Horse Tracks 1/2/10 - Marshall out; Graham, Royal questionable; Law, Larsen probable

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Good Morning, MHR Friends. I mentioned this in my FanPost yesterday, but I'll repeat it here. The Broncos have been 32-31 with zero playoff appearances since their vaunted 2006 Draft Class came in. Why exactly do we need to keep this "young nucleus" together if they haven't proven they can even get us to the postseason, much less win a playoff game? Because they put up big numbers? Because they're great to have on your fantasy football team? Now, try to smile. We've got a chance to make the playoffs tomorrow and a coach who isn't willing to extend the country club-, me-first culture that seems to have infiltrated Dove Valley in recent years.

DB - Week 17 - Fri: McDaniels - Broncos TV
"We want the guys on the field that are dying to play as hard as they can play, with whatever, to try to get us in the playoffs. That's what we're looking for."
Just listen to these reporters/columnists and their questions. You probably know their voices from hearing them on the radio or seeing them on TV. Listen to McDaniels try to answer the same stupid questions asked 5 different ways from the same people and tell me what's going on there. To me, it's like they think they're part of the show - as if this is their chance to be on PTI or Around The Horn. It's Josh McDaniels' presser, folks. Not yours.

DB - Marshall Deactivated for Week 17 - Chris Gentilviso
"If Royal cannot go, McDaniels added that Matthew Willis would be signed from the team’s practice squad to the active roster. Darrell Reid (knee), Correll Buckhalter (ankle), Brian Dawkins (knee), Renaldo Hill (ankle), Ty Law (hamstring), and Spencer Larsen (hamstring) were all full participants on Friday. Each is listed as probable."

DB - Friday Transcripts: Marshall

DB - Friday Injury Report - Broncos vs Chiefs

LTC - Banged-up Broncos prep for replenished Chiefs - Brian Howell

DB - Discovering His Calling - Zach Eisendrath

CBS - Marshall's benching makes big-money deal in Denver even more unlikely - Lee Rasizer

NFL - More Marshall drama - Video
You'll NEVER guess what Dukes and Woodson have to say about this situation. Okay, just kidding. You know EXACTLY what they have to say.

DPP - Analysis: Offense will be a challenge vs. Chiefs - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Catching a lot of drama - Mike Klis

DPP - Benching "doesn't sit well" with Scheffler - Mike Klis

DPP - Briefs: Pro bowler remains mum on selection - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Q&A: Free agency and collective bargaining - Jeff Legwold

CSG - Broncos' McDaniels deactivates Marshall amid disagreement - Frank Schwab

CSG - McDaniels trying to send message - Frank Schwab

DPP - Invesco just isn't intimidating - Jim Armstrong

AP - McDaniels Benches Marshall For Sunday's Game - Arnie Stapleton

ESPN - Marshall's future in Denver gets cloudier - Bill Williamson

ESPN - Broncos' Marshall could help Seahawks - Mike Sando

AFC West News

KCS - Mr. Irrelevant has been Mr. Reliable for Chiefs - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs buzz | Broncos’ Marshall gets benched for Sunday’s game - Kent Babb
"Chiefs offensive lineman Andy Alleman (back) did not participate in Friday’s practice and will not play Sunday. Cornerback Brandon Flowers (shoulder) and defensive end Alex Magee (hamstring) were full participants and are listed as probable for Sunday."

SDUT - Dirty or not, Dielman an anchor on Bolts line - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Volek sure to get some rare playing time

SFC - Heyward-Bey unlikely to return for final game - David White

SFC - Winning feeling just a memory in Oakland - John Shea

OT - Raiders quarterbacks Gradkowski, Frye in line for pay raises in 2010 - Steve Corkran

NFL News

NFL - Friday Injury Reports

FH - FOX, Time Warner Announce Deal

NFL Opinion

SF - Analyzing The NFC Coaching Trees - Ted Bartlett

NYT - Pats and Colts Don’t Care What You Think - Toni Monkovic

PFW - Patriots' offensive line coming into form again - Eric Edholm

FH - Zebra Report: Intentional Grounding and More Mailbag - Matt Snyder

PFW - Did Haynesworth make Redskins any better? - Audibles

NFL - Young studs of today are the Pro Bowlers of tomorrow - Steve Wyche

NFL - Changing coaching staffs isn't as easy for teams as it once was - Jason La Canfora

Previews, Etc.

ESPN - Sunday Countdown: Your weekly NFL guide

SI - What to watch in Steelers-Dolphins - Ross Tucker

SI - Play-sit dilemmas abound in NFL; 10 things to watch this weekend - Peter King

FOX - Week 17 preview: Don't worry about rust - Kevin Hench

NFL - Eagles, Cowboys ready to battle for NFC East title Sunday in Dallas - Vic Carucci

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