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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks -- 10/23/10


Broncos' Williams keeps low profile off gridiron while making an impact - The Denver Post
You won't hear D.J. Williams hosting a show on the radio or see him on television commercials. You won't see his face on billboards, shilling for any shoe company.

Fantasy Spotlight: Knowshon Moreno primed to break out vs. Raiders - The Denver Post
Mr. Lammey, I would like to say thanks for your great insights in The Denver Post. What do you think Knowshon Moreno will do this week against the Raiders? Should I feel safe in starting him this week? --Dominic

Players preparing for lockout - The Denver Post
If Broncos players didn't understand the gravity of their livelihood before meeting with union chief DeMaurice Smith, they do now.

Q&A: Offensive line key to Broncos establishing ground game - The Denver Post
Q: I was in the stadium on Sunday, and I thought the Broncos played well enough to win. Unfortunately, Denver has been, and continues to be, a rather pedestrian team in what is turning out to be a mediocre division.

Analysis: Broncos dinking and dunking toward disaster - The Denver Post
With the Broncos' struggles in the run game — they are still last in the league — and the reaction of opposing defenses to that, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton has had to shorten the team's passing game some in recent weeks.

McDaniels, Broncos learning again to dislike Raiders - The Denver Post
Josh McDaniels and his relatively new band of Broncos, though, received a bad enough first impression of the Raiders last year to at least accelerate their dislike for Al Davis' franchise.

Broncos considered drafting LB Rolando McClain | All Things Broncos
Josh McDaniels wouldn’t say Friday just how close he and the Broncos came to trying to get Rolando McClain in last April’s draft, but McDaniels reiterated just how much he liked the linebacker from Alabama.

NFL Net ranks Elway No. 23 all-time | All Things Broncos
With all due respect to the fine folks at the NFL Network, may I say: Are you nuts?

Dallas Clark of Indianapolis Colts shelved for season with wrist injury - ESPN
Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark was put on injured reserve Friday and will have season-ending wrist surgery. Clark said he met with three surgeons before the decision and plans to return next year for a ninth season.

Defenders want NFL's rules to protect them, too - ESPN
Some NFL defenders are wondering when the league is going to crack down on infractions they see as equally deserving of suspensions as helmet hits, particularly illegal blocks that go on in the trenches.

Report: Baltimore Ravens' Ed Reed may not be activated for game vs. Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed isn't sure if he's going to be in the lineup when he's eligible to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list for the first time Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Josh Cribbs to James Harrison: Don't change the way you play - ESPN
The NFL is demanding that Steelers linebacker James Harrison and others stop using their helmets as weapons.

Vince Young of Tennessee Titans questionable, doesn't practice - ESPN
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young didn't practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ex-Jets hostess Jenn Sterger considering talking with NFL officials abot Brett Favre - ESPN
The NFL still is investigating allegations that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent lewd photos and inappropriate text messages to a New York Jets game hostess two years ago, with the door open to a conversation between the woman and league officials.

Minnesota Vikings' Ray Edwards fined $20K by league - ESPN
The NFL fined 12 more players Friday, mostly for unnecessary roughness in games last weekend, sending another strong message that violent conduct wouldn't be tolerated.

Prosecutors won't charge Junior Seau with domestic violence - ESPN
Prosecutors in San Diego won't charge former NFL star Junior Seau after his live-in girlfriend alleged she was assaulted. news: Packers' plethora of issues begins with lack of run game
It's was fun to look into a crystal ball and predict the future, especially in the height of summer trying to figure out which team has a Super Bowl feel to it. news: Chargers hope to have Gates on field in key matchup vs. Patriots
With kickoff on Sunday fast approaching, it remains unclear who San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will have to throw to against the New England Patriots. news: Garrard misses practice; Jags yet to name starter vs. Chiefs
It looks like journeyman Todd Bouman will make his first start in nearly five years. news: Early signs point to Patriots not missing a beat without Moss
The loss of a Hall of Fame-caliber player is not supposed to make a team better, but a quick look at the film of the New England Patriots' overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens is making me reconsider that opinion. news: Peterson-Hawk showdown one of critical Week 7 matchups
This is a game of utmost importance for both teams, and Peterson and Hawk will be right in the center of the action. Minnesota plays only two teams with losing records the rest of the season. Green Bay has five dates with losing teams. Favre is instilling less fear in opponents this year, putting even more of the burden on Peterson. news: McNabb has improved Redskins, but his play remains unevolved
It's been a hair over six months since the shocking trade of Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, in what was the NFL's version of trading Chipper Jones to the Mets, or Kobe Bryant to the Kings. A franchise quarterback being traded within his own division -- while still on the outskirts of his prime -- just doesn't happen. news: QB Campbell's knee improving, may start against Broncos
Jason Campbell's injured left knee is improving and he is expected to be able to start this weekend against Denver if he has no setbacks.

Friday new$ and note$ | National Football Post
Sunday night in Green Bay will be the third contest between Brett Favre as a rival Viking against the team for which he was the face of the franchise for 15 years. As someone with the Packers for nine of those years, it is still odd to see Brett in a Viking uniform, the delayed result of "the divorce" from over two years ago where Mike McCarthy told Brett those three poignant words when he asked for his job back: "We’ve moved on."

Keith Brooking says violence inevitable part of NFL - Peter King -
In conversations with several players this week, I got the strong impression that we're not going to see a radically different football game Sunday afternoon. Not at all. What may change is a decrease in headhunting, which is a good thing. The T.J. Ward hit on Jordan Shipley in the Cincinnati-Cleveland game three weeks ago -- despite Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan calling it textbook -- was an egregious shot at Shipley's head. The Brandon Meriweather hit on Todd Heap last Sunday, helmet to helmet, was a disgrace. I'd be surprised if we saw a hit like those on Sunday.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 7 has Jets rising to No. 2 - Don Banks -
Highlighted by Miami's overtime upset at Green Bay, another six road teams won last Sunday, and I've always thought road wins were a pretty good indicator of a division's strength. So far this season, the road team has won 39 of 90 games, or 43.3 percent of the time. That's up just a tick from 2009's total road winning percentage (110-146, 43.0), and if the trend holds, would represent the fourth consecutive year that number rose.

Hard stance on hits could soften game - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
As the workweek staggers to the finish line and the NFL weekend blessedly approaches, you’re looking forward to some intriguing matchups – from Brett Favre’s(notes) Return To Lambeau Field (Part Deux), to Tom Brady(notes) vs. Philip Rivers(notes), to your fantasy team that no one cares about battling that other guy’s equally irrelevant team.