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NFL Game Center: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos - 2010 Week 3
Broncos QB Kyle Orton is quietly having a great start to the season, but Peyton Manning could be primed to shred Denver's secondary.

Orton can see he's in fans' favor - The Denver Post
In the south end zone at Invesco Field at Mile High, a sign read: "#8 is Great!"

Paige: We must learn from McKinley's death - The Denver Post
Colorado, which typically has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, had a record 940 deaths by suicide last year. — The Denver Post, Sept. 12, 2010

Colts are coming, so the attention shifts to football - The Denver Post
With Kenny McKinley's locker still as it was when he died Monday, the Broncos went about the business of football Wednesday.

Woody's Mailbag: Broncos have fallen off national radar - The Denver Post
I am a Broncos fan who lives near Boston. I listen to a lot of sports radio on my commute to work. This morning there was talk about the Laurence Maroney trade. The morning crew referred to the Broncos organization as a joke. They claim that Josh McDaniels likes anything that Bill Belichick ever got his hands on. They picked on Josh for wearing the hoodie, for signing Jarvis Green to guaranteed money and then cutting him, for moving up and drafting Tim Tebow and for (the Maroney) trade. They even went so far as to blast the organization for picking up Chad Jackson in 2008 at one point (although I don't believe that McDaniels was there yet). It made me sick to my stomach to listen to, as does most Patriots talk. But it got me thinking. Is this the perception of the Broncos organization across the country, and are those thoughts starting to creep into Denver? I like the direction that Josh is taking the team, but I think he just needs some time, which is often a luxury teams can't afford in the win-now NFL. What are your thoughts?

Players can get plenty of help - The Denver Post
They may be bigger, stronger and faster than most, may perform their jobs in front of thousands of people, but in the wake of wide receiver Kenny McKinley's suicide Monday, the Broncos say they often find themselves facing the same emotional and personal issues as do the fans watching them.

Analysis: Colts' Manning is too cool to fool - The Denver Post
Besides the coaches in the AFC South, who find themselves smashing their heads on a desk twice a season, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has faced the Colts' Peyton Manning more than most.

Q&A: NFL debut for Broncos rookie Demaryius Thomas was dandy - The Denver Post
Q: In this young season, who is the Broncos' No. 1 receiver from a fantasy football perspective, Eddie Royal or rookie Demaryius Thomas? I have picked up Royal after a solid two weeks, but I also noticed that Thomas had a big game in Week 2.

Rehashing the Broncos decision: Kyle Orton or Jason Campbell? | All Things Broncos
Remember when Jay Cutler left the Broncos no choice but to trade him in April, 2009? The options came down to two: The Washington Redskins, who were offering two, first-round draft picks and their starting quarterback Jason Campbell; and the Chicago Bears, who offered two first-round draft picks and starting quarterback Kyle Orton.

Harris, Kuper return, but Bailey and Goodman out | All Things Broncos
Three previously injured players returned Wednesday for the first day of practice in preparation for the game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts _ starting right tackle Ryan Harris (ankle), starting right guard Chris Kuper (knee) and backup safety Darcel McBath (forearm).

San Diego Chargers reject several offers for Vincent Jackson, sources say - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers have rejected several trade offers for wide receiver Vincent Jackson, letting the Wednesday deadline to trade him pass without making a deal.

Rex Ryan rules out injured New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis vs. Miami Dolphins - ESPN New York
Darrelle Revis will miss Sunday's game at Miami after aggravating an injured left hamstring last week in a win over the Patriots.

Braylon Edwards returns to New York Jets practice - ESPN New York
Sensitive to the perception that Braylon Edwards is getting away with a light punishment for his drunken-driving arrest, the New York Jets shifted into damage control Wednesday, suggesting they're handcuffed by the collective bargaining agreement with the players' union.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely for violating drug policy - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Philadelphia Eagles hear from several teams about Kevin Kolb, source says - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles have received numerous calls about the availability of quarterback Kevin Kolb from several teams, according to a senior team official.

Charlie Batch to start for Pittsburgh Steelers against Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPN
The forgotten quarterback is now the Pittsburgh Steelers' starter.

Sources: Dennis Dixon of Pittsburgh Steelers out up to 6 weeks after surgery - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon underwent arthroscopic surgery on the lateral meniscus of his left knee Wednesday, and his recovery time is expected to be close to six weeks, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan tells his players to stop embarrassing the franchise - ESPN New York
Humiliated by the recent conduct of his team, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan scolded his players in a Wednesday morning meeting, telling them it's time to end the frat-house behavior.

Quick to Vick: | National Football Post
As the football world debates the Eagles decision to put their designated future (Kevin Kolb) on indefinite hold and try to recreate the past with Michael Vick, let’s look at it from a couple different vantage points.

Ryan Mathews didn't practice | National Football Post
San Diego Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews has a high right ankle sprain and didn't practice today.

QB carousel in full swing around the NFL | National Football Post
Even before Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid announced that Michael Vick would start at QB over Kevin Kolb on Sunday, we have seen plenty of quick moves at the quarterback position around the league. Let’s take some time today to break down the QB situations in Carolina, Buffalo and Oakland—where three new starters step under center this Sunday.

Derrick Mason says media silence isn't permanent | National Football Post
Hours after saying that he won't conduct interviews for the remainder of the season, veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason said his media silence isn't permanent.

James Harrison fined $5,000 for hit on Vince Young | National Football Post
The NFL has reviewed hard-hitting Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jerome Harrison's body slam of Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, and the verdict is in.

Keith Bulluck says Titans never made an offer | National Football Post
New York Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck made it abundantly clear that he felt unwanted by the Tennessee Titans as a free agent this offseason.

Cowboys licking their wounds following loss to Bears | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears would have you believe they knocked some intimidation into the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Bills vote in favor of decertification, bracing for lockout | National Football Post
The Buffalo Bills' players have become the seventh team to vote in favor of decertification if a collective bargaining agreement can't be brokered between the NFL Players Association and NFL owners.

Addai, Brackett sidelined for Colts | National Football Post
Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai and middle linebacker Gary Brackett didn't practice today due to knee and back injuries, respectively.

No more Mike Singletary interviews for Dennis O'Donnell | National Football Post
The station pulled an interview O’Donnell did with the 49ers coach from its Web site last week after the coach grew heated at different points. O’Donnell will be replaced by Kim Coyle, according to Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News.

NFL.com news: Holdout Jackson: Chargers' failure to trade me 'feels unethical'
Neil Schwartz, the agent for Vincent Jackson, said he had a contract with a new team essentially written up, but the San Diego Chargers' insistence on heavy trade compensation for the Pro Bowl wide receiver nixed the deal before Wednesday's deadline.

NFL.com news: Gradkowski wrests Raiders' starting QB job from Campbell
Five months after acquiring Jason Campbell to be their starting quarterback, the Oakland Raiders benched him in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, beginning with this week's game at Arizona.

NFL.com news: Veteran WR Evans backs Bills' decision to start QB Fitzpatrick
No fan of in-season quarterback shuffles, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans wasn't in a position to dispute the team's latest decision to go with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Saints not as feared without Bush "
The loss of Reggie Bush is a big deal for the Saints. The multi-dimensional Bush represents coach Sean Payton’s biggest chess piece on offense.

NFL.com news: Newman-Johnson one of Week 3's key matchups
This is a battle for turf in Texas and is important for marketing. These two teams split their first two meetings. A loss here would inflict serious damage on a Cowboys team that has Super Bowl expectations. As for the Texans, they need to win to show their fans this team is for real, and it helps their credibility within the state.

NFL.com news: Icing kickers with timeouts a cold reality likely here to stay
When Gary Kubiak called a timeout a split-second before Redskins kicker Graham Gano booted what would have been a winning field goal, the Texans coach ignited one of the most passionate issues in the league -- icing the kicker. It worked because when Gano went back for a second try, his kick sailed wide right.

NFL.com news: QB controversies aside, goal is to put team in best spot to win
It's Week 3, so naturally quarterback controversies are front and center. Four coaches in particular are dealing with the fallout from such controversies.

NFL.com news: When it comes to defensive success, big plays tell the tale
On Sunday night, Mario Manningham caught a beautifully arced pass at the 22-yard line, spun out of a desperate tackle attempt and put the Giants on the board with their first touchdown. It was Colts 24, Giants 7. Yippee for the G-Men.

Ryan scrambling to bring order in Jets carnival - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Rex Ryan was furious. For all the foolishness, the vows of winning the Super Bowl and the urge to forever snack, the New York Jets coach can bring the fury. And on Wednesday morning as he stood before his team, two of the players would later say he was as angry as they had ever seen.

Agent: Deals were in place, but no Jackson trade - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Archie Manning had it right about this organization," Schwartz said."Multiple teams have told me that they can’t get a deal done with A.J. and some of the teams have referred to A.J. as ‘The Lord of No Rings,’ " Schwartz said. "That’s how they characterized him."

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