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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 10/22/10


Broncos hurry up Demaryius Thomas' development - The Denver Post
There is a plan for the Broncos to get their most physically adept offensive player on the field.

Rookie cornerback Perrish Cox kept busy - The Denver Post
When the Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, Peyton Manning threw at rookie cornerback Perrish Cox. Baltimore's Joe Flacco often threw in Cox's direction. Last week, the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez worked Champ Bailey early, but then spent the second half throwing at Cox.

Jackson will report to S.D., sign his tender - The Denver Post
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson will report to the Chargers next week and sign his contract tender, his agent said Thursday.

McD: Following rules shouldn't crimp fast play - The Denver Post
The Broncos are looking ahead from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's announcement of the strict enforcement of flagrant helmet- to-helmet hits and the possibility of suspensions as punishment. But no at the Dove Valley complex is quite sure what effect it will have on this weekend's games — whether more tackles will be missed, more flags will be thrown or if it will be business as usual.

Union, Broncos players talk future - The Denver Post
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith was at the Broncos' Dove Valley complex Thursday to meet with players about a potential course of action in 2011 if the NFL owners impose a lockout.

Analysis: League's vigilance on illegal hits can't be ignored on the field - The Denver Post
A theory throughout the league suggests that Sunday's games could feature a few more penalty flags because of the NFL's concerted effort to crack down on helmet-to-helmet hits on players who aren't in position to defend themselves.

Q&A: NFL rules for practice squad allow some flexibility - The Denver Post
Q: I was under the belief that if a player played in a regular-season game, he couldn't be placed on that team's practice squad or another team's practice squad. The Broncos recently promoted (linebacker) Diyral Briggs from the practice squad to the active roster, but it was reported he played in four games with the 49ers last year. What are the rules for players being moved on and off the practice squad?

Goodell shares NFL’s illegal hits video | All Things Broncos
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has shared, via Twitter, the video the league sent to all 32 teams this week detailing the increased attention to preventing helmet-to-helmet hits.

Raiders rivalry "alive and well," McDaniels says | All Things Broncos
So Raiders Week doesn’t have quite the same oomph now that Mike Shanahan (with his personal vendetta against Al Davis) are gone. But Josh McDaniels has certainly developed his own distaste for the Broncos’ AFC West rival. news: Vikings-Packers leads interesting week full of division matchups
We're approaching the midpoint of the season and that means one thing -- more division matchups. And in this season of über-parity, no one is really out of it (okay, except the Bills and Panthers and Browns... But at least the Bills and Panthers are coming off a bye, so they didn't lose last week!). news: NFL's video message to players: 'You are on notice' about hits
The NFL delivered its message about heavier punishment for illegal hits, including suspensions, directly to the 32 teams with a video spelling out what players should avoid. news: Steelers LB Harrison cools off, decides against retirement
That retirement talk by James Harrison didn't last nearly long enough for some NFL quarterbacks. news: Browns center Mack questions Harrison's 'dirty' tactics
"If you watch the game film, (Harrison) was doing that to everyone on every play," Mack said Thursday. "People would be on the ground, and he would try to spear them. There's a play on film where (running back) Peyton Hillis is tackled, and he (Harrison) comes up and spears him. It's like you're being cheap, you're being dirty." news: Football is dangerous, but it doesn't have to be senseless
When the NFL puts its full muscle behind something, you tend to notice pretty quickly. Whether it's the push toward an 18-game season that began a year ago or partnerships for breast cancer awareness, when the league gets fixed on something, there is no mistaking its intent. news: Patriots among teams in primed to earn tough road wins
It takes a lot to win on the road in the NFL, but there are four teams that possess the ingredients necessary to pull off the difficult feat in Week 7. These four are in a unique position to get a difficult road win based on trends, past history and surrounding circumstances entering this weekend's action. Blogs " Blog Archive The Chiefs are no fluke "
I’ve seen enough of the Chiefs to know this team is for real, and I’m crediting much of their success to the offensive line. news: This year's NFL busts remarkably similar to some old movie flops
How do you quantify mediocrity? How about the fact that there are just three teams with only one loss or less. That's the fewest number of those teams at this stage of the season since 1983. Every team is as average as both Matt Cassel and Matt LeBlanc.

Dallas Clark of Indianapolis Colts out indefinitely; Austin Collie has surgery - ESPN
Two of Peyton Manning's top three targets will be sidelined in the short term and in the case of tight end Dallas Clark, possibly for the long term.

Tennessee Titans' Vince Young says his status will be decided Sunday - ESPN
Tennessee quarterback Vince Young was paying close attention as backup Kerry Collins worked the Titans through practice on Thursday in preparation for their game against Philadelphia.

Roger Goodell says 'workplace conduct' at center of Brett Favre investigation - ESPN
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says "workplace conduct" is the main focus in the investigation into allegations of improper behavior against Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Report: Miami Dolphins' Jared Odrick put on injured reserve - ESPN
Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick Jared Odrick is hurt again, and the latest injury might sideline him the rest of the season.

Deanna Favre relying on faith amid allegations - ESPN
Deanna Favre says her religious faith and an outward focus are helping her overcome the allegations of improper behavior that have been leveled against her husband, Brett.

'Okay fine...YOU show us how it's done!' | National Football Post
To the media in general, but specifically those that cover football, we've heard lots of screaming, desk pounding and outrage. Any of you have a solution to the issue of making the game safer and more palatable so that the "casual fan" isn't repelled by the wonton violence and mayhem? (You'd have a hard time convincing me that a big part of the appeal of football to the American viewing audience is the violence and viciousness, but that's a subject for a TV ratings column.)

Antonio Gates misses practice again | National Football Post
San Diego Chargers All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates didn't practice for the second consecutive day due to a toe injury and is expected to be a game-time decision.

NFLPA decertifies agent Josh Luchs | National Football Post
The NFL Players Association voted unanimously to revoke the certification of agent Josh Luchs, who admitted to paying over 30 college football players in a confessional style article for Sports Illustrated.

Week 7 NFL tip sheet | National Football Post
Let’s get you ready for the Week 7 NFL action. Personnel to watch, notes, my top teams and picks for every game on the schedule.

Chargers avoid blackout | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers have avoided a local television blackout for Sunday's big game against the New England Patriots.

NFL Week 7 picks, including Eagles-Titans and Vikings-Packers - Peter King -
Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Denver Broncos (2-4) Look at the Broncos' receiving corps. Jabar Gaffney 37 catches, Brandon Lloyd 34, Eddie Royal 32. Wait 'til Demaryius Thomas gets his pro legs under him. Denver's receivers will rival Indy's.

Matt Hasselbeck's Phone Ringing After Surprise Cameo on 'South Park' -- NFL FanHouse
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's phone started lighting up like crazy at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday night, and then again a few hours later.

Sam Bradford's focus on negatives turns into positive for St. Louis Rams - Jim Trotter -
Sam Bradford wanted no part of the conversation. Three days after completing 23 of 41 passes for 289 yards and the only two touchdowns in a 20-3 romp over Seattle, the Rams' standout rookie made a calculated scramble when a visitor began patting him on the back for the performance.

Violent hits are nothing new in NFL, but culture must change - Tim Layden -
"What we've got to do is find a way to play this game without killing each other.'' --Lito Sheppard, June, 2007

Lose-lose finale to Jackson-Chargers standoff - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The winner in the great contract standoff between the San Diego Chargers and wide receiver Vincent Jackson(notes) was … no one. Welcome to the lose-lose situation.