Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/7/12

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Brooking's Sights Set High
On Monday, linebacker Keith Brooking signed in Denver. After meeting with teammates, Head Coach John Fox and Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, he said he couldn't be more excited to be a Bronco.

Notebook: The Race Begins
With the release of this morning's depth chart, defensive end Jason Hunter and quarterback Caleb Hanie know they will have to work to maintain their current positions, and new safety Jim Leonhard talks about how excited he is to be a Bronco.

Homecoming for Hanie
Quarterback Caleb Hanie will make his Broncos debut against his former team in Chicago on Thursday.

Denver Broncos Videos

Brooking Signed, Hanie Eager
Veteran linebacker Keith Brooking talks about joining the Broncos while QB Caleb Hanie prepares to face his former team.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Training Camp 2012: Day 12 " DenverBroncos.com
For the first time since Saturday’s Summer Scrimmage, the Broncos hit the practice field on Monday. Clouds kept it from getting too hot for the afternoon session, which featured an exciting two-minute-drill session.

Broncos' Peyton Manning moves offense with time running down against No. 1 defense - The Denver Post
Mondays highlight: In an end-of-game situation — down 21-20 with just more than a minute to play — quarterback Peyton Manning drove the offense to what would have been a game-winning field-goal against the No. 1 defense.

Don't count on Jack Del Rio being with the Broncos for a long time - The Denver Post
Todays questions about the Broncos come from Manny Garcia in Colorado Springs.Q: What is the possibility that Jack Del Rio remains Denvers defensive coordinator for two years?

LB Keith Brooking to start practicing Saturday | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Per the collective bargaining agreement, newly signed free agent linebacker Keith Brooking can’t practice until three days after he signed.

Veteran linebacker Keith Brooking happy to be hired help with Broncos - The Denver Post
Having evaluated nine days of training camp practices, including Saturday's scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Broncos decided it was time to dive into free agency at linebacker Monday and signed veteran Keith Brooking to a one-year contract.

Justin Bannan, Ronnie Hillman sit out Broncos' practice again - The Denver Post
Two days after a wildly popular open scrimmage at their home stadium, the Broncos were back on their home practice field Monday afternoon to continue training camp.

Broncos rookie report: Hamstring injury hinders rise of Ronnie Hillman - The Denver Post
Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has struggled with a hamstring injury that has kept him on the sideline.

Denver Broncos' depth chart comes with some adjustable parts - The Denver Post
Before digging into the who's who and who's where regarding the Broncos' first depth chart of the 2012 season, some perspective is needed.

Broncos' Caleb Hanie listed on depth chart as backup to Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
There were few surprises among the starters on the first official depth chart released by the Broncos on Monday morning.

Broncos depth chart observations: Safeties fighting it out
There is always a little creative writing in every initial depth chart. Broncos safeties, for instance.

Broncos depth chart observations: Who's who at quarterback
Peyton Manning is No. 1. Don’t stop the presses.

Broncos depth chart observations: Race for No. 2 running back
True to the reps at training camp, Lance Ball is the No. 2 tailback behind Willis McGahee.

Broncos depth chart observations: Who's winning on defensive line
Although veteran Justin Bannan has been sidelined through most of training camp, he is starting alongside defensive tackle Ty Warren at defensive tackle. As it should be.

Moreno a fourth-stringer on Broncos depth chart | ProFootballTalk
A number of teams around the league released preseason depth charts on Monday, and the Denver Broncos were one of them.

Division News

Injured Chiefs taking big step - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs' ACL Club is making big strides.

Chiefs plan to play Charles, Moeaki, Berry in preseason opener | ProFootballTalk
Any improvement the Chiefs make this year is directly tied to the kind of season quarterback Matt Cassel has.

Blackout lifted for Packers-Chargers game | ProFootballTalk
Somehow, the Chargers have managed to sell since Saturday more than 3,000 non-premium seats to a meaningless preseason game against the Packers. (Maybe they marketed to Chiefs fans. Again.)

Dwayne Bowe plans to show up by Week One | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is the last unsigned franchise player. In theory, he can stay away until the Tuesday after Week 10.

Chargers players welcome female official Shannon Eastin | ProFootballTalk
With Shannon Eastin set to break the gender barrier Thursday, as the first woman to officiate an NFL game, it’s probably (sadly) inevitable that some football player will make a sexist remark

Darren McFadden takes issue with injury prone label | ProFootballTalk
When you miss at least three games because of injury in each of your first four seasons, it’s hard to avoid the label of being injury prone.

Future Foes

Kevin Colbert says Steelers have had no contact with Mike Wallace | ProFootballTalk
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said last week that he’s spoken to wide receiver Mike Wallace recently.

Ravens hire a mathematician to help with coaching, personnel | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens are going Moneyball.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Shurmur names QB Weeden Browns' starter
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur has named rookie QB Brandon Weeden the club's starter, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

NFL News

League shrugs at NFLRA grading of replacement officials | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, the NFL Referees Association sent out a list of the errors made by the replacement officials in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game.

NFLRA lists officiating errors from Hall of Fame game | ProFootballTalk
Replacement officials returned to the NFL for the first time since 2001, and the NFL Referees Association was paying close attention.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFL's first female official to work Packers-Chargers
A woman will work as an official for the first time in NFL history at Thurday's preseason Packers-Chargers game in San Diego.

Miscellaneous

What are the toughest run schemes to defend? | National Football Post
Breaking down my top three in the NFL.

NFL needs to address competitive disadvantages in reporting dates - The Denver Post
The NFL preseason opened Sunday night in Canton, Ohio, where the Saints beat the Cardinals 17-10 in the Hall of Fame game.

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