Tyler Polumbus announces retirement

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Tackle Tyler Polumbus is ending his NFL career on a high note.

Polumbus was on the Broncos roster for their Super Bowl 50 victory and he’s decided that was as good a place as any to drop the curtain on his playing days. Polumbus entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Denver in 2008 and played for three other teams before bringing things full circle in a return to the team he grew up rooting for, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“From the extreme nerves of my first start with Denver on Monday Night Football against James Harrison and Lamar Woodley of the Steelers, to the BeastQuake run in Seattle when we beat the Saints in the playoffs (it literally caused an earthquake), the 7 game winning streak that took an out of the picture Redskins team to NFC East Champs and the playoffs, the confetti snow angels that my kids made at the Super Bowl, the amazing moments of my career are abundant,” Polumbus wrote.

Polumbus played 112 games and made 57 starts over the course of his career.

Full list of 2016 unrestricted and restricted free agents-to-be

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Now that the 2015 season is officially in the rear view mirror, it’s time to turn attention ahead to the season to come. The first step will be the annual frenzy of free agency to take place next month with the start of the new league year.

So which players will be available on the market when the new year begins? The giant list that follows contains the answers. In total, 528 players have contracts set to expire with 431 players set to be unrestricted free agents and 97 players to be restricted free agents.

This list does not include players that have been released by teams prior to free agency. It only includes players that have contracts set to expire with the start of the new league year next month.

The list that follows is organized by 2015 team:

Arizona Cardinals

DE/OLB Jason Babin
WR Jaron Brown (restricted)
DE Red Bryant
P Drew Butler (restricted)
FS Chris Clemons
OLB Dwight Freeney
TE Jermaine Gresham
SS Tony Jefferson (restricted)
RB Chris Johnson
FS Rashad Johnson
G Ted Larsen
LS Mike Leach (announced retirement)
OT Bobby Massie
CB Jerraud Powers
C Lyle Sendlein
OT Bradley Sowell
QB Drew Stanton
SS D.J. Swearinger (restricted)
ILB Sean Weatherspoon
CB Corey White
OLB LaMarr Woodley

Atlanta Falcons

CB Philip Adams
DE Kroy Biermann
G Chris Chester
DE Adrian Clayborn
FS Charles Godfrey
C Gino Gradkowski
K Shayne Graham
OT Bryce Harris
OT Jake Long
TE Tony Moeaki
OLB O’Brien Schofield
OT Ryan Schraeder (restricted)
OLB Nathan Stupar (restricted)
OLB Philip Wheeler
ILB Paul Worrilow (restricted)

Buffalo Bills

OLB Nigel Bradham
CB Ron Brooks
DT Corbin Bryant (restricted)
DE Alex Carrington
DT Stefan Charles (restricted)
OT Cordy Glenn
TE MarQueis Gray (restricted)
WR Leonard Hankerson
WR Percy Harvin
WR Chris Hogan (restricted)
G Richie Incognito
QB Josh Johnson
OT Jordan Mills (restricted)
OLB Ty Powell (restricted)
FS Bacarri Rambo (restricted)

Baltimore Ravens

WR Kamar Aiken (restricted)
WR Marlon Brown (restricted)
OLB Chris Carter
QB Jimmy Clausen
LS Morgan Cox
TE Chase Ford (restricted)
WR Chris Givens
OLB Albert McClellan
G Kelechi Osemele
TE Allen Reisner
QB Matt Schaub
SS Brynden Trawick (restricted)
K Justin Tucker
OLB Courtney Upshaw
CB Shareece Wright

Chicago Bears

OLB Sam Acho
CB Alan Ball
OT Nick Becton (restricted)
G Valdimir Ducasse
RB Matt Forte
TE Rob Housler
WR Alshon Jeffery
DE Jarvis Jenkins
WR Marc Mariani
FS Sherrod Martin
ILB Shea McClellin
CB Sherrick McManis
TE Zach Miller
C Will Montgomery
SS Ryan Mundy
G Patrick Omameh (restricted)
CB Tracy Porter
FS Chris Prosinski
OLB LaRoy Reynolds (restricted)
RB Jacquizz Rodgers
WR Deonte Thompson (restricted)
DE Mitch Unrein

Cleveland Browns

FS Johnson Bademosi
WR Travis Benjamin
OLB Tank Carder
FS Tashaun Gipson
SS Don Jones (restricted)
C Alex Mack (voidable contract)
OT Austin Pasztor (restricted)
WR Terrelle Pryor (restricted)
ILB Craig Robertson
OT Mitchell Schwartz
DE Scott Solomon (restricted)

Cincinnati Bengals

DE Wallace Gilberry
CB Leon Hall
SS George Iloka
CB Adam Jones
WR Marvin Jones
OLB Emmanuel Lamur
FS Reggie Nelson
OLB Vincent Rey
WR Mohamed Sanu
DT Pat Sims
OT Andre Smith
WR Brandon Tate
DT Brandon Thompson
OT Eric Winston

Carolina Panthers

WR Jerricho Cotchery
CB Cortland Finnegan
G Tyrone Green
SS Roman Harper
WR Stephen Hill (restricted)
LS J.J. Jansen
DT Kyle Love
CB Josh Norman
P Brad Nortman
OT Mike Remmers (restricted)
OT Chris Scott
G Amini Silatolu
CB Charles Tillman
FB Mike Tolbert
G Fernando Velasco
QB/WR Joe Webb

Denver Broncos

RB C.J. Anderson (restricted)
CB Omar Bolden
FS David Bruton
FS Josh Bush
WR Andre Caldwell
TE Vernon Davis
OT Ryan Harris
RB Ronnie Hillman
DE Malik Jackson
SS Shiloh Keo (restricted)
ILB Brandon Marshall (restricted)
G Evan Mathis
OLB Lerentee McCray (restricted)
OLB Von Miller
WR Jordan Norwood
QB Brock Osweiler
OT Tyler Polumbus
DT Antonio Smith
ILB Danny Trevathan
WR Kyle Williams

Dallas Cowboys

G Mackenzy Bernadeau
OT Charles Brown
QB Matt Cassel
CB Morris Claiborne
FB Tyler Clutts
DE Jack Crawford
RB Lance Dunbar
TE James Hanna
DE Greg Hardy
DT Nick Hayden
SS Jeff Heath (restricted)
OLB Cameron Lawrence (restricted)
G Ronald Leary (restricted)
ILB Rolando McClain
FS Danny McCray
DE Jeremy Mincey
CB Josh Thomas
RB Robert Turbin
OLB Kyle Wilber

Detroit Lions

SS Isa Abdul-Quddus
CB Crezdon Butler
DT Jermelle Cudjo
SS James Ihedigbo
DE Jason Jones
OLB Travis Lewis
WR Lance Moore
LS Don Muhlbach
DT Haloti Ngata
QB Dan Orlovsky
TE Bear Pascoe
G Manny Ramirez
DE Darryl Tapp
DT Tyrunn Walker
OLB Tahir Whitehead
CB Josh Wilson
DE Corey Wootton
WR Tim Wright (restricted)

Green Bay Packers

OT Don Barclay
K Mason Crosby
LS Brett Goode
DT Troy Guion
CB Casey Heyward
WR James Jones
FB John Kuhn
OLB Andy Mulumba (restricted)
ILB Mike Neal
OLB Nick Perry
TE Andrew Quarless
DT B.J. Raji
SS Sean Richardson
RB James Starks
G Lane Taylor (restricted)
QB Scott Tolzien

Houston Texans

CB A.J. Bouye (restricted)
G Brandon Brooks
OT Chris Clark
DE Jared Crick
SS Quintin Demps
RB Jonathan Grimes (restricted)
C Ben Jones
P Shane Lechler
CB Darryl Morris (restricted)
K Nick Novak
SS Eddie Pleasant (restricted)
RB Chris Polk
DE John Simon (restricted)
ILB Justin Tuggle (restricted)
WR Nate Washington
QB Brandon Weeden
QB T.J. Yates

Indianapolis Colts

TE Dwayne Allen
FS Colt Anderson
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
TE Jack Doyle (restricted)
TE Coby Fleener
ILB Jerrell Freeman
QB Matt Hasselbeck
RB Dan Herron (restricted)
G Lance Louis
FS Dwight Lowery
CB Greg Tolar
K Adam Vinatieri
QB Charlie Whitehurst
DT Billy Winn

Jacksonville Jaguars

P Bryan Anger
DE Andre Branch
DE Ryan Davis (restricted)
TE Clay Harbor
QB Chad Henne
DT Abry Jones (restricted)
TE Marcedes Lewis
RB Bernard Pierce
C Stefen Wisniewski
OT Sam Young

Kansas City Chiefs

FS Husain Abudullah
G Jeff Allen
WR Jason Avant
FS Eric Berry
SS Tyvon Branch
QB Chase Daniel
DE Mike Devito
CB Jamell Fleming
DT Jaye Howard
ILB Derrick Johnson
OLB Dezman Moses
CB Sean Smith
OT Donald Stephenson
OLB Frank Zombo

Los Angeles Rams

C Tim Barnes
SS Mark Barron
FS Daren Bates (restricted)
WR Kenny Britt (voidable contract)
RB Benny Cunningham (restricted)
FS Cody Davis (restricted)
DT Nick Fairley
C Brian Folkerts
TE Cory Harkey
DE William Hayes
CB Janoris Jenkins
CB Trumaine Johnson
QB Case Keenum (restricted)
FS Rodney McLeod
WR Brian Quick
RB Chase Reynolds (restricted)
DE Eugene Sims
WR Wes Welker
K Greg Zuerlein

Miami Dolphins

FS Louis Delmas
ILB James-Michael Johnson
WR Rishard Matthews
G Jacques McClendon (restricted)
RB Lamar Miller
QB Matt Moore
OLB Spencer Paysinger
DE Derrick Shelby
ILB Kelvin Sheppard
G Shelley Smith
DE Olivier Vernon
TE Brandon Williams (restricted)

Minnesota Vikings

RB Matt Asiata
SS Robert Blanton
ILB Audie Cole
DT Kenrick Ellis
TE Rhett Ellison
OLB Chad Greenway
G Mike Harris
FB Zach Line (restricted)
OLB Casey Matthews
CB Terence Newman
CB Josh Robinson
SS Andrew Sendejo
CB Marcus Sherels
DE Justin Trattou
OLB Jason Trusnik

New England Patriots

RB LeGarrette Blount
CB Tarell Brown
FB James Develin (restricted)
FS Nate Ebner
WR Brandon Gibson
DE Akiem Hicks
G Kevin Hughes (restricted)
RB Steven Jackson
DT Sealver Siliga (restricted)
WR Bryan Tyms (restricted)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (restricted)
OLB Dekoda Watson
G Ryan Wendell
FS Tavon Wilson

New Orleans Saints

OLB James Anderson
FS Rafael Bush
RB Travaris Cadet
QB Matt Flynn
K Kai Forbath
RB Tim Hightower
TE Josh Hill (restricted)
OT Tony Hills
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
RB Kendall Hunter
G Senio Kelemete (restricted)
G Tim Lelito (restricted)
QB Luke McCown
G Mike McGlynn
CB Chris Owens
RB Khiry Robinson (restricted)
SS Jamarca Sanford
TE Benjamin Watson
DT Kevin Williams
CB Kyle Wilson

New York Giants

LS Danny Aiken
CB Prince Amukamara
DE Robert Ayers
ILB Jasper Brinkley
K Josh Brown
DT Barry Cofield
SS Craig Dahl
LS Zak DeOssie
TE Larry Donnell (restricted)
TE Daniel Fells
CB Jayron Hosley
DE Cullen Jenkins
DT Markus Kuhn
CB Trumaine McBride
SS Brandon Meriweather
G Brandon Mosley
WR Hakeem Nicks
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
WR Rueben Randle
G Dallas Reynolds
DE George Selvie

New York Jets

FS Antonio Allen
DE Stephen Bowen
K Randy Bullock
G Willie Colon
ILB Demario Davis
TE Kellen Davis
DT Leger Douzable
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
DT Damon Harrison
ILB Erin Henderson
G Benjamin Ijalana
RB Chris Ivory
FS Jaiquawn Jarrett
ILB Jamari Lattimore
WR Chris Owusu
OLB Calvin Pace
K Ryan Quigley (restricted)
RB Bilal Powell
RB Stevan Ridley
TE Zachary Sudfeld (restricted)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (restricted)
CB Darrin Walls
DE Muhammad Wilkerson

Oakland Raiders

OLB Lorenzo Alexander
SS Larry Asante
G Khalif Barnes
G Tony Bergstrom
LS Thomas Gafford
WR Andre Holmes
P Marquette King
DE Benson Mayowa (restricted)
SS Taylor Mays
OT Matt McCants (restricted)
QB Matt McGloin (restricted)
OT Donald Penn
WR Jeremy Ross (restricted)
WR Rod Streater
FS Neiko Thorpe (restricted)
DE Justin Tuck (announced retirement)
G J’Marcus Webb
FS Charles Woodson (announced retirement)

Philadelphia Eagles

WR Seyi Ajirotutu
CB E.J. Biggers
QB Sam Bradford (re-signed 3/1)
CB Nolan Carroll
DE Vinny Curry (re-signed 2/2)
ILB Najee Goode (re-signed 2/10)
QB Thaddeus Lewis
C Davis Molk (restricted)
DE Cedric Thornton
SS Walter Thurmond
OT Matt Tobin (restricted)

Pittsburgh Steelers

SS Will Allen
OT Kelvin Beachum
CB Antwon Blake
CB Brandon Boykin
G Ramon Foster
WR Terence Garvin (restricted)
CB William Gay
DE Clifton Geathers
FS Robert Golden
QB Bruce Gradkowski
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
FB Will Johnson
G Doug Legursky
DT Steve McLendon
WR David Nelson
OLB Sean Spence
OT Byron Stingily
DE Cam Thomas
RB Jordan Todman
QB Michael Vick
LS Greg Warren

San Diego Chargers

SS Jahleel Addae (restricted)
OT Joe Barksdale
QB Kellen Clemens
WR Malcom Floyd (announced retirement)
TE Antonio Gates
TE Ladarius Green
OT Chris Hairston
TE David Johnson
OT Jeff Linkenbach
DE Ricardo Mathews
ILB Joe Mays
TE John Phillips
DE Kendall Reyes
CB Patrick Robinson
CB Brandian Ross (restricted)
DE Damion Square (restricted)
G Johnnie Troutman (restricted)
CB Cassius Vaughn
C J.D. Walton
FS Eric Weddle

San Francisco 49ers

OLB Ray-Ray Armstrong (restricted)
WR Anquan Boldin
G Alex Boone
RB Reggie Bush
TE Garrett Celek
K Phil Dawson
RB Shaun Draughn
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie (restricted)
ILB Michael Wilhoite (restricted)
DT Ian Williams

Seattle Seahawks

OT Alvin Bailey (restricted)
RB Bryce Brown
TE Chase Coffman
FB Derrick Coleman (restricted)
DE Demarcus Dobbs
OLB Bruce Irvin
RB Fred Jackson
QB Tarvaris Jackson
C Lemuel Jeanpierre
WR Jermaine Kearse
CB Jeremy Lane
C Patrick Lewis (restricted)
WR Ricardo Lockette (restricted)
TE Anthony McCoy
DT Brandon Mebane
RB Christine Michael (restricted)
OLB Nick Moody (restricted)
OLB Mike Morgan
OT Russell Okung
DT Ahtyba Rubin
P Jon Ryan
G J.R. Sweezy
FB Will Tukuafu

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DE Da’Quan Bowers
FS Chris Conte
OLB Larry English
CB Mike Jenkins
FB Jovorskie Lane (restricted)
OLB Danny Lansanah (restricted)
RB Doug Martin
DT Tony McDaniel
FS Bradley McDougald (restricted)
DT Henry Melton
CB Sterling Moore
RB Bobby Rainey
WR Russell Shepard (restricted)
CB Jordan Tandy

Tennessee Titans

G Byron Bell
ILB Zach Brown
WR Dorin Dickerson
CB Brandon Harris
DT Sammie Lee Hill
OLB Steven Johnson
G Joe Looney
DT Mike Martin
OT Jamon Meredith
CB Coty Sensabaugh
TE Craig Stevens
DT Al Woods

Washington Redskins

CB Will Blackmon
OT Tom Compton (restricted)
QB Kirk Cousins
C Brian De La Puente
ILB Mason Foster
OLB Junior Galette
DE Kedric Golston
SS Duke Ihenacho
DT Frank Kearse
DT Terrance Knighton
G Josh LeRibeus
QB Colt McCoy
RB Alfred Morris
TE Logan Paulson
ILB Keenan Robinson
TE Alex Smith
RB Pierre Thomas
CB Cary Williams
FB Darryl Young

Friday morning one-liners

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The Bills defense played well once there was nothing left to gain in the regular season.

A look at owner Stephen Ross’ role in the Dolphins’ coaching search.

Patriots RB Steven Jackson has gone a while without playing in the playoffs.

Former Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff is critical of the team’s decision to fire 2015 special teams coach Bobby April.

Continuity was the message from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Thursday.

Bengals S Shawn Williams had a big interception against the Steelers earlier this season.

Who might be interested in acquiring T Joe Thomas from the Browns?

The Steelers are dealing with running back injuries in the playoffs for the second straight season.

Stopping TE Travis Kelce needs to be a Texans priority this weekend.

Five key things for the Colts to deal with this offseason.

The Jaguars coaching staff has become a fixture at the Senior Bowl.

There’s room for Titans running backs to make improvement heading into next season.

Tyler Polumbus and Michael Schofield are both preparing at right tackle for the Broncos.

A look at the Chiefs’ last playoff victory.

Raiders DL Mario Edwards believes he’ll make a total comeback from a neck injury.

A look at which Chargers players are headed for free agency.

Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford is recovering from shoulder surgery.

A call for the Giants to interview Lovie Smith.

S Walter Thurmond doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the Eagles.

WR DeSean Jackson told Redskins teammates that the game moves faster in the playoffs.

Debating whether Bears QB Jay Cutler would remain successful without offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

RB Zach Zenner hopes to return to the Lions in 2016.

The Packers secondary has had to learn to live without CB Sam Shields.

Getting DT Linval Joseph back in the lineup would leave the Vikings’ 53-man roster at full strength.

Five Falcons who outperformed expectations.

Panthers CB Josh Norman thinks he’s the top candidate for defensive player of the year.

Saints players are happy that Sean Payton will still be the coach in 2016.

If the Buccaneers don’t promote Dirk Koetter, who will be their next coach?

Cleaning up their special teams play is on the Cardinals to-do list.

The Rams have plenty of impending free agents on their roster.

K Phil Dawson was named the 49ers’ team MVP.

Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin aims to rattle Teddy Bridgewater this weekend.

Talks for Joe Thomas broke down over second pick in deal

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The Broncos were willing to spend big to land Joe Thomas from the Browns. But two rounds worth of draft position kept the deal from happening.

According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the deal between the teams for the Pro Bowl left tackle fell apart at the deadline because they reached an impasse in terms of draft pick compensation.

The Broncos were offering their 2017 first-rounder and their 2016 second to the Browns, but wanted Thomas and a 2016 third-rounder in exchange. The Browns came as close as offering Thomas and their 2016 fifth-rounder, but wouldn’t come any closer.

To be fair, the difference in draft position between a Browns third and a Broncos second won’t be that large this year. But that future first would be useful to most teams in Cleveland’s position, assuming they use them more effectively than the Browns have used first-rounders lately.

Of course, that the Broncos were willing to offer a 2017 first rather than next year’s is also significant, as it points to their all-in stance this year, and not knowing whether quarterback Peyton Manning has anything left beyond this season.

After losing left tackle Ryan Clady and rookie replacement Ty Sambrailo to injuries, the positional need was obvious, as the Broncos are now going to have to make their run with veterans Ryan Harris and Tyler Polumbus at left tackle and Michael Schofield at right tackle.

Sunday Night wrap-up: See how the Broncos run

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This is normally the spot where we’d discuss what Peyton Manning meant to the result the Broncos just posted.

But here’s the really scary and/or encouraging part about their 29-10 win over the Packers — their future Hall of Fame quarterback didn’t have to be that big a part of it.

Finally, the Broncos running game began to show the promise Gary Kubiak envisioned, and that allows Manning to not have to be the Manning of old (which is good).

The result was an undefeated start to the season, 500 yards, and an offense that is still evolving and getting better.

Ronnie Hillman got the start and had 19 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns. When he left with a thigh injury, C.J. Anderson came in and put up 101 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Perhaps most telling, a team with Manning under center ran it 34 times and threw it 29.

Getting the run game in shape has required some compromise, as new coach Gary Kubiak has tweaked his scheme, allowing Manning to run things from the shotgun and the pistol. That’s required some time to adapt, and they’ve done it. It’s clear that the time spent over the bye week was useful.

Manning is still good enough to win games — they’re 7-0, who are we kidding? — and he did some things Sunday we hadn’t seen much of this year. But if you assume his arm is like a tire, and only has so many miles in it, then being able to run and save some tread for late in the season only makes sense.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Part of the reason the Broncos are able to fiddle with their offense into November is the job their defense has done. While the first-quarter touchdown by Hillman was the first they’ve scored this year, we’re still waiting to see the first first-quarter points allowed by the Broncos defense this year.

While former head coach John Fox has done good work with defenses in all his previous stops, the Broncos have clearly taken the next step under coordinator Wade Phillips — allowing the Packers just 140 yards.

They have plenty of pass-rush talent, but they’re also athletic enough in the secondary to erase things without DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller having huge games.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to move in the pocket, but he was able to get rid of the ball without being sacked for the most part (the Broncos finished with three sacks).

But because of the coverage, he didn’t have many options downfield when he was flushed from the pocket, which led to a 77-yard night.

2. It’s not getting any easier for the Packers soon, and getting pantsed on national television isn’t helping.

There were issues that were evident that next week’s opponent (the undefeated-headed-into-Monday Panthers) can take advantage of.

The pass protection for Rodgers has been suspect at times, even when not playing a defense of the caliber of Denver’s. While they didn’t drop him that much, the Broncos made him move off his spot, and mixed it up at times to keep him from rolling out and buying time.

On the other side of the ball, if linebacker Clay Matthews’ ankle is bothering him, the Packers could have trouble on defense. Hitting the road to face an offense that leads the league in rushing and has an elite tight end in Greg Olsen is difficult anyway, but anything less than a full-speed Matthews makes the middle of the Packers defense a huge question mark.

The Panthers might not be as good as the Broncos in some areas, but they’re good enough to take advantage of the weaknesses the Broncos shined the light on.

3. The Broncos have made a point of rotating offensive linemen, until they couldn’t.

They were alternating Ryan Harris and Tyler Polumbus at left tackle, and giving rookie Max Garcia some snaps at left guard for veteran Evan Mathis.

But Garcia had a pair of penalties just before halftime, derailing a drive and sending Mathis back onto the field as soon as he could get there.

The idea of keeping blockers fresh is appealing considering all the injuries up front, though the best-case scenario would be finding five and riding with them.

4. OK, here’s the obligatory Manning’s arm strength nugget — since union rules require one every time he plays.

It looks better.

Manning threw downfield a little more often, particularly in the first half, averaging 11.7 per attempt. He hadn’t averaged more than 7.9 per attempt in any game this year.

Was the bye week a factor? Maybe. Were the injuries in the Packers secondary (cornerbacks Sam Shields and Quinten Rollins left in the first half with shoulder problems) an issue? No doubt.

But Manning, whose every attempt has been scrutinized this year, even over-threw a few receivers.

5. The Broncos had a lot going on Sunday night, from honoring owner Pat Bowlen to their 1997 Super Bowl champion team, to a pretty big game for the current version.

And the town turned out for it, or most of them did.

The Broncos announced that 77,043 fans passed through the turnstiles at Sports Authority Field, after 77,075 tickets were distributed.

That means 32 tickets were not used. Those 32 Denverites (Denveridians? Denveroids?) better have an excuse, and it better be better than being stuck in traffic with Ryan Mallett.

Ty Sambrailo will miss another game

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The Broncos will try to move to 5-0 against the Raiders this weekend without left tackle Ty Sambrailo.

Coach Gary Kubiak announced Friday that Sambrailo, who took over the starting job when Ryan Clady was lost for the season, will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury.

The Broncos used Ryan Harris at left tackle and Michael Schofield at right tackle last weekend, but Kubiak said, via Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, that Tyler Polumbus will also get some work on Sunday. Harris has been limited in practice this week because of a knee issue.

Polumbus isn’t the only reserve lineman that Kubiak expects to see time against Oakland. Left guard Evan Mathis is questionable because of a hamstring injury and Kubiak said Max Garcia will rotate into the game as well.

Broncos won’t have Ty Sambrailo this Sunday

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The Broncos signed veteran tackle Tyler Polumbus on Thursday, which was a sign that they were concerned that rookie left tackle Ty Sambrailo wouldn’t be able to play against the Vikings on Sunday.

Those concerns turned out to be well founded. Coach Gary Kubiak announced on Friday that Sambrailo has been ruled out for this week.

Kubiak said that the team would move Ryan Harris from right tackle to replace Sambrailo on Peyton Manning’s blind side. Michael Schofield will step in for Harris on the right side of the line and Polumbus will serve as the backup in the event that the Broncos suffer another injury at tackle during the game.

The Broncos were also missing left guard Evan Mathis at practice on Thursday because of a hamstring injury that cropped up earlier in the week, but he was able to get on the field Friday so the Broncos may just be down one starter up front when they face Minnesota.

Friday morning one-liners

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The Bills defensive line has to adjust to teams throwing the ball quicker against them this season.

DT Ndamukong Suh says the Dolphins have to will themselves to get sacks.

The bye week gives WR Keshawn Martin a chance to brush up on the Patriots playbook.

Jets CB Buster Skrine will be tasked with stopping Jarvis Landry this weekend.

RB Justin Forsett got on track in Thursday’s Ravens win.

The Bengals defense can’t let up on third downs this weekend.

Browns S Donte Whitner is confident he can rebound after a bad start.

The Steelers had a season-high five sacks on Thursday night.

Texans G Brandon Brooks is adjusting to playing at a lower weight this season.

The Colts hope their reshuffled offensive line is the right mix.

T Luke Joeckel and DE Andre Branch are expected back for the Jaguars this Sunday.

The Titans are going with a committee in the backfield this season.

Adding Tyler Polumbus gives the Broncos some insurance with T Ty Sambrailo injured.

Georgia will have support in the Chiefs locker room as they try to beat Alabama.

Said Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. of LB Aldon Smith, “You’d like to think training camp is still important, so you’d like to think he still has a few weeks in training camp to get the rust off. But we know the type of player he is and the level he plays on. The best is yet to come.”

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is hungry for his first NFL touchdown.

The Cowboys say RB Christine Michel is close to making his debut with the team.

Giants WR Odell Beckham is bummed out by Victor Cruz’s continued absence.

A look at the impact S Walter Thurmond is having on the Eagles defense.

A call for RB Alfred Morris to do more in the Redskins offense.

Bears CB Kyle Fuller did a good job against Amari Cooper when they met in college.

On his 30th birthday, Lions WR Calvin Johnson said that age is nothing but a number.

LB Jayrone Elliot is pushing for more playing time with the Packers.

The Vikings are banged up at wide receiver this week.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman knows he’ll be called on to block Texans DE J.J. Watt at some point on Sunday.

The Panthers may need to shift their approach in the backfield.

The Saints continued making over their defensive line this week.

CB Alterraun Verner is trying to regain playing time in the Buccaneers defense.

A resurgent WR Larry Fitzgerald has helped spark the Cardinals.

Playing a hybrid safety/linebacker role for the Rams seems to agree with Mark Barron.

49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini wants his unit ready for Aaron Rodgers’s hard counts.

DT Jordan Hill has shown a knack for being in the right place at the right time for the Seahawks defense.

Broncos add some tackle depth, sign Tyler Polumbus

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The Broncos have some concerns on the offensive line, so they added a little insurance today.

According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the Broncos have signed veteran tackle Tyler Polumbus.

It’s a homecoming for him, as he grew up in Denver and played at the University of Colorado. But it probably has a lot more to do with left tackle Ty Sambrailo’s shoulder injury.

Polumbus was cut by the Falcons Tuesday. He entered the league with the Broncos, signed as an undrafted rookie by Mike Shanahan. He’s also played for Shanahan in Washington, and spent two years with the Seahawks.

Falcons release Tyler Polumbus

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The Falcons didn’t let the start of the regular season stop them from continuing to acquire depth at offensive tackle.

They claimed Bryce Harris off of waivers and signed veteran Jake Long to go with offseason acquisition Tyler Polumbus, leaving them well stocked in the event of injuries at the position. They weren’t quite as well stocked at tight end, which meant that they needed to make a roster move to account for the possibility that Jacob Tamme misses Week Four with a concussion.

Polumbus drew the short straw among the Falcons tackles and the team announced that he has been released so that they could sign tight end Mickey Shuler. Polumbus played in all three games for the Falcons this year and was a regular starter when current Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan ran the offense for the Redskins in 2012 and 2013.

Shuler spent the summer with Atlanta before being released, something he also did in 2014. He wound up playing three games for the Jaguars last year for his first regular season action since 2010.

Falcons sign DeMarcus Love

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The Falcons had Jake Long in for a visit this week, but he went on to meet with other teams and the Falcons have signed another free agent offensive tackle on Wednesday.

The team announced that DeMarcus Love is the newest member of the roster.

While adding Long would likely create increased competition for starting jobs in Atlanta, Love’s addition looks like a depth move. A sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2011, Love has yet to play in a regular season game during his NFL career while making stops with the Jaguars, Giants, Saints and Broncos after parting ways with Minnesota.

With Lamar Holmes recovering from a broken foot, the Falcons have Jake Matthews at left tackle and Ryan Schraeder and Tyler Polumbus as possibilities at right tackle unless there are any other additions to the mix.

Lamar Holmes out with a broken foot

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Left tackle Jake Matthews is excited about playing in the new zone blocking scheme the Falcons are installing under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan this offseason, but another member of the offensive line has more pressing medical concerns to deal with at the moment.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced Wednesday that tackle Lamar Holmes suffered a broken foot and that he’ll be out of action for an indefinite period of time while he recovers from the injury.

Holmes dropped weight during the offseason in order to better prepare himself for the shift in blocking philosophies this season and had seen time at both left and right tackle during the team’s practices. With Matthews expected back for camp after foot surgery, Holmes would have been competing with Ryan Schraeder and Tyler Polumbus for the starting spot on the other side of the line and backup roles.

The Falcons will have to come up with other plans now. They won’t include veteran Sam Baker, who was released earlier this week.

Falcons release Sam Baker

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Sam Baker didn’t play any games for the Falcons in 2014 because of a torn patellar tendon in his knee and he’s not going to be playing for the Falcons in 2015 either.

The Falcons announced on Monday that they have released Baker, who has been a member of the team since they drafted him in the first round of the 2008 draft. Baker signed a six-year deal with the team in 2013 and was set to make $4.5 million in base salary this year.

Baker started 61 games for the Falcons over that time and was expected to be in the mix for a starting job again this season on a Falcons line that has added guard Chris Chester this offseason as they try to find a group that works better than the one they had in 2014. Baker’s experience would seem to help him in that regard, but he hasn’t been practicing this spring as a result of the knee injury and the Falcons decided they would move on with other options.

If Baker can get healthy, he could land with someone else for a look during camp while the Falcons are working out whether Tyler Polumbus, Lamar Holmes or Ryan Schraeder is their right tackle.

Report: Falcons reach deal with Tyler Polumbus

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The Falcons are reportedly adding a potential competitor for their right tackle job.

The club has reached a contract agreement with Tyler Polumbus, who spent the last four seasons with Washington, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Polumbus had visited Atlanta on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Via his verified Twitter account, Polumbus posted a picture of a Falcons logo and wrote: “Made some incredible memories in DC and some lifelong friendships. I will miss it, but excited for the next chapter!”

The 30-year-old Polumbus started 42-of-47 games for Washington. In Atlanta, he will work again with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who held the same job in Washington for Polumbus’ first three seasons in the nation’s capital.

Polumbus, Lamar Holmes and Ryan Schraeder could all be in the mix at right tackle for Atlanta. The Falcons are set on the left side with 2014 first-round pick Jake Matthews.

Falcons meet with Tyler Polumbus

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The Falcons took a meeting with free agent Joe Barksdale last week and their search for a veteran addition at right tackle continued on Tuesday.

Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that Tyler Polumbus paid the team a visit, although he’s already pretty familiar with one of the guys who will be making the call about who plays up front.

Polumbus played for the Redskins for the last four years, which means that he was there for three years when current Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was running the offense for Washington. Polumbus started 35 games for the team over that span and started 11 more during the 2014 season, although the results weren’t particularly impressive.

The same was true of the Falcons right tackles, of course, and Polumbus would give them another option to consider as they try to put together a more effective group of blockers for 2015.