John Elway likes to talk about the long-term vision, winning "not only now but from now on."
Coming off a 500-yard performance and a shellacking of the Green Bay Packers, the boss of the unbeaten Denver Broncos made a bold move that shows he's all in for 2015.
Denver's general manager sent a pair of late-round draft picks to the San Francisco 49ers for two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis on Monday, the first big move on the eve of the league's trading deadline.
Elway called the 31-year-old veteran "a big weapon for us," one who'll add experience, speed and leadership to an offense that can use more big-play ability.
Davis gives the Broncos (7-0) some firepower over the middle that Peyton Manning has been missing since losing Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme to free agency, and rookie Jeff Heuerman to a knee injury just a week after the draft.
The 10th-year pro has 55 career touchdown catches.
The 49ers will get sixth-round picks in 2016 and 2017 and the Broncos also receive a seventh-round pick in 2016. If Davis, who's due about $2.3 million on the final year of his contract, can quickly adapt to Gary Kubiak's offense and finish strong, the Broncos could also get a compensatory draft pick if Davis leaves after the season and signs elsewhere.
"We're trying to win from now on," Elway said. "But this will be a big step for us to win this season."
Bell done for season
The Steelers placed Le'Veon Bell on injured reserve after he hurt his right knee Sunday against the Bengals, sidelining the All-Pro running back for the rest of the season.
Bell was injured when he was tackled by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The Steelers signed veteran running back Isaiah Pead to take his place on the 53-man roster.
•Bears running back Matt Forte and receiver Eddie Royal likely will return this season and probably won't need surgery to repair knee injuries they suffered in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, coach John Fox said.
•Packers coach Mike McCarthy did not have an update on five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews, who suffered an ankle injury Sunday at Denver. McCarthy said his concern is "not high" but said the team will know more Wednesday.
•Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, injured Sunday at Dallas, had surgery to stabilize ligaments in his neck. The Seahawks said the surgery was a success and that all neurological signs were positive. Lockette will miss the rest of the season.
•The Giants are going to push Jason Pierre-Paul more in practice this week and there is a chance the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end will play for the first time since losing a finger in a July 4th fireworks accident.
•49ers coach Jim Tomsula wouldn't commit to Colin Kaep- ernick as his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Atlanta, saying every player is being evaluated.
•Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said he's ready to reclaim his starting job after missing two games because of a sprained knee ligament.