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Broncos official Joe Ellis feels fans' pain, continues support for McDaniels - The Denver Post
Last in the AFC West and among the five worst teams in the NFL, the Broncos were followed into their bye week by an enraged fan base.

Analysis: Orton is taking a pounding as opponents exploit weak link - The Denver Post
When the Broncos return from their bye week, the condition of Kyle Orton's right shoulder will be of some concern.

Q&A: Josh McDaniels has hand in all the Broncos' plans - The Denver Post
Q: How do you and other teams view our coordinators? Are they highly respected? Some of the best at what they do? The way this team is playing, they don't seem to be getting better. And I'm not sure if there is anyone on the staff who can help McDaniels right this ship. news: What do you think of 'The Top 100' list?
"The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players" countdown is complete, and here are the top 10 greatest players in NFL history, according to the opinions of a panel that included former players, historians, scouts, team executives and writers. Check out the list, then have your say on the NFL's greatest-ever players. news: Vikings owner discusses state of team with Vikings veterans
Team owner Zygi Wilf spent a second day at the Minnesota Vikings' practice facility on Thursday, watching practice, talking with coach Brad Childress and several veteran players, and even eating lunch in the team's cafeteria. news: Best place for Moss? Titans believe its Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans don't believe like they took a chance claiming Randy Moss off the waiver wire. news: Allergic reaction slows Cardinals RB Wells in practice
An allergic reaction to a medication injected into his knee has limited Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells in practice this week. news: Titans WR Britt reportedly could miss as many as 6-8 weeks
Apparently, the right hamstring injury that Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt sustained early during Sunday's loss at San Diego is more serious than originally thought. news: Raiders QB Campbell to make fourth straight start
Coach Tom Cable says Jason Campbell will make his fourth straight start at quarterback this week for the Oakland Raiders. news: Steelers trying to stay away from leaning too much on Big Ben
The Pittsburgh Steelers might have fallen to the Saints in New Orleans, but it's becoming easy to see that the organization feels its best chance to win is dialing Ben Roethlisberger back. news: Eagles-Colts matchup leads way for exciting Week 9 schedule
As someone who has lived on the East Coast all of my life, I sometimes wonder about life out west. Do the fine people out there ever complain that most games start at 10 a.m. their time, and that often the best games of the day might be over before lunch? news: Raiders on verge of becoming a playoff contender
The Raiders might not be for real -- yet. They are relevant, though, and in the process of transitioning from punch line to inept to credible, relevant is a good place to be.

Tom Dempsey - Inside a Moment in Time - ESPN
On Nov. 8, 1970 in New Orleans, a man with no fingers on his right hand or toes on his right foot succeeded at something no one in his right mind thought possible. Tom Dempsey, a second-year Saints kicker, thumped a 63-yard field goal with his club foot to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17. The kick smashed the previous NFL field goal distance mark by 7 yards, no easy trick. The 40 years the record has stood unsurpassed --- but officially equaled just once -- are testament to that. The moonshot with a snub-nosed shoe spurred enough controversy that the NFL instituted the "Tom Dempsey rule" in 1977 in an attempt to formalize kickers' footwear. But Dempsey's feat remains magical, even to former Broncos kicker Jason Elam, who equaled the mark in 1998. Let's revisit Dempsey's kick in this installment of's "Inside A Moment In Time."

Matt Leinart supporter states case for QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' struggles at quarterback have invited criticism over the team's handling of the position.

James Harrison of Pittsburgh Steelers fined $20,000 for hit on Drew Brees - ESPN
Steelers linebacker James Harrison's hard hits on the field keep getting matched by the NFL's hits to his paycheck.

San Diego Chargers' Antonio Gates might be forced to sit out with foot injury - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers, who might be without star tight end Antonio Gates on Sunday at Houston due to a foot injury, signed wide receiver Kelley Washington.

New England Patriots player injury updates as they prepare for Cleveland Browns - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung (knee) and wide receiver Deion Branch (hamstring) were both limited in practice Thursday.

New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush making progress toward return - ESPN
Reggie Bush was limited during Saints practice on Thursday, raising his prospects for getting back in the lineup for the first time since breaking a bone in his lower right leg in the second game of the season.

Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck ruled out vs. New York Giants - ESPN
If the New York Giants are going to add to their knockout list of quarterbacks, it won't be Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck.

Week 8 rookie report card, part two | National Football Post
I have been waiting to write about the San Francisco 49ers rookies all year and just haven’t had the chance. The 49ers have played poorly and I wanted to write up a game when they played well as a team. Sunday they traveled to London to face the Denver Broncos and I was able to get a good look. They have two rookies starting on the offensive line. The two, Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis, were both first-round picks in April’s draft. Going into Sunday’s game, the 49ers knew they were going to have to run the ball well to control the game — and run it they did to the tune of 42 times.

Who's the best, worst or biggest surprise? | National Football Post
We're quickly getting to the first opportunity during the NFL season where you can look at a team and decipher what they really are. For 2010 a team's personality is becoming ingrained and a certain degree of consistency begins to take hold.

Diplomacy can buy vets extra years | National Football Post
I heard that Bill Parcells told his people at the conclusion of last season; "any player over the age of thirty most likely won’t be playing for the Dolphins". There are only 4 players older than 30 currently on their roster, and one is the long snapper. In comparison the Patriots have 12. Older players have a higher risk for injury and usually get old faster in the off season. Older players also come with higher salaries as well, including higher minimums. So for some GMs, it’s a simple philosophy, go young and go cheap. For others it’s; "give me the best guys available regardless of age."

Source: Clint Session not going on injured reserve, for now | National Football Post
Despite a fractured forearm and a dislocated elbow in his right arm, gritty Indianapolis Colts linebacker Clint Session isn't headed to injured reserve at this time.

Source: Jaguars tried out Tom Brandstater | National Football Post
Besides trying out and signing offensive tackle Guy Whimper to the active roster and wide receiver Clarence Denmark to the practice squad earlier this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars also auditioned former Denver Broncos quarterback Tom Brandstater.

NFL 2010 Midseason All-Pro Team, Awards - Peter King -
Brandon Lloyd Made the cut..

NFL Week 9 Predictions include Falcons over Buccaneers - Peter King -
New England Patriots (6-1) at Cleveland Browns (2-5) In his first three NFL starts, Colt McCoy has faced the best team in football, Week 6 version (Steelers, at Pittsburgh); the defending Super Bowl champion (Saints, at New Orleans;, and the best team in football, Week 9 version (Patriots, at home). That'd be like Colt, the ex-Texas QB, opening his college career at Alabama, at Oregon and home to Oklahoma. Brutal. If he comes out of it even 1-2 and completing 63-ish percent, the Browns have to give him the rest of the year to see if he might be the answer.

Troy Polamalu thinks Roger Goodell has too much power - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Troy Polamalu(notes) believes Roger Goodell has too much power to suspend and fine NFL players for illegal hits and insinuated that the NFL commissioner has unjust dictatorial powers when making such decisions.

Rams have something special in Bradford - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The telling sign of where the St. Louis Rams have gotten to this season was displayed two Sundays ago in Tampa, more apparent in defeat than in their recent victory against Carolina.

Bills expect LB Merriman to report on Friday - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Coach Chan Gailey and the winless Buffalo Bills will have to wait a little longer before formally welcoming newly acquired outside linebacker Shawne Merriman(notes).