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Report: Former No. 1 pick Jake Long to visit Denver Broncos next 

The Denver Broncos want to see if former No. 1 draft pick Jake Long is healthy enough to bolster their offensive line to protect 39-year-old Peyton Manning.

Long is scheduled to visit the Broncos on Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.

Long has already visited with the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons this week.

The first overall pick by Miami in 2008 and a four-time Pro Bowler, Long missed nine games last season in St. Louis with a second torn ACL in two years. The Rams released him this spring.

The Broncos lost star left tackle Ryan Clady to a season-ending knee injury in May, leaving second-round draft pick Ty Sambrailo as Manning’s presumed blindside protector.

Denver signed Ryan Harris after Clady’s injury to provide an experienced backup, and Sambrailo stepped into the starting lineup and quickly impressed coach Gary Kubiak. Chris Clark enters camp as the starter on the right side.

The Broncos are installing a zone-blocking scheme that makes heavy use of two-tight end sets, which will give their left tackle plenty of help in keeping pass-rushers at bay.

Manning will have four new linemen this season regardless of who starts at left tackle. The only returning starter is right guard Louis Vasquez, who spent the last half of last season at right tackle. The left guard is Ben Garland, who hasn’t started a game since 2008 at Air Force, when he was a defensive lineman.

Long has started all 96 games he’s played in during his NFL career and was a first-team All-Pro in 2010.

Two runaway llamas offered one-year deals with Cardinals

Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their tracks because of the wayward livestock.

Their televised breakout quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags including #LlamasonTheLoose, #llamadrama and #TEAMLLAMAS.

ESPN, the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos even got in on the fun.

The Broncos are pretty confident that linebacker Brandon Marshall would have no trouble with said llamas. 

The Sports Digital Editor for The Denver Post gave the world of Twitter this photo of the llamas going Thelma and Louis. 

The llama saga also made actor Lorenzo Lamas a trending topic. Lamas was mentioned in more than 270 tweets in an hour, according to social analytics website Topsy. 

If this isn’t proof that it’s been a slow day for NFL news, we don’t know what is.

Disclaimer: No Llamas were harmed during any tweets about today’s chase.