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Horse Tracks 10/29/09 - BDawk (limited), LK Smith return to practice; Fields held out with hamstring injury

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NYT - Commissioner Criticized Over N.F.L.’s Handling of Players’ Brain Injuries - Alan Schwarz
Plus, the statements of Roger Goodell and Gay Culverhouse in PDF form.

DB - Week 8 - Wed: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DPP - Broncos' ascent even more stunning because of "dead money" burden - Mike Klis
"The Broncos lead the NFL with $29.6 million in 'dead money.'"

DPP - Broncos wary of Ravens safety Reed - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Broncos want savvy veteran at punter: Mitch Berger - Lindsay Jones
"Nose tackle Ronald Fields (hamstring) was the only Broncos player held out of practice Wednesday. The two players who missed Monday's workout, defensive end Le Kevin Smith and safety Brian Dawkins, returned, but Dawkins was limited"

DB - Coming Full Circle - Chris Gentilviso

DB - A Chess Match - Gray Caldwell

CV - A Royal Retirement - Reed Albers
Eddie Royal's number was retired at his Virginia high school.

DB - Week 8 - Wed: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - Week 8 - Wed: Dawkins - Broncos TV

DB - Week 8 - Wed: Berger - Broncos TV

CSG - Moreno should improve as Broncos' season continures - Frank Schwab

CSG - McDaniels relents, lets Broncos practice indoors - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos hope to match Ravens' physicality - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos notes: Berger happy to be in Denver - Frank Schwab

DP - Dawkins + Lewis: Two of a kind - Lindsay Jones

DP - Broncos' QB Orton to get a second chance against Ravens fleet defense - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Numbers: Something's got to give

NFL - With recent contracts for QBs, what is Orton worth to Broncos? - Pat Kirwan
"When the time comes, Orton is going to be looking at a six-year deal worth close to $70 million with upwards of $30 million guaranteed."

AP - Broncos-Ravens Preview

Ravens News

ESPN - Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco remains unflappable - Elizabeth Merrill

SN - Sporting News Conversation: Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis - Steve Greenberg

BS - Ravens, don't tell us this is just another game - Kevin Cowherd

BS - Ravens intrigued by Webb's potential - Edward Lee

BS - McDaniels says timing was bad for him to interview with Ravens - Kevin Van Valkenburg

BS - Ravens Insider: Mike Preston, calling Broncos soft, picks Ravens to win

AFC West News

NFP - Wednesday whys: Discipline for Larry Johnson - Andrew Brandt

USAT - Schottenheimer: What team would want Larry Johnson now?

SDUT - For now, Gregory's gain is Cason's loss - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Hardwick back at practice, 35 days after surgery - Tod Leonard

KCS - Chiefs suspend Larry Johnson for two weeks - Kent Babb

KCS - Longtime Chiefs assistant coach Wallis dies - Randy Covitz

SFC - For all of their efforts, Raiders not tackling - David White

OT - Robert Gallery returns to Raiders' practice - Steve Corkran

OT - Raiders teammates back Russell - Steve Corkran

NFL News

NFL - Goodell defends NFL policies on head injuries to Congress
The NFL commish speaks before Congress and the headline barely makes the front page of

NFL - Titans coach Fisher says he'll announce starting QB on Thursday

NFL - Morris: Rookie Freeman 'earned the right' to be winless Bucs' QB

NFL - Panthers coach Fox stands by Delhomme as his starting QB

NFL - Redskins TE Cooley has ankle surgery, could be back in a month

NFL - Dolphins coach Sparano mum about Ginn's status as a starter

NFL - Seahawks place nine-time Pro Bowl LT Jones on injured reserve

NFL - Game-time decision: Eagles being cautious with RB Westbrook

NFL - Bills QB Edwards back at practice for first time since concussion

NFL - Lions have QB Stafford at practice, but WR Johnson can't go

NFL Opinion

SI - Six signs parity is dead in NFL - Kerry J. Byrne

SI - Owner involvement is one of worst-kept secrets in sports - Ross Tucker

FH - Pocket Presence: Teams Putting Quarterbacks in Position to Fail - Bruce Ciskie

CBS - Faceoff: Bottom of QB barrel? London calling? Non-trades? - Prisco & Judge

ESPN - Pine time or prime time for QBs - John Clayton

NFP - Diner morning news: Favre goes to Lambeau - Mike Lombardi

FOX - Favre is right; Packer fans should 'get over it' - Alex Marvez

NFP - Scheme Session: beating the Vikes' zone blitz - Matt Bowen

NFL - Cardinals looking to prove they were not just a one-year wonder - Steve Wyche

Y! - Redskins find another way to alienate fan base - Charles Robinson

CBS - Palmer's step forward helping launch 5-2 Bengals - Clark Judge

NFP - Tavern talk: Fox’s plan is to stay employed - Mike Lombardi

USAT - NFL Insider: Tony Romo's No. 1 target? Might be Miles Austin - Jim Corbett

FH - Dirty Dozen: Redskins Keep Sinking - Dave Goldberg

SI - Arizona Cardinals rise in NFL Power Rankings, Week 8 - Don Banks

SN - Week 8 picks: Division games lead NFC-heavy slate - Vinnie Iyer

FOX - Week 8 Cheat Sheet: NFL picks and predictions - Peter Schrager
"It took a couple of months, but the Broncos' bandwagon is now officially full. No more passengers. The collective lovefest is sold out. I tried buying a ticket before Week 6's Monday night win in San Diego but was told "No Thank You" and handed a 2009-10 Denver Nuggets media guide, instead."

NFL - Austin-Wilson showdown one of many enticing Week 8 matchups - Gil Brandt

USAT - USA TODAY's weekly NFL picks for 2009 season - Week 8

ESPN - Mike Sando's MVP Watch

PFW - Ten most intriguing players of Week Eight - Pat Fitzmaurice

NFP - Is 2010 the unfloored year? - Robert Boland

NFP - A look at third-year sophomore prospects - Wes Bunting