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Horse Tracks 9/2/09 - Roster down to 75; Brandstater to start tomorrow; Moreno, Jordan, Thomas return to practice


DB - Roster Trimmed to 75 - Zach Eisendrath
Denver released P Britton Colquitt, WR C.J. Jones, TE Jeb Putzier and C Blake Schueter yesterday to get down to the 75-man roster limit. Friday comes the final cut, to 53 players. Obviously, expect some players you had high hopes for. It happens every year, folks...

DB - Tuesday: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DP - Moreno back at work - Lindsay Jones
Not only did Knowshon practice yesterday, but so did LaMont Jordan.

DP - Brandstater shifts to driver's seat - Mike Klis
Sounds like Chris Simms will be starting in Cincinnati (speculation on my part). Although the Broncos did put a claim in on QB Kevin McConnell, Detroit snatched him up with their own QBs Culpepper and Stanton banged up. Tom Brandstater will start Thursday, and Ingle Martin will see some action.

DP - Versatility will be a big factor in finalizing roster - Jeff Legwold
The Browns and Jets also put claims in on O'Connell (not the Chefs). DL Marcus Thomas also returned to practice yesterday.

FOX - On the Mark: Diva WRs don't impress Rice - Mark Kriegel
Jerry Rice is (obviously) not happy with how Brandon Marshall and others have soiled the image of his position.

FOX - NFL trades that need to happen before kickoff - John Czarnecki
Czarnecki thinks the Ravens or Colts should give it up for Brandon Marshall.

N - Jets consider deal for unhappy receiver Marshall - Bob Glauber

DB - Maintaining Their Mentality - Chris Gentilviso

DP - Security on alert for Broncos game after vehicles broken into at RTD lots
Umm, I guess you should take the bus to the Big IF on Thursday...

DB - Wait and See - Mike Rice

DB - Bears Game Review - Mark Cooper

SI - NFC North, not NFC East, might be best division in NFL - Peter King
PK says don't compare JC to The Greatest Ever. Plus, lots more on Floyd Little. Not really in a good way, either...

CSG - Brandstater will be the starting quarterback for Broncos - Frank Schwab

TJ - Brandstater could benefit from ugly situation - Chhun Sun

CSG - Report: Orton dislocation might jeopardize opener - Frank Schwab

NFP - NFL notes: Broncos may need help at QB - Matt Bowen

CBS4 - Rookie Tom Brandstater To Start Broncos Finale - Vic Lombardi

LTC - Broncos struggle through injuries - Brian Howell

NFL - Teams incorporating 3-4 defense to add pressure on quarterbacks

AFC West News

NFL - Chiefs release veteran WR Toomer; DE Boone, OT Goldberg also cut

KCS - Croyle gets nod to start Chiefs’ preseason finale - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs notebook: Veterans Darling, Boone won’t play for team this season - Adam Teicher

SDUT - Picture is bleak for watching live tilts - Jay Posner
Way to go, Dolts fans. You're supposed to be SB contenders, and you don't even show up?

SDUT - Newest Charger says he's finally healthy - Kevin Acee

SFC - Russell's universe - David White

SFG - Raiders Silver and Black Blog : Asomugha won't miss opener - David White

NFL News

NFL - Nursing sore shoulder, Brady's status for Pats' preseason finale unknown

NFL - Bad break: Bengals rookie OT Smith out two weeks with foot injury
Is it just me, or does every lengthy rookie holdout seem to result in injury?

NFL - Umenyiora back with Giants, expresses regret over skipping practice

NFL - Williams, Dolphins work out 'quiet and easy' extension through 2010

NFL - Kubiak: QB Schaub should be healthy for Texans' season opener

NFL - Niners release veteran QB Huard in favor of rookie Davis

NFL - Rams trade oft-injured CB Hill to Falcons, cut TE Klopfenstein

NFL - Panthers acquire DT Leonard from Browns to help fill void along defensive line

NFL - Browns place OL Tucker on injured reserve, ending season, maybe career

NFL - Bears sign veteran Hood to help injury-depleted secondary

NFL - Portis has more words for Riggins, whose Redskins record he's chasing

NFL - Feds investigating charges that players' union tried to collude with NFL

NFL - Passed over by the NFL, Pacman close to deal to play in CFL

NFL - Goodell says it will be challenge for some teams to avoid TV blackouts

NFL - Sons of Panthers owner Richardson resign from organization

NFL Opinion

NFP - Preparing for cutdown day - Jack Bechta

NFP - DMN: Real action is off the field - Mike Lombardi
Lombardi says this week is all about the waiver wire, not the final preseason games.

Y! - Carpet burns bumbling Lions - Dan Wetzel

Y! - Disciples can learn from 'warm' Belichick - Jason Cole

Y! - Lawsuit latest chapter in NFLPA mudslinging - Jason Cole

NFP - Why Favre doesn’t have to be great - Matt Bowen

Y! - Analyst: Favre looks 'slow' - Jason Cole

NFP - Tavern talk: Blue team observations - Mike Lombardi

PFW - Teams overspending on 'name' players - Audibles
Not expecting much from the Cutler-Bennett connection.

PFW - Many head coaches already on hot seat

CBS - NFC East preview: Giants, Eagles look playoff-bound - Clark Judge

CBS - Camp wrap: Highs, lows, faves, raves from national tour - Pete Prisco

NFL - QB group rankings reveal teams in trouble if starter goes down - Pat Kirwan
Denver's group comes in at #26

NFL - Offseason showed that quarterbacks matter, now maybe more than ever - Steve Wyche

NFL - Three for the show: Decade dominators know what's at stake in '09 - Thomas George

NFL - Relationship between QBs and coordinators is secret to success - Vic Carucci

NFL - Spread the news: More teams looking for wide-open attack - Bucky Brooks

NFL - Working with young QBs can lead to system changes - Steve Wyche

ESPN - Small rookie giving Steelers big lift - Len Pasquarelli
Obviously, Pasquarelli must be friends with Stefan Logan's agent; it's the only way he comes up with these individual stories...

NFP - Preseason rankings: linemen - Wes Bunting

NFP - What's the matter with Michigan? - Ray Gustini
Good question.