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Broncos coach Vance Joseph facing uphill battle to return, sources say

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph faces increasingly longer odds to be retained and return for his second season in Denver, league sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Broncos, who are 5-10 entering Sunday’s season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs, still have not made a final decision on Joseph, according to Schefter.

Stability and consistency at quarterback were among the primary issues for the Broncos this season, as quarterback Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler all started games behind center. The Broncos’ eight-game losing streak from Oct. 15 to Dec. 3 was their longest since 1967; six of those losses were by double digits and four by at least 20 points.

But the team’s most prominent players, including captains Von Miller and Aqib Talib, Siemian, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and linebacker Brandon Marshall, had consistently backed Joseph during the team’s struggles, which included an eight-game losing streak.

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Trevor Siemian named as Broncos’ starting QB

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the Sept. 8 season opener against the Carolina Panthers, coach Gary Kubiak announced in a team meeting Monday morning.

Kubiak made the announcement just before the players broke off into position-group meetings.

“I think he’s earned the right to be our guy,” Kubiak said. “I go back and look at the body of work throughout the course of the offseason, watch training camp, throughout the preseason, how far he’s come. I watch how much he’s improved in my opinion, the grasp that he has with what we’re doing, to me he’s earned the right to go out there and be our starter.”

It is the next step in Siemian’s staggering offseason journey. The 2015 seventh-round pick — whose lone snap on the field last season was a kneel-down just before halftime in the Broncos’ Dec. 20 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers — will now succeed Peyton Manning.

The last time Siemian started a game, it was for Northwestern on Nov. 22, 2014 at Purdue.

“I need to get my ass out there on that field,” Ebron said Monday in his first comments since suffering a right ankle injury Aug. 6. “‘Cause I’m not a huge person that’s [into] watching. I like action. I like to be in action. It just sucks being on the sideline, man. It’s not my lifestyle. I wasn’t born for this. I wasn’t bred to do this, but I got to right now.”

Ebron said he and the Lions are taking things slowly as he recovers. That includes Ebron likely not playing in the preseason finale Thursday against the Buffalo Bills. Asked whether he would be out there in a game primarily used for backups and those trying to make one last roster push, he said, “Is Matt [Stafford] going to play on Thursday? You ain’t going to see Ebron if you don’t see Matt Stafford.”

The Panthers had been trying to hold Scifres out as he rehabbed offseason surgery on his left knee.

The Browns traded Lee three days after coach Hue Jackson jumped the 13-year veteran on the sideline for a lack of effort on trying to stop a return that went 73 yards for a touchdown.

“[It was] his pursuit. Let’s be very honest,” Jackson said after the game. “We’re out there to play. If there’s another guy that has the ball, your job is to go get it. The second time [on a long return] he did that, so that was improvement.

“That’s something to build on. The first time he understood in his conversation with me that’s not how we pursue it, and he made amends for that. So on we go.”

On Monday, the Browns moved on from Lee. And the Panthers found a huge missing piece to a puzzle they hope will result in a second straight trip to the Super Bowl.

Lee ranks sixth in the NFL all time in gross punting average (46.2 yards), eighth all time in net average (39.5) and ninth all time for punts inside the 20 (325).

He set Browns single-season records with a 46.7-yard gross average and 40.1-yard net average in 2015.

In 2011, Lee recorded the NFL’s second-best single-season net punting average (44.0). In 2007, he had 42 punts inside the 20, tied for third-best season in NFL history.

Lee also has ties to the Carolinas, growing up in Westminster, South Carolina, before playing collegiately at Pittsburgh.

Hall of Fame Game stadium turf will be replaced

The change in turf was previously planned by the Hall of Fame and was not a reaction to Sunday’s game problems.

The main issues that led to the game being called off concerned the painted logos at midfield and in the end zones. Those areas were hard, slick and uneven and considered potentially dangerous, according to team officials and Hall officials. The field was brought to the Hall from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, where the surface was used for just one season.

Fans who purchased tickets for the game will be offered full refunds, according to Hall of Fame President David Baker.

The Arizona Cardinals are going to squeeze every drop out of quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, who will turn 33 on Aug. 31, and Palmer, who will be 37 on Dec. 27, were each given one-year extensions by the Cardinals. Palmer is now signed through 2018, when he’ll turn 39, and Fitzgerald is signed through 2017.

Palmer’s extension is worth $24.35 million, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said, and his 2016 and 2017 salaries are now fully guaranteed.

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Cornerback Aqib Talib was back on the practice field for the Broncos on Monday for the first time since he suffered two wounds in his right leg from one gunshot in early June. Talib took part in the first 35 minutes of practice. The Broncos’ plan for the Pro Bowl cornerback is to gradually work him back to full speed with a little more work on the practice field each day. Coach Gary Kubiak said “all our work is toward him getting ready to play” in the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Panthers. But Kubiak said there is a chance Talib could play a smattering of snaps Aug. 27 against the Los Angeles Rams in the Broncos’ third preseason game. — Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Outside linebacker Dee Ford is one of the players the Chiefs are eager to see in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Seahawks. Ford, Kansas City’s first-round pick in 2014, looms as the Chiefs’ best hope for a potent pass-rusher. They have been practicing without Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, their two top pass-rushers. Hali could return in time for the start of the regular season, but Houston’s return would come some time after that, if it comes at all this season. — Adam Teicher

Injury roundup: Arian Foster starts camp on PUP lis

Here are other injuries we are monitoring Friday:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) and wideout Marqise Lee (hamstring) did not take part in practice Friday. Yeldon was reportedly limping around the locker room Thursday because of an issue with new cleats. No better time than training camp to break those in.

2. Orlando Scandrick will soon head back to the field for the Dallas Cowboys, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Scandrick is coming off ACL and MCL injuries.

3. The Baltimore Ravens’ misfortune with tight ends might be continuing. Crockett Gilmore is headed for an MRI after injuring his hamstring in practice.

4. Julio Jones participated in individual drills, but sat out the rest of practice, the Atlanta Falcons announced. Coach Dan Quinn said Jones will be full-go in a day or so after suffering an undisclosed minor injury Thursday.

5. The Buffalo Bills placed wide receiver Marcus Easley, defensive end Shaq Lawson, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive tackle Kyle Williams on the PUP list. The Bills also moved linebacker Manny Lawson and wide receiver Kolby Listenbee to the non-football injury list. The team placed defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, defensive back Jonathan Dowling, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and running back Karlos Williams on the non-football illness list, too.

Regarding Lawson, general manager Doug Whaley told reporters the linebacker suffered an “upper body injury” while working out prior to camp. The GM said there’s no timetable for Lawson to return at the moment.

6. Denver Broncos defensive lineman Sylvester Williams will have his shoulder examined while defensive lineman Phillip Taylor will undergo an MRI on his left knee, coach Gary Kubiak announced.

7. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson left practice early with an apparent left arm injury. Coach Mike Zimmer quelled concerns about the wideout’s health after practice: “He made a great catch and it wasn’t his left hand or wrist, I can tell you that. I don’t think it’s anything concerning, but they’re taking a look at it.”

8. The Detroit Lions announced they have moved safety Don Carey and linebacker DeAndre Levy to the non-football injury list.

9. The Oakland Raiders placed running back Roy Helu on the reserve/injured list and will be releasing him.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones couldn’t fully enjoy his offseason — not if the team’s white-knuckle playoff loss to the Steelers was on tape somewhere near by.

“We kicked they ass the whole game; that’s all I can say,” Jones said Thursday, via ESPN.com. “And it hurt me to my heart that we let it go like that.

“(But) it’s over with. It’s in the past.”

Jones added: “We’re going to be motivated anyway because we want to get out of the first round. So whoever it’ll be, when we get there, hopefully we can take out all our frustration and anger on the field, and keep it on the field and win the game. We’ll see.”

While this won’t necessarily be a popular opinion, seeing a player like Jones so driven and committed to bringing the Bengals another round deeper into the playoffs makes us appreciate head coach Marvin Lewis even more. We ask coaches to build a culture and bring along players that other coaches could not or did not, and Jones is a shining example of what Lewis was able to over his time in Cincinnati.