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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RT Jared Veldheer, DT Domata Peko, CB Tramaine Brocks, OLB Shaquil Barrett, C Matt Paradis, OLB Shane Ray, G Billy Turner, CB Bradley Roby, WR...
Raiders starting cornerbacks miss game vs. Broncos
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders will be without their two starting cornerbacks against the Denver Broncos.
Gareon Conley has been ruled out of Monday night's game with a concussion and Daryl Worley was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Oakland also waived Damontre Moore.
The Raiders signed safety Dallin Leavitt and tight end Paul Butler from the practice squad, although Butler is inactive for the game.
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 promote rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jeff Holland takes his inspiration from Von Miller on the practice field and Phillip Lindsay in the locker room.
The former Auburn star met Miller while preparing for the NFL draft. When his name wasn't called, he quickly signed with Denver so he could learn from the best — with lessons thrown in from two other first-rounders, rookie Bradley Chubb and Shane Ray, along with Shaq Barrett and pass rush consultant DeMarcus Ware.
Cards right guard Pugh active with big wrap on left hand
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals right guard Justin Pugh was active for Thursday night's game against Denver, his injured left hand encased in a large cast-like wrap.
There were no other surprises among inactives. Broncos left guard Ron Leary (Achilles tendon) and right tackle Jared Veldheer (knee) already had been declared out, as was Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati (back) and safety Tre Boston (shoulder, ribs).
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."
NFL 2018: Turn-back-the-clock time in AFC West
DENVER (AP) — It's like old times in the AFC West.
Jon Gruden glowering on the sideline. Philip Rivers surrounded by co-stars. An air-it-out quarterback in Kansas City. Von Miller sauntering around Denver again thanks to the arrival of a new pass rush partner in Bradley Chubb.
Improved pass rush will lead way for Broncos in 2018
DENVER (AP) — Von Miller went bonkers when Bradley Chubb fell to the Denver Broncos with the fifth pick in the NFL draft.
Chubb not only takes pressure off Miller, who hasn't been back to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors. He bolsters what was already a dynamic Denver pass rush that gives opponents fits and covers a whole lot of warts in the Broncos' beleaguered secondary.
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DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
New faces: QB Case Keenum, RB Royce Freeman, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, DE Clinton McDonald, ILB Jose Jewell, OLB Bradley Chubb, ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, S Su'a Cravens, CB Isaac Yiadom, P Marquette King.
Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Brock Osweiler, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, OL Menelik Watson, S Jamal Carter, P Riley Dixon.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Shane Ray is aiming to keep both his weight and his spirits up as he heads into a fourth surgery on his troublesome left wrist.
"I ain't been getting down about it. I just need to get it fixed so I can play and be 100" percent, Ray said Tuesday after watching his team's first minicamp practice.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Shane Ray's ailing left wrist needs another surgery. This one could sideline the pass rusher for several months.
The Denver Broncos outside linebacker is expected to undergo a fourth operation on the wrist, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the news.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos mandated DeMarcus Walker bulk up this offseason. That was a big weight off his mind.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos held linebacker Shane Ray out of workouts Monday due to a sore wrist.
Ray broke his left wrist in July and underwent three surgeries that caused him to miss the opening six games in 2017. He had one sack over the next eight contests before going back on injured reserve.
Denver coach Vance Joseph said Ray's wrist was irritated and the team is "taking it slow. Just being smart with guys. It's the spring."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller doesn't get too excited about how guys look this time of year.
"You really can't put too much into OTAs," Miller said Tuesday when asked how much improvement he saw in Denver's revamped offense. "Last year, I thought during OTAs we were going to win the Super Bowl."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos declined to exercise outside linebacker Shane Ray's $9.23 million fifth-year option for 2019 on Thursday, a week after selecting North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb in the NFL draft.
Broncos place linebacker Shane Ray on IR
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Shane Ray arrived at training camp eager for a big year that would take some focus off superstar Von Miller following the retirement of DeMarcus Ware.
On the first day of training camp, Ray broke his left wrist, which would require three surgeries, including one last Friday to remove the screws.
Broncos show themselves, Jets how good they can be
DENVER (AP) — From loser's lament to winning formula, the Denver Broncos finally played the clean game rookie head coach Vance Joseph has been pining for ever since they started their eight-game spiral.
McCown breaks left hand in Jets’ 23-0 loss to Broncos
DENVER (AP) — Josh McCown's broken left hand was covered with a white bandage. His feelings couldn't be so easily masked.
The leader of the New York Jets fought back tears when reflecting on the best season of his 15-year career and how it just might be over following a 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Broncos end 8-game skid with 23-0 win over Jets
DENVER (AP) — This was the way the Denver Broncos thought they'd play against that other New York team all those months ago.
"This is the kind of game we expected to play against everyone, not just New York," Shane Ray said after the Broncos snapped their longest losing streak since joining the NFL in 1970 with a 23-0 shutout of the Jets on Sunday. "Everybody that we play, we should beat them like this. Period. We just haven't been able to find that formula."
Saints facing high-powered Rams without top 2 cornerbacks
The New Orleans Saints are facing Jared Goff and the high-powered Rams without their top two cornerbacks.
Marshon Lattimore is out with an ankle injury, and Ken Crawley has an abdominal injury. Lattimore is missing only his second game of the season, while Crawley had played in every game during the Saints' eight-game winning streak after missing New Orleans' two season-opening losses.
Broncos missing Sanders, Chiefs missing Duvernay-Tardif
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Broncos remain without wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the Chiefs are missing offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for their important AFC West showdown Monday night.
Sanders was a longshot to play after hurting his ankle in a loss to the Giants on Oct. 15, while Duvernay-Tardif practiced this week but is still missing his fourth straight game with a knee injury.
Both teams activated key players off injured reserve earlier in the day.
Shane Ray returning to Broncos after 6-game IR stint
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — There's a loophole in the NFL rules that require players on injured reserve to miss eight weeks and Shane Ray is slipping right through it.
Ray returns to the Denver Broncos' starting lineup Monday night at Kansas City after missing just six games with a broken left wrist that required surgery in late July.
Shane Ray, Jake Butt make ’17 debut at Broncos practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Amid all the handwringing over their meltdown against the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos got a booster shot Wednesday when outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt participated in practice.
Denver Broncos believe Shane Ray will hit ground running after return
The Denver Broncos can start the clock on returning one of their better defensive players returning to the field soon, and they feel he's in great shape to contribute immediately upon his return.
Broncos rookie tight end Jake Butt on verge of practicing
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will soon find out whether their roll of the dice on tight end Jake Butt has a chance to pay off this season.
Coach Vance Joseph said Butt will practice next week for the first time, triggering a 21-day window for the team to decide whether to activate him or officially turn his rookie season into a redshirt year.
Missouri’s struggles weighing on many ahead of Auburn game
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Many former Missouri football players took to social media as a brutal 35-3 home loss to Purdue unfolded last Saturday.
Denver Broncos defensive end Shane Ray posted a Kanye West meme to voice his displeasure. Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers tweeted how "this is wild." Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt just shook his head.
Five things we learned from Missouri’s loss to Purdue
A somber Barry Odom trudged into his press conference after Missouri's 35-3 loss to Purdue on Saturday.
"It stung pretty good," he said.
Any remnant of preseason optimism had vanished, leaving Missouri fans with the cold reality that a third straight losing season could be on its way.
With the Tigers listed as 18½-point underdogs heading into this upcoming Saturday's game against No. 15 Auburn, here are five takeaways after their loss to Purdue.
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DENVER BRONCS (9-7)
New faces: LT Garrett Bolles, RG Ron Leary, RT Menelik Watson, LG Allen Barbre, RBs Jamal Charles and De'Angelo Henderson, WR Isaiah McKenzie, NTs Domata Peko Sr. and Zach Kerr, OLBs DeMarcus Walker and Kasim Edebali, CB Brendan Langley, S Jamal Carter and DE Shelby Harris.
Broncos place Shane Ray on IR, bring back Kyle Peko
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos placed outside linebacker Shane Ray on injured reserve Sunday and signed nose tackle Kyle Peko, who was among their roster cuts a day earlier.
Ray is expected back for the Broncos' game against Kansas City on Oct. 30.
He underwent surger y in late July after tearing a ligament in his left wrist at the beginning of training camp.
Broncos linebacker Shaq Barrett returns from hip injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The fresh-legged pass rusher lined up against Denver's newly anointed starting left tackle Garett Bolles on Tuesday and promptly bowled the rookie first-round draft pick over.
Welcome back, Shaq Barrett .
The Denver Broncos' battered defensive front got a big boost with Barrett's return from a right hip injury that had sidelined him since the spring.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Outside linebackers Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett are both out until September, so the Denver Broncos aren't taking many chances with Von Miller.
Miller's training camp workload already was limited because of his superstar status, and his snaps will be further minimized, coach Vance Joseph said Saturday as Ray underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Broncos sign linebacker with Shane Ray out 2 months
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have re-signed linebacker Danny Mason and released tight end Henry Krieger-Coble.
The moves come with outside linebacker Shane Ray scheduled for surgery Saturday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist that will sideline him up to two months.
Ray was injured Thursday but returned to action Friday wearing a brace. Medical tests after practice revealed the torn ligament.
Broncos lose linebacker Shane Ray for 6 to 8 weeks
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Just two days into the Denver Broncos' training camp, rookie head coach Vance Joseph has lost two key players to wrist injuries.
Linebacker Shane Ray will undergo surgery Saturday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist a day after running back Devontae Booker underwent surgery to repair a hairline fracture in his left wrist that was misdiagnosed for a month as a sprain.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — DeMarcus Ware's retirement is both a blessing and a burden for Denver Broncos third-year pass-rusher Shane Ray.
The parallels between Shane Ray and Charles Harris are impossible to ignore now that Harris has an NFL employer. Two years ago the Denver Broncos drafted Ray No. 23 overall and planned to groom the Kansas City native under established pass-rushing star DeMarcus Ware. On Thursday, the Miami Dolphins drafted Harris No. 22 overall and plan to groom the Kansas City native under established pass-rushing star Cameron Wake.
The Miami Dolphins drafted Missouri alumnus Charles Harris with the No. 22 pick in Thursday's NFL draft.
Harris, a defensive end, spent four years in Columbia. He redshirted as a freshman in 2013, then earned All-SEC honors in 2015 and 2016. Harris tallied nine sacks as a redshirt junior, tied for third in the SEC.
After Saturday's Black & Gold scrimmage, Missouri alum Shane Ray stood on Faurot Field. Now playing professionally for the Denver Broncos, the 23-year-old defensive lineman was happy to be back in Columbia.
"It's always love," Ray said. "This is my home. I put in a lot of work with my teammates here to build Mizzou to be something great."
Once Broncos stuff the run, it’s Miller & Ray’s time
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — If a quarterback wants to keep Denver's devastating pass rush at bay, it seems his only option is to hand the ball off to his running back.
Andy Dalton stayed upright while throwing just eight times in the first half Sunday, but once the Broncos adjusted to stuff the run, he was forced to drop back.
Ray’s role increases even more with Ware’s absence
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Saying Shane Ray has been preparing for DeMarcus Ware's absence is an understatement.
Ray, the Broncos' top draft pick last year, and Shaq Barrett got the vast majority of snaps with the starters at outside linebacker during the offseason because Ware's bad back was acting up again and Von Miller was mired in a contract stalemate.
Miller’s sack-strip leads Broncos past Colts 34-20
DENVER (AP) — When the Denver Broncos settled for another field goal and were clinging to a six-point lead over the Indianapolis Colts with 1:51 remaining, one thought went through Von Miller's head.
"It's time to close."
And they did, thanks once again to Miller, who gave the Denver fans a reminder of his Super Bowl 50 MVP performance, sweeping in for the sack-strip of Andrew Luck that sealed the Broncos' 34-20 win Sunday.