Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 11/3/10

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Broncos Mailbag: Team is "far away" from competing - The Denver Post
How far away do you think the Broncos are to really competing? I really thought they were close a few weeks ago when they matched up well against the Jets, but the last two weeks show me they are far away and may need to rethink some of the players they have. Both O- and D-lines are horrible, and Knowshon Moreno is not an every-down back who can carry the load. What do you think they will do the rest of the year to prepare for next year? Can we be a contender for the playoffs next year? Thanks. -- Wayne, Ohio

Kiszla: Merriman isn't old and tired - The Denver Post
So what harm could it do for the Broncos to take a long, hard look at picking up linebacker Shawne Merriman, who is on the rebound after being dumped by San Diego?

Device for D-linemen "my baby" - The Denver Post
When Wayne Nunnely's knees sent waves of pain rocketing up his legs and through his body, an idea was born. One that can now be found on peewee, middle school, high school, college and NFL practice fields from coast to coast.

Q&A: Dumervil doing well in rehab work - The Denver Post
Q: How is injured pass rusher Elvis Dumervil doing? Did he make the trip to London with the team?

Warner: Cutler struggling in Martz's system - The Denver Post
The way he's getting battered around, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler could probably use some survival tips.

International Broncos fans keep the faith - The Denver Post
It's not easy being a Broncos fan these days, what with the team losing 14 of its last 18 games and the word "playoffs" conjuring up images of Jim Mora's classic rant.

Broncos dismissed for vacation | All Things Broncos
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels informed players Tuesday they are free for the week. The mid-season vacation started a day or two earlier than most players get during their bye week.

NFL.com news: Moss officially placed on waivers; misbehavior led to release
The Minnesota Vikings officially placed disgruntled wide receiver Randy Moss on waivers Tuesday afternoon, NFL Network insider Jason LaCanfora confirmed.

NFL.com news: Redskins' McNabb says physically he was fine to finish game
On Day 3 of the Washington Redskins' attempt to explain the benching of Donovan McNabb, the head coach's son gave it a try. He was doing a decent job -- until he threw in a new wrinkle that only added to the confusion.

NFL.com news: T.O. on 'T.Ocho': 'Rumors' of McNabb 2-minute troubles in Philly
The Bengals receiver said on his reality show Tuesday night that he understands Washington's decision to pull McNabb in the closing minutes of the Redskins' 37-25 loss Sunday to the Detroit Lions.

NFL.com news: Mankins reports to Patriots after sitting out first seven games
Two-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins reported Tuesday to the New England Patriots, ending a long holdout from the team that has the NFL's best record without him.

NFL.com news: Browns president Holmgren says he would consider coaching again
Still adjusting to his new football life following a storied NFL coaching career, Holmgren, in his first year as Cleveland's president, hinted Tuesday that he would consider a return to the sideline but promised he will not interfere with coach Eric Mangini in picking the Browns' starting quarterback.

NFL.com news: No replay feed influenced Steelers' failure to challenge TD call
The Steelers apparently didn't challenge a possible touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall against the Saints on Sunday night because their assistant coaches stationed in the press box couldn't see the same replays that were viewed by the millions of fans watching on TV.

NFL.com news: Merriman released by Chargers; WR Davis lands on IR
The San Diego Chargers waived three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman after he passed an exit physical Tuesday, the team announced.

NFL.com news: Shanahan's reasoning for McNabb benching makes no sense
Can you imagine Bill Belichick sitting Tom Brady with the game on the line?

NFL.com news: Dungy's influence still evident, but Manning keeps Colts rolling
Tony Dungy watched it all unfold like a proud papa.

NFL.com news: Owners to discuss adding second game in Britain
Fresh off a fourth consecutive sellout at Wembley Stadium, the NFL vice president of international business is optimistic the league will be playing multiple regular-season games in Britain.

New York Giants' Shaun O'Hara likely out vs. Seattle, hopes to miss no more games - ESPN New York
frustrated Shaun O'Hara will likely not play this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, but the Giants starting center is hoping he won't have to miss many more games.

San Francisco 49ers center Eric Heitmann put on injured reserve - ESPN
Longtime San Francisco 49ers center Eric Heitmann was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, clearing roster room for the addition of new linebacker Thaddeus Gibson.

NFL Power Rankings Week 9 - National Football League - ESPN
His New England Patriots are atop ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings for the first time since the 2008 Week 1 edition. When the Patriots last wore the coveted Power Rankings crown, Brady suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for the rest of that season.

Election Day: Heath Shuler, Jon Runyan, Alan Page winners - ESPN
Republican Jon Runyan, a former Philadelphia Eagles lineman who spent 14 years in the NFL, defeated Democrat John Adler in a tight U.S. House race in New Jersey. Republican Jason Chaffetz, who once kicked 10 extra points in a game for BYU, was re-elected to Congress from Utah.

Time for Shanahan to speak up on McNabb | National Football Post
If Mike Shanahan doesn’t want Donovan McNabb to quarterback his football team, then go ahead make that call. That’s the power of being a head coach in the NFL. You get paid big money to decide the fate of your own players.

QB's still drive the bus on Sundays | National Football Post
- Peyton Manning will be the game's highest-paid player soon and Monday night that status was obvious. Yes, he outworks many, yes he is as prepared as any player ever, ya da, ya da, ya da. He makes playing NFL QB look absurdly easy and that home crowd in Indy acts like they're watching golf for half the game. Question for those covering Manning, including myself, "could we explain what he does without sounding like he's curing a deadly disease or managing World Peace?" Come on guys, he's only playing football.

Source: NFL reinstates Hollis Thomas, Ryan Tucker | National Football Post
The NFL has reinstated several players from the suspended list, including veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas and veteran offensive lineman Ryan Tucker, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

A week before he was cut, Moss exclaimed 'I'm one and done' | National Football Post
As the stories pile up about Randy Moss’ brief four-game return to the Minnesota Vikings, the one that ended when he was officially placed on waivers by the team today, it becomes evident that no one could have been surprised it ended abruptly.

Holmgren holds court | National Football Post
Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren made several points during a wide-ranging news conference today.

JaMarcus Russell works out for Redskins - NFL - SI.com
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell worked out with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, just three days after Donovan McNabb was benched in the closing minutes of a loss to Detroit.

Randy Moss trade blows up in face of Brad Childress, Vikings - Don Banks - SI.com
Now that Randy Moss has twice taken to a podium in Gillette Stadium this season and essentially shot his way out of town with his mouth, maybe we're starting to realize why the ex-Patriots, ex-Vikings receiver isn't always eager to talk to the media in the first place. Moss talks, and then he walks.

Redskins have long-term concerns about Donovan McNabb - Peter King - SI.com
I think the Redskins have long-term questions about Donovan McNabb's work ethic, mechanics, footwork and ability to play well in the clutch. That's why coach Mike Shanahan has spent the past few days explaining and re-explaining why he pulled McNabb from the final minutes of Sunday's game against Detroit, with the outcome still very much in doubt.


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