Broncos safety Justin Simmons considered day to day after suffering “fluky” mild high ankle sprain

The fitting irony to the Broncos’ 2017 season is that even a moment of celebration delivered pain. Safety Justin Simmons is considered day to day with a mild high ankle sprain, coach Vance Joseph said Monday. The second-year player turned his left ankle on teammate Brandon Marshall‘s right foot in the first quarter of Denver’s 23-0 victory over the Jets on Sunday. The “fluky” injury, as Joseph described it, occurred

Pittsburgh Steelers stage late comeback to edge Baltimore Ravens, win AFC North

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier — and wrapped up the AFC North in the process. Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh’s defense overcame a sloppy night to stop one Baltimore’s last-gasp drive in the Steelers’ 39-38 victory Sunday night. The Steelers (11-2) trailed by 11 points going into the fourth quarter but capped an emotionally trying

Philip Rivers leads Chargers over Redskins as Los Angeles wins 4th straight

CARSON, Calif. — Although the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense is constantly running over its opponents these days, Philip Rivers wasn’t sure how he ended up as a lead blocker for receiver Travis Benjamin on a 22-yard reverse run. “Gracious, I’ve never been this far down the field in my life since high school,” Rivers thought to himself as he looked for somebody to hit — and his coaches cringed. But

WATCH: Broncos’ Darian Stewart picks off Jets’ Josh McCown

No Fly, So Fly.#BeatTheJets pic.twitter.com/THWc98yoZc — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 10, 2017 In a game where the Broncos defense has shined, it was only a matter of time before the No-Fly Zone made a big play. In the second quarter, safety Darian Stewart picked off a pass from Jets quarterback Josh McCown. The Broncos led 10-0 at the time.

Chiefs’ Marcus Peters fined $24,309 for penalty flag toss

NEW YORK — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday for throwing a penalty flag into the stands against the New York Jets. Peters also was suspended one game by Chiefs coach Andy Reid earlier in the week for his antics last Sunday in the 38-31 loss. During the Jets’ go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs were called for three penalties

Raiders may get Amari Cooper back for Sunday’s game in Kansas City

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion and a sprained ankle two weeks ago. The two-time Pro Bowl receiver ran and caught passes during the light workout before the team left for Kansas City. Cooper did not talk to reporters and is listed as questionable on the Raiders injury report. “Coop was pretty gradual throughout the week,” Oakland

Kiszla: Give quarterback Baker Mayfield the Heisman, but please don’t give him to the Broncos

As the big man on campus, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown 41 touchdown passes, been tackled by police, grabbed his crotch to taunt a hapless foe and collected the Heisman Trophy in 2017. Not a bad year. But he’s definitely not the Broncos’ quarterback of the future. The Heisman Trophy has feet of clay. Let’s start with this statistic. Since 2000, Mayfield is the 15th quarterback to win the

Broncos resale tickets hover at face value as season limps to end

How low will Broncos resale tickets go? That’s the question many football fans, buyers and sellers alike, are contemplating as the Broncos wrap up a substandard season with two more home games left to play. On Friday afternoon, “Half Price Game” offers were being made on Ticketmaster — the NFL Ticket Exchange — for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Just under 2,000 tickets were on sale, including a

Broncos lost their way and their identity. Now they face the dreaded “R” word: REBUILD

Eleven months ago, Broncos general manager John Elway stood at the front of the team’s auditorium at Dove Valley and somberly bid his trusted coach and friend farewell. For a short while, anyway. Gary Kubiak stepped down from coaching, sending Elway and Co. on another search — their third since 2011 — for a head coach. One who fit “the culture” and understood the Broncos’ long-held standards. “Challenges excite me.

Fantasy football 2017: NFL Week 14 cheat sheet

Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 14? For most owners, this weekend marks the beginning of the fantasy football postseason. That means it’s time to agonize over roster decisions. We’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice for your quick consumption. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets from multiple fantasy experts, addressing some of the critical

Eli Manning is back under center for the Giants, and it could be a sight to behold Sunday

Eli Manning‘s consecutive starts streak for the New York Giants will start anew Sunday. It will make for an interesting scene at the Meadowlands. It’s rare for the Giants, a tradition-laden franchise known for its stability, to be in a state of upheaval. But that was the case this week, as co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch fired Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese. The housecleaning came with

Broncos Q&A with Casey Kreiter: Broncos’ long snapper has special connection to “Iowa wave”

The best new sports tradition sprouted this fall in Iowa City, Iowa. It was there, at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium, that a new “wave” was born. At the end of the first quarter of Hawkeyes home games this season, fans in the stands and players on the field turned toward the new University of Iowa Stead Family’s Children’s Hospital, which rises above the stadium, and waved at the

Frustrated? Angry? Like the fans, Broncos players feel it too.

November 28, 2010. The Broncos hosted the St. Louis Rams and lost, 36-33, dropping their record to 3-8 during a  season riddled with embarrassment. None was more glaring than the videotaping scandal that resulted in $50,000 fines for the team and their head coach, Josh McDaniels. The Broncos had a paid attendance of 72,736, but there were thousands of empty seats. It was the lowest turnout in the stadium’s then-decade

Chris Harris named Broncos’ 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year

The day after the Broncos returned from Buffalo, where they took their first loss of the season, cornerback Chris Harris hosted a coat drive at a local steakhouse to benefit Denver Children’s Home, an organization that helps kids who have survived trauma and abuse confront mental health challenges. Joined by some of his teammates, Harris raised nearly $6,000 that September evening and watched as nearly 350 winter coats and multiple

DeMarcus Walker has faced a challenging rookie season. But the Broncos’ second-round pick believes he can close it strong.

DeMarcus Walker walked out of Hard Rock Stadium less than one year earlier in a triumphant mood. The Broncos’ rookie finished a decorated career at Florida State by helping his team beat Michigan, 33-32, in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30, 2016. Walker had a sack, his 16th of the season, a fitting final audition for the NFL draft. Walker returned to the same stadium last Sunday in a far

The Chiefs are suspending Marcus Peters for his antics during loss to the Jets

Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday that the team is suspending cornerback Marcus Peters over his actions in Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. Peters was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after he hurled an official’s penalty flag into the stands following a defensive holding call on teammate Steven Nelson during a Jets two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter. Peters then left the field, apparently assuming he

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signs 5-year contract extension worth almost $200 million

NEW YORK — Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024. A memo from the NFL’s compensation committee to team owners and obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press confirms that Goodell and committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have signed the extension. That extension has been a source of controversy because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones objected to the

Kiszla: Why is Vance Joseph on the hot seat? No NFL team gets blown out more often than Broncos.

Vance Joseph can survive the losses. It’s the embarrassment that could get Joseph fired as coach of the Broncos. “You have to win, not just compete,” Joseph said Thursday. Win? Joseph stinks at winning. What’s worse is how badly his Broncos get beaten. No team in the NFL team has been embarrassed more often in 2017 than Denver  Yes, San Francisco (2-10), the New York Giants (2-10) and Cleveland (0-12)

Retired NFL star Warren Moon accused of pulling off woman’s bathing suit after drugging drink

A California woman who worked for a sports marketing firm led by Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging that the retired football star required her to wear thong underwear and share his bed during business trips. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Orange County, California, also alleges that Moon, 61, committed sexual battery by grabbing the woman’s crotch during a trip to Seattle this