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DA drops rape case against Broncos DE Gotsis

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Georgia has dropped a rape case against Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis, writing in a statement that "the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

With the first of two joint practices with the Chicago Bears now in the books, there were some things that stood out for the Broncos Wednesday: With the injuries in secondary (including Chris Harris Jr., who didn't practice with oblique injury, and safety Su'a Cravens who has been out with knee injury) the second-team defense struggled mightily. Also, Chad Kelly has earned every bit of his promotion to No. 2 quarterback, but found some difficulties against the Bears second teamers. He still has some work to do to keep the team from signing a veteran quarterback in the weeks to come. And wide receiver Demaryius Thomas looked his best in both 1-on-1s and team drills. If his hip cooperates, he is poised for a big year.

Jalen: Broncos' haircut hazing is 'boss move' (1:33)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Also Tuesday, Vance Joseph was asked how quarterback Paxton Lynch had reacted to being moved from No. 2 quarterback to No. 3 this week -- Chad Kelly will work with the second team in the joint practices with the Bears this week as well as in Saturday's game. "(Lynch) is upset, he didn't like it, he wants to know why and he's got to play better,'' Joseph said. "Simple as that, it's a competition ... it's the league. No one's not playing their best players.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos coaches didn't find too many things to like in their review of Saturday's preseason opener, but Vance Joseph said the offensive line's play overall in the game was one of those things. "That was a positive for us in my opinion,'' Joseph said. "The o-line played really, really good in the run game and the pass game. I was really pleased with that group.'' Joseph singled out several of the team's younger linemen like tackle Elijah Wilkinson, rookie guard/center Sam Jones and guard J.J. Dielman. Dielman had been helped off the practice field Monday afternoon with a knee injury. He didn't practice Tuesday, but Joseph said the injury was a sprain and "it was not serious.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after Tuesday's practice he has spoken to Bears coach Matt Nagy about the structure of the two joint practices between the teams this week (Wednesday and Thursday) and the two agreed to try to curb any fighting. "We've talked several times... we want to have great work the next two days,'' Joseph said. "Obviously you watch the news and a bunch of fights occurring in most practices. We don't want that. Let's get good work on both sides of the ball .. and not fight.''

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Broncos ink A.J. Johnson following rape acquittal

Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson is getting a shot in the NFL with the Broncos less than three weeks after he was acquitted along with a college teammate of aggravated rape charges.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos' second-year safety Jamal Carter is headed for injured reserve with a torn hamstring. The Broncos believed the injury was severe after the initial examination when he was helped to the locker room suffering the tear in Saturday night's preseason game and additional tests confirmed it. Carter will have surgery in the coming days and while he figured to be in the mix in the Broncos' specialty packages on defense, his absence will really be felt on special teams. Carter was one of just three Broncos players to top 300 plays on special teams in 2017 -- safety Will Parks and fullback Andy Janovich were the others. Carter's 340 special teams snaps were the second-most on the team, behind Parks' 349.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After Saturday night's loss to the Minnesota Vikings to open the preseason, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph described the first-team offense's two series -- two punts and nine total yards -- this way: "We didn't move the ball at all ... So, disappointing, obviously. You want guys to go out there and at least have a decent drive, but we didn't do that.'' He added he didn't consider sending the starters out for a third possession, offering the group will play more next week against the Chicago Bears.

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Cousins perfect in Minnesota debut, Vikings beat Broncos

Kirk Cousins was perfect in his first game for Minnesota on Saturday night, completing all four of his passes, including a 1-yard touchdown strike to Stefon Diggs in the Vikings' 42-28 exhibition victory over the Denver Broncos.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Yes, it is the preseason, but the Broncos' struggles on offense by the first- and second-teamers in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings can't, and shouldn't, be ignored. The Broncos finished the first half with just 61 net yards, 17 passing yards and one first down. They had a false start penalty on their second snap of the game and quarterback Case Keenum completed one pass in a two-series cameo. And now in his third season Paxton Lynch had a particularly difficult night as he finished his seven possessions over the first, second and third quarters 6-of-11 passing for 24 yards and an interception. It is telling how the evening went for the Broncos that those who stayed in their seats were chanting No. 3 quarterback Chad Kelly's name during a fourth-quarter touchdown drive.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

At halftime Vikings lead Broncos, 24-14. Broncos offense finishes with just one first down and 61 total yards. Paxton Lynch is 4-of-9 passing for 12 yards with an interception.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

No surprises, but the formal "not expected to participate'' list from the Broncos tonight: WR Corey Brown, S Su'a Cravens, CB Tramaine Brock, LB Todd Davis, T Menelik Watson, TE Jeff Heuerman, TE Troy Fumagalli and DE Clinton McDonald.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Vance Joseph also said following Thursday's practice the Broncos' starters would play two series "max'' Saturday against the Vikings as the second team would then play into third quarter and the third-team players would finish things out. Linebacker Von Miller, who did not play in the first two preseason games last year, will play with the starting defense in Saturday's game. Joseph added tight end Jake Butt, who spent last season on injured reserve, will play with the starters and it's possible he has some additional work with the second team.

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