AFC Notes: Broncos, Colts, Raiders

     

Broncos

  • The Broncos ruled out RG Graham Glasgow (foot), WR Tyrie Cleveland (illness), and DB Trey Marshall (shin) from Week 14. (Mike Klis)
  • Klis notes that WR Diontae Spencer is expected to assume return specialist duties with Cleveland out. 
  • Klis also points out that the Broncos’ recently signed CB Nate Hairston did not travel with to Carolina and is not scheduled to make his first appearance at Denver’s headquarters until Tuesday. 
  • OUT for Week 14: RG Graham Glasgow (foot), WR Tyrie Cleveland (illness), DB Trey Marshall (shin).

Colts

Colts’ owner Jim Irsay said he does not expect former QB Andrew Luck to return from retirement. 

“You know, I don’t think so — I really don’t,” Irsay said, via Mike Silver of NFL.com. “I think that door’s closed.”

Irsay recalls Luck’s decision to retire, calling it a “very, very, very difficult” circumstance. 

“I sometimes wonder if that was just a bad dream I had,” Irsay said. “It’s just very, very, very difficult.”

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton also mentioned that he doesn’t expect Luck to mack a comeback. 

“I don’t think we will (see him). He’s just enjoying himself. I’m happy for him,” said Hilton. 

Raiders

Raiders’ TE Darren Waller almost fell out of the NFL but has experienced a career renaissance since joining Las Vegas and becoming one of QB Derek Carr‘s favorite targets.

Carr, Waller, and Raiders’ HC Jon Gruden all opened up about what Waller means to the team.

“There’s been games where the numbers weren’t what people expected, but I feel like I’ve grown every week,” Waller said, via Jerry McDonald of MercuryNews.com. “Whether I have 20 yards or 200 yards, I still come to work the next week with the same mindset and stay on top of my habits and let the results take care of themselves. I remember when I first got to the team, he would make me tell him what I saw. I was a quiet guy, always in trouble, so Id keep my mouth shut and do my business. My voice is valued here and it took me a while to kind of branch into that. Derek helped me out with that process and now we communicate and nothing really goes unsaid, no stone unturned.”

“Everybody goes through stuff, everybody has their own problems,” Carr said. “I said if there’s anything we can do, I’m here to help. Let’s keep growing, let’s be special. And it’s grown into something, a relationship, that really is special.”

“They have really connected. The smallest detail is important to Waller,” Gruden said. “The pride he has in pass protection and blocking running plays is something he wants to be known for. It has to do with Waller’s personal desire, his incredible talent level, and if you combine that with a great position coach that helps him play after play, week after week, day after day, I think it’s a great battery.”

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