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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 10/8/10


Finnegan fined again | National Football Post
The oft-punished cornerback was fined $5,000 by the league office for the third week in a row. This time, he was fined $5,000 for allegedly punching Denver Broncos offensive guard Chris Kuper.

Broncos' Orton on pace to break NFL passing yardage record - The Denver Post
When this NFL season ends, here may be the order to the grouping: Orton. Marino. Brees.

Broncos pull out of contract negotiations with Champ Bailey - The Denver Post
Just as a contract extension with star cornerback Champ Bailey was drawing near, the Broncos decided to pull out of negotiations.

Flacco gets hot just in time to face Broncos - The Denver Post
When the Broncos faced Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco last November, he threw only five incomplete passes and did not have an interception.

Q&A: Gadget plays not the answer for Broncos - The Denver Post
Q: So, the Broncs are looking great between the 20s, but then they become predictable. This is the first time I have missed coach Mike Shanahan. Perhaps I am just not football smart enough, but why not put in Tim Tebow and run an option or a quarterback sneak (Kyle Orton is big enough to pull that off)? Or how about a reverse with Eddie Royal or better yet with Demaryius Thomas? Something besides running again and again and again? What am I missing here?

Analysis: Broncos must remain patient against rugged Ravens - The Denver Post
In many ways, the Ravens' defense is a bit of a riddle this year.

Bailey ‘Won’t Lose Sleep’ Over Contract Situation " MaxDenver
The breakdown of negotiations on a long-term contract between Champ Bailey and the Broncos might be cause for concern, but not immediate alarm.

Broncos' running back Moreno questionable for Ravens game - The Denver Post
Time to downgrade Knowshon Moreno's status from "hopeful" to "questionable" for Sunday's game at Baltimore.

Bailey has high praise for Baltimore receivers | All Things Broncos
It hasn’t even been a year since the Broncos last prepared for a game in Baltimore, but for Denver’s defensive backs, the group of receivers they are preparing for couldn’t be more different.

Figuring out Chris Johnson's 'struggles' - AFC South Blog - ESPN
He’s the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher with averages that project to a 1,416-yard season and 16 rushing touchdowns. That would be the sixth-best season in 51 years of franchise history.

Back in No. 84, Randy Moss practices with Minnesota Vikings - ESPN
To hear Randy Moss tell it, this week's blockbuster trade that moved him from New England to Minnesota didn't just bring him back to the place where he started his NFL career.

Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant: Paying big dinner bill 'funny' - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant finds it humorous that his humongous dinner tab sparked so much national debate.

Oakland Raiders' Darren McFadden misses second straight practice - ESPN
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden sat out his second straight practice with a sore hamstring and is almost certain to miss Sunday's game against San Diego.

Jake Delhomme of Cleveland Browns: Ankle steadily improving - ESPN
Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme says his right ankle has steadily improved and he could return for Cleveland's game Sunday against Atlanta after missing three weeks.

Brett Favre: New York Jets called about return before '09 draft - ESPN New York
Before deciding to make the bold move to trade up for Mark Sanchez in the 2009 draft, the New York Jets made an 11th-hour call to Brett Favre to see if he was interested in coming out of retirement to give the Jets another season. news: Titans' D won't alter rough style, even after being called 'cheap'
Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil extended his hand to shake mine and, yes, his middle finger was still attached. It just won't be on display any more except for occasions of mannerly protocol such as this. news: Pats move on without Moss; Belichick denies any issues
Wes Welker might become more of a leader. Vince Wilfork doesn't know if the team will be better or worse. Bill Belichick says he has confidence in all his players. news: Can Moss solve Vikings' identity crisis on offense?
It might seem odd that an offense littered with Pro Bowl players would lack direction, but it is obvious after the first quarter of the season that the Minnesota Vikings are suffering from an identity crisis. news: Docs cautious on concussed Bears QB Cutler, who'll sit Sunday
Jay Cutler was in helmet and pads at practice Thursday, but don't expect to see him on the field when the Chicago Bears visit the Carolina Panthers this weekend. news: GM: Bills could make more changes in 'painful' rebuilding
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix all but called this season a rebuilding project Thursday, suggesting it was too much to expect the team's inherent problems to be fixed overnight. news: McNabb-Woodson showdown one of Week 5's best matchups
The Packers have won the last four matchups, after not playing for 13 years. They didn't play between 1988 and 2001 -- a rarity that two teams from the same conference would go that long without playing. Green Bay has won 17 of 30 games in this series that started in 1932. The Packers were plus-24 turnover differential in 2009, but are minus-1 this year.

The spread beaters | National Football Post
I spoke Tuesday about Packers defensive coordinator Dom Caper's comment about the proliferation of spread offenses being a natural reaction to the ever-growing size, skills and speed of defensive personnel.

Week 5 NFL tip sheet | National Football Post
Let’s get you set for the Week 5 action in the NFL. Personnel, notes, my top teams and weekend picks...

Chris Simms pleads not guilty to drug charge | National Football Post
Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms is fighting charges of driving while impaired and driving while impaired by drugs.

Patriots exploring trade for Vincent Jackson | National Football Post
In the wake of the Randy Moss trade, the New England Patriots aren't just exploring the possibility of bringing Deion Branch back to New England.

Ray Rice ready to start | National Football Post
Ray Rice is primed to reassume his featured role in the Baltimore Ravens’ backfield.

Peter King's NFL Week 4 game-by-game predictions - Peter King -
Denver Broncos (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1) Great test for the NFL's passing-yards leader, Kyle Orton (1,419), who is on a silly 5,676-yard pace. Baltimore's secondary is playing far, far better than anyone thought it would. I see a good duel here, with Orton getting his yards and Baltimore getting the win.

Dungy says Vikes have to address Moss' contract situation - Dan
NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy joined the show to evaluate the Randy Moss trade and talk about some of the other big stories around the league.

Browns' Hillis has thigh injury - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Browns running back Peyton Hillis(notes) has been added to Cleveland’s injury report with an unspecified thigh injury.

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Brett Favre won't comment on racy allegations - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre did not deny Thursday that he left voice mail messages propositioning a sexy TV sports personality shortly after he joined the Jets in 2008, the New York Post reported.

Brett Favre's Cellphone Seduction Of Jenn Sterger (Update)
In the video here (parts of which are NSFW due to penis photos at 2:08 mark), you'll see and hear all the strange messages Jenn Sterger received from someone she was led to believe was Brett Favre.