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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/18/10


Broncos' GM Xanders' future role uncertain - The Denver Post
Whether Brian Xanders can be part of the solution is up for debate. What is indisputable is that the Broncos' uppermost hierarchy of Pat Bowlen and Joe Ellis don't consider Xanders part of the problem.

Ben McDaniels keeps focus on job - The Denver Post
Ben McDaniels knows what's already happened and he understands what might happen in the near future, but the Broncos' quarterbacks coach says he chooses to live in the moment.

Tebow gets reps; Studesville waits to make decision - The Denver Post
Tebow, however, has all the appearance of a guy who will make his first career start. He has taken the majority of the work with the starting offense this week as Orton has been limited with a rib injury.

2010 NFL Draft redux has Dez Bryant to Raiders - Don Banks -
Mid-December means it's almost time to go into full-blown review mode in terms of 2010, and we always get that process started by looking back at last April's NFL Draft with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight. This is our seventh annual redraft of the first round, and as always our attempt is to divine how things should have unfolded based on what we know now. Remember, rookie-season production carries more weight than potential or projection in our redraft. And honesty compels me to add one thing this year: The teams at the very top of the draft did excellent work. There's little reason to quibble with their choices. news: Tebow, other young QBs need to be evaluated closely
The Denver Broncos are an interesting case study of a team whose future, as in the first game of the NFL's next regular season, is almost certain to be dramatically different from its present.

Fantasy Spotlight: Raiders' backup RB Bush is a keeper - The Denver Post
What are your thoughts on Raiders backup RB Michael Bush? Not only this week, but for his future. Could he be a lead back with another team?

With brother Josh gone, Ben McDaniels continues working with Tebow - The Denver Post
Ben McDaniels knows what's already happened and he understands what might happen in the near future, but the Broncos' quarterbacks coach says he chooses to live in the moment.

Tebow practices with Broncos' first team again; Orton not ruled out yet - The Denver Post
Tim Tebow continues to practice like he's the Broncos starter for Sunday's game in Oakland, but interim head coach Eric Studesville continues to maintain no decision has been made about who will be behind center Sunday.

Washington Redskins to bench Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman vs. Dallas Cowboys - ESPN
Donovan McNabb to second-string. Then to third-string. Then no guarantee that he'll be back next season.

Official: Field not too hard, will be ready for MNF's Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game - ESPN
A University of Minnesota official says the playing field at TCF Bank Stadium is fairly soft despite frigid temperatures and he's confident it will be ready for Monday night's Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears game.

New York Jets' Rex Ryan denies wall knowledge despite Brian Billick talk - ESPN New York
As New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reiterated Friday that he had no knowledge the Jets had been using a wall tactic on the sideline during punt returns, the NFL showed up at the team's practice facility to investigate.

Troy Polamalu of Pittsburgh doubtful against New York Jets with ankle injury - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Matt Cassel of Kansas City Chiefs questionable, but hopeful, to face St. Louis Rams - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel had his most extensive practice in the past three days Friday and remains hopeful of playing Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin says he'll 'definitely' play vs. Chicago Bears - ESPN
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin says he'll "definitely" play Monday night against Chicago. news: McNabb benching shines spotlight squarely on Shanahan
The decision to bench Donovan McNabb announced Friday has added more unnecessary chaos to the Washington Redskins' already tumultuous season, thrusting the first-year leadership team of coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen under even more scrutiny. news: Redskins' McNabb benched; Grossman to start vs. Cowboys
Donovan McNabb to second-string. Then to third-string. Then no guarantee that he'll be back next season. news: Jags rest QB Garrard as precaution; Bouman back in fold
The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed veteran quarterback Todd Bouman on Friday, but barring a setback, David Garrard will take the snaps this weekend at Indianapolis. news: Seattle's Washington a changed man after fallout from injury
Leon Washington had every right to get emotional last April 24 when, on the second day of the NFL Draft and only months after Jets coach Rex Ryan planned a major expansion of Washington's role, New York dealt him and his healing leg across the country to Seattle, along with a seventh-round pick, for a mere fifth-rounder. news: Pressure on Sanchez leads intriguing list of Week 15 storylines
With three weeks left to play, only one team has clinched a playoff spot, and all eight divisions are still up for grabs. Injuries remain a big part of the game and can profoundly impact the playoff hopes of teams, as witnessed last week when teams were forced to ask their backup quarterbacks to play. There will be more of the same this week. And, since a handful of teams may have been eliminated from the playoff chase, can those squads play spoiler? There are plenty of storylines to go around in Week 15.

Eight NFL teams could clinch playoff berths in an intrigue-filled Week 15 - John P. Lopez -
There's no denying Week 15 in the NFL is rife with an abundance of intriguing subtopics. There's Johnson-Finnegan II in Nashville. The doll-eyed Mike Shanahan perhaps going full-blown Child's Play cuckoo by starting Rex Grossman over Donovan McNabb. There's a Snow Day in Minneapolis, a You're Fired Bowl in Ohio and marquee quarterbacks fighting to get on the field despite serious injuries.