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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/23/10


Orton doesn't agree with Broncos' decision to go with Tebow - The Denver Post
Just four months after signing a contract extension that included $8.1 million in guaranteed money and saying Denver "is a place I want to be," Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton believes he's been swept to the curb.

Krieger: Time to see if Tebow can fling it - The Denver Post
Strangely, it was left to Kyle Orton to announce that rookie Tim Tebow will be the Broncos' starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

Broncos' Dumervil faces assault, disturbance charges - The Denver Post
Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil was cited for disturbing the peace and assault in connection with an incident at the team's Oct. 24 game against the Oakland Raiders at Invesco Field, court records show.

Kubiak busy fixing issues with Texans - The Denver Post
Another day, another rumor — such is life in the NFL these days for Gary Kubiak.

Analysis: Should Broncos protect Tebow again or turn him loose? - The Denver Post
The Broncos have a decision to make as they prepare to face the league's worst pass defense Sunday.

Tebow having fun but knows he's auditioning - The Denver Post
Tim Tebow finished his first midweek news conference as the Broncos' starter Wednesday morning and nearly skipped his way back to the locker room, snapping his fingers to some sort of beat in his head as he went.

Q&A: Orton's relationship with Tebow now clearly strained - The Denver Post
Q: I never see pictures of (Kyle) Orton and (Tim) Tebow interacting. I understand that there's probably not much love lost there, but don't starting quarterbacks and their backups need to be communicating during game time?

Tonight: Panthers (2-12) at Steelers (10-4), 6:20 p.m. - The Denver Post
The skinny: Just when the Panthers thought it couldn't get any worse as they limp to their second-worst finish in team history (1-15 in 2003), after a short week they get to play a road game against a Pittsburgh team that needs the win to capture its division.

Mike Shanahan has done a poor job handling the Donovan McNabb situation - ESPN
First off, Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb was way too diplomatic on his weekly radio show Tuesday. Along with saying that he felt "disrespected" by the way coach Mike Shanahan benched him this past week, he could've been far more hostile with his opinions. Because McNabb didn't go there, I'll do it for him: Shanahan, from all indications, has a lost a step as a head coach.

Indianapolis Colts put Austin Collie on injured reserve - ESPN
Colts receiver Austin Collie suffered a concussion Sunday against Jacksonville, and the team placed him on injured reserve Wednesday.

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates likely out for final 2 regular season games - ESPN
Star tight end Antonio Gates likely will sit out the final two games of the regular season to rest his injured right foot in case the San Diego Chargers make the playoffs.

Tom Brady passes Michael Vick in final Pro Bowl fan voting - ESPN
Tom Brady has overtaken Michael Vick to lead all players in the final fan voting for the Pro Bowl.

Larry Fitzgerald prefers Arizona Cardinals, but wants to win - ESPN
Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is just 14 yards shy of his fifth career 1,000-yard receiving season, quite an accomplishment considering the Cardinals are next to last in the NFL in passing offense. news: Rehabilitation under way, 'Big Ben' trying to reclaim name
Recklessness is what made Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a two-time Super Bowl champ. It's also what made him a man investigated for sexual assault, admonished by his owner, the NFL and a fan base that elevated him to the God-like status that made him feel entitled. He's been called a drama queen, and the toughest hombre in the league. news: Niners will start Troy Smith at QB vs. NFC West rival Rams
Quarterback Troy Smith will start for the San Francisco 49ers this weekend against the St. Louis Rams, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. news: Ochocinco fires back after Bengals' Lewis labels him 'mopey'
The Bengals' self-described dynamic duo is down to one for the rest of the season, and even that might be pushing it. Blogs " Blog Archive Favre to Peppers: ‘Go beat the Packers’ "
A concussed Favre still had the presence of mind following Monday night’s loss to the Bears to tell some of his opponents to put an end to the Packers’ playoff hopes. According to Michael Wilbon of, via Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, Bears defensive lineman Julius Peppers was among them. Blogs " Blog Archive Playbook picks: Split on the Falcons-Saints tilt "
All good things must come to an end … or so they say. Well, one of our "Playbook" analysts sees the Saints’ one-year reign over the NFC South coming to an end on Monday night.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 16 has Eagles, Jets climbing - Don Banks -
Week 16 of the NFL schedule looms, and no one's talking about resting starters for the playoffs this year. Just 32 games are left in the regular season, and all we've got settled is one division champion (Chicago) and a third of the 12-team playoff field (the Patriots, Steelers, Falcons and Bears).

Michael Vick's redemption among top 10 NFL stories of 2010 - Don Banks -
1. The redemption of Michael Vick. There are comebacks, and then there are comebacks, and Vick's career renaissance is in a league of its own. Nothing more than a bit player for the Eagles during the 2009 season -- his first season back in the league after serving almost two years in prison because of his dogfighting conviction -- Vick has electrified the NFL in 2010 like no one else. Though he was a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback for Atlanta, Vick has elevated his game to a new level since he became the Philadelphia starter in Week 2. In a Week 10 Monday-night game at Washington, he put on a tour de force performance, becoming the first QB in league history to pass for 300 yards with four touchdowns and rush for at least 80 yards and two more scores in the same game. Once a pariah, he's now an MVP candidate who has the Eagles on the cusp of a playoff berth.

Giants accuse Eagles of foul play
There is a chance the Eagles and Giants could meet again in the postseason, which could provide some interesting theater in the trenches.

'T-Sizzle' heats up rivalry with Brady - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Terrell Suggs(notes) sat on a lounge chair in a crowded restaurant Monday night, devouring a calamari appetizer and baiting Tom Brady(notes) as only he can.

Randy Moss denies making radio call, wants to stay in Tennessee - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Randy Moss(notes) says he's not 'Woody,' the angry radio caller whose voice sounded like him and was critical of Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

Jets QB Sanchez limited, says he'll play vs. Bears - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Mark Sanchez(notes) is ready to play, even if his shoulder is still a bit sore.

Redskins' Grossman aims to shed 'inconsistent' rap - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"I think I’m definitely stereotyped as an inconsistent quarterback," he said Wednesday, "and I’m doing everything possible to change that perception. And the only way you can change that perception is to play consistently."