Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/17/11

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NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Updated cap space for all 32 teams "

With three weeks until the 2011 season officially kicks off, there are still plenty of personnel moves to be made. According to league sources, most teams still have plenty of money to spend before reaching their salary cap limitations. In fact, only the St. Lous Rams are currently over the cap total.

Broncos' stadium renamed Sports Authority Field - The Denver Post
To those who never did warm to the Broncos' home stadium as Invesco Field at Mile High, raise those $8 plastic cups of beer.

Broncos cut running back LenDale White, a former Denver-area high school star - The Denver Post
LenDale White's hopes and dreams of playing for his hometown NFL team evaporated Tuesday when the Broncos released the 26-year-old running back.

Injuries to Ty Warren, Marcus Thomas leave big dents in Denver Broncos' defensive line - The Denver Post
Every year, or so it seems, the Broncos deliver the same brave message. Injuries are a part of football, they say. One guy goes down, they state without complaint, the next guy has to step up.

Paige: Denver Broncos' Ty Warren, Marcus Thomas, LenDale White can't get right kind of break - The Denver Post
Tough tear. Tough strain. Tough cut. Tough luck. Tough breaks for Broncos and the Broncos.

Miami Hurricanes booster put bounty on Florida's Tim Tebow - The Denver Post
Shapiro also claimed he put out bounties on specific players, including former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, and paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals and in one case, an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player. One former Miami player, running back Tyrone Moss, told Yahoo Sports he accepted $1,000 from Shapiro around the time he was entering college.

Denver Broncos' offense focuses on short-yardage situations at training camp - The Denver Post
Denver coaches decided to work on short-yardage and goal-line situations — and the play calls mostly went run, run, run. This just a few days after the Broncos called a fade pass on first-and-goal in the preseason opener at Dallas last week.

Analysis: Running back LenDale White didn't fit the Broncos' future - The Denver Post
That's why the Broncos cut veteran running back LenDale White on Tuesday. They have Willis McGahee (four-year contract) at White's position, and White couldn't stay on the field because of injuries.

Broncos claim Jacksonville LB Alvin Bowen | First-and-Orange — Denver Broncos news, stats, analysis — The Denver Post
The Broncos, who have the No. 2 spot on the waiver wire, were awarded the claim. Bowen, 27, appeared in two games for Jacksonville last year. He is 6-1, 222 pounds and played his college ball at Iowa State.

NFL.com news: Reese says comments weren't playoff guarantee for Giants
While New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese backpedaled a bit Tuesday on his claim that the Giants would make the playoffs in 2011, quarterback Eli Manning was all confidence when discussing where he ranks among his NFL peers.

NFL.com news: Crowder hammers Henne, questions Dolphins QB's abilities
Just one week into a very tenuous retirement, Channing Crowder is talking comeback. He's also taking some shots at his former quarterback.

NFL.com news: Browns QB McCoy tapped Favre for West Coast knowledge
But before he knew it, McCoy was on a plane flying to Mississippi to meet with Favre, who picked him up at the airport, then spent several days schooling the young quarterback on the intricacies of the West Coast offense, something the three-time NFL MVP mastered during 20 seasons.

NFL.com news: Report: Turner breaks leg; McKnight might have concussion
Citing a league source, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday that backup center Rob Turner suffered a broken leg in Monday night's game and is scheduled to undergo surgery. The team also lost reserve running back Joe McKnight, who's believed to have suffered a concussion.

NFL.com news: Ravens chose Harbaugh over Ryan to avoid schism on team
"From a chemistry standpoint ... we really liked John and we thought it was going to be tougher for Rex to bring the whole team together after him spending 10 years on one side of the ball that was the dominant side of the ball," Bisciotti told season-ticket holders Tuesday evening in an hourlong conference call.

Generating interest: 5-6 teams make offer to Maybin | National Football Post
Cut by the Bills on Monday, free agent linebacker and 2009 first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin is drawing some interest on the open market. Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the New York Jets have made a one-year offer to the 23-year-old linebacker.

A Titanic negotiation | National Football Post
There are over 2800 NFL players presently under contract and in training camps – a number that will be reduced by roughly 900 within a couple of weeks. Then there is one player who is under contract but not in training camp: Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans.

Carolina's QB competition heats up | National Football Post
In the preseason, fans are always interested in the rookies and some of the younger players who look like they may become starters once the season gets under way. With that in mind, I was able to view the Bills-Bears game and the Panthers-Giants game from this past weekend. All four teams have a number of young players who could become full-time players this season.

Seahawks tab Atari Bigby to provide veteran help | National Football Post
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider went looking for some veteran experience at safety and found a player he’s quite familiar with.

Mike Martz adds some quarterback drama to Bears camp | National Football Post
Mike Martz clearly wasn’t smitten with Caleb Hanie last season and now the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator has injected at least a little drama into the backup quarterback position.

Could the 'Skins have the top safety combo in the NFL? | National Football Post
If Redskins safeties LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe can get healthy and still prep for the regular season, Washington might just have one of the best combos in the NFL.

NFL postpones Tuesday's supplemental draft; no new date - NFL - SI.com
The NFL supplemental draft originally scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed.

Jim Harbaugh: Alex Smith creating 'separation' in 49ers' QB race - NFL - SI.com
Two superb practices and Alex Smith has taken a step forward in the competition with rookie Colin Kaepernick for San Francisco's starting quarterback job.

Bengals part ways with oft-injured DT Tank Johnson - NFL - SI.com
The Bengals have released defensive tackle Tank Johnson, who missed nine games last season with a knee injury.

Tony Moeaki expected to make a big impact for Chiefs - Peter King - SI.com
Five thoughts looking back at my day with the Chiefs:

Cincinnati Bengals prove that bad history can repeat itself - Paul Daugherty - SI.com
From the comfort of my uneasy chair Friday, I watched the past rewind. I never thought I'd see a return of the sort of stricken football I witnessed throughout the Lost Decade of the 1990s, as a sad hack covering the Bengals. Not even in Cincinnati, home office for stricken football. But, dear God, there it was:

Nick Fairley of Detroit Lions loses cast, now in walking boot - ESPN
Detroit rookie defensive lineman Nick Fairley is making progress as he recovers from surgery on his left foot.

Ike Taylor of Pittsburgh Steelers has surgery on broken thumb - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair his broken left thumb.

Giving Pryor a pass shields NCAA, OSU - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
It isn’t the NFL’s job to clean up the NCAA’s vast problems in college football. And the NFL isn’t a safe house for people who want to hide from those troubles. If you understand that, you understand how important it is for the NFL to turn down Terrelle Pryor’s bid to be part of the league’s supplemental draft.

Gore gears up for start of the season with 49ers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Running back Frank Gore(notes) is hoping to get a new long-term deal from the San Francisco 49ers before the season opener.

Dreamy additions have Eagles thinking big - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Now that he has taken his talents to South Philly, star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) – the prize of the fast and furious, post-lockout NFL free-agent class of 2011 – has his first shutdown assignment: attempting to contain the viral hype preceding the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl-or-bust season.

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