Horse Tracks - 8/20/10 - Broncos Extend Kyle Orton Through 2011

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Broncos sign QB Kyle Orton to a contract extension - The Denver Post
Whatever opinion coach Josh McDaniels may have held regarding Kyle Orton in April, Orton changed it.

How Kyle Orton's $8.8 million contract compares to NFL quarterbacks | All Things Broncos
While the $8.8 million salary Kyle Orton will receive in 2011 won’t make him the league’s highest-paid quarterback, he will make more than what Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Tony Romo and Jay Cutler are making this year.

Broncos sign Kyle Orton to 1-year, $8.8 million contract extension | All Things Broncos
The deal will give Orton three years, in the prime of his career, in Josh McDaniels’ offensive system. It will also help ease the pressure for rookie quarterback Tim Tebow, who could now get two years of developing under Orton and Brady Quinn, who is also signed through 2011.

Lions coach calls Broncos signing Jason Hunter a "tough guy'' | All Things Broncos
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had some kind things to say about Jason Hunter. The Lions had released Hunter Monday and he was signed Thursday by the Broncos.

Saving Tebow from self - The Denver Post
For a second consecutive day, while the Broncos were finishing up training camp Thursday, the rambunctious rookie quarterback was locked up inside the trainer's room, the wild stallion equivalent of the barn.

Mock 4-3 employed as a prep strategy - The Denver Post
As the Broncos held their final full practice of training camp Thursday morning, coaches found themselves trying to balance two objectives: Get the team better while still managing to prepare for preseason and regular-season opponents.

Moss still trying to get used to hand in a cast - The Denver Post
Jarvis Moss would rather not play with one hand behind his back. So he is trying to get used to playing with a protective cast on his fractured left hand. Moss, who returned to practice this week, isn't sure if he will play Saturday night against the Detroit Lions.

Analysis: Lions will test Broncos' young line - The Denver Post
If you are looking for some quality matchups to gauge the state of a rather important part of the Broncos' offensive plan this season, keep an eye on the line Saturday night.

Q&A: Reid's status just another question on defense - The Denver Post
I haven't heard or read anything about the status of Darrell Reid. Is he practicing? Is he expected to be full-go by the time (Ryan) Clady is, by Game 1? Do you think he could start, allowing (Mario) Haggan to possibly move back inside? What are your thoughts?

Source: Denver Broncos sign Kyle Orton to one-year, $9 million contract extension - ESPN
The arrivals of Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn were just what Kyle Orton needed to convince the Denver Broncos that he was their answer at quarterback all along.

What new deal means to Orton and Tebow - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Orton is no longer a lame-duck quarterback this season. All the credit goes to Orton, a career-long afterthought who was a throw in when the Broncos traded Jay Cutler to Chicago last year. He played very well and was an early-season NFL MVP candidate before suffering an ankle season. The injury essentially derailed Denver’s season after it started 6-0.

NFL.com news: Bruising rookie QB Tebow misses another Broncos practice
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels isn't saying whether Tebow will be in or out when the Detroit Lions visit Invesco Field, but he's adamant that the first-round draft pick doesn't have to abandon his reckless abandon.

Source: Broncos signing Worrell Williams, D.J. Williams' brother | National Football Post
The Denver Broncos are in the process of signing free agent linebacker Worrell Williams, standout linebacker D.J. Williams' brother, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.

Broncos sign Kyle Orton to one-year contract extension | National Football Post
The Denver Broncos signed quarterback Kyle Orton to a one-year contract extension that will pay him roughly $9 million in 2011, a league source confirmed.

Minnesota Vikings' Percy Harvin resting at hospital after collapsing at practice - ESPN
Percy Harvin experienced the scariest episode yet in a career plagued by migraine headaches when he collapsed at Minnesota Vikings' practice Thursday and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

New York Giants sign ex-Pro Bowl OL Shawn Andrews, cut Cliff Louis - ESPN New York
The New York Giants have signed three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Shawn Andrews.

NFL upholds Brian Cushing's four-game suspension - ESPN
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing had his four-game suspension for taking a performance-enhancing drug upheld by the NFL on Thursday, which means he won't be eligible to play until October.

New England Patriots' Wes Welker plays in his first game since injuring knee in January - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker suited up for Thursday night's 28-10 preseason victory against the Atlanta Falcons and played for the first time since injuring his knee in January.

Mike Shanahan: Headache sidelining Albert Haynesworth - ESPN
The story keeps changing, but one thing remains the same about the Washington Redskins defensive tackle: He still isn't practicing.

Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets is well-positioned to succeed in 2010 - ESPN
Like Brett Favre, I skipped Mankato, Minn., and Vikings training camp. Seeing the Vikings without Favre wouldn't have been worth the travel investment.

Mike Tomlin won't say if Ben Roethlisberger will start vs. New York Giants - ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers are keeping their starting quarterback a secret. Again.

NFL Game Center: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills - 2010 Preseason Week 2
Chan Gailey described his first win as Buffalo Bills head coach as an important step for his team.

NFL.com news: Dungy accepts Ryan's offer to take in Jets practice after talk
Rex Ryan smoothed things over with Tony Dungy.

NFL.com news: Raiders QB Frye lands on season-ending injured reserve
The Oakland Raiders placed backup quarterback Charlie Frye on injured reserve Thursday with a right wrist issue.

Preseason tip sheet | National Football Post
On Fridays throughout the regular season, I will post my weekly tip sheet: personnel, schemes, matchups and what to look for on Sundays. For today, we check out some of the preseason action over the weekend and review some of my game notes from last night’s Pats-Falcons matchup in Atlanta.

Raiders sign Eric Butler | National Football Post
The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent tight end Jason Butler.

Bills excited about C.J. Spiller | National Football Post
Buffalo Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller put on a show, accelerating away from the Indianapolis Colts' defense with an explosive 31-yard touchdown run.

Chargers' secondary doesn't miss Cromartie | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers don't miss cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was traded to the New York Jets this offseason.

Ravens getting healthier at cornerback | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens’ hard luck at cornerback is beginning to change.

Blackout lifted for Chargers-Cowboys game | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers have avoided a local television blackout for Saturday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Stafford gives Lions rare commodity: hope - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Matthew Stafford(notes) was flat on his back, surrounded on the sideline by the Detroit Lions’ medical staff. This was last November, the Lions with just one win on the season and down six to the Cleveland Browns. There was no time on the clock, but still one chance: The Browns had been called for end-zone interference on a Stafford mini-Hail Mary that the quarterback had released just before getting blasted.


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