Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/16/12

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Wolfe Ready for Opportunity
With defensive end Jason Hunter expected to miss four months after undergoing triceps surgery, rookie Derek Wolfe is ready to step up.

Prater Delivers Clutch Kicks " DenverBroncos.com
With the final seconds ticking off the clock in Wednesday’s practice, the team turned to kicker Matt Prater to do what he did four separate times last season – convert a game-winning field goal.

Training Camp 2012: Day 21 " DenverBroncos.com
Wednesday’s trivia question comes from a red-zone drill during practice. A defender picked off a pass from quarterback Peyton Manning intended for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Who made the interception?

.Paxton Hosts Wounded Warriors " DenverBroncos.com

Thanks to long snapper Lonie Paxton and his friend Corey Fairbanks, the Broncos practice on Thursday afternoon took place with a handful of special guests watching from the VIP tent adjacent to the practice fields.

Denver Broncos Videos

Next Men Up
Manny Ramirez and Derek Wolfe could fill in for starters Chris Kuper and Jason Hunter as they rehab from injuries.

The Word: NFL Divas - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jemele Hill, Prim Siripipat and Shelley Smith discuss Chad Johnson's recent woes.

NFL32OT: Texans Set Sights On The Super Bowl - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 184: Trey Wingo and Chris Mortensen discuss the Texans being Super Bowl contenders. Adam Schefter breaks down Cleveland's possible trade of Colt McCoy. The NFL32 crew discuss the impact of Jason Witten's injury on the Cowboys.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Beal Looks to Build on Two-Sack Effort " DenverBroncos.com
The Broncos’ preseason-opening 31-3 defeat of the Bears saw breakout performances from several young defenders.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning looks to future having already made history - The Denver Post
The phrase "most in history" is a fairly powerful set of words in and around the NFL.

Tag team of Peyton Manning and Broncos defense could find winning ground - The Denver Post
In the salary cap era of the NFL, some personnel executives have lamented that roster decisions boil down to "one side or the other."

A two-back offense with Peyton Manning at quarterback a new twist - The Denver Post
All along, even since the helicopters followed the SUV with Peyton Manning inside to the Broncos' Dove Valley complex, Manning has consistently said he would fit into the offense.

Running back Xavier Omon in rush to establish NFL roots with Denver Broncos - The Denver Post
Contrary to what NFL preseason fanatics may think, Xavier Omon did not show up out of nowhere.

Chris Kuper, Jason Hunter headline long list of Broncos absent from practice - The Denver Post
A day after an intense, full-contact practice that resulted in injuries to two starters, the Broncos have pulled off the pads for their final afternoon practice of training camp.

Broncos' Chris Kuper to miss six weeks with broken forearm - The Denver Post
Chris Kuper appeared to know something was wrong as soon as he climbed off the ground in a team drill early in Tuesday's practice

Broncos' Jason Hunter likely to miss season with torn triceps - The Denver Post
Barring a medical miracle, Jason Hunter is not likely to play in 2012.

Broncos players, fans eventually find some heartache when rosters trim - The Denver Post
Math is a tricky thing for sports writers, and especially for me.

Broncos fantasy football: What about Manning, Decker, Thomas? | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Over dinner with friends the other night, my buddy Zygi asked me for an update on Peyton Manning’s health.

Matt Prater living up to contract extension at Denver Broncos camp - The Denver Post
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater appears to be in midseason form. The Broncos practiced Wednesday on end-of-game situations with Prater called on to rush on to the field to kick game-winning or game-tying field goals

Jury convicts Williams of ability-impaired driving - The Denver Post
Jurors convicted Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams on Wednesday of driving while ability-impaired, casting further doubt on the star tackler's playing time this season.

Jury finds Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams guilty of DWAI - The Denver Post
Denver County jury has found Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams guilty of driving while ability impaired and driving without his headlights on.

D.J. Williams could face more NFL discipline - AFC West Blog - ESPN
D.J. Williams could have more trouble with the NFL.

Broncos Mailbag: Manning has Denver eyeing Super Bowl; but reality? - The Denver Post
In this kickoff installment, Mike tackles seven Qs, including one wondering why D.J. Williams is still on the Broncos roster.

Ronnie Hillman's injuries giving Ball, Omon chance at RB for Broncos - The Denver Post
It's been a tough start for Denver Broncos rookie Ronnie Hillman to show he's ready to be the team's No. 2 running back.

In Denver Broncos' front office, veterans form core for scouting, health - The Denver Post
Who is the longest tenured staff member on the Broncos? All you have to do is stroll by the vast array of team pictures the Broncos have adorning a hallway or two in their Dove Valley complex and its clear.

Ill-tempered Broncos get a little too physical at training camp - The Denver Post
All in all, Tuesday turned out to be the surliest day of training camp yet for the Broncos.

Broncos have big plans for rookie RB Ronnie Hillman in the offense - The Denver Post
Todays question:Q: What are your thoughts about using Ronnie Hillman (and maybe Knowshon Moreno) as some sort of an H-back?

Broncos looking for next men up front on offensive and defensive lines - The Denver Post
If the question is injuries and the question has been posed to Broncos coach John Fox, the answer will be three words.

Broncos' receiver Jason Hill making a case by making plays - The Denver Post
By now, wide receiver Jason Hill has figured out the formula for making a 53-man roster out of training camp.

Kiszla: Broncos' rookie Derek Wolfe needed to help pull load - The Denver Post
The Broncos can no longer rely on linebacker D.J. Willliams, a talented 30-year-old linebacker who acts like a child who should be sent to his room without dinner.

Division News

Oakland Raiders, 2012 N.F.L. Season Preview - NYTimes.com
In professional sports, we’re always hearing about how "it’s a new era (!) in such-and-such-a-city."

Raiders QB Carson Palmer standing by Jacoby Ford - NFL.com
Jacoby Ford provided an example of how not to handle a golden opportunity on Monday night.

Kendrick Lewis gets his safety net back - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kendrick Lewis is glad to have fellow safety Eric Berry back, but he gained invaluable experience without him last season.

Crennel likes possibilities in backfield - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Romeo Crennel is as calm as they come. He doesn’t get overly excited about much.

Ricky Stanzi gets his shot with second team - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It is simply Ricky Stanzi’s turn.

Chiefs are doubly pleased at tight end - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Boss has no problem being trendy.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Cowboys-Chargers game blacked out in Southern California
The Chargers announced Wednesday evening that, per NFL policy, Saturday night’s game at Qualcomm Stadium between the Chargers and the Cowboys will not be shown on live TV in Southern California.

AFC West breakdown: Chargers want Melvin Ingram to be their Von Miller - The Denver Post
The Broncos are embroiled in training camp, with all things Dove Valley grabbing headlines in Denver. But their AFC brethren also have rolled up their sleeves.

Future Foes

ProFootballWeekly.com - Steelers OLB Harrison undergoes knee scope
Steelers LB James Harrison underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday morning,

Pittsburgh Steelers, 2012 N.F.L. Season Preview - NYTimes.com
This past off-season gave us a smorgasbord of examples of why the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the finest organizations in professional sports.

Ravens know they have to adjust scheme without Suggs | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens knew they were going to have to adjust to find pass-rush without Terrell Suggs.

NFL News

Judge in bounty case scrutinizes key factual claim made by NFL | ProFootballTalk
Judge Helen G. Berrigan issued an order today in the bounty cases.

With bounty rulings pending, Judge has clear concerns about league’s process | ProFootballTalk
We saw plenty of accounts and interpretations on Friday about the things said at the most recent bounty hearing in federal court.

Assault on Pereira misses the point | ProFootballTalk
Former NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira has been a vocal critic of the league’s decision to lock out referees and use replacements.

Replacement ref blunder in Bills-Redskins game was inexcusable | ProFootballTalk
On one hand, it’s unfair to slam the replacement officials for harmless, superficial preseason errors like referring to "Atlanta" as "Arizona" (after all, they’re both seven-letter words with an "A" at the front and an "A" at the back) or giving the number of the ball carrier when announcing a holding penalty.

League, union now squabbling over balls | ProFootballTalk
There’s a seemingly endless supply of topics about which the NFL and NFLPA disagree. The latest point of contention comes from the use of balls with synthetic laces.

Miscellaneous Stuff

NFL Training Camp - Roster cuts hypothetically already made | TheFootballEducator.com
Week 1 of the NFL Preseason is over. The Dallas Cowboys went up to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and finished off the "New Look" Raiders 3-0 on Monday Night Football.

The MVP's of Training Camp | National Football Post
NFL trainers and team doctors run a M*A*S*H unit in August.

Giants search for defensive tackle help leads to Marcus Thomas | ProFootballTalk
The Giants are stacked at defensive end. At defensive tackle, they have concerns.

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