Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Pro Bowl center Dan Koppen, who spent nine seasons snapping the ball to Tom Brady in New England, will now have the chance to work with Peyton Manning.
Koppen signed with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, two weeks after his release from the New England Patriots, where he played from 2003-11.
Koppen, who turns 33 on Wednesday, adds experience and depth to the interior line and might push starting center J.D. Walton for playing time.
The Broncos also waived backup center C.J. Davis and re-signed backup quarterback Caleb Hanie, who was released in a procedural move Saturday to provide the Broncos with some financial flexibility. His $1 million base salary is no longer guaranteed.
As expected, the Broncos also placed defensive tackle Ty Warren on injured reserve after he re-tore his right triceps in the opener, his first game since 2009.
BOUNTY: The NFL confirms that Commissioner Roger Goodell agreed to meet with four players whose suspensions in connection with the bounty investigation were recently lifted by an appeals panel.
Goodell is reconsidering whether to hand down revised suspensions to Saints linebacker Jon Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free-agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.
RAIDERS: Receiver Jacoby Ford will undergo surgery on his injured left foot.
Ford hurt his foot on Aug. 17 in an exhibition game against Arizona. Ford missed six games with the same injury last season.
THOUSANDS OF family and friends turned out in Baltimore for the funeral of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
An important figure in the development of the league, Modell was one of the NFL's most polarizing owners. Cleveland fans never forgave him from moving his club to Baltimore for financial reasons after the 1995 season, but Ravens fans were fond of him and he also was remembered as a loving family man.
STEELERS: Injured linebacker James Harrison worked out and Coach Mike Tomlin says there's a chance the four-time Pro Bowler could play in Sunday's home opener against the New York Jets.
Harrison sat out the entire preseason while nursing a left knee injury. He underwent a minor procedure on the knee last month and didn't play in a 31-19 season-opening loss at Denver.
Tomlin said the team will monitor Harrison's progress throughout the week.