by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/24/14) Broncos defensive back Tony Carter left Saturday's preseason game against the Texans with a neck injury, per ESPN. He was involved in a collision with fellow defensive back Omar Bolden in the third quarter and was unable to return. He finished the game with two total tackles prior to the injury.
Von Miller expected to make return Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/23/14) Broncos linebacker Von Miller should make his preseason debut Saturday against the Texans, almost exactly eight months to the day since he tore his ACL, the Denver Post reports.
"I've had a lot of practice at full speed," Miller said. "And with all the practicing here with the Texans, I think it will help make the game seem a little easier. I'm excited."
The Broncos have been practicing with the Texans in recent weeks. Miller is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, and Saturday could be the only tuneup he needs, with just one preseason game left.
DeMarcus Ware gets to the QB in preseason opener
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/8/14) Broncos defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware shined in his preseason debut Thursday against the Seahawks.
Ware played just in the first quarter of the game, but recorded a sack and two quarterback hurries in the game.
Ware joined the Broncos after being a salary cap casualty for the Cowboys. He is also recovering from offseason elbow surgery and coming off a career-low six sack season.
Broncos signs former Browns DE Brian Sanford
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/5/14) Thr Broncos signed former Browns defensive end Brian Sanford, reports ESPN. He is expected to join the team Tuesday.
Aqib Talib only guaranteed one year
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) The Broncos gave defensive back Aqib Talib a massive six-year, $57 million contract in free agency, but have an out if things don't go well in the first year. According to USA TODAY Sports, just the first $11.5 million of Talib's contract is fully guaranteed, so the team could get out of the contract with just a $4 million cap hit in 2015.
Talib's deal also includes $13 million in combined base salaries for 2015 and 2016, however they are only guaranteed in the event of injury. He is scheduled to make an extra $500,000 in 2014 if he plays all 16 games, something he has yet to do in his NFL career.
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The Broncos DST is hoping that a lot of money spent in the offseason can lead to positive results this year. The Broncos added three high profile players on defense this offseason in DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, and they also spent their first-round pick on cornerback Bradley Roby. They lost Champ Bailey, but the upgrade with the younger Talib should help at cornerback. If Von Miller (ACL) can return at 100 percent than the Broncos should have a much-improved pass rush, and the Broncos DST should be able to improve from their No. 13 finish last season when they had 17 interceptions, 41 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and five touchdowns. We like the Broncos DST as a No. 1 Fantasy option, and they should be drafted with a late-round pick in all leagues.