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Get to Know: Marquez Branson -
In just two years at the University of Central Arkansas, Marquez Branson finished his collegiate career ranked fifth in school history with 18 receiving touchdowns to go along with his 82 catches for 1,236 yards. That production from the two-time All-Southland Conference player earned him a spot with the Broncos as a college free agent in 2009.

Broncos visit with former Cowboys center Procter - The Denver Post
The search continued Tuesday when the team brought in free agent Cory Procter for a visit at Dove Valley. He was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday to free up a spot on their roster.

Kiszla: Orton? Tebow? Broncos shouldn't forget about Quinn - The Denver Post
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels hoards quarterbacks the way Lady Gaga buys lingerie: in bulk.

Canadian Dr. Galea hit with list of charges - The Denver Post
A Canadian doctor whose high-profile clients have included Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez was charged Tuesday with bringing unapproved drugs into the United States and unlawfully treating professional athletes.

Simms responds after Canadian doctor charged with treating NFL players with HGH - The Denver Post
Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms has acknowledged being treated by Galea but was not contacted by investigators, Simms told The Associated Press. In December, Simms described the plasma injections Galea gave him in 2007 while he struggled to recover after having his spleen removed.

Breaking down the OTA practice | National Football Post
Over the course of the next month, we will be updated with countless reports from NFL OTA sessions. Players that are skipping out, players that are staging a quasi- spring holdout (think Chris Johnson of the Titans), the development of the young talent on the roster and the "coach speak" that comes from daily pressers next to the practice field.

Mardy Gilyard: 'I'm not shook up' | National Football Post
Robbed at gunpoint Monday night near the University of Cincinnati campus, St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Mardy Gilyard said he won’t let the incident intimidate him or shake his faith in people.

Ochocinco voted off Dancing with the Stars | National Football Post
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been voted off Dancing With The Stars.

Jets sign Aaron Kia, cut Green, Stommes | National Football Post
The New York Jets signed undrafted rookie offensive tackle Aaron Kia, the team announced.

Brandon McKinney recovering from back surgery | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens reserve defensive tackle Brandon McKinney disclosed that he had back surgery in February with a herniated disc removed from his lower back.

Texans sign 16 rookie free agents | National Football Post
The Houston Texans made it official, announcing the previously reported contract for sixth-round wide receiver Trindon Holliday.

Browns sign Shaun Suisham, cut Leigh Tiffin | National Football Post
One day after signing former Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin, the Cleveland Browns cut the rookie and signed veteran free agent kicker Shaun Suisham.

Vikings disappointed in governor, state legislature | National Football Post
The Minnesota Vikings are nearing the 11th hour on a new stadium deal, the only sure thing that will keep them located amongst the 10,000 or so lakes scattered about the great state.

Patriots cut Shawn Springs, sign Ted Larsen | National Football Post
The New England Patriots have released veteran cornerback Shawn Springs and signed sixth-round center Ted Larsen to a four-year deal worth roughly $1.87 million, according to a league source.

Lardarius Webb ahead of schedule | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is "significantly" ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruicate ligament suffered late last season, according to coach John Harbaugh.

Troy Smith has his tonsils removed | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith is out for a few weeks after having his tonsils removed in his hometown of Cleveland recently.

Jared Gaither misses practice with bruised foot | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither didn't practice today due to bruising on the bottom of his foot.

Family guy: Brady's absence no laughing matter for Pats fans
So why is the fact he's not fully participating in the Patriots' offseason workouts such a big deal? Why has it been a topic of debate on talk radio and any other place in New England where fans and media voice their opinions?

Voluntary workouts? Must be 'protest season' around the league
You've got to love the "protest season." It's the time of year when the draft is over and training camp is still a couple of months away. The news has less to do with the X's and O's and -- without games to cover -- the media attention turns to any storylines available. As usual, players refusing to show up for voluntary practices takes center stage.

Life without Big Ben: Steelers give Leftwich most reps at No. 1 QB
These might be the most-scrutinized May practices in Steelers history.

Former Bills, Raiders QB Losman agrees to terms with Seahawks
Quarterback J.P. Losman agreed to undisclosed terms with the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday, citing a league source.

Arena and Canadian leagues aren't in ex-Raiders QB Russell's plans
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell doesn't plan to attempt a comeback in the Arena Football League or Canadian Football League, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Hamstring injury sidelines Titans first-round draft pick Morgan
So much for the eagerly anticipated arrival of the Titans' top draft pick. The team must wait just a little bit longer to see how defensive end Derrick Morgan does with the whole squad.

Browns LB Jackson says he won't go camping without new contract
Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Tuesday that he will sit out the team's mandatory minicamp June 10-12 and isn't sure if he'll report to training camp in July as long as he remains in a contract dispute with the organization.

Vikings haven't heard if Favre will have offseason ankle surgery
The Minnesota Vikings haven't been given any indication about Brett Favre's potential offseason surgery plans, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

New online petition pushing Titans to give Johnson a pay raise
Chris Johnson now has some online fan support in his bid for a big pay hike from the Tennessee Titans.

Second-year studs or duds? - AFC North Blog - ESPN
Before free agency and the "win-now" mentality that dominates today's NFL, there was a time when teams could groom players for several years before they finally hit the field.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he and offensive coordinator Mike Martz are on the same page - ESPN Chicago
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't feel particularly comfortable initially about playing in the timing-based offensive scheme of new coordinator Mike Martz.

Darrelle Revis, New York Jets aim to be more than 'paper champs' - ESPN New York
Darrelle Revis stepped onto the practice field with his New York Jets teammates for the first time this offseason and immediately noticed all the smiles.

Sources: Daunte Culpepper on verge of UFL contract - ESPN

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper is on the verge of going from the NFL's Detroit Lions to the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.