Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/25/12

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Earning Their Spot
With one week left until the Broncos trim the roster to 53, players must use every remaining opportunity to prove their value.

Notebook: Establishing Depth in the Backfield
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy said the Broncos have an abundance of talent at running back, something he considers 'a good problem to have.'

Fox Talks Vickerson, Leonhard, Brooking " DenverBroncos.com
On Friday, Head Coach John Fox announced that defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson has been cleared to play.

Bronco Birthdays

OT Cornell Green (2005) is 36.

Denver Broncos Videos

Preseason Week Three - Friday: McCoy
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy talks about the running backs and the team getting closer to the first cut down date.

Preseason Week Three - Friday: Del Rio
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about Ty Warren, Rahim Moore and getting closer to the team's first cut down date.

Satisfied with backs, Broncos unlikely to pursue Jones-Drew | First-and-Orange | Mike Klis
There’s been considerable chatter, but zero reports, that the Broncos would be a possible destination for Maurice Jones-Drew if the Jacksonville running back were put on the trading block.No Rivers, Gates for Chargers on Friday night | ProFootballTalk

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won’t be the only big name watching Friday night’s game between the Chargers and Vikings.

Wilson Powers Seahawks Past Chiefs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Russell Wilson throws two touchdowns in 44-14 win over Chiefs.

Ponder Hit Hard By Chargers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Christian Ponder sacked five times and tosses interception in 12-10 preseason loss.

Can Owens Make Seahawks? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter reports on Terrell Owens' struggles and what he will need to do to make the Seahawks' roster.

Should Mathieu Return To College Football? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jesse Palmer talks about Tyrann Mathieu's maturity and whether he should return to college football or go to the NFL.

Richardson Probable For Week 1 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trent Richardson expected to play Week 1 against the Eagles with limited workload.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Manning won’t go down "memory lane" on pursuit by 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Those diabolical reporters can’t leave well enough alone.

Former Rams coach likes what he sees from Broncos QBs coach Adam Gase - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Fox NFL analyst Mike Martz, a former Rams coach, attended Friday's practice and got a good look at quarterbacks coach Adam Gase, whom Martz helped get his start in NFL coaching.

Special teams could be David Bruton's safety net for spot with Broncos - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
When Jeff Rodgers arrived in Denver as the Broncos' new special-teams coordinator on John Fox's staff in 2011, he couldn't help noticing David Bruton on game video.

Jim Leonhard working his way back into Broncos' rotation | First-and-Orange | Lindsay Jones
Four days after he was cleared to return to practice, safety Jim Leonhard continues to see more work with the Broncos’ defense and special teams.

Broncos Notebook: Caleb Hanie expected to play; Jim Leonhard practices - CBSSports.com
Peyton Manning is expected to play well into the third quarter for the Broncos against San Francisco on Sunday, but that's nothing earth shaking.

49ers-Broncos preseason game: Things Denver wants to see (and not see) - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos will likely offer their last preseason look at the majority of their starters Sunday afternoon against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Mark Kiszla: Reality shadows grand illusion - The Denver Post
After rushing out to buy Peyton Manning jerseys at $99.99, Broncomaniacs are higher on the local NFL team than coach John Fox is.

Broncos might not yet be settled on makeup of linebacking corps - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Rookie Danny Trevathan (ankle), Keith Brooking (hamstring), Mike Mohamed (hamstring) and Nate Irving (ribs) have all missed time with injuries during the preseason.

Broncos’ Omar Bolden posts his $300 cell phone fine on Instagram | ProFootballTalk
Broncos rookie cornerback Omar Bolden was fined $300 for using his cell phone in a team meeting. And then he used his cell phone to tell everyone about his fine.

Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson returns to practice - The Denver Post | Jeff Legwold
Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, who suffered a concussion in practice last week, has been cleared by the team's medical staff and returned to practice Friday.

Broncos' Peyton Manning takes Jack Del Rio's son under his wing - CBSSports.com
Broncos QB Peyton Manning wanted to pay it forward.

Peyton Manning reflects on own high school football memories | First-and-Orange | Lindsay Jones
It’s hard to picture Peyton Manning nervous. The Manning we see is seemingly always in control —

Manning's presence transforms Broncos' offense into a no-huddle - The Denver Post
There was controlled chaos from the first snap.

Mark Kiszla: Reality shadows grand illusion - The Denver Post
After rushing out to buy Peyton Manning jerseys at $99.99, Broncomaniacs are higher on the local NFL team than coach John Fox is.

Broncos could decide to reduce Manning's playing time against 49ers - The Denver Post
The Broncos will provide a what-could-have-been look for their final two preseason opponents — the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.

Denver Broncos want more than a fast NFL start this time around - The Denver Post
A fast start in the NFL is only as good as what follows.

Denver Broncos want more than a fast NFL start this time around - The Denver Post
A fast start in the NFL is only as good as what follows.

Peyton Manning acquisition weighed in Broncos' choice of QBs at draft - The Denver| Jeff Legwold
Q: I saw John Elway in Tucson and was hoping he would take (Arizona quarterback) Nick Foles.

Manning recalls early NFL education - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning knows the experience Luke Del Rio is having this year.

Heading to Sunday's Broncos game? Plan ahead for road closures | First-and-Orange | Lindsay Jones
The US Pro Cycling Challenge rolls through downtown Denver on Sunday, and could cause quite a mess for Broncos fans trying to get to Sports Authority Field at Mile High via city streets.

Division News

Eric Berry avoids injury on low block from Leon Washington | ProFootballTalk
Last year, a low block on Chiefs safety Eric Berry by Bills receiver Stevie Johnson resulted in a torn ACL for Berry.\

The maturation of Jon Baldwin - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs could have been forgiven if they had buyer’s remorse after drafting receiver Jon Baldwin with the No. 26 overall pick.

Chiefs lose a pair of defensive linemen | ProFootballTalk
The butt-kicking the Chiefs are receiving at home from the Seahawks doesn’t matter. The injuries suffered by the Kansas City players do.

Seahawks thumping Chiefs, Russell Wilson looking like a starter | ProFootballTalk
A pair of one-time AFC West rivals renewed acquaintances on Friday night in Arrowhead,

Observation deck: Seahawks-Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the Chiefs’ 44-14 home loss to Seattle on Friday night:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders show concern for C Wisniewski
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen acknowledged this week that C Stefen Wisniewski needs more preseason reps and falls further behind with each day of practice he misses.

32 Teams in 32 Days: San Diego Chargers | ProFootballFocus.com
Once again the San Diego Chargers failed to fulfill expectations in 2011.

First Impressions: Chargers @ Vikings | ProFootballFocus.com
It seemed just years ago that the Vikings and Chargers were Super Bowl contenders, and now both teams have fallen.

Observation deck: Chargers-Vikings - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the Chargers 12-10 win at Minnesota on Friday night:

Melvin Ingram is still learning special teams | ProFootballTalk
The early reviews have been positive on Chargers rookie linebacker Melvin Ingram.

Future Foes

What's missing in Pittsburgh? Wallace's speed | National Football Post
Video breakdown of the WR's impact in the vertical game.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bucs OG Joseph suffers potentially season-ending knee injury
Buccaneers ORG Davin Joseph suffered a knee injury in Friday’s preseason game

NFL News

Fans sue NFL, 49ers over injuries from beating, shooting | ProFootballTalk
At a time when the NFL hopes to provide a safer environment inside its stadiums, a pair of fans claims that the league hasn’t done enough to provide a safer environment outside its stadiums.

Army, NFL discussing culture change for brain injuries next week at West Point | ProFootballTalk
As part of their partnership to promote culture change regarding brain injuries, the U.S. Army and the NFL will conduct next week a panel discussion aimed at promoting "positive culture change" and reducing the stigma associated with concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries.

NFLRA negotiator: NFL predetermined lockout for first month | ProFootballTalk
With the league digging in its heels about the (lesser) quality of replacement officials, the regular refs are bracing for a long standoff.

Marvin Lewis: Replacement ref didn’t know defenseless receiver rule | ProFootballTalk
After Bengals safety Taylor Mays was called for a personal foul for a hit on Packers tight end Tom Crabtree, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the blame lies not with Mays, but with the replacement official who botched the call.

Titans defensive coordinator calls refs 'Three Stooges'
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is neither a fan of replacement refs nor timely references.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Marvin Lewis: Replacement ref didn’t know defenseless receiver rule | ProFootballTalk
After Bengals safety Taylor Mays was called for a personal foul for a hit on Packers tight end Tom Crabtree, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the blame lies not with Mays, but with the replacement official who botched the call.

The drafting of Redskins retiring RB Clinton Portis | TheFootballEducator.com
Clinton Earl Portis retired from the NFL this past week after one of the most underrated careers for his position in the history of the League.

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