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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks -- 10/15/10


LaDainian Tomlinson blossoms again after his arrival in the Big Apple - The Denver Post
The clothes don't make the man. The colors, the logos, the paint on the helmets can't hide what's inside.

Paige: Time to paint town orange - The Denver Post
Since the beginning of the 2006 season, the Broncos — once the most-feared home team in the NFL because of altitude, attitude, players, coaches and fanatics — have sunk to a frightful 18-16 low-water mark — 4-4, 5-3, 4-4, 4-4 and, this season, 1-1.

Orton in charge of dissecting Jets' blitzes - The Denver Post
McDaniels said it will be up to Orton, the starting quarterback, to diagnose the Jets' complex variety of blitzes and make sure the offensive line understands who to block.

Q&A: Bowlen's vote is the one that counts - The Denver Post
Q: Recently, I heard an interview with Josh McDaniels. A reporter asked how the contract negotiations were going with Champ Bailey. Josh said he had recommended that (the Broncos) re-sign him, but it's out of his hands. Is Josh McDaniels no longer taking part in player personnel decisions?

Analysis: Jets willing to pound away with run game - The Denver Post
When Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson visited the New York Jets this year as he was trying to decide where to sign, he didn't say much because he "kind of just wanted to soak it all in." news: Moving on without Moss part of plan for big-picture Patriots
The record will show the Patriots dealt Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 6, 2010. But preparations for the blockbuster, from New England's perspective, were pushed into motion almost a year earlier than that. news: Hair-raising blast: Pop singer Bieber mocks Brady's moptop
Even Justin Bieber is making fun of Tom Brady's hair. news: Raiders' Gradkowski still can't practice; McFadden questionable
Oakland Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday with an injured shoulder, and running back Darren McFadden said he is questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers with a hamstring injury. news: Favre limited by sore throwing elbow at Vikings practice
Quarterback Brett Favre returned to practice for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, one day after sitting out to rest his sore right elbow. news: Steelers' offense changing with Roethlisberger's return
With Ben Roethlisberger returning Sunday, the Steelers are making a change on offense. news: Titans RB Johnson skips practice to rest sore thigh
Titans running back Chris Johnson received a day off from practice because of his sore thigh.

Source: Colt McCoy officially set to start for Browns against Steelers - ESPN
Although it's not a surprise, it is now official: Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will make his NFL debut Sunday for the Cleveland Browns. news: Kolb more likely to start for Eagles as ailing Vick again rests
Michael Vick didn't practice Thursday, so Kevin Kolb took all of the first-team repetitions at quarterback for the Eagles, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

New York Jets' Darrelle Revis, Calvin Pace to travel; game status unclear - ESPN New York
Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace are coming along for the ride.

Ines Sainz of TV Azteca wants out of NFL locker rooms - ESPN
A Mexican television reporter who said she felt uncomfortable in the New York Jets locker room last month is returning to work and plans to conduct her interviews anywhere but there.

N.Y. grand jury indicts Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea - ESPN
A high-profile Canadian sports doctor charged earlier this year with smuggling unapproved drugs into the United States to treat professional athletes was formally indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Buffalo.

Ready to go? Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers practices - ESPN
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was cleared by doctors and returned to practice for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. Assuming he doesn't have a setback in his recovery from a concussion, he is optimistic he will start Sunday's game against Miami.

Oakland Raiders' Bruce Gradkowski sits out 2nd day of practice - ESPN
Oakland Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski missed practice for a second straight day Thursday with an injured shoulder and running back Darren McFadden said he is questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers with a hamstring injury.

Week 6 NFL tip sheet | National Football Post
Let’s get you ready for the Week 6 NFL action. Notes, my top teams, personnel and all of my NFL picks for the weekend.

Jason Campbell to start for Raiders | National Football Post
Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is expected to start Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Quarter pole NFC look | National Football Post
What a week, eh? Brett Favre's falling apart on and off the field, agents are paying players is a hot topic and college football's search for a national champion is one jumbled mess. But, I will leave all those to our great writers here at the National Football Post, because today as promised I want to finish my look at the NFL landscape as we know it on October 14.

Jimmy Kennedy is pissed off and he's talking about it | National Football Post
Just imagine what his tenure would have been like with the St. Louis Rams had Jimmy Kennedy shown this much fire when he was there as a first-round draft pick?

Tony Romo invites Tony Dungy to pay him a visit | National Football Post
After the retired Super Bowl winning coach questioned the leadership of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on Sunday night, Romo invited him on down to take a look and talk about it.

Personal Conduct Policy at crossroads | National Football Post
As Ben Roethlisberger returns from his NFL-imposed four-week suspension for bad behavior and the league looks into "sexting" allegations against Brett Favre, the issue of conduct by NFL players off the field has again become front and center. It is also an issue in play between the NFL and the NFLPA in bargaining for a new CBA to avert a 2011 lockout.

Devin Thomas doesn't think underperforming sunk him in D.C. | National Football Post
In the world of Devin Thomas, his release from the Washington Redskins had nothing to do with his inability to be in shape, stay healthy and, you know, produce on the field.

NFL fines Nate Burleson $15,000 for separate incidents | National Football Post
The NFL cracked down on the Detroit Lions wide receiver and fined him $15,000 for two separate no-no’s during the team’s blowout victory over the St. Louis Rams last Sunday. We know wins are hard to come by in Motown, but Burleson will probably think twice the next time he scores a touchdown and has the urge to, you know, kick the ball into the Ford Field stands.

NFL Week 6 predictions by Peter King - Peter King -
New York Jets (4-1) at Denver Broncos (2-3) Sit, Darrelle, sit. And not just for this week either. The Jets have to bite the bullet and give Revis a minimum of three weeks off. If not, this hammy will flare up throughout the season and they'll be faced with Kyle Wilson covering Reggie Wayne or Mike Wallace in January. That's a losing proposition.

Jacksonville Jaguars become 15th club to decertify union, in case of lockout - NFL -
Jacksonville Jaguars players have voted to give the NFL Players Association their backing to decertify the union in the event of a labor lockout next year.

Vikings-Cowboys is NFL playoff game in October - Don Banks -
Typically when my editors and I hash out which game I should cover on any given NFL weekend, a matchup of sub-.500 teams doesn't make the radar screen or get even token consideration. But Sunday's Dallas at Minnesota showdown is no typical meeting of 1-3 teams. And off the top of my head, here are 10 reasons why:

Big Ben's tall task - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Like the thousands of athletes before him who have found themselves in compromising positions and been handed a second chance, Ben Roethlisberger(notes) says he has changed. He has said this repeatedly in the months after that spring night in Georgia where a woman alleged something happened in the restroom and an ensuing Georgia Bureau of Investigation report painted a portrait of an athlete run amok.

Jimmy Johnson: Brett Favre's a 'drama queen' - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
"Would you agree with me on this, that he is a drama queen? He’s a drama queen that’s 41 years old, and while some of his ailments are real, and he’s got some problems, there’s no doubt about that," Johnson said. "But he loves to play it up, he loves the spotlight. And the guy can still do it. And I’ve always said this — it’s not how many great plays you make that make you successful, it’s how few bad plays. And it’s getting to where his bad plays are about equal or more to his good plays."

Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:05 ET, CBS) - NFL Blitz: Ranking best games of Week 6 - FOX Sports List
NFL Blitz: Ranking best games of Week 6