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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 10/12/10


Broncos Mailbag: Kyle Orton's top-notch season a long time coming - The Denver Post
I became a Broncos fan the day they drafted Tim Tebow. I don't care if Kyle Orton throws 10,000 yards this year; if Orton can't put up a W, then replace him with Tebow! Why haven't they put Tebow in? Tebow can run, that's right, RUN the option. --Lis, Orlando, Fla.

Broncos OLB Ayers to miss about six weeks with injury - The Denver Post
There is proving to be no more perilous position on the Broncos' roster than outside linebacker.

Paige: Down-under Broncos have issues too - The Denver Post
When the Broncos' beleaguered coach makes an appearance at the stadium in Denver on Sunday, there will be no cheering.

Broncos to find out quickly how well they deal with adversity - The Denver Post
After the Broncos' 2009 season drew to a close, coach Josh McDaniels said one of the biggest issues facing him and his team in 2010 would be how they would deal with adversity. Well, adversity has arrived at the Dove Valley doorsteps, especially given what McDaniels offered after the battering at Baltimore.

Broncos figure to start Bruton at strong safety - The Denver Post
Welcome to the box, David Bruton. While there, meet (the Broncos can only hope) LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene and show them your nice new smile.

Analysis: Broncos can't afford to abandon their league-worst running game - The Denver Post
Kyle Orton has four consecutive 300-yard passing games. He's on pace to shatter the NFL record for passing yards in a season. And the Broncos have the No. 2-ranked passing offense in the NFL.

Breakdown: Broncos will have to pick poison against Jets - The Denver Post
There is a traditional lament among defensive coordinators in the NFL and that is a defense simply can't take everything away.

Jets hold off Vikings' Favre-fueled rally - The Denver Post
Hit hard early and often by Rex Ryan's physical defense, Favre nearly led the Vikings back with a milestone night, but Dwight Lowery returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left as the Jets beat the Vikings 29-20 on Monday night in a game that was delayed 45 minutes at the start by lightning. news: Imagine how the Week 5 upsets went down, it’s easy if you try
Unpredictable, stunning, confusing and at times just strange is the best way to describe the events of Week 5. But this time of the year, there are always games that leave us asking how could this happen. news: Favre won't address allegations after loss to Jets
Brett Favre stepped up to the podium after a discouraging loss to the New York Jets and spent about 20 minutes evading questions the same way he tried to avoid tacklers. news: Report: Revis uncertain for Sunday with 'sore' hamstring
Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis said after the New York Jets' victory Monday night over the Minnesota Vikings that his tender hamstring was "very sore and very swollen" and that he wasn't sure he'd be available for Sunday's game against the Broncos, the New York Daily News reported. news: Report: Chargers entering final contract talks with LT McNeill
Marcus McNeill expressed his desire for a new contract by holding out from the San Diego Chargers. Now that he has reported to the team and been activated from the roster-exempt list, it appears a deal is near completion. news: Wallace, Delhomme hurt, so Browns might start McCoy at QB
With quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace both nursing severe ankle injuries, Browns coach Eric Mangini said Monday it's possible that McCoy, a rookie with no NFL regular-season playing experience, will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. news: Seahawks ship Branch back to Patriots for fourth-round pick
Deion Branch is headed back to the New England Patriots and a reunion with quarterback Tom Brady.

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers suffers concussion on late hit - ESPN
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a concussion and might have to sit out Sunday's game against Miami, the latest blow in a wave of injuries that has hit the Green Bay Packers in a season they hoped would end in the Super Bowl.

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said Jay Cutler has suffered no setbacks - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said the team will wait until later in the week to determine the status of quarterback Jay Cutler, who sat out Sunday's 23-6 win over the Carolina Panthers after suffering a concussion the previous week.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach: Mike Sims-Walker trade reports are 'garbage' - ESPN
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called trade reports surrounding receiver Mike Sims-Walker "garbage."

Jeff Ireland only reports to Stephen Ross | National Football Post
With Bill Parcells stepping down as the Miami Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations, general manager Jeff Ireland's clout has increased in the organization.

Game notes: Vikings-Jets | National Football Post
Favre's night: Did make some great throws in the second half. The 9 (fade) route to Ranyd Moss for the TD. The deep crosser and the 7 (flag) route to Harvin that both went for TDs. But, we know the INT in the 2-minute drill is the killer. Tries to hit Visanthe Shiancoe underneath in the Flat-7 out of the stack look with the Jets’ playing combination man (in and out call). Dwight Lowery takes it back for a TD. At that point, the great throws (even the 500th TD pass) take a backseat on a very inconsistent night for the Vikings' QB. 14-34 for 264-yards, 3 TDs and the INT.

Ravens not bringing back Antwan Barnes | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens aren’t planning to pursue outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, who was cut over the weekend by the Philadelphia Eagles when they promoted Chad Hall.

Browns sign Brett Ratliff | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have signed quarterback Brett Ratliff off the New England Patriots' practice squad.

LT, Favre defy age, odds, weather in Meadowlands thriller - Damon Hack -
Here are five things we learned from watching the Jets belt the Vikings at new Meadowlands Stadium.

Maurice Jones-Drew Receives Negative X-Rays for Right Wrist Injury -- NFL FanHouse
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew got the news he wanted Monday.

Phillips' seat getting hotter in Dallas
Usually a fixture in postgame festivities, Jerry Jones was conspicuous by his absence in the locker room after Sunday's 34-27 loss.

Tampa Bay reaching 3-1, Brett Favre under investigation par for season in 2010 - Peter King -
he voice from across the country late Sunday night said what we all feel, if I'm not mistaken, about the 2010 NFL season. "What is normal in this league right now?'' Larry Fitzgerald, fan of the game, said from Arizona. "Such a strange year.''

Saints should be concerned, Carson Palmer's struggles and more - Jerome Bettis -
The Saints should be very, very concerned. Last week, I said I wasn't worried about the Colts' slow start. Then they went on to beat the last remaining undefeated team. Last year's other conference champion isn't so safe after Sunday's eye-opening loss in Arizona.

Once-endearing Favre no longer charming - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Over the years, regardless of how great or devastating the games had been on the field, Brett Favre(notes) could always charm. He stood at lecterns beneath stadiums all around the NFL rambling on, revealing every emotion that bubbled up as he spoke. These were endearing moments, almost as if he was bearing whatever torment broiled inside while still sorting out those thoughts himself. Then he sold them with a wink or a squint of his eyes and it made him impossible to love.

Injuries derailing Packers' season - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
This is why preseason performances rarely matter. It’s why predictions in August are a joke. And it’s why five weeks into the NFL season, there isn’t a single undefeated team left.

Owners to discuss labor plans - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
With negotiations on a new contract with the players going slowly, NFL owners began their fall meetings Monday.

Favre situation makes us confront sexism - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Today is going to be awkward. Over the years, the sports world has learned to deal with and discuss real-life issues such as economics, criminality, corruption and racism.

Cold, Hard Football San Diego: plenty of sizzle, very little steak
There was a girl back in high school, Janet. Great chick. Friendly with everybody. Still hang out with her today. Her dad’s a local football coach, too. And a lobsterman.

Cold, Hard Football Pigskin Potpourri: 10 lessons learned in Week 5
1. Ladies and gentlemen, the Detroit Lions have played a complete football game. If you’re a Lions historian, you know that the last truly good day in franchise history was Nov. 4, 2007. On that day, the Lions improved to 6-2 with a 44-7 win over the visiting Broncos. The Lions were for real!