Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/17/10

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Tim Tebow has a positive outlook, but the Denver Broncos organization is in trouble - ESPN
We have two Elway's steak houses and one Shanahan's, yet the glory days of those men are 11 years gone now. We drown our sorrows in the green chile of Mark (Stink) Schlereth, departed now 10 years. The wind whistles down the empty seats at Mile Low Stadium.

This year's Broncos rank among worst in franchise history - The Denver Post
When the entire Josh McDaniels era, on and off the field, is put into context, it's not a stretch to argue that if they're not the worst team in franchise history, today's Broncos team has gone lower than any previous lowest point.

Orton's ribs still sore, so Broncos QB Tebow takes most of reps with first team - The Denver Post
With Kyle Orton's ribs sore enough to keep the veteran out of practice once again Thursday, it was rookie Tim Tebow taking most of the work with the starting offense for the second consecutive day.

Broncos WR Lloyd expects battle against Asomugha - The Denver Post
The past two Broncos' opponents have turned down the wattage on wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's career season.

Analysis: Broncos' Martindale defends his defenders, although the numbers are frightening - The Denver Post
Facing a pile of troubling numbers — the Broncos' defense is on pace to surrender at least 400 points for the third time in the last four seasons — and a pile of injuries in his depth chart, Broncos defensive coordinator Don Martindale played a little offense in support of his guys Wednesday.

Q&A: Moreno's image suffers in comparison with Hillis - The Denver Post
Q: I was just wondering if most people in Denver think (Knowshon) Moreno is a bust and, do they even like the dude?

Broncos still plan on starting Orton, not Tebow, vs. Raiders - The Denver Post
If Tim Tebow is going to start his first game at quarterback for the Broncos this Sunday at Oakland, don't expect any announcement to come from the team until game time.

Players should just say no to the NFL's 18-game schedule - The Denver Post
For the long-term good of the game and the welfare of the players, stop the NFL's proposed 18-game schedule in its tracks.

Weeks passed before rape was reported in Bronco's case - The Denver Post
An alleged sexual assault that led to charges against Broncos player Perrish Cox happened around Labor Day, Sept. 6, then was reported to police almost eight weeks later

What should the Denver Broncos do about Brandon Lloyd? | All Things Broncos
After leading the NFL in receiving yards for most of the season, Brandon Lloyd has caught only five total passes for 63 total yards, and no touchdowns, in the Broncos last two games.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings game set for University of Minnesota as Metrodome roof keeps falling - ESPN
On the same day the NFL said it's moving forward with plans to play Monday night's Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears game at the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium, a fourth roof panel collapsed at the Metrodome.

Brett Favre committed to finishing season with Minnesota Vikings - ESPN
Brett Favre sounds like a quarterback who's thrown his last pass, at peace with the way his storied career could end on a blindside hit that slammed him to the turf and ended his all-time record durability streak.

Kansas City Chiefs' Matt Cassel limited in practice, status vs. St. Louis Rams uncertain - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was limited in practice Thursday and his availability for Sunday's game at St. Louis remained unclear.

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo becomes engaged to TV sports reporter Candice Crawford - ESPN Dallas
KDAF-TV in Dallas reported that Romo got engaged to girlfriend Candice Crawford. Crawford, a former Miss Missouri, works as a sports reporter at the television station.

Wrap-up: Chargers 34, 49ers 7 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the Chargers' 34-7 victory over the 49ers on Thursday night in San Diego:

Vikings sign Patrick Ramsey, put Tarvaris Jackson on IR - NFL - SI.com
Brett Favre says he's committed to finishing the season with the Minnesota Vikings - even if he can't play.

Playoff-hungry Chargers resembled NFL's best team -- for one night - Ann Killion - SI.com
Thursday night's game really should have been re-titled "Monty Python Tribute" night. Because they're not dead yet. Neither one of them.

NFL.com news: Report: Steelers' Polamalu likely to miss Jets tilt with leg injury
Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu, who missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a lower-leg injury aggravated in last Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals, is not expected to play Sunday against the New York Jets (9-4), according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

NFL.com news: Packers WR Driver was 'very concerned' about Rodgers' health
Donald Driver saw it in Aaron Rodgers' eyes: The quarterback wasn't quite right after taking hard hits on back-to-back plays, but he still wanted to go back in the game.

NFL.com news: NFL reiterates sideline rules, restrictions in memo sent to teams
In response to a New York Jets staff member tripping a Miami Dolphins player along the sideline during a game, the NFL on Thursday issued a memo to all teams reminding them of longstanding rules regarding bench area borders and restrictions.

NFL.com news: Playoff Picture 2010
Five division leaders can clinch playoff berths in Week 15, and the Patriots (the NFL's only team to secure a playoff berth so far) and Steelers can secure first-round byes in the AFC. Pittsburgh and Jacksonville in the AFC, Atlanta, Chicago and the Giants in the NFC all are in position to earn postseason spots. Three division runners-up also have shots at securing playoff berths this weekend.

NFL.com news: Struggling Jets must throw early to get ground game going
It's funny how quickly things change in the NFL.

NFL.com news: LeBeau-Polamalu duo makes Steel Curtain a dominant force
He's at it again. Dick LeBeau's defense is back at the top of the charts, and the 73-year-old Steelers defensive coordinator is proving what he said at his Hall of Fame induction speech in August: "Age is just a number."

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Four Downs: Patient Jaguars can win in Indy "
Here’s a look at four items from my film notes of Week 14:

NFL players with the most to lose in a lockout - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
With their collective bargaining agreement set to expire in March, the National Football League’s players and team owners are headed for a labor war. The players are demanding a bigger piece of the league’s $8 billion revenue pie while the owners want to maintain their current share.

RB Ivory goes from nowhere to New Orleans - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The player who is the best story in the NFL this year – bursting from nowhere to the New Orleans Saints – moves with a fury that borders on desperation. His legs whirl. His arms whip. His head bounces. There is nothing easy or graceful in the way he goes. Every step comes violent and hungry as if stopping means he will lose everything that’s happened almost as fast as it came.

Vick says he would like a pet dog, renewing debate - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Michael Vick(notes) is barred from owning a dog for a year and a half, but the star quarterback’s comment that he’d like to bring one into his house generated renewed outrage—and support.

Picture perfect end brewing this season - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
A year ago, it was all about perfection. Heading into the third-to-last week of the 2009 regular season, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts were 13-0 teams on a Super Bowl collision course, and everybody had an opinion about whether they should rest their starters or make a run at history.


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