ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Vic Fangio Era began in Denver without one of the Broncos' best defenders and a potential contract standoff looming.
Broncos release strong safety Darian Stewart
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Safety Darian Stewart is joining a crowded field of free agent safeties following his release Wednesday from the Denver Broncos, where he won a Super Bowl ring.
Chris Harris replaces Stephon Gilmore in Pro Bowl
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl on Monday, replacing New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who's playing in Super Bowl 53.
This will be the fourth Pro Bowl for Harris, who missed the final month of the season after breaking his lower right leg in a game at Cincinnati.
Broncos careen into another offseason of uncertainty
DENVER (AP) — In early August, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was so impressed by Denver's revamped offense directed by new quarterback Case Keenum that he declared the Broncos would score more points in 2018 than they had in five years.
Thirty a game, 480 total, something the Broncos hadn't done since 2014 when they tallied 482 on the heels of the Peyton Manning-fueled, record-breaking 606-point season.
Out of playoff contention, Broncos put Harris on IR
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are getting some healthy bodies back at cornerback as they try to win their final two games and avoid the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons in 48 years.
With Denver out of playoff contention and facing a slew of injuries at the position, the Broncos placed star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve and signed free agent Craig Mager, who was released by the Chargers earlier this season.
Ray, Cravens healthy scratches for Broncos vs. Browns
DENVER (AP) — Pass rusher Shane Ray and safety Su'a Cravens are healthy scratches for the Denver Broncos' game against the Cleveland Browns.
The Broncos (6-7) also are without pass rusher Shaq Barrett (hip) and cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. (broken right leg) and rookie Isaac Yiadom (separated right shoulder). All three were ruled out Friday.
Broncos sign veteran CB Jamar Taylor with Chris Harris out
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor to add depth to their defensive backfield with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. out with chip fracture in his lower right leg.
Taylor is a six-year pro from Boise State who has appeared in 74 career games and made 41 career starts with the Arizona Cardinals (2018), Cleveland Browns (2016-17) and Miami Dolphins (2013-15).
Broncos won’t place star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on IR
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are holding out hope that Chris Harris Jr . can return from a broken right leg in a month — and that they'll be in the playoffs to make it matter.
Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr. leaves with broken right leg
NEW YORK (AP) — Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his lower right leg in the first quarter of the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday.
It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined with a cracked bone in his lower leg. He'll have more tests in Denver on Monday.
Harris said it's possible he could be back by the end of December.
"If we make the playoffs, I know I'll be ready for that," Harris said.
Broncos face Steelers, out to snap another 6-game win streak
DENVER (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defenses with the NFL's best pair of pass catchers and the league's top tight end tandem.
"We've had a tough game every week," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "We haven't had any easy games. So, this is just another top offense that we get to see, another great challenge and we're up for it."
Texans’ Thomas makes quick return trip to Denver
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos may have lost a respected voice when they traded former captain Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans on Tuesday, but they certainly didn't lose any of their gift of gab.
Broncos return 2 interceptions for TDs, beat Cardinals 45-10
Von Miller vowed his Denver Broncos would kick the Arizona Cardinals' behind, except he didn't say behind.
Consider it a promise kept.
Emmanuel Sanders threw and caught touchdown passes, Denver returned two interceptions for first-quarter touchdowns and the Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak with a 45-10 rout Thursday night.
Spiraling Broncos head to Arizona on Thursday night
Things are spiraling in Denver. At least the Broncos won't have to worry about the cold and the snow when they journey to Arizona for a Thursday night game.
The Broncos have dropped four straight after opening with two wins. Their defense is dead last against the run and 27th overall.
With the Cardinals going with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, the temptation will be to keep the ball on the ground as much as possible in this prime-time, uh, thriller.
Coach Vance Joseph says changes are coming
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Coach Vance Joseph said Monday "everything's being considered right now" when asked if he's contemplating lineup changes or taking over the play-calling from defensive coordinator Joe Woods.
Broncos’ defense wilts vs. Jets: ‘This is not who we are’
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Von Miller simply couldn't believe this was the Denver Broncos' defense.
Neither could Chris Harris Jr., Shane Ray or anyone else on that side of the ball.
A 34-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday in which they allowed 512 yards — including a whopping 323 on the ground — had the Broncos wondering what went wrong.
"We're usually a pretty stout defense," Miller said. "Today, we weren't. We got gashed over the top two or three times today. Yeah, it was a rough one."
Seahawks, Broncos have lost star power in secondary
DENVER (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" blew up with Kam Chancellor's neck injury and Richard Sherman's exit. The Denver Broncos' "No Fly Zone" was grounded by Aqib Talib's trade and T.J. Ward's departure.
Not so fast, insist the holdovers.
These two teams may not have the star power in their respective secondaries that they've boasted in years past, but they still have formidable, youth-infused defensive backfields expected to play leading roles in 2018.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chris Harris Jr. is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. For the first time in his eight-year NFL career, he's actually the top cornerback on his own team.
Harris has played alongside Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Aqib Talib during a stellar career that began with him as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas and includes three trips to the Pro Bowl and two All-Pro honors to go with a Super Bowl ring.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — One thing that Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch all quickly learned in Denver was that nothing comes easy against the Broncos' "No Fly Zone" secondary at practice.
It's something opposing quarterbacks discover on game day.
Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward are no longer here, but Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons and Bradley Roby remain.
Crabtree, Talib have suspensions reduced to 1 game
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game after appeal hearings on Tuesday.
Derrick Brooks heard Crabtree's case and James Thrash heard Talib's appeal, and both decided to reduce the two-game bans issued Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan.
Talib, Crabtree suspended 2 games each for fighting
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib were suspended two games each without pay on Monday for fighting during the recent game between the two teams.
ICYMI in NFL Week 12: Talib, Crabtree in ‘2 Chainz’ brawl
Maybe Oakland Raiders' wideout Michael Crabtree should stop wearing gold chains during games.
And maybe Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib should stop pulling jewelry off Crabtree's neck.
For the second time in less than 11 months, Talib yanked Crabtree's chain, only the difference Sunday was that the whole thing escalated into a full-blown fight.
Chain Match 2: Talib and Crabtree fight after chain snatch
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Michael Crabtree apparently came into the game looking for a fight.
Chiefs’ Peters gets top spot in AP’s cornerback rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Peters knows all about shutting down the opposition.
As his team's top pass defender, Peters has helped lead the Chiefs to a 3-0 start as they are one of two unbeaten teams left in the NFL. A key part of that perfect start is Kansas City's pass defense, which is ranked No. 4 so far this season going into Monday night's home game against Washington.
Broncos move on without founding member of No Fly Zone
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Aqib Talib laughed at the audacity of the question.
Of course, this Denver Broncos secondary is still the "No Fly Zone" after the release of three-time Pro Bowl strong safety T.J. Ward, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Yeah, ain't nobody flying," Talib said. "They still can't fly. The name doesn't change."
Broncos release three-time Pro Bowler T.J. Ward
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have broken up the "No Fly Zone," releasing three-time Pro Bowl strong safety T.J. Ward with a year left on his contract.
General manager John Elway said cutting the eighth-year pro was a difficult decision "after everything he's done for our football team."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Heading into OTAs, Denver Broncos first-year coach Vance Joseph declared that every period of every practice would be graded. Yet, when it comes to his quarterback competition , it's still time to teach, not test.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos spent four of their last five offseasons working out long-term deals with players they had franchised: Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, Ryan Clady and Matt Prater.
There aren't any looming hefty deals bogging down the front office this year, but there is a simmering contract dispute: kicker Brandon McManus hasn't signed his $2.7 million tender in the hopes that agent Drew Rosenhaus can get him a long-term deal.
Marshall has clear mind, fresh body after trying 2016
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall says his mind is clear and his body refreshed after a trying 2016 season in which he dealt with hamstring injuries and blowback for taking a knee during the national anthem.
AP Analysis: Road trips end badly for Packers, Steelers
The Steelers were roused from their slumber in the wee hours by a prank fire alarm at their Boston-area hotel — something other NFL players, including Denver All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris Jr. found curiously familiar .
Broncos promote Joe Woods to defensive coordinator
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The "No Fly Zone" gets to keep its pilot.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph on Tuesday promoted secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips, who left for the Rams.
Broncos: Ware needs back surgery, both QBs will play Sunday
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — DeMarcus Ware needs season-ending back surgery and will miss the Denver Broncos' season finale in which his teammates will play for pride instead of playoff positioning.
Just a year after winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos (8-7) close out a hugely disappointing season Sunday against the Oakland Raiders (12-3), who reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Defending Super Bowl champs sitting out the playoffs
DENVER (AP) — The one team that best found a way to neutralize Von Miller, Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and Chris Harris Jr. in 2016 was the Denver Broncos themselves.
The Super Bowl 50 champs won't get to defend their title despite a powerful pass rush and stellar secondary that were even better than the ones that carried Peyton Manning across the finish line in February.
Broncos get bounced from playoff contention by Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten months ago, confetti rained down on the Denver Broncos after they won the Super Bowl.
On Sunday night, the only thing coming down was rain.
The Kansas City Chiefs dashed all Denver's remaining hopes of a repeat with a 33-10 rout at wet, sloppy Arrowhead Stadium that knocked the Broncos from postseason contention.
"We can't win all the time," Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "We had a great run. Five straight AFC titles. I guess it's time for somebody else to win.
Aqib Talib avoids fine from NFL over skirmish with Douglas
The NFL declined to fine anybody involved in the Harry Douglas-Aqib Talib sideline skirmish last weekend.
The Broncos cornerback tussled with the Titans receiver one play after Douglas' low block on cornerback Chris Harris Jr. that reverberated throughout the league.
Thomas says he didn’t realize Douglas was culprit
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas says he didn't realize when he swapped jerseys with Harry Douglas after their game Sunday that the Tennessee Titans wide receiver was the culprit in taking out Chris Harris Jr. with a low block that led to a sideline scrum.
Thomas and Douglas go way back and the two swapped jerseys and posed for pictures after Denver's 13-10 loss.
Harris reiterates call for fine on Titans’ Douglas
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos standout cornerback Chris Harris Jr. declared himself healthy Wednesday, four days after Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas took out his right knee on a low block that reverberated throughout the league .
Douglas hit on Harris was legal but dirty
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Harry Douglas is correct in his argument that his low hit on Chris Harris Jr. is permissible. He's mistaken in his contention it was clean.
Tennessee's journeyman wide receiver — known now in Denver as the Titans' goon — was blocking toward his opponent's goal line, not away from the ball. And the play was still live, albeit nowhere near where Harris was standing.
ICYMI in NFL Week 14: Talib, Pacman and WWE-style smack talk
Thanks to Aqib Talib and Adam "Pacman" Jones , there was a bit of WWE-style smack talk in NFL locker rooms Sunday.
Aqib Talib promises to beat up Titans receiver over block
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Denver star cornerback Aqib Talib fought with Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas during Tennessee's 13-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday. He promised to do more of the same when they meet next at the office of the agent they share.
Talib was upset with Douglas going low with a cut block on fellow cornerback Chris Harris Jr. late in the first half Sunday. Harris was down on the field for a couple minutes before walking off and returning quickly.
A juicy Sunday nighter thanks to flex: Chiefs-Broncos
NBC was facing an awful Sunday night game between the Patriots and Jets before the NFL stepped in and flexed the Chiefs-Broncos AFC West matchup to prime time.
So the biggest treat of Thanksgiving weekend just might be the latest installment of this terrific rivalry.
The winner can set its sights on pursuing a division crown, while the loser might have to scramble for a wild card.
Broncos promote CB Taurean Nixon from practice squad
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — With Aqib Talib and Kayvon Webster both ruled out for Denver's Sunday night showdown at Oakland, the Broncos promoted cornerback Taurean Nixon from their practice squad Saturday.
To make room, they released veteran tight end John Phillips.
Talib had a cortisone injection in his lower back this week and will miss his second straight game when the Broncos (6-2) visit the Raiders (6-2) .
Revis Island has become a popular destination
Revis Island has become a popular destination.
Ignoring Richard Sherman, Josh Norman, Patrick Peterson and Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. is a thing of the past.
Opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators no longer are sacrificing the portion of the field patrolled by star cornerbacks. And we're not only talking about teams with outstanding receivers such as the Falcons (Julio Jones), Bengals (A.J. Green) and Giants (Odell Beckham Jr.).
T.J. Ward is the Denver Bronco’s Tasmanian devil
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — T.J. Ward never comes off the field anymore.
Why would he?
The versatile Denver versatile safety is in the midst of the best season of his seven-year NFL career.
His 42 tackles at the halfway point are eight shy of his total from all of last season, when he made the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.
The Broncos have a wealth of defensive stars to turn loose on opponents, from Von Miller's antagonizing tackles to Chris Harris Jr. shutting down route runners.
Denver gives Osweiler rude welcome in 27-9 win over Houston
DENVER (AP) — Brock Osweiler took one last dig at Denver's fans after Houston's 27-9 loss to the Broncos. He figured they would "be a little bit louder with the boos."
Denver's defenders ruined Osweiler's homecoming by hurrying, hitting and harassing their ex-quarterback Monday night, even if his ears weren't ringing from the crowd noise.
Kubiak: DeMarcus Ware out 4-5 weeks, needs forearm surgery
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — DeMarcus Ware tweeted thanks for the well wishes Monday and said he couldn't wait to get "back out there with my guys" following surgery on his broken right forearm.
Rams’ Donald fined $21,269 by NFL for actions in opener
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been fined $21,269 by the NFL for his actions that led to his ejection in the team's season opener against San Francisco on Monday night.
Denver Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (15-4)
New faces: LT Russell Okung, P Riley Dixon, RT Donald Stephenson, QB Paxton Lynch, DE Jared Crick, DE Adam Gotsis, S Justin Simmons, RB Devontae Booker, FB Andy Janovich.
Key losses: QB Peyton Manning, QB Brock Osweiler, DE Malik Jackson, ILB Danny Trevathan, P Britton Colquitt, S David Bruton Jr., TE Owen Daniels, S/KR Omar Bolden.
With Friday's deadline for a long-term deal fast approaching, one of Von Miller's Denver Broncos teammates thinks it's realistic that the Super Bowl MVP could sit out the season if he's not given an adequate contract offer.
"It would be hard for me to sit out, missing out on $14 million, but I think Von is serious in what he's saying," Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said Thursday on NFL Network's Total Access. "I think he truly, this whole time just talking to him, he...