Broncos trade for kicker Brandon McManus

When word of Matt Prater’s pending four-game suspension came down, Denver rookie kicker Mitch Ewald said, “There’s an opening there. Is it for me? Who knows? It might be, it might be for somebody else.” The rookie from Indiana saw Tuesday that he wasn’t in the Broncos’ plans.

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Broncos kicker Matt Prater faces 4-game ban

Matt Prater’s lawyer said the NFL initially threatened a yearlong suspension before agreeing to ban the Denver Broncos kicker four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Montee Ball makes 1st practice since appendectomy

Broncos running back Montee Ball returned to practice Tuesday, participating in individual drills in his first on-field workout since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4.

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Peyton Manning: ’Our offense stunk today’

Peyton Manning was disgusted with the Denver Broncos offense after the first of three practices with the Houston Texans. And when the five-time MVP isn’t happy, nobody’s happy.

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Broncos look primed for another big run

The Denver Broncos look like they’re ready to start the season. They had an impressive preseason debut against the Seattle Seahawks, the team that throttled them in the Super Bowl, and they christened San Francisco’s new stadium with a 34-0 shutout of the 49ers Sunday.

Manning dominant for Denver in win against 49ers

Even Peyton Manning realizes he’s ready for the regular season. Or at least darn close. Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas and dominated in his two series, leading the Denver Broncos past the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday to spoil the NFL debut at sparkling $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium.

Replacing Holliday proving difficult

For the past two years, one of the biggest questions facing the Denver Broncos was whether Trindon Holliday was going to return a kick to the end zone or turn it over.

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Broncos' Manning showing a smell-the-roses approach

Peyton Manning seems to be having a lot more fun this summer. He’s still grinding through training camp like always but he’s also showing a loosey-goosey side that he rarely flashed in Indy or in his first two seasons in Denver.

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Broncos' Montee Ball to undergo appendectomy

Denver Broncos starting running back Montee Ball is sidelined with appendicitis and isn’t expected back until the AFC champs’ opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 7. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson shared snaps with the first-string offense at practice Monday and are expected to get the bulk of the work in Ball’s absence this month.

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Manning’s old pal Tamme steps up with Thomas out

Julius Thomas missed the Denver Broncos’ annual summer scrimmage with a bruised thigh, so Jacob Tamme stepped up and played the starring role alongside Peyton Manning. Tamme stretched out and snared Manning’s high pass for a one-handed 17-yard touchdown grab with Omar Bolden in coverage, the highlight of the short scrimmage before 38,620 fans on a sundrenched Saturday afternoon at Sports Authority Field.

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Broncos RB Montee Ball says he’s no longer intimidated by Manning

Montee Ball acknowledges he was “a little bit” intimidated by Peyton Manning last year, something he says contributed to his slow start. Trying to please the famously meticulous quarterback is enough to unnerve any rookie, even one who ran for an NCAA-record 83 touchdowns at Wisconsin.

Julius Thomas stays hungry after Pro Bowl year

Even after the fog lifted from the Denver Broncos’ blowout in the Super Bowl, Julius Thomas was in no mood to celebrate his breakout season.

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Rain can’t dampen Harris’ sprits upon his return with Broncos

The cold rain showers that drenched the Denver Broncos and 9,207 die-hard fans during a stadium practice Wednesday couldn’t dampen Chris Harris Jr.’s spirits.

Trio of Broncos bounce back after missing 2013

The Three Amigos in Denver Broncos lore were all wide receivers: Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson and Ricky Nattiel.

Demaryius Thomas back at Broncos camp

Peyton Manning’s top target is back. Demaryius Thomas returned from bereavement leave Monday. He had missed the first 4 1/2 days of training camp for the AFC champs following the death last week of his paternal grandmother, Gladys Thomas, who helped raise him.

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