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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/16/10

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Broncos' Tebow, Quinn do drills while Orton stands aside - The Denver Post
As the Broncos began their first practice in preparation for Sunday's game at Oakland, only two of the team's three quarterbacks held footballs in their hands.

Paige: Hirings have to be rush jobs - The Denver Post
Fewer than 30 shopping days remain until the Broncos will choose a new general manager, then a new coach.

Broncos' GM search may mean empowering Xanders - The Denver Post
The NFL held one-day meetings in the Dallas area, and it's hardly surprising that Broncos owner Bowlen and chief operating officer Ellis were there. What may be significant is the third guy who tagged along: Brian Xanders, the Broncos' general manager. At the very least, Bowlen and Ellis are judging Xanders separately from former coach Josh McDaniels.

A horse race without the Bronco - The Denver Post
A look at the AFC West Division race with three games remaining:

Analysis: Defenses have decided to focus on Denver's passing game - The Denver Post
For almost as long as there has been football, there has been an overwhelmed defensive coordinator saying he had to stop somebody's run game in order for his team to win.

Q&A: Don't look for the Broncos to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck - The Denver Post
Q: If the Carolina Panthers end up with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft, do you think the Broncos could trade up with them to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck? Or do you think the Panthers will keep the pick and draft Luck?

Judge to hear arguments about whether file on Broncos' Cox should be made public - The Denver Post
A judge this morning will hear arguments on whether the file in the Perrish Cox sex assault case should be made public.

NFL.com news: Playoff positioning on the line in exciting Week 15 schedule
Week 15 key for playoff positioning

NFL.com news: McKay: League should revisit playoff seeding system
Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president and co-chair of the NFL Competition Committee, said Wednesday at the league's owners meetings that he would like to see playoff teams re-seeded, with division winners not necessarily granted a home game.

NFL.com news: Often-overlooked McCoy might be Eagles' key to postseason run
It's easy to look at the Philadelphia Eagles' offense and only see Michael Vick throwing (when he isn't running) and DeSean Jackson catching and the ball moving from one end of the field to the other in a blink.

NFL.com news: Jets suspend Alosi indefinitely for telling players to form wall
Alosi, the Jets' strength and conditioning coach, was suspended indefinitely by the team Wednesday after he acknowledged that he told five inactive players to stand next to each other for a punt return, during which he tripped Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll.

NFL.com news: Logistics being worked out for Vikes game at TCF Bank Stadium
Backed by dump trucks and loaders, dozens of workers hoisting shovels and blowers attacked the snowdrifts covering the University of Minnesota's stadium Wednesday in a determined push to have it ready to replace the snow-damaged Metrodome for Monday night's game between the Vikings and Chicago Bears.

NFL.com news: Chiefs QB Cassel returns to practice; status for Sunday unclear
Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that Matt Cassel's ability to do some work at practice Wednesday "was encouraging," but the team will continue to closely monitor the quarterback this week.

New York Jets coach Sal Alosi acted alone? Not buying it - ESPN New York
Sal the Tripper became the fall guy, the casualty of a transparent cover-up attempt by the New York Jets. This was a hoot, even by Jets standards.

Roger Goodell thinks CBA deal could be done by Super Bowl - ESPN
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday a new labor agreement could be in place by the Super Bowl "if we all commit to it and work hard at it."

Sources: Stadium for Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears a fluid situation - ESPN
The same winter weather that rendered the Metrodome unusable for the Minnesota Vikings' game against the Chicago Bears on Monday night may derail plans of playing at the University of Minnesota's open-air stadium and cause the game to move indoors to Indianapolis.

Marvin Lewis plays down Terrell Owens' criticism of Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
Marvin Lewis defended Terrell Owens on Wednesday after the receiver pointed a finger at the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff for the team's lousy season. The rest of the players just shrugged.

Dallas Cowboys' Anthony Spencer fined for helmet hit on Michael Vick - ESPN Dallas
For weeks Philadelphia has been upset at the number of unnecessary hits quarterback Michael Vick has taken. The Eagles finally were heard.

Green Bay Packers coach not optimistic about QB Aaron Rodgers - ESPN
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't sound too optimistic when it came to the question of whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion last week against the Detroit Lions, would be able to play Sunday night against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Giants' Steve Smith out for rest of season with knee injury - NFL - SI.com
Giants receiver Steve Smith is out for the rest of the season with an injury to his left knee.

New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez says he needs to be 'thick-skinned' - NFL - SI.com
The doubts and criticisms are piling up, and Mark Sanchez knows it.

Browns' Colt McCoy back practicing with starting offense - NFL - SI.com
Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will take snaps with Cleveland's starting offense in practice and could start Sunday in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals try to get season ticket holders with popcorn - Paul Daugherty - SI.com
"After another excellent draft class, the addition of Antonio Bryant, and arrival of Terrell Owens, the 2009 AFC North champions are looking to have an even better 2010 season, and we would love for you to join us again! For a limited time only, if you purchase new Season Tickets, you will receive a voucher for a free box of popcorn. ..''

There are a lot of memories buried in Minnesota's Metrodome - Steve Rushin - SI.com
If you're not from there, you think the Midwest is composed of interchangeable parts. A CNN graphic last weekend showed heavy snow in "Minneapolis, Wisconsin." An ABC studio host told a freezing correspondent in Minnesota: "Sorry about that, Chicago!" When people ask if Marquette University is in Michigan, and I tell them my alma mater is in Milwaukee, they sometimes say: "What's the difference?"

Jets no longer having fun with Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and company - Damon Hack - SI.com
One month later, there are no cigars burning for the Jets, though they might opt for a smoke flare. The team that has spent the season squarely in the spotlight has tumbled in consecutive weeks in remarkable fashion. Two weeks ago, in a game billed as the season's biggest, the New England Patriots spent three hours pummeling them on national television.

Don't rule out four-way tie in NFC West - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
For the first time since Derek Anderson’s(notes) Fatwa Against Funny in the Arizona desert late last month, the NFL’s most pathetic division will be back in the national spotlight Thursday when the 49ers face the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.