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Horse Tracks 8/26/09 - Dreaming of an Orange August in Canton

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DB - Floyd a Hall Finalist - Gray Caldwell
Floyd Little took a giant step toward the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday, as he and Dick LeBeau were announced as senior nominees. Can you imagine The Franchise and Big Play Shay going in together next summer?!?!?! A Denver weekend in Canton?

DB - 44 Reasons to Elect No. 44 - Thomas Mackie
A must read for all Broncos fans...

DB - Floyd Little - Jim Saccomano
Sacco shares some of what Floyd Little meant to the Broncos.

DB - Tuesday: McDaniels - Broncos TV
McDaniels praises Russ Hochstein's versatility (sound familiar?), as he can play every line position, plus TE and FB. Plus the team is looking forward to playing at home after two weeks on the road. McDaniels actually says the Seahawks forced the Broncos to pass more than planned. Lots of dancing around Brandon Marshall questions...

DB - Tuesday: Sounds from the Locker Room - Broncos TV
Quotes from several players after a rain-shortened practice...I am crushed to see that Mario Haggan walks around with a Yankees cap. What is he THINKing??

DB - On the Right Track - Zach Eisendrath
On progress, Hochstein and turnovers.

DP - Broncos' Little a lot closer to the hall - Mike Klis

DP - Hochstein latest Patriot to join roster - Mike Klis
Klis says Hochstein's arrival (for the same 7th-rounder New England had sent over in the Le Kevin Smith trade) may put Kory Lichtensteiger and Mitch Erickson on the bubble.

DP - Haggan would love to put a hit on Cutler - Mike Klis
Haggan says the fans would love to see a sack of JC. Chris Simms is thankfully off crutches already, although he is not expected to play again in the preseason. The Broncos may sign QB Ingle Martin as presumed preseason fodder.

DP - Marshall's deal doesn't distract - Jeff Legwold
For what it's worth, Kenny Peterson and Correll Buckhalter downplay the effects of BMarsh's situation in the locker room.

ESPN - Receiver, Broncos in a whirl of hurt - Jeffri Chadiha
Chadiha is expecting the BMarsh situation to only get worse.

CBS4 - Elway: Don't Panic, 'Preseason Is Preseason' - Video
Two videos with The Greatest Ever.

CSG - Marshall listed as a starter for Broncos - Frank Schwab
But will he play??

CSG - Broncos notes: Running back Little named a Hall of Fame finalist - Frank Schwab

DB - Tuesday: Transcripts - Josh McDaniels

DB - Ask Chris Baker...
Submit your questions for the rookie in the middle

AP - Marshall Practicing; Preseason Debut Still Unclear

AP - Patriots Trade Hochstein To Denver For Draft Pick

ESPN Insider - Kicking off my Insider blog - Adam Schefter
Schefter has heard rave reviews about Josh McDaniels, including a prediction that "McDaniels is going to be one of the greatest NFL coaches ever." Meanwhile, a silly Bears fan tries to make the case that JC's receiving cast wasn't all that great because it had Eddie Royal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TJ - Brandstater roughed up in first NFL game - Chhun Sun
Tom Brandstater's hometown paper on the rookie's debut.

AFC West News

SDUT - Bolts' Clary toughest on himself - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Cromartie continues to impress - Kevin Acee

CBS - Declining Tomlinson? L.T. aiming to prove otherwise - Clark Judge

CBS - Chargers: Five things to know - Clark Judge

NFP - Very Fake Al Davis - Ray Gustini
Another gem from Gustini...

CCT - Raiders add defensive tackle

CCT - Peterson: Raiders backup could make an impact

ESPN - Miller aims to build on Raiders' tradition - Pork Chop

KCS - Haley expects Charles and other Chiefs backs to improve their ball handling - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs notebook: New linemen could play right away - Adam Teicher

NFL News

NFL - Reid: Eagles will give Vick 'a couple shots' Thursday vs. Jaguars

NFL - Big Ben practices, but will he miss any time? 'Not that I know,' he says

NFL - With a QB surplus, Bucs calling teams about trades

NFL - Bills WR Owens still not ready to play; RB Jackson re-injures thumb

NFL - Giants CB Ross re-injures left hamstring on last day of training camp

NFL - Titans WR Washington still limping, leaving status for opener in doubt

NFL - Rams WR Avery practices just three weeks after breaking his left foot

NFL - NFL officially gives Saints K Hartley a four-game suspension for drug use

NFL - Wilford returns to Jaguars, but this time, he's a tight end

NFL - Cowboys assistant coach, scouting aide sue over practice-facility collapse

NFL - Williams sisters become latest celebrities to buy part of Dolphins

NFL Opinion

SI - Preseason Week 2, Winners/Losers - Don Banks
Banks acknowledges Orton's progress but reminds us that Kyle didn't throw any deep passes. Interesting point, one which crossed my mind, too.

SI - MMQB Mailbag: 10 rookies who've impressed; Cowboys video fallout - Peter King
What a shame. Peter King lists 10 rookies who he likes, writing about nine of them. For the tenth one (Alphonso Smith), he mentions only the draft choice Denver gave up for him.

Y! - Niners' Hill proves his head's in the right place - Mike Silver

NFP - QB Battles: time to make the call - Matt Bowen

NFP - Why Tarvaris is the player's choice - Matt Bowen

NFP - Diner morning news: Sanchez needs time - Mike Lombardi

NFP - Tavern talk: Finalizing our blue list - Mike Lombardi

CBS - Texans camp tour: Slaton's progress makes Houston contender - Pete Prisco

CBS - Texans: Five things to know - Pete Prisco

NFL - Prediction time: Picking first and last place teams in each division - Jason La Canfora

PFW - Madden's replacement primed for gig - Barry Jackson

FOX - NFL pressure cooker the true test of young QBs - Peter Schrager

ESPN - LeBeau among many worthy candidates - Len Pasquarelli
Pasquarelli thinks the HOF should include more assistant coaches.

NFP - The story of Curtis Buckley and how he made the Bucs - Jack Bechta

NFP - 2009 NFP scouting series: Vanderbilt - Wes Bunting