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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks 11/14/10


For Broncos castoffs Hillis and Smith, a change of scenery works - The Denver Post
Just outside the Broncos' locker room, next to the mailboxes piled high with best wishes and the hopes for an autograph, is a rather ordinary-looking staircase. But in all the years Rod Smith played for the Broncos, he never wanted to set foot on those steps.

Klis: D.J.'s penalty too severe - The Denver Post
According to the most recent FBI statistics, there were 1,171,935 DUI arrests in the United States in 2008.

Broncos' Matt Prater now on the mark - The Denver Post
The Prater home outside Fort Myers, Fla., was the perfect place for an aspiring kicker, especially after the family cleared a 60-yard field and erected a set of goalposts on the 10-acre property.

Coach's ability might be what's truly impaired - The Denver Post
"When coach Josh McDaniels came in and blew up a decent Broncos team, McSmartypants was announcing he knew more than Mike Shanahan, Denver fans and the NFL establishment. When you take that path, there is one condition: You better be right. The only thing that can save Josh now is Tim Tebow becoming a star, which is about as likely as Randy Moss becoming a solid citizen."

Williams won't start - The Denver Post
Broncos star linebacker D.J. Williams has been stripped of his team captaincy, fined nearly $15,000 by the team and told he will not start today's game against the Kansas City Chiefs as punishment for his arrest early Friday morning on suspicion of drunk driving.

Players across NFL letting their hair down - The Denver Post
Gimme head with hair, Long, beautiful hair.

NFL Game Center: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers - 2010 Week 10
Considering how badly the New England Patriots were dominated in their most recent game, it might look as if the Pittsburgh Steelers are getting a visit from Bill Belichick's team at the perfect time. news: Vikings WR Rice remains on PUP list, won't play vs. Bears
The Minnesota Vikings didn't activate the wide receiver from the physically unable to perform list before the 4 p.m. ET deadline Saturday, according to a league source. It could be an indication that Rice, who had hip surgery in late August, wants another week to recover. news: Patriots rule out RB Taylor, three others vs. Steelers
New England Patriots running back Fred Taylor has been ruled out of Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of toe injuries to both feet. news: Bengals RT Smith placed on season-ending IR with broken foot
The Cincinnati Bengals placed star-crossed right tackle Andre Smith on season-ending injured reserve because of a broken foot, the team announced Saturday. news: AFC no longer appears vastly superior to NFC
Through most of the first half-dozen weeks of the season, the commonly held opinion was that the AFC ruled the NFL. news: Torn pectoral muscle sidelines Giants WR Smith indefinitely
The New York Giants will have to get by for the foreseeable future without their top possession receiver, Steve Smith. news: Vikings, Lions on pace to obtain rare road victories
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 10. 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.

Washington Redskins' Ryan Torain healthier than Clinton Portis - ESPN
Ryan Torain is ahead of Clinton Portis as the Washington Redskins seek a healthy running back for Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Biggest NFL games of Week 10 -- John Clayton - ESPN
After the conclusion of the World Series, the NFL heats up its most important matchups, so Week 10 begins the bonanza of divisional games.

'07 Dolphins know power of one Bills win - AFC East Blog - ESPN
When the 11 o'clock news came on that night, Vonnie Holliday sat back with a smile on his face and relived the glorious moment.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Back in the mid-80s I remember a couple of big ball boys hanging around the Bears. They were there in training camp and on game days. They seemed to fit right in with that wild team that belonged to Mike Ditka and Jim McMahon, always having fun and partaking in some give and take with the players.

Report: Cam Newton's father admits discussing cash payment | National Football Post
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton boarded the team bus Friday in preparation for his team’s potential SEC West-clinching game Saturday against Georgia. But will he be under center when the offense takes the field for the first time against the Bulldogs?

Dave Zastudil cut from Browns' injured reserve | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have released punter Dave Zastudil, removing him from their injured reserve list.

NFL Week 10 Picks including Patriots-Steelers, Ravens-Falcons - Peter King -
Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) at Denver Broncos (2-6) Very bad matchup for the Broncs. Chiefs rushing for 5.0 per carry, Denver allows 4.6 per carry. Expect a grind-it-out win for KC, and be happy if you employ Jamaal Charles or Thomas Jones in fantasyland.

Chad Pennington, Jason Garrett need to make quick impact - Peter King -
Two stories of the weekend, Jason Garrett and Chad Pennington. Yesterday, time was of the essence for both.

Peyton Hillis, Jahvid Best look good to go, more analysis - Will Carroll -
It's Week 10, the glide path into the fantasy playoffs and, at this stage, you know your team.