Denver Post. Ryan Clady will start at left tackle, Louis Vasquez at right guard.

Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery will compete at center, though Denver also could draft a rookie to start, the paper said. Orlando Franklin or Chris Clark will start at right tackle, and left guard will be manned by Ramirez or Franklin.

Ben Garland
The Broncos signed receivers Nathan Palmer and Greg Wilson, safety John Boyett, guard Ben Garland, offensive tackle Paul Cornick and defensive ends Hall Davis and John Youboty to reserve/futures contracts.
Chris Clark
Only two of the Broncos' offensive line positions are set, reports the Denver Post. Ryan Clady will start at left tackle, Louis Vasquez at right guard.

Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery will compete at center, though Denver also could draft a rookie to start, the paper said. Orlando Franklin or Chris Clark will start at right tackle, and left guard will be manned by Ramirez or Franklin.

Marvin Austin
The Broncos signed defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who played in three games for the Cowboys and Dolphins last season.
John Youboty
The Broncos signed safety Charles Mitchell, receiver Greg Hardin and linebacker Chase Vaughn. In corresponding moves, the team waived linebacker John Youboty, punter Steven Clark and defensive tackle Mister Cobble.
Von Miller
Broncos linebacker Von Miller should make his preseason debut Saturday against the Texans, almost exactly eight months to the day since he tore his ACL, the Denver Post reports.

"I've had a lot of practice at full speed," Miller said. "And with all the practicing here with the Texans, I think it will help make the game seem a little easier. I'm excited."

The Broncos have been practicing with the Texans in recent weeks. Miller is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, and Saturday could be the only tuneup he needs, with just one preseason game left. 

David Bruton
The Broncos defense is mostly in good shape health-wise, with just two injured players unable to take the field in Week 15 against the Chargers. Among those listed on the injury report, defensive lineman Malik Jackson and defensive backs Omar Bolden (shoulder), David Bruton (shoulder) and Mike Adams (thumb) are all active for Thursday's game. 
Ryan Clady
Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady will be monitored throughout training camp, but questions about his recovery from a season-ending Lisfranc injury "have been answered," reports the team's official website.

Clady worked extensively throughout OTAs and put the Broncos at ease. He's nearly eight months removed from being on crutches, as the injury occurred Week 2. "By all appearances, he's ready," the website said.

Danny Trevathan
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan broke the bone below his kneecap in Tuesday's practice and will be out 6-8 weeks, reports the Denver Post. The left medial tibial fracture affects alignment, stability and motion in the knee, the report said.

It's a big blow to the Denver defense. Trevathan posted 128 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two sacks last year. He could return for the Oct. 5 game against the Cardinals, reports NFL Network.

Knee - Out for Week 1 vs. Indianapolis
Chase Vaughn
The Broncos released the following players on Sunday: Linebacker Jamar Chaney, running back Brennan Clay, wide receiver Greg Hardin, linebacker Jerrell Harris, offensive tackle Winston Justice, safety Charles Mitchell, defensive tackle Will Pericak, quarterback Bryn Renner, defensive end Chase Vaughn, running back Jerodis Williams and wide receiver Greg Wilson.
Michael Schofield
With the No. 95 pick in the NFL Draft, the Broncos selected offensive lineman Michael Schofield from Michigan.

Schofield started all 26 games at right tackle for the Wolverines from 2012-13 opposite Taylor Lewan, who was drafted at No. 11 overall by the Titans. Schofield has the chance to compete for the starting right tackle job with the Broncos as a rookie.

Emmanuel Sanders
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had a monster first half, scoring twice and cracking the 100-yard mark during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Sanders came down with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in the second quarter. Manning found him again for a 27-yard touchdown strike in the same period. Sanders played the entire first hald and was targeted eight times. He finished with five catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 25.6 yards per grab.
Paul Cornick
The Broncos signed receivers Nathan Palmer and Greg Wilson, safety John Boyett, guard Ben Garland, offensive tackle Paul Cornick and defensive ends Hall Davis and John Youboty to reserve/futures contracts.
Steven Johnson
No Updates
Malik Jackson
The Broncos defense is mostly in good shape health-wise, with just two injured players unable to take the field in Week 15 against the Chargers. Among those listed on the injury report, defensive lineman Malik Jackson and defensive backs Omar Bolden (shoulder), David Bruton (shoulder) and Mike Adams (thumb) are all active for Thursday's game. 
Kayvon Webster
Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster won't play Sunday against the 49ers after rolling his ankle in Saturday's practice, reports Rookie Bradley Roby should see more action as a result.
Will Montgomery
The Broncos agreed to a one-year deal with offensive lineman Will Montgomery Tuesday, the team announced.  Montgomery started each game of the last three seasons for the Redskins, primarily at center. 
Brandon Marshall
The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league will hold a draft on Jan. 22 where Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select their respective squads for the annual all-star game.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas Broncos.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.
Andre Caldwell
Even though the Broncos drafted rookie receiver Cody Latimer in the second round of the NFL Draft, Andre Caldwell is still expected to be No. 4 on the depth chart, reports the Denver Post.

The Broncos will go with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders as their Top 3 receivers, and Caldwell will be No. 4 ahead of Latimer.

The report says Caldwell will be the kickoff returner as well, and Latimer is still trying to recover from a foot injury.

Ronnie Hillman
With Montee Ball recovering from an appendectomy, Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman received his second straight start Sunday against the 49ers. He ran four times for 19 yards (4.8 ypc) and caught a 6-yard pass among two targets.
Terrance Knighton
Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton plans to honor his contract and not hold out heading into the final year of his deal worth $2.5 million. His agent believes his client could fetch closer to $10 million if he were a free agent. 

"I'm definitely going to honor the contract," Knighton told the Denver Post. "I want to get something done and I'd like to get something done here. I don't want to bounce around. But I'm at the point now where once the season starts, I'm just strictly football."

Britton Colquitt
The Broncos signed Britton Colquitt to a three-year extension that makes him the NFL's fifth-highest paid punter, reports the Denver Post. Colquitt is signed through 2016.

Quanterus Smith
After missing his entire rookie year with a torn ACL, Broncos defensive end Quanterus Smith has looked great during the offseason minicamps. Per the official team website, Smith has shown off "warp speed" on his edge rushes but has also shown burst on his inside moves and has improved how he uses his hands. 
Brock Osweiler
The Broncos fully expect Peyton Manning to be under center in 2014, but they were reassured by what they saw from 23-year-old backup Brock Osweiler. Getting his most extended playing time in the regular-season finale at Oakland, the second-year pro completed 9 of 13 passes for 85 yards.

"I was pleased to see Brock's performances in the preseason get better in each game, and then he played a pretty good second half against Oakland in the last regular season game, and I feel like he's making progress," offensive coordinator Greg Knapp told the team's website.

Coach John Fox said Osweiler is "way further ahead this year than he was a year ago. I think he’s got a comfort level. Of course, the time he spends with Peyton, I think, is a great benefit. But he’s smart, he’s got all the athletic tools and now it’s just a matter of getting opportunities to play the game."

Jacob Tamme
The Broncos got several minor offensive contributions in their Super Bowl loss. Tight end Julius Thomas caught four of six targets for 27 yards, and tight end Jacob Tamme had two catches for 9 yards.

Running back Montee Ball was held to 1 yard on six carries, and he caught two balls for 2 yards. Running back C.J. Anderson carried twice for 9 yards and added a 14-yard catch.

Virgil Green
All four of Denver's tight ends chipped in during Sunday's win over the Raiders in Week 17.

Julius Thomas led all tight ends with five receptions for 36 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per grab. Jacob Tamme caught three of his four targets for 29 yards while Joel Dreessen caught all three targets for 26 yards. Virgil Green took over in the second half and caught all two of his targeted passes for 15 yards for the Broncos.
Kenny Anunike
Louis Vasquez
Only two of the Broncos' offensive line positions are set, reports the Denver Post. Ryan Clady will start at left tackle, Louis Vasquez at right guard.

Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery will compete at center, though Denver also could draft a rookie to start, the paper said. Orlando Franklin or Chris Clark will start at right tackle, and left guard will be manned by Ramirez or Franklin.

Juwan Thompson
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase made it clear that running back Montee Ball is the starter, but everyone behind him on the depth chart is competing to be the No. 2 guy. 

"I would say everybody behind Montee right now is competing for the second spot. It's wide open," Gase said via a Denver Post video. "Whoever wants to step up and take that spot, that's what we're looking for."

C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman are the primary candidates for the job, though Jerodis Williams , Brennan Clay , Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are also on the roster. 

Lerentee McCray
Running back Lance Ball and offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, who was attempting a comeback, where the two most notable cuts made by the Broncos on Saturday.

The offensive cuts were as follows: center C.J. Davis, running back Jeremiah Johnson, tight end Jake O'Connell, offensive lineman Philip Blake, tackle Paul Cornick, wide receiver Tavarres King, tackle Vinston Painter, wide receiver Gerell Robinson and wide receiver Lamaar Thomas.

Those on defense waived were end Jeremy Beal, tackle Romney Fuga, tackle Ben Garland, cornerback Aaron Hester, linebacker Damien Holmes, safety Ross Rasner and defensive end John Youboty.

The Broncos also placed linebackers Stewart Bradley and Lerentee McCray, as well as defensive end Quanterus Smith on IR. Star linebacker Von Miller is now on the Reserve/Suspended list.

Derek Wolfe
Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe, who suffered a seizure in November, said he's finally healthy and ready to resume his career, reports "I'm ready to go. I'm going to be better than I was," said Wolfe, who has regained 20 of the 30 pounds he lost and is up to 280. 

Doctors believe the seizure stemmed from a spinal cord injury Wolfe suffered in the preseason, the report said. "I had a bruise on my spinal cord," he said. "I thought it was fully healed and I came back a little too soon and I just kept hitting it, kept hitting it, kept hitting it. And it screwed my nervous system up a little bit, just kind of crisscrossed the wires a little bit.

"And really just mentally, it was hard to deal with because I didn't know what was going on and why I was losing weight and all this, and my adrenals weren't functioning right, nothing was really working right and what it came down to was I needed to let it heal, I needed to let myself heal. So, I took about two months and I just did nothing. And I feel better than I've ever felt before."

Tony Carter
Broncos defensive back Tony Carter left Saturday's preseason game against the Texans with a neck injury, per ESPN. He was involved in a collision with fellow defensive back Omar Bolden in the third quarter and was unable to return. He finished the game with two total tackles prior to the injury.
Bradley Roby
The Broncos on Tuesday signed rookie cornerback Bradley Roby, who was selected by the club in the first round of the NFL Draft at No. 31 overall.

Roby started all 37 games played during his career at Ohio State, totaling eight interceptions and 44 passes defensed. He was named a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2013 after recording 69 tackles (54 solo), three interceptions and 16 passes defensed for the Buckeyes.

Roby is expected to compete for a starting spot for the Broncos this season.

C.J. Anderson
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson entered after Ronnie Hillman in Sunday's game against the 49ers, but Anderson got some snaps with the starters too. Anderson ran nine times for 29 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and caught both his targets for 11 yards.

Hillman started in place of Montee Ball, who's recovering from an appendectomy.

Chris Harris
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris has been cleared to start practicing on a limited basis, reports the Denver Post. Harris, who suffered a 30 percent ACL tear in the playoff win over the Chargers, got clearance from his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews.

"It passed," Harris said. "Everything’s OK. Everything’s good. I can feel like a teammate now."

Harris hopes to join individual and position drills this week, the paper said.

Knee - PUP. Probable for start of regular season
Cody Latimer
Broncos rookie receiver Cody Latimer is on schedule to be ready for the regular-season opener after suffering a fracture in his foot during the predraft process, reports.

Latimer was limited at minicamp but did show how he could be an asset "at winning the ball in contested situations," per the report. He faces an uphill battle for early playing time, but Latimer has the talent to eventual serve a key role for the Broncos.

Matt Prater
Broncos kicker Matt Prater, the league's second-leading scorer last year, has been notified he'll be suspended for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since he was charged with DUI in 2011. His attorney, Harvey Steinberg, told the Denver Post that Prater got suspended for drinking a few beers at home. "[Matt] feels terribly for his teammates," Steinberg said. "It's cost him personally, both professionally and financially."

Prater nailed 25 of 26 field-goal attempts last year, including a record-breaking 64-yarder against Tennessee. Rookie Mitch Ewald is his backup.
Suspension - Eligible to return Week 6 at N.Y. Jets
T.J. Ward
New Broncos safety T.J. Ward will play some linebacker in sub packages, reports the team's website. He made 112 tackles last year and is a big hitter at 5-10, 200 pounds.

"I like to be everywhere," Ward said. "If it can change up my looks at different times and the offense doesn’t see me in one spot all the time, it definitely helps us help the defense and that’s what I want to do."

Rahim Moore
Broncos safety Rahim Moore, who underwent leg surgery in November, is almost back to 100 percent, general manager John Elway said. Moore is entering the final year of his contract. He played in 10 games last season, making 44 tackles and two interceptions.
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