Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/31/12

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Broncos Edge Cardinals in Preseason Finale
Matt Prater converted a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give Denver a 16-13 win over the Cardinals.

Bolden Provides Spark
With the Broncos shut out nearing the end of the third quarter, cornerback Omar Bolden raced 103 yards downfield for a kick return touchdown to start Denver's comeback effort against Arizona.

Notebook: Making an Impression
The Broncos front office got its final look at players fighting for roster spots, running backs Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman combined to top the 100-yard mark and Jim Leonhard played in his first game as a Bronco.

Denver Broncos Videos

Virgil Green 22-yard reception - Video
Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green breaks a tackle after the catch and dashes for a 22-yard gain.

Broncos Charge Past Cardinals 16-13 - ESPN Video - ESPN
A late field goal from Matt Prater lifts the Broncos past the Cardinals.

NFL Videos: Pre WK 4: Can't-Miss Play: Floyd joins the circus
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd makes an improbable catch for a 22-yard touchdown, giving the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.

Wilson's Tuneup - ESPN Video - ESPN
Rookie starter Russell Wilson looked good in a 21-3 preseason win over the Raiders.

Packers Run Past Chiefs 24-3 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Packers hand Chiefs third loss of the preseason.

49ers Rout Chargers 35-3 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick leads 49ers to win.

Holliday Ignites Texans In Preseason Finale - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trindon Holliday had his third kick return for a touchdown in Texans' preseason win.

Replacement Refs A Disaster? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the NFL using replacement officials.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos players face a wave of cuts coming - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Give Derek Wolfe credit. He is a quick study.

Five goals for the Broncos vs. Arizona - The Denver Post
How the Broncos fared in their five goals for their final preseason game, as set by beat writer Mike Klis:

Quarterback Watch: Adam Weber | First-and-Orange —Lindsay Jones
For the second consecutive game, Adam Weber didn’t get to play until the closing minutes of a Broncos’ preseason game.

Quarterback Watch: Brock Osweiler | First-and-Orange — Lindsay Jones
Rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler came into Thursday’s preseason finale riding an ugly scoreless streak after failing to lead a scoring drive in his last four quarters.

Quarterback Watch: Caleb Hanie | First-and-Orange — Lindsay Jones
Caleb Hanie’s final audition to be Peyton Manning’s backup surely didn’t go as well as he would have hoped.

Jim Leonhard, Quinton Carter make preseason debut | First-and-Orange — Lindsay Jones
When Jim Leonhard arrived in Denver just over a week into the preseason, he said he was hoping to be healthy enough to play in the season opener.

DJ Williams' preseason ends without any game action | First-and-Orange — Lindsay Jones
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is one of two players not in uniform for the Broncos’ preseason finale against Arizona.

MaxDenver " Broncos 16, Cardinals 13: Three Observations
Three observations from the Broncos’ 16-13 preseason-ending win over the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Thursday night:

Gruden not sold on Manning's Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In our NFL previews, the consensus is the Denver Broncos will win the AFC West.

Denver intelligence report - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We received our NFL team-by-team preview pages for every NFL team Thursday.

Broncos quarterbacks may be at mercy of numbers game - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Caleb Hanie may not know this, but his competition for the No. 2 quarterback position may not have been rookie Brock Osweiler, but veteran linebacker Keith Brooking.

Broncos beat Cardinals 16-13 in final preseason game with late FG - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Release that guy. Cut him. Just don't get rid of me.

Broncos vs. Cardinals: game highlights - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
In the Broncos' latest kickoff in memory, the action fans most wanted to see happened before the stadium gates opened,

Broncos QB Brock Osweiler enjoys return to his old stomping grounds - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In the end, playing in front of large contingent of family and friends, Broncos rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler found himself three feet from putting a nice exclamation point on his preseason finale.

Division News

Chargers intelligence report - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things you need to know about the Chargers:

Ronnie Brown could get plenty of work while Ryan Mathews is out | ProFootballTalk
After a 2011 season in which he was a largely forgotten man in Philadelphia, Ronnie Brown may start the 2012 season as a workhorse back in San Diego.

Raiders intelligence report - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things you need to know about the Raiders:

Shooter in Raiders-Cardinals fan incident is a former cop | ProFootballTalk
New details have emerged regarding the shooting of a Raiders fan earlier this month outside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Chiefs intelligence report - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here is the Chiefs’ team preview page and onto the intelligence report:

Chiefs try out DT Shaun Smith - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs tried out defensive tackle Shaun Smith on Tuesday.

Injuries forcing Dontari Poe into unfamiliar territory | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs knew they were drafting raw talent when they chose Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe 11th overall.

B.J. Raji gets hurt on first defensive play | ProFootballTalk
There are a lot of teams that don’t play their starters at all in the fourth preseason game and we got a reminder why early in the Chiefs-Packers game.

Future Foes

Six injuries to know from final preseason action - NFL.com
The whole point of the fourth preseason week is to avoid serious injuries.

Good news on DeCastro makes for tough decisions on cut day | ProFootballTalk
he good news for the Steelers is that the knee injury to first-round pick David DeCastro wasn’t as serious as initially feared.

A.F.C. East Preview: Patriots Still the Team to Beat - NYTimes.com
The addition of Mario Williams gives the Bills one of the best defensive lines in the conference, if not the league.

A.F.C. North Preview: Steelers and Ravens Renew Rivalry - NYTimes.com
PLAYERS TO WATCH The Steelers’ offensive linemen.

Andy Dalton appears to be fine after elbow scare | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals avoided what could have been a preseason disaster, as it appears quarterback Andy Dalton is fine after taking a shot to the elbow.

Sean Spence is believed to have torn ACL, LCL, dislocated kneecap | ProFootballTalk
That ugly knee injury suffered by Steelers rookie linebacker Sean Spence has generated an understandably serious initial diagnosis.

Texans' Butler lost for season | National Football Post
Offensive tackle suffers torn triceps injury.

NFL News

NFL Communications - NFL-NFLPA Agree to Adopt Bylaw Proposals Involving Trade Deadline, Injured Reserve Rules "
The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have agreed to adopt 2012 Bylaw Proposals No. 2 and No. 6A, the NFL and NFLPA announced today.

Goodell doesn’t rule out use of regular officials in Week One | ProFootballTalk
The replacement officials could end up getting locked out.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Money is owners' top priority in referee lockout
The suits in New York, who care more about the brand than the game, keep saying it will get better. Privately, NFL coaches say it has to get better because it can’t get much worse.

Breaking down the divide in the NFL-NFLRA dispute | ProFootballTalk
The one thing we can saying with certainty about the NFL and the locked-out officials is that they’re not saying anything to each other.

NFL Communications - U.S. Army and National Football League Announce Joint Health and Wellness Initiative "
Players & Soldiers Encouraged To Seek Help if They or Their Teammate/Battle Buddy Are Affected by a Head Injury

Miscellaneous Stuff

53-man roster tracker | ProFootballTalk
NFL teams have until 9 PM EDT on Friday, August 31 to cut their rosters from 75 players to 53 players. We’ll track all the moves that every team makes to get down to 53 players right here.

Fan outcry won’t affect ref lockout, but coaches and GMs might | ProFootballTalk
Fans will continue to complain about bad calls made by the NFL’s replacement officials,

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: The Rise of the Tight End
Tight ends are the "sexy" position these days.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Dan Arkush's 2012 NFL predictions
2. Denver — I’m going to give Peyton Manning the benefit of the doubt. But his four neck surgeries scare me to death, and I really wonder about the weapons he has at his disposal.

Chalk Talk Video: Barron's 'pick-six' vs. Brady | National Football Post
Breaking down the Bucs' Cover 2 scheme vs. Patriots

Pros vs. Joes | National Football Post
Replacement Referees will make for quite the reality check

Playbook: Looking at the 'Cross Country Dagger' | National Football Post
Going to the chalkboard to talk route concepts.

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