Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks 12/21/10

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Broncos QB Tebow to start Sunday vs. Texans - The Denver Post
There will no guessing about the quarterback this week, no speculation about practice reps, no scrutinizing Kyle Orton's ribs.

Krieger: Next Broncos brass must concentrate on defense - The Denver Post
Fascinating and diverting as the Tim Tebow debate is, the next Broncos brain trust may not have the luxury of entertaining it.

Analysis: Broncos' defense faces major rebuilding project - The Denver Post
Their coach has already been fired. Quarterback Kyle Orton, once in hot pursuit of NFL history just a few weeks ago, spent Sunday sitting in the rain at Oakland, stocking cap on his head, and didn't play a down. The Broncos' once-cherished running game is a distant memory.

Broncos linebacker Alexander arrested for assault - The Denver Post
Former Broncos linebacker Kevin Alexander was arrested Monday when his girlfriend told Aurora police he grabbed, shoved and struck her in the face Sunday night after she accused him of being unfaithful, Aurora police said.

Another Tebow start won't be bad for Broncos business - The Denver Post
The last time the Broncos played a home game, there appeared to be at least 10,000 no-shows at Invesco Field at Mile High. Maybe 20,000. The Broncos can't argue with guesstimates, because for the first time in years, they didn't announce the actual attendance for their 36-33 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 28. The Broncos revealed only the number of tickets distributed: 72,736.

Broncos coach Studesville: Tebow to start at home against Texans - The Denver Post
For Christmas, interim coach Eric Studesville is giving Bronco fans another long look at Tim Tebow.

Analysis: Offense-oriented drafts haunting Broncos - The Denver Post
Things have gone so wrong on defense for the Broncos this season that defensive coordinator Don Martindale has lamented at times about the loss of Joe Mays to the team's defensive scheme.

NFL.com news: Lightning does strike twice
The first Miracle at the Meadowlands came in 1978 -- before Michael Vick was even born (more on that later) -- when I was a college student in my dorm room trying to recover from a Saturday night of partying and could not believe what I was seeing. The second miracle happened before my own eyes on Sunday, as I was on the field for the final five minutes of the Eagles' comeback win over the Giants, and much like in 1978, I did not believe what was happening.

NFL.com news: Playoff Picture 2010
While three more postseason berths were secured in Week 15, bringing the total to four (New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta), not a whole lot more got cleared up in the playoff races. With two weeks left, the Bears are the only division winner and there's room for movement. Should make for an exciting finish.

NFL.com news: Jets' Sanchez has MRI on shoulder, should be OK to face Bears
Coach Rex Ryan said the New York Jets quarterback had an MRI exam Monday on his right shoulder, which was "kind of sore" after it was banged up early in the team's 22-17 win Sunday. Ryan downplayed the MRI, saying it was strictly "precautionary," and Sanchez should be fine to play at Chicago next Sunday.

NFL.com news: Favre suffers concussion vs. Bears, not sure if he'll play again
Brett Favre talked his way back into the starting lineup, hoping a snowy Monday night game would be just the setting he needed.

Aaron Rodgers' status unclear for Week 16 game vs. Giants - NFL - SI.com
The status of quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains unclear, one day after the Green Bay Packers' tough loss at New England.

Mike Heimerdinger Fighting Cancer Day -- and Play -- at a Time -- NFL FanHouse
When you have lost six consecutive games, your team's season has featured internal and external turmoil, your offense is fraught and you are battling cancer, well, where do you look for answers? What is the proper approach? Mike Heimerdinger knows. A day at a time. A play at a time.

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin acted unprofessionally toward punter - Jerome Bettis - SI.com
Throughout the 2010 NFL season, SI.com's Nick Zaccardi will work with Jerome Bettis to get the six-time Pro Bowl running back's observations about the latest happenings in the league. Bettis retired from the NFL in 2006 after a 13-year career.

Seahawks' Pete Carroll: Matt Hasselbeck is still our No. 1 QB - NFL - SI.com
The Seahawks coach wanted to see how Matt Hasselbeck reacted in meetings to the blunt criticism of all the mistakes he's made recently. Then Carroll sat down with Hasselbeck to make certain he was in the right state mentally after having been booed off the field less than 24 hours earlier.

Favre lets down Packer backers again - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
He lay face down on the snowy turf, a 41-year-old legend in the closing stages of a career that lasted one season too long. In what might have been his final play, Brett Favre(notes), perhaps poetically, was at one with the frozen tundra, a metaphorical domain he once owned like no other.

Coughlin, Eli end Giants' mourning period - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Tom Coughlin is 64 years old. He’s a man of experience (15 seasons as an NFL head coach), accomplishment (a Super Bowl title) and wealth – none of which apparently matters when your team blows a 31-10 lead in the final eight minutes, potentially kicking away a division title and an easier playoff road that comes with it.

Redskins send out McNabb-heavy season-ticket letter at the wrong time - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
It was bad enough that Mike and Kyle Shanahan handled the benching of Donovan McNabb so poorly -- whether he's done or not, no veteran quarterback with multiple Pro Bowls and playoff berths should be jerked around as McNabb has been. But the real embarrassment for the Redskins organization is that the football and marketing arms don't seem to be communicating.

Chicago Bears' Devin Hester sets NFL record with 14th touchdown on return - ESPN Chicago
The Chicago Bears' Devin Hester finally set the NFL record for combined return touchdowns when he scored on a 64-yard punt return in the third quarter of a 40-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Terrell Owens of Cincinnati Bengals has knee surgery, out for season - ESPN
Terrell Owens decided to have knee surgery Monday, ending his revival season with the Cincinnati Bengals.

A source said Dallas Cowboys are considering putting quarterback Tony Romo on injured reserve - ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys are considering putting quarterback Tony Romo on injured reserve with two games left in the season, a source said Monday.

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