Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/14/10

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Orton to start at QB for Broncos at Oakland - The Denver Post
Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville said Monday that Kyle Orton will be the team's starting quarterback Sunday at Oakland, news that will likely break the hearts of Tebow fans near and far clamoring to see just what the rookie can do.

Broncos Mailbag: Kick Tebow's tires already - The Denver Post
Hi, Mike. Do you think the Broncos will start Tim Tebow next week? Personally, that would be the only draw for me to watch the game. Kyle Orton throws for 1,000 yards, don't care! Orton throws 27 touchdowns, don't care! No offense to Orton, who has had a good year as far as stats, but we are 3-10, don't care! If we can't see what Tim Tebow can do, don't care, won't watch! -- Rick White, Parachute

Krieger: Broncos' structure bigger than Studesville, Elway - The Denver Post
You can't help but feel for Eric Studesville as he stands there taking questions about one of the NFL's worst teams as if it's his fault.

Broncos cornerback Cox says little about arrest - The Denver Post
"I really can't speak on what was going on," Cox said after the team's conditioning workout. "It happened, and hopefully it will be over soon."

Analysis: Play Tebow now? Better consider what has happened to Clausen - The Denver Post
Many, or perhaps most, in Broncos Nation want Tim Tebow to get plenty of playing time during the team's last three games of the season. They want to see the rookie quarterback from Florida start one, two or all three of those remaining games, depending on their mood and the score of the Broncos' last outing.

Broncos unhappily finding out how other half lives (and dies) - The Denver Post
Thirteen of the Broncos' 14 best seasons have come in the 27 years Pat Bowlen has owned the team.

Ravens deflate Houston's Texas-sized rally - The Denver Post
Josh Wilson intercepted Matt Schaub's pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown in overtime, lifting the Ravens to a 34-28 win over the Texans on Monday night.

Brett Favre inactive, streak ends at 297 - The Denver Post
After 297 consecutive regular-season starts over 19 years, one of the greatest individual streaks in all of sports, Favre ran into an injury he couldn't beat and sat down Monday night. The 41-year-old quarterback, who fought through broken bones, aches, pains and personal grief to play week after week, couldn't make it for the Vikings in their 21-3 loss to the New York Giants.

Tim Tebow says Raiders' 'Black Hole doesn't scare me' | All Things Broncos
"In college, times like that, I always enjoyed playing on the road just as much in hostile environments, so that wouldn’t be a distraction for me," Tebow said.

New York Jets coach sorry for trip, suspended for season - ESPN New York
Four hours after fighting back tears at a news conference, New York Jets strength coach Sal Alosi was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season and fined an additional $25,000 by the team for tripping Miami Dolphins player Nolan Carroll Sunday on the Jets' sideline.

Dallas Cowboys' Tashard Choice gets Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick autograph following loss - ESPN Dallas
"That's probably the first time that's ever happened to me," Vick said of an opposing player's request after a game. "But [Choice] is a great guy. It doesn't surprise me."

Inspectors examine damaged Metrodome; repair plan due Tuesday, report says - ESPN
Crews began inspecting the Metrodome on Monday, but an executive from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which oversees the storm-damaged facility, told the Chicago Tribune that a plan for the stadium won't be decided until Tuesday afternoon.

Aaron Rodgers status for Green Bay Packers' vs. New England Patriots unclear - ESPN
Even with Green Bay's playoff hopes in jeopardy, coach Mike McCarthy insists the team will err on the side of caution when evaluating Aaron Rodgers' second concussion of the season.

Rex Ryan gives Jets QB Mark Sanchez vote of confidence - ESPN New York
A day after he considered benching Mark Sanchez, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan gave his struggling second-year quarterback a vote of confidence -- with a caveat.

Reported concussions up 21 percent from 2009 - ESPN
With a late-season game on the line, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers exits with a concussion and doesn't return. Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson sit out games altogether because of head injuries.

Brett Favre's limp to the finish line - NFC North Blog - ESPN
I looked carefully and waited patiently Monday night as Brett Favre addressed his first "DNP" in 19 years. His camouflage hat pulled low over his forehead, I assumed it was only a matter of time before the blubbering began.

NFL.com news: Jets, Packers have issues that make reaching playoffs a struggle
From "Hard Knocks" to little resistance. The New York Jets are on the verge of falling out of the playoff hunt and dredging up memories of two seasons ago, when rented ringer Brett Favre built things up for a painful crash over the final five games that left them out of the postseason. Except this time, it's fresh-armed, but inconsistent, Mark Sanchez leading the slide.

NFL.com news: Pats' ability to adapt to elements, opponent makes them the best
There's a saying: Never confuse hope for a plan. It's one of my favorites. And with the weather changing in most NFL cities, hoping teams can deal with the elements is not the best course of action. Having a plan is essential, but not every team has one for weather.

NFL.com news: Packers, Chiefs take step back with poor backup plans
As usual, NFL football didn't disappoint when it came to twists and turns in Week 14. One team broke a long losing streak with a gutsy performance. A rookie quarterback from a 1-AA school led his team to a victory while other backups caused an immediate collapse for their respective teams. Tough weather conditions have officially become a factor in the season -- having no impact on one team yet frustrating many others. After two teams found success with interim coaches, it finally looked like firing a head coach in season was a bad idea. The halftime adjustments of one team were very impressive; another team is running its way to the playoffs.

NFL.com news: Cardinals will stay with rookie Skelton at quarterback
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said rookie John Skelton will remain the starting quarterback after the Cardinals ended their seven-game losing streak with a 43-13 victory over Denver on Sunday.

DeSean Jackson shames Eagles, NFL with me-first move - Jerome Bettis - SI.com
DeSean Jackson put up 210 yards and scored, but I'm still disappointed in him. When you see antics like Sunday night's backwards touchdown dive, it makes Jackson look like a me-first player. Jackson said after the game that it will never happen again, and I really hope that's true because he's building a history of knucklehead moves. He needs to understand that his actions can result in negative consequences for not only him, but also his team and the perception of the league. I'm not just talking about penalty yards here.

Bucs' Geno Hayes arrested during incident at nightclub - NFL - SI.com
Tampa Bay linebacker Geno Hayes has been released on bond after being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing during an incident at a nightclub.

NFL, Premier League players real men for wearing short sleeves - Steve Rushin - SI.com
What makes a man a real man? The short answer is short sleeves, to judge by Monday night's Jets-Patriots game, in which most of the players left their arms exposed to the 17-degree windchill, even though some -- like quarterbacks Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez -- concealed balaclavas beneath their helmets.

DeSean Jackson's big night; Spygate effect; Sal Alosi punishment - Peter King - SI.com
Funny how quickly things change in the NFL. On Saturday afternoon, I thought this would be a big week for coaching news and Brett Favre will-he-or-won't-he, and maybe the Favre/Sterger story. On Sunday afternoon, it was all weather and dome collapse, all the time. By this morning, I'm marveling over Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson. Those are two guys I'd pay to see.

Patriots' biggest threat: Ray Lewis' Ravens - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When something has been so good for so long, those of us who follow pro football tend to have a hyperawareness toward perceived proof of impending demise. On Monday night, there was an eerie coalescence of two such end-of-an-era-tinged stories: The cessation of Brett Favre’s(notes) incredible consecutive-starts streak at 297 games, and the collapse of the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive aura, which is to say Ray Lewis’(notes) relentless and maniacal mystique.

Payton: News 'good' on Saints' Courtney Roby - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Saints coach Sean Payton says kickoff returner Courtney Roby(notes) appears to have no long-term damage and should be released from the hospital on Monday.

Are the Jets in trouble? | National Football Post
The Jets have issues right now from an offensive perspective. We saw that in the 45-3 loss to the Patriots last Monday night and again on Sunday in the 10-6 loss to the Dolphins. They look stale and it starts with Mark Sanchez.

Brett sits: a reaction | National Football Post
Yes, I’m surprised. I was in Green Bay with him for nine years and had a front seat for 144 of those regular season games. I saw him play through a myriad of injuries. He played through injury; he played through personal tragedy. He played; he always played.

Redskins place LaRon Landry on injured reserve | National Football Post
LaRon Landry’s season came to an end today when the Washington Redskins placed in on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury.

Chargers granted 24-hour extension to avoid blackout | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers were granted a 24-hour extension from the NFL to try to avoid a blackout for Thursday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium.

'Inactive' and Favre don't jibe
This was not the way Brett Favre's starting streak of 297 games should have ended — not with his name listed on a sheet of paper designating him as "inactive."

Rex Ryan needs to rein himself in - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
As a member of the media, I like Rex Ryan as much as everyone else. The Jets coach is funny. He’s quotable. He’s must-see TV. He’s a reporter’s dream.

Mike Pereira: Top officiating rulings from Giants-Vikings game - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Not only did Monday night prove to be historic when Brett Favre's record-setting streak of consecutive starts ended, but it also proved to be unusual, as a winter storm in Minnesota caused the collapse of the Metrodome roof, forcing the New York Giants-Minnesota game to be played in Detroit on Monday night.

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