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Shawn Drotár from Mile High Sports and Zac Stevens from BSN Denver join Gareth Llewellyn and Michael McQuaid to discuss the latest preseason developments, including the possibility that TJ Ward could have played his last game as a Bronco.

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Broncos vs Cardinals: Highlights

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The Arizona Cardinals face off against the Denver Broncos during Week 4 of the 2017 NFL Preseason.

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Joseph reacts to victory over Cardinals

Head coach Vance Joseph speaks to Broncos TV after the final preseason victory against Arizona.

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Mike Klis reported today the the Denver Broncos are expected to release Pro Bowl safety TJ Ward by Saturday at 14:00 MDT.

I believed that this probably wouldn’t happen, because Ward has been an integral part of the defense’s success over the last 3 seasons.

He is a staple of the No Fly Zone, and players like Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr, and Bradley Roby are sure to be pissed with his departure.

This decision also puts rookie head coach Vance Joseph in a tough situation as he prepares to lead this team through the 2017 NFL season.

John Elway will make the final call here, and unless he can get a team to trade for Ward he will almost certainly be gone this weekend.

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Cardinals at Broncos: Everything you need to know

Broncos Europe staff round up everything you need to know as the Denver Broncos look to get through the final preseason game, which is utterly pointless, without any further injuries.

When does the party start?

Thursday August 31, 2017, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO.
Kick-off 19:00 MDT/02:00 BST/03:00 CEST

Where can I watch or listen?

UK and Ireland TV: NFL Gamepass
Other European TV: NFL Gamepass
Radio coverage:  KOA (850AM/94.1FM) and The Fox (103.5FM)

What’s the notable team news?

Arizona Cardinals: Former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert will start the fifth of the Cardinals’ preseason games this year, but undrafted free agent Trevor Knight will take the majority of snaps.

Watch out for running back Elijhaa Penny, who is looking to make the 53-man roster after spending 2016 on the practice squad. His contributions, especially on special teams, could help him force his way ahead of veterans Chris Johnson or Andre Ellington. Last preseason, Penny ran for 113 yards and a TD on 23 carries against the Broncos.

The Cardinals have a battle at punter between Richie Leone and Matt Wile, with Harlan Miller and Rudy Ford hoping to be the fifth safety.

Denver Broncos: Undrafted rookie QB Kyle Sloter makes his first start in the NFL with Paxton Lynch out with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Jordan Taylor, who hasn’t played QB since high school in 2010, will be the emergency backup.

On the offensive line, Ty Sambrailo will take snaps as the centre, as the Broncos look at if he can emerge as a swing backup after losing out to Garett Bolles at left tackle.

At receiver, keep an eye on Kalif Raymond and Cody Latimer. Both are fighting to make the 53-man roster and need to impress today opposite Taylor, who has flashed again during preseason.

There’s also a battle between veteran Chris Lewis-Harris and Lorenzo Doss for a cornerback spot, while the Broncos’ safeties will look to impress as rumours intensify about the possible departure of three-time Pro Bowler TJ Ward.

What happened last time they met?

The teams met in the final game of preseason last year, with the Cardinals winning 38-17 at the University of Phoenix Stadium as Matt Barkley went 20/29 for 262 and two scores as the hosts dominated the game.

Jordan Taylor was the star for the Broncos and QB Paxton Lynch (13/22, 214, 2 TD, 1 INT) last year with four catches for 109 yards, including a 57-yard score as the Broncos offense struggled, going just 1-8 on third down.

How did they get on last time out?

Cardinals: A battle of the birds saw the Cardinals defeat the Atlanta Falcons 24-14 at the impressively expensive Mercedes-Benz Dome to go 2-2 in preseason. 

Not the best start to life in their new stadium for the Falcons, and their defense also gave up a lot on the night as John Brown flashed with two TDs for 28 and 21 yards from QBs Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, as both teams struggled to move the ball.

Broncos: The Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 2017 at Mile High last week with touchdowns from CJ Anderson and Hunter Sharp to go 3-0 in preseason.

Backup QB Paxton Lynch left the game with a shoulder injury, giving Kyle Sloter more time to shine, with the rookie completing back-to-back throws to Sharp in the second half for what would be the game winner.

The Broncos’ run defense looked a lot more assured than the one that gave up 170 yards to the Cardinals 12 months ago, and Shelby Harris was a monster in run and pass defense, weighing in with three sacks.

What do the bookies make of the game?

Our man Paddy Power hasn’t got a book open on a straight win at the time of writing. You can get 10/11 on a -2.0 handicap, but at those odds why not splash some cash on Von Miller at 7/1 to be defensive player of the year or finish with the most sacks?

Odds stated are correct at time of publication and subject to change. Please gamble responsibly, or just give all your money to us instead and we’ll take good care of it. Email us contact@broncoseurope.com.

Prediction

After three late nights covering preseason, we’re really struggling to care much about the most meaningless game we’ll play this year, but we’re backing our man Kyle Sloter to show why he should be on the 53-man roster and lead the Broncos to at least three touchdown drives for a Broncos win.

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Emmanuel Sanders opens up on Houston flood devastation

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who grew up close to Houston, speaks to Broncos TV after Tuesday’s training session about the devastation in Houston caused by tropical storm Harvey.

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Vance Joseph denies knowledge of TJ Ward talks

Head coach Vance Joseph speaks to Broncos TV after Tuesday’s training session, addressing rumours that the Broncos are in trade talks with teams over TJ Ward.

Ward, the three-time Pro Bowl safety, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017 season.

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Paxton Lynch sidelined with shoulder injury

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced on Monday that Paxton Lynch is set to miss time with a shoulder injury.

Lynch was sacked by Reggie Gilbert of Green Bay on Saturday night, where he had a hard land on his throwing shoulder. He didn’t return to the game after the play and, after an MRI on Sunday, Joseph confirmed the news that their backup quarterback will miss the start of the regular season.

After impressing throughout camp and preseason, Kyle Sloter will lead the team Thursday night when the Broncos host Arizona in their final preseason game.

The undrafted rookie out of Northern Colorado replaced Lynch on Saturday night against Green Bay and finished the game going four of seven for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Despite Lynch’s injury, the Broncos are not expected to bring in another arm before Thursday.

Wide receiver Jordan Taylor—who was a dual-threat quarterback in high school—will serve as the Broncos’ emergency quarterback if Sloter gets injured.

Stick with Broncos Europe for more news and coverage going into Thursday’s final preseason game.

 

 

 

 

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Broncos vs Cardinals: How can I watch?

The Denver Broncos play their final preseason game this Thursday, welcoming the Arizona Cardinals to Sports Authority Field.

How to watch:

Denver Markets

Kickoff is at 7pm MDT and you can watch the game on KUSA 9News in Colorado.

Sirius Radio: Channel 809 (Broncos)

UK/Ireland

Kickoff is at 2am BST and you can watch the game on NFL Gamepass. More details about how to subscribe here.

Europe:

Kickoff is at 3am CEST and you can watch the game on NFL Gamepass. More details about how to subscribe here.

Stick with Broncos Europe as we will be providing live coverage across all of our platforms.

“Jordan Taylor works really hard” – Siemian

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian spoke to Broncos TV after the victory against Green Bay.

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“Paxton will have an MRI Sunday” – Joseph

Head coach Vance Joseph speaks to Broncos TV after the preseason victory against Green Bay.

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Menelik Watson proposes during Green Bay game!

 

A newly engaged Menelik Watson … trying to talk as the locker room goes nuts during Mayweather-McGregor. pic.twitter.com/rGJnqpjoF9

 

— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 27, 2017

It was a huge night for the Broncos as the team advanced to 3-0 in the preseason. This evening got even better for Europe’s own Menelik Watson, who proposed to his partner, Azania Stewart during the second half of Saturday’s game against Green Bay. Stewart is a former GB Basketball player, representing the team in 2012.

 

It has been a fantastic few months for Menelik – moving to Denver and starting well. Broncos Europe wish both Azania and Menelik the very best in the future.

 

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