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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 10/16/10


Broncos' Vickerson turns difficult beginning into starting job - The Denver Post
If there's one thing that has been constant in Kevin Vickerson's first five years in the NFL, it's that he knows never to get comfortable.

Elway attends Broncos practice | All Things Broncos
Former Broncos quarterback John Elway walked out of the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters Friday afternoon wearing a bright orange golf shirt and khaki slacks.

Wink and Rex at Highlands Ranch High School game | All Things Broncos
I’m at the local sports bar when I look up and there’s New York Jets’ coach Rex Ryan and Broncos’ defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale sitting in the bleachers at the Highlands Ranch-Thunder Ridge high school football game. Sitting in between was Martindale’s wife, Laura.

Demaryius Thomas cleared to practice | All Things Broncos
Broncos rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas passed all of his post-concussion tests and will return to practice today, coach Josh McDaniels said.

Namath: Jets vulnerable in one-on-one - The Denver Post
The man who was the NFL's first quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season knows a hot hand when he sees one.

Q&A: Did Broncos give up too easily on Alphonso Smith? - The Denver Post
Q: I noticed that Alphonso Smith has started three games for the Lions and has performed admirably while racking up three picks. I watched him in college and I thought he was going to be a solid pro. Did the Broncos just give up on him too quickly or did he not fit our defensive scheme?

Jets' multitalented Smith has Broncos' attention - The Denver Post
He was a record-setting quarterback in college. He was a guy asked to change the way he'd always done things to have a shot to play in the NFL.

McDaniels "excited" about prospect of Moreno, Thomas playing vs. Jets - The Denver Post
The Broncos continue to cross their fingers and hope for the best on getting back some of their injured players for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. news: Brady's looking forward to the next challenge
I know it's hard to admire, or even like guys who play for teams that don't hold our rooting interest. Trust me, I know. news: Falcons staying grounded amid early-season success
Wide receiver Roddy White, one of the most experienced players on the the Atlanta Falcons, believes it's not a coincidence his team is 4-1 and tied for the best record in the NFL. news: Even with Big Ben back, Steelers must retain running identity
The return of Ben Roethlisberger has been touted around the league as the move that pushes the Steelers to the top of the title contenders. news: Favre listed as questionable; QB will be game-time decision
With an NFL-record streak of 289 regular-season starts on the line, Brett Favre is listed as questionable for Minnesota's game Sunday against Dallas. news: Rodgers will start for Packers, but LB Matthews' status doubtful
Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells is convinced Aaron Rodgers is over the concussion that put the quarterback's playing status in doubt earlier this week. news: Ryan: Jets CB Revis questionable, LB Pace probable
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Denver Broncos, coach Rex Ryan announced Friday. news: Raiders starting Campbell at QB; Gradkowski could be active
Jason Campbell will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in place of the injured Bruce Gradkowski. news: Bench Favre? Vikings might have to, if he plays poorly
It's Week 6 and there are no undefeated teams left. There were five teams at 5-0 last year and the picture was a lot clearer as to which ones were playoff bound. At this point, everything is up for grabs and special teams, injuries, bad calls and coaches' decisions are more magnified than ever. There is no margin for error and a team can go from the penthouse to the outhouse in a weekend.

Final Word: AFC West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Broncos know Mark Sanchez: In the days before the 2009 draft, Josh McDaniels and the Broncos considered taking a run at USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Denver officials even flew to Southern California to stage a private workout with Sanchez. Yet, Denver never had a chance to take Sanchez because the Jets moved up to get him at No. 5. Denver will have to deal with Sanchez and the Jets' offense Sunday when they play host to New York.

'Go time' for rookie Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll says - ESPN
Colt McCoy made it through practice unscathed. Next, he has to survive Pittsburgh's petrifying defense.

Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson returns to practice on Friday - ESPN
Three injured Tennessee Titans who sat out of Thursday's practice were back on the practice field Friday.

Agent games exposed | National Football Post
The furor raised by the cover story in Sports Illustrated – a firsthand account by Josh Luchs (an agent I don't remember dealing with in 9 years negotiating contracts for the Packers) of paying college players – starts to uncover the facts about representing NFL players.

Majority of highest-rated players on the take | National Football Post
A very prominent, well-educated, successful NBA agent once told me "that if you want to represent first-round picks, the best of the best, you better be ready to get your hands dirty. That goes for any sport." I think his hands are dirty.

Smith, Benard fined | National Football Post
Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was fined $12,500 for his actions during last week's loss to the New York Giants.

Channing Crowder getting healthier | National Football Post
Channing Crowder is getting healthier.

Pierre Thomas frustrated with ankle injury | National Football Post
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Tampa, and it doesn’t sound like his return is imminent.

Addai questionable for banged-up Colts | National Football Post
Besides ruling out safety Bob Sanders (biceps) and linebacker Kavell Conner (foot) earlier this week, running back Joseph Addai (neck) is questionable.

Fred Taylor ruled out, Haloti Ngata questionable | National Football Post
The New England Patriots ruled out veteran running back Fred Taylor due to a toe injury.

Jaguars sign Michael Hamlin, cut Keith Null | National Football Post
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed safety Michael Hamlin to the practice squad and cut quarterback Keith Null from the practice squad.

Teams shying away from run at record pace - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Through the first five weeks of the season, there are a staggering 11 teams that are averaging less than 25 carries a game running the ball. If that continues, it would break the league high-water mark of 10 (in 1991) since the league went to 16 games in 1978 (a season in which the fewest amount of average carries was 31.6 per game by the Minnesota Vikings). Conversely, five teams are averaging more than 40 throws a game.

Cowboys, Vikings already in playoff mode - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When the 2010 NFL schedule came out in April, Sunday’s matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings looked like a scintillating showdown in the making.

Sean Payton's Saints are struggling; what to watch for in Week 6 - Peter King -
Sean Payton, his Super Bowl champs on the verge of a crisis of confidence this week, channeled his inner Parcells. I covered the Bill Parcells Giants for four years in the '80s, and I remember thinking how odd it was to be around the team after a big win and see Parcells growling and unhappy about all the little things they were doing wrong; or sometimes when the team was in a tailspin, he'd be Dale Carnegie, convincing them they were on the cusp of something great if they'd only clean up this or that.

Behind the legend of former Oakland Raiders great Kenny Stabler - The Bonus -
Excerpted from "Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders" by Peter Richmond. Published by arrangement with HarperCollins Publishers.

Cowboys problems start with Jerry Jones - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Jerry Jones talks openly about his Cowboys playing in his beautiful new stadium in the Super Bowl this year. He should be talking about the great underachievement of his last-place outfit.