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Horse Tracks -- 12/02/08



Milehighreport_small_medium The play: Early in the first quarter, the Jets had just picked up their second first down and had the ball at their 39 when they tried to get fancy in a driving rain. They brought in receiver/former quarterback Brad Smith for a Wildcat formation play, with QB Brett Favre splitting out wide left. Smith ran an option right, then pitched the ball to receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who was running a reverse from right to left. Cotchery dropped the ball, which bounced on the slick turf back to the 23. Cotchery appeared to fall on the ball, but just as he was about to secure it, Broncos rookie linebacker Wesley Woodyard dived in and swiped it away. Broncos safety Vernon Fox picked it up and ran it in uncontested. The Broncos got a gift TD and went on to win.

Milehighreport_small_mediumHe started as a last-ditch solution, but after three weeks as the Broncos' primary tailback, Peyton Hillis might see his role growing even more.

Milehighreport_small_medium"This is the best I've felt in two weeks," Bailey said. "I'm saying I'm going unless something happens."

Milehighreport_small_mediumHaggan made five tackles and was credited with a sack when he touched Jets quarterback Brett Favre down for a 1-yard loss. Lar- sen, who has started the three games since Webster was injured Nov. 6 at Cleveland, had one tackle and had to leave the game in the third quarter when he injured his hip.

Milehighreport_small_mediumIt doesn't take a rocket scientist, a BCS computer or a Wall Street exec who just talked Uncle Sam into a billion-dollar bailout to figure out the Chargers aren't the Chargers anymore.

Milehighreport_small_mediumThrough the schizophrenia that has characterized the Broncos' season, through the weekly drama of finding enough bodies to fill out the weekly depth chart, one of the few constants for Denver has been the play of its offensive line.




Milehighreport_small_mediumVOTE FOR THE 4 GREATEST BRONCOS EVER!  Rocky sports cartoonist Drew Litton is looking for a few friendly faces for his mountain. Which four Denver Broncos greats should be immortalized on Mount Crushmore? Help us decide.

Milehighreport_small_medium The Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Keary Colbert, giving him a chance to play for his third NFL team this season.

Milehighreport_small_mediumBut Monday he said, yes, he's feeling better. Yes, it's driving him crazy to stand on the sideline. And, yes, he will play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Invesco Field at Mile High

Milehighreport_small_mediumTheir split personality isn't as simple as home or road - they're seemingly better away from Invesco Field at Mile High, actually - or playing a good team vs. an NFL lesser-light, though those patterns have emerged at times.

Milehighreport_small_mediumThe Broncos might not always know where they're going, might not always understand where they've been.  But, at least for the moment, they seem to know where they are.  Right now, we're in the driver's seat, that's where we are," defensive end Elvis Dumervil said. "We have a few games left, and we're in the driver's seat."



Milehighreport_small_mediumFor one of Denver's newest couples, winning is a way of life. Casey Wiegmann is the Broncos' new starting center. His wife, Danni Boatwright Wiegmann, won "Survivor: Guatemala."

Milehighreport_small_mediumThe Denver Broncos lead the league in injuries and inexperience, and this ragtag bunch of backups, rookies and castoffs could be among the first in the NFL to clinch a spot in the postseason this weekend.


Milehighreport_small_mediumAs to two former scouts who once worked together for the Browns, Mike Lombardi and Chris Landry, a league source has pointed out to us stunning similarities between their most recent columns.

Milehighreport_small_mediumThe stream of steam pouring from his ears on Sunday, the narrowed eyes, the rare visible emotion were long gone. Mangini had an analytical review the day after the 34-17 debacle, spreading blame in dozens of directions. He started with himself.