Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/17/11

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NFL players must decide how long to keep battling - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The bad news is all there on Page 11, clear as can be for NFL players to read. It’s the most depressing page of the most depressing ruling on the most depressing day of their two-month labor dispute with the league.

NFL owners submit new CBA proposal to players as mediation resumes - ESPN
The sides wrapped an eight-hour session Monday night in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan that included a new proposal from the owners and a belief that progress is being made in the lengthy labor standoff that threatens a $9 billion business.

NFL: 'It is now time to devote all of our energy to reaching a comprehensive agreement' | National Football Post
"It is now time to devote all of our energy to reaching a comprehensive agreement that will improve the game for the benefit of current and retired players, teams, and, most importantly, the fans," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "This litigation has taken the parties away from the negotiating table where these issues should be resolved. We remain confident that the appellate court will determine that this is a labor dispute that should be governed by federal labor law. But the league and players, without further delay, should control their own destiny and decide the future of the NFL together through negotiation."

DeMaurice Smith: 'It's a disappointment obviously' | National Football Post
Rendered a major courtroom setback Monday that hints at a potential pending loss on appeal in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith expressed disappointment after the league was granted a motion for a stay that keeps the lockout in place.

NFLPA: 'The players are working to try to save the season' | National Football Post
"The NFL's request for a stay of the lockout that was granted today means no football. The players are in mediation and are working to try to save the 2011 season. The court will hear the full appeal on June 3."

Jim Irsay: 'Jeff Saturday and I could get this thing done on cocktail napkins' | National Football Post
"Jeff Saturday and I could get this thing done,on cocktail napkins,over a long lunch at Rick's Boatyard," Irsay wrote on his Twitter account today. "it's not that hard! Everyone's so damn serious,suits,briefcases,lawyers! Let's put on jeans n golf clothes,players/owners remembering we're friends,hang a little."

What is really being lost in the NFL lockout? | National Football Post
The player organized workouts we are reading about around the league? Definitely something I would attend if I was still playing in the NFL, but let’s be honest here—they aren’t the answer. And after the owners were granted a permanent stay on the lockout Monday evening (with June 3rd being the next step is this ongoing process), let’s discuss how the labor battle is really hurting the game.

Court's ruling benefits owners - The Denver Post
The NFL's lockout stays, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. That means the league likely won't get back to business until next month and maybe longer.

Broncos' Cox pleads not guilty, trial set for October - The Denver Post
Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox pleaded not guilty this morning and trial in his sexual assault case was set for October 18.

Broncos' Dawkins embodies leadership - The Denver Post
When the Broncos finished their draft April 30 and not one but two safeties were added to their roster, they had sent a harsh message to Brian Dawkins.

Kickin' it: Only way to land Barkley is another dreadful season - The Denver Post
Kiz: It would probably take another 4-12 record — gulp! — by the Broncos to put them in position to draft Barkley.

Krieger: Broncos' Allen plays waiting game - The Denver Post
Dennis Allen has a dream job. The son of a pro football player, he grew up to be a standout college player and then a coach. Now, at age 38, he's a first-time NFL defensive coordinator.

NFL.com news: Cutler gathering teammates could change QB's tarnished image
We now pause from the three-plus months of Jay Cutler bashing in various circles of the media and social media to bring you a bulletin in the form of a compliment.

NFL.com news: Appeals court grants NFL motion for stay, pending appeal
The NFL was granted its motion for a stay-on-appeal by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

NFL.com news: Rex's shoes unfilled: Bucs turn down HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
Rex Ryan is one tough act to follow, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't about to try.

NFL.com news: A better fit than 'Skins exists for veteran signal-caller McNabb
This can't really be the end of the line for Donovan McNabb, can it?

NFL.com news: Pieces are in place for Campbell, Raiders to build on 2010
In the past, people have tried to take swipes at Jason Campbell's leadership skills and his ability to bring a team together.

NFL.com news: That's it? Ochocinco lasts 1.5 seconds atop bull Deja Blu
Chad Ochocinco can cross bull riding off his bucket list.

NFL.com news: Edwards' lawyer talking 'possible resolutions' in DWI case
New York Jets star Braylon Edwards is headed for trial in his DWI case, but his attorney said Monday that "we're always talking about possible resolutions."

NFL.com news: No. 19: 'Titletown USA' tops 'Sixburgh' for ultimate prize
As the research analyst for NFL Network's NFL RedZone, Elliot Harrison watched all 267 games in the 2010 season. We asked him to rank the 20 most memorable.

NFL.com news: Teams wary of players pushing safety limits during lockout
Chad Ochocinco's brief encounter with a bull over the weekend was amusing, stupid, brave or bone-headed depending on which side of tolerance you are on when it comes to the Bengals wide receiver. That debate is what it is, depending on if you're even willing to spend much time concerning yourself with what Chad does.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Addition of Gilbert adds intrigue to Steelers' O-line
The Steelers' addition of OT-OG Marcus Gilbert in Round Two of the NFL draft was a clear signal Pittsburgh envisions him having a key role on their offensive line, but where — and when — will he play regularly?

ProFootballWeekly.com - Lockout limbo: Browns report
With NFL teams stuck in a state of limbo thanks to the lockout, we are looking at where teams stand as they await the opening of the 2011 league year. Today, we take a look at the Browns.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Lockout limbo: Bengals report
With NFL teams stuck in a state of limbo thanks to the lingering lockout, we are taking a tour around the league and looking at where teams stand as they await the opening of the 2011 league year. Today, we offer our take on where the Bengals stand.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ochocinco offers few clues about his future
When it was over — and it was over quickly, even by the standards of a sport where eight seconds is a benchmark — Chad Ochocinco reflected on his evening as a bull rider.

Titans reached out to Jason Babin during lockout break | National Football Post
The Tennessee Titans reached out to veteran defensive end Jason Babin during the brief respite in the lockout, according to the Tennessean.

Belichick congratulates Drew Bledsoe | National Football Post
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick saluted former quarterback Drew Bledsoe on being voted into the Patriots' Hall of Fame.

Drew Brees of New Orleans Saints 'discouraged' by stay, but continues workouts - ESPN
New Orleans Saints quarterback -- and antitrust plaintiff -- Drew Brees admitted he was discouraged by a decision Monday by the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that kept the NFL lockout in effect.

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