Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/6/11

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Broncos' rookie class ready to take on Raiders - The Denver Post
"I think we have a bond that every other rookie class that came before us doesn't have because of the lockout, because of the time that we had together, and what we had to go through just to get our playbooks and learn the plays," said linebacker Von Miller, the No. 2 overall pick. "We have a special group of people, and hopefully we can be a good class for years to come."

Broncos Mailbag: Cloudy futures for Broncos Orton, Tebow and Moreno in 2011 - The Denver Post
Look into your crystal ball. How many games will each of Denver's three quarterbacks start this year? ---Luke Stephens, Florida

Demaryius Thomas back in Broncos' practice but must wait to play - The Denver Post
Thomas, the Broncos' No. 22 overall pick in the 2010 draft, is expected to need two to three weeks of football conditioning before he suits up for a game. He will not play in the season opener Monday night against the Oakland Raiders​.

Broncos haven't exactly been stars on the "Monday Night Football" stage recently - The Denver Post
Maybe the Broncos just don't like "Monday Night Football​" as much as the rest of us.

Brady Quinn is Broncos' backup QB if Kyle Orton can't play - The Denver Post
Q: Why hasn't Brady Quinn been cut? The Broncos would be better off carrying another defensive player than a third-string quarterback.

Fox: Team preferred own guys to those on waiver wire | First-and-Orange — Denver Broncos news, stats, analysis — The Denver Post
"There were only a few guys that we even had interest in and then at the end of the day it wasn’t enough interest to re-train a guy over a guy that’s had five weeks of training in our system on offense, defense or special teams," head coach John Fox said.

Inside the Oakland Raiders - A look inside the world of the highly classified Oakland Raiders from the writers of Bay Area News Group
The Raiders have lost 11 straight prime-time games, including their past seven Monday night affairs. That stat isn’t lost on the Raiders, especially long-time veterans such as Kelly.

Oakland Raiders team report: Routt under scrutiny - NFL - Sporting News
With the departure of perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha via free agency, seventh-year cornerback Stanford Routt finds himself thrust into the spotlight. He already was under scrutiny for receiving a contract that guaranteed him $20 million over the next two seasons

Peyton Manning of Indianapolis Colts won't practice, likely doutbful - ESPN
The unthinkable suddenly seems possible in Indianapolis -- opening the season without Peyton Manning.

Ex-Ohio State Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel won't start Indianapolis Colts job until seventh game - ESPN
Jim Tressel won't begin his tenure as replay-game consultant with the Indianapolis Colts until the seventh game of the regular season.

Rex Grossman to start Washington Redskins' season opener - ESPN
It's Rex. By the proverbial nose of the football.

Kansas City Chiefs' Matt Cassel practices Monday, Tony Moeaki placed on injured reserve - ESPN
Chiefs coach Todd Haley still believes in his unique approach to training camp, even after losing tight end Tony Moeaki to a season-ending knee injury and watching Matt Cassel leave Kansas City's preseason finale with banged-up ribs.

Agent 'flabbergasted' Tiki Barber passed over by NFL - ESPN New York
The agent for Tiki Barber told Sports Illustrated's website Sunday that he is "flabbergasted" that no NFL teams gave his client a shot to make their squads this offseason.

New York Jets' 9/11 opener is most pressure Rex Ryan has felt - ESPN New York
Rex Ryan may not have been a New Yorker on Sept. 11, 2001, but he is sure that the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks is why the New York Jets home opener against Dallas Cowboys makes it feel more significant.

Positive day for Matt Cassel - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The first day of the Matt Cassel Watch apparently ended well.

Chiefs' Cassel: 'I'm ready to roll' | National Football Post
Matt Cassel pronounced himself ready to start for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Marcus Harrison fails physical with Panthers | National Football Post
A fresh start for Marcus Harrison with the Carolina Panthers won’t materialize.

Chad Greenway hits it big with Vikings | National Football Post
Chad Greenway became the latest linebacker to cash in with a big deal.

High number of undrafted free agents survive the cut to 53 | National Football Post
Sixty-one undrafted free agents survived the cut to 53 this weekend. That number is probably close to average for any year, but this year it was supposed to be harder for undrafted players to make clubs because of the lockout. None of these players were signed until right before training camp and had no offseason program in which to impress coaches and prepare for camp.

Report: Moss would end retirement for Patriots | National Football Post
Now comes a report from the West Virginia Metro News that Moss is staying in shape and might be looking at giving football another go in the right situation. Apparently, though it would be on Moss' terms if he returned, as the source indicated that Moss would most likely only want to play for the New England Patriots.

Breaking down five early Week 1 matchups | National Football Post
With game plans being handed out tomorrow, plus the Saints and Packers going through their red zone prep today as they work towards the Thursday night opener, let’s talk some early Week 1 matchups. Here are five that I am looking at already…

NFL.com news: How many games can Colts afford to be without Manning?
After Monday's report that Peyton Manning is likely doubtful for Week 1, there's plenty of uncertainty surrounding the quarterback as he rehabs from neck surgery and how much time he will miss. Both Manning's consecutive games started streak (227) and Indianapolis' postseason streak (nine years) are in jeopardy. How many games can Manning miss before the Colts' playoff hopes become unrealistic?

NFL.com news: Veterans, agents concerned Pryor ban could set bad precedent
The playing status of Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor remains up in the air, as does the appeal of the five-game suspension he was assessed after the NFL allowed him to enter the August supplemental draft.

NFL.com news: Payton receives contract extension from Saints through 2015
Sean Payton has a new contract that gives him a chance to make his first NFL head coaching job a decade-long gig.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Three and out: Texans’ Foster expected to play Week 1 "
Foster to be ready for opener: After last week’s hullabaloo surrounding Arian Foster’s hamstring and tweeted MRI photos, it appears that Foster’s lack of concern had merit. According to the Houston Chronicle, the injury was merely a re-aggravation of last season’s hamstring issue and Foster should be ready to go for the Texans regular season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. That news will come as a relief for fantasy owners who have already drafted last year’s breakout fantasy sensation. It also means that for owners yet to draft, Foster remains a safe option near the top of the first round.

Losing Manning hurts NFL as much as Colts - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL lockout managed to do something to Peyton Manning(notes) no one else in the league could for the first 13 years of his career – put him on the bench.

Scandals molded Newton enough to woo Carolina - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
But that trouble is exactly what the Carolina Panthers’ new coach likes about Cam Newton, who is going to start at quarterback despite just six weeks of preparation and one season as a starter in big-time college football. That trouble means Newton’s been wounded, he’s been through things, he’s survived. It’s why Rivera pushed the organization to take Newton with the first pick of last spring’s NFL draft.

Rookies in for harsh season - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
It didn’t take much for St. Louis Rams rookie tight end Lance Kendricks(notes) to realize that Jacksonville Jaguars safety Courtney Greene(notes) suffered a severe brain cramp on Thursday night in Jacksonville

2011 NFL Preview: Peter King's Picks - NFL - SI.com

Todd Haley’s decision backfires on Chiefs – Audibles
There is a pretty fine line between success and failure in the NFL. For the Chiefs, that line apparently was drawn somewhere between the first and second quarters of their final preseason game against Green Bay.

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