Horse Tracks 11/20/09 - Orton, Buckhalter, Jordan miss practice; Marshall, Barrett (limited) return

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NFL Films - Week 11: Chargers vs. Broncos Preview - Video

DB - Week 11 - Thu: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Taking Notice - Zach Eisendrath
"There were four changes to the Broncos’ Injury Report on Thursday. After neither player participated in Wednesday’s practice session, Josh Barrett (hamstring) was a limited participant on Thursday and Brandon Marshall (neck) was listed as a full participant. Correll Buckhalter (knee) and Brandon Lloyd (foot) were both limited participants on Wednesday, however, neither took part in Thursday’s practice session."

DPP - Broncos' Kyle Orton misses practice again - Jeff Legwold
"The injury has been described as a torn ligament by some, but it is a case of semantics, given that any sprain is, by definition, a tearing of soft tissue."

DPP - New team brings unrivaled disdain in Broncoland - The Denver Post
"Broncos fan website Mile High Report conducted a similar survey Thursday, and found a similar response. With more than 1,200 online votes recorded by late Thursday afternoon, 62 percent picked the Chargers, compared to about 20 percent for the Raiders and 17 percent for the Chiefs."

"What I've seen in the comments on the poll, it is almost divided by age group," said John Bena, a longtime Broncos fan who founded Mile High Report three years ago. "The really old-school fans, they picked Kansas City, because that's the oldest rival. Then the older fans that grew up in the '70s-'80s-'90s, it's the Raiders. But for newer fans, from the Super Bowl years on, it's been the Chargers, because the Chargers have been relevant in that time."

NFLN - Brandon Marshall interview - Video
Wow. Check out the (not very good) painting in the background of BMarsh and JC.

NFL - With Bolts on deck, Broncos bumbling, but will they bust? - Vic Carucci
"The biggest problem with the Broncos' defense in recent games, according to Andra Davis, is that it has gotten away from the highly disciplined approach it showed through the first six weeks. Too many players have become interested in being recognized for individually making plays rather than sticking to their responsibilities within the scheme."

NYT - Ouster of N.F.L.’s Voice on Concussions, Dr. Ira Casson, Is Sought - Alan Schwarz
"The NFLPA is calling for the removal of Dr. Ira Casson as co-chairman of the league’s committee on concussions, saying that he is too biased to lead the research and policy group...Casson has dismissed every outside study finding links to dementia and other cognitive decline, including three papers published by the University of North Carolina’s Center for the Study of Retired Athletes." It is ridiculous for a doctor being paid by and representing the NFL to be performing exams on players for an NFL concussion study.

 

NYT - Weighing the Toll of Contact in Practice - Judy Battista
I've got to wonder - is all the practicing in pads this summer starting to tire out the Broncos defense? I know the company line this week has been that the unit's players have been going too often for the "big play" or "individual glory" but doesn't that strike you as a little hard to believe? I don't see a lot of egos on the Broncos' D, and with BDawk leading the way I can't see guys losing their discipline. Obviously, this is only speculation and it could never be more than that, but what do you think?

DB - Soy-Based Success - Gray Caldwell
Who would ever have guessed? Kenny Peterson is a pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish). He made the switch a year ago due to his blood type.

DB - Providing Perspective - Broncos TV
The Broncos talk about this week as a chance to rebuild a division lead.

DP - Dawkins tabbed for player forum - Jeff Legwold
Leaders lead...

DPP - Broncos linebacker Davis thankful he's out of Cleveland - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Spotlight: Broncos rookie safety David Bruton - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Analysis: Jackson's improvement great for Gates, Chargers - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Q&A: Will the Shanahan staff reassemble somewhere? - Jeff Legwold
"Running backs coach Bobby Turner, offensive line coach Rick Dennison, special-teams assistant Keith Burns and strength and conditioning coach Rich Tuten were retained by Josh McDaniels, but the remainder of the Shanahan assistants were let go. All have worked with Shanahan for a long time and all could be possibilities to go to Shanahan's new team at some point, if for some reason they wanted to leave Denver or contract situations could be worked out."

LTC - Ayers still adjusting - Brian Howell

LTC - Broncos QB Orton improving - Brian Howell
Note: this was written before Orton missed yesterday's practice.

CSG - Simms ready, if needed - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos thin at running back - Frank Schwab
"Knowshon Moreno and Peyton Hillis were the only tailbacks from the 53-man roster healthy enough to practice Thursday because Correll Buckhalter (knee) and LaMont Jordan (back) missed practice."

CSG - Orton missed second straight practice - Frank Schwab

AP - Chris Simms gearing up for 1st start since '06 injury - Arnie Stapleton

ESPN Insider - Chargers-Broncos: 10 observations - Doug Kretz
San Diego 21 Denver 20

PFW - Return of defensive players should improve Giants - Eric Edholm

Chargers News

SDUT - Chargers see wildcat as more than gimmick - Chris Jenkins

SDUT - Depth at linebacker paying off

SDUT - Binn belongs in - Mike Fleiss

SDUT - Clary doesn't work - Kevin Acee
"Everyone else (except center Nick Hardwick, who is not going to play again Sunday) worked today. "

PFW - Injuries allow Chargers ILB Siler to carve out role - Michael Blunda

NCT - Cromartie believes he has improved - Scott Bair

NCT - Defense prepares for system, not the quarterback - Scott Bair

NCT - Trouble at right tackle; injury update - Scott Bair

NFL Results

NFL - Miami Dolphins 24 at Carolina Panthers 17

SN - Williams' running helps Henne have a pro day - Vinnie Iyer

AFC West News

NFP - Diner morning news: Russell move long overdue - Mike Lombardi

KCS - Long has his big chance with the Chiefs - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs notes | Steelers are what Haley hopes his team can be - Adam Teicher

SFC - Hard-working Gradkowski gives foes new look - David White

OT - Benching JaMarcus Russell a call for Raiders' quarterback to shape up - Monte Poole

NFL News

NFL - NFL names Dungy to lead newly formed Player Advisory Forum

NFL - Vikings reward Childress with contract extension through 2013

NFL - Bengals RB Benson likely out vs. Raiders

NFL - Redskins RB Portis ruled out vs. Cowboys because of concussion

NFL - Week 11 injuries: Saints’ Bush misses second practice

NFL - A change is gonna come: Owner Wilson ready to revamp Bills

NFL - Torn ACL ends season for up-and-coming Rams DE Ah You

NFP - Brohm’s arrival signals change for Buffalo - Matt Bowen
The Bills snatched another recent draft choice off the Packers' practice squad; this time it's 2008 second-rounder QB Brian Brohm. Before that, it was '09 fifth-rounder OT Jamon Meredith.

FH - Bears Shun NBC for Sunday Night Game - Matt Snyder

NFL Opinion

SI - Mike Shanahan, Leslie Frazier among NFL coaching candidates - Don Banks
"The smart money continues to be on Washington and Danny "Warbucks'' Snyder (we could call it the Danny and Shanny show)."

Y! - Eagles, Packers' futures brighter than Giants' - Charles Robinson

SN - For three struggling QBs, it's November nosedive - Clifton Brown

Y! - Gruden finds safe haven in the booth - Mike Silver

FH - Thursday-and-Long: It's Rex Ryan's Party, He Can Cry If He Wants To - Dan Graziano

FOX - It's a QB's world in today's NFL - Alex Marvez

CBS - Hungry Jones-Drew rushing to elite stature - Pete Prisco

NFL - Bengals have easy out if they lose their gamble with LJ - Steve Wyche

SI - Larry Johnson will try to resurrect career with Bengals - Paul Daugherty

FOX - NFL Truths: LeBron needs to focus on NBA - Jason Whitlock

ESPN - Percy Harvin is making Vikings QB Brett Favre look good - Elizabeth Merrill

FOX - Boom or Bust: Who's to blame for Bills' struggles? - Adam Schein

SI - Wildcat revolution fails to materialize in NFL in 2009 - Andrew Perloff

PFW - Mays' freakish talent being preserved - Nolan Nawrocki

Picks, Etc.

NFP - The Player's Picks: Week 11 - Matt Bowen
"I see a great AFC West game with Nate Kaeding winning it on a long field goal in the fourth quarter as the Chargers take over the West."

NYT - Week 11 N.F.L. Matchups - Mike Tanier
"After 20 years, the dossier on Norv Turner is complete...As a disciplinarian and motivator, he ranks somewhere between Dick Jauron and a substitute gym teacher...We’ll learn over the next few weeks whether McDaniels will correct those mistakes, get overwhelmed by them or adopt Turner’s philosophy: ignore them and hope his veterans bail him out."

NFL - McNabb-Cutler duel leads solid list of Week 11 matchups

ESPN - Sunday Countdown online: Your weekly NFL guide - Week 11

SI - The Peter King Challenge
"Prediction: San Diego Chargers 30, Denver Broncos 14"

FH - Week 11 NFL Picks: Colts Goin' Down - Dave Goldberg

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