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Lyons Earns His Spot "

On Friday, Dicky Lyons stepped onto the practice field at Dove Valley for a tryout. Three days later, he officially signed with the team as a free agent.

2010 Caravan: Northern Tour -
On Thursday, April 29, the Denver Broncos took the north by storm. Over the following three days, the Broncos visited Fort Collins, Greeley and Cheyenne, Wyo., to kick-off the Northern Tour of the first Broncos Country Caravan.

Paige: It's not fair to rip Tebow for his faith - The Denver Post
On the night of Dec. 13, 2008, as three college undergraduates stood together in the green room at the Nokia Theatre in New York, awaiting the Heisman Trophy award ceremony, they talked about their schools and their teams, the football season, upcoming bowls (two would be playing for the BCS championship), the bright lights and the big city.

Klis: Bounty of Cutler deal now in place - The Denver Post
It took two drafts and another week of intense concentration to follow the Broncos' bouncing draft picks, but the results are in on the Jay Cutler trade.

Kiszla: Charismatic Tebow now McD's favorite - The Denver Post
From the gleam in the eye of Denver coach Josh McDaniels, it's hard to tell whether he wants to start Tim Tebow at quarterback or adopt him as member of the family.

Broncos' Quinn in quarterback derby too - The Denver Post
He is the man in the middle before the Broncos have run a single play in training camp.

Memory of 9/11 hits Broncos rookie 24/7 - The Denver Post
Time marches on through a maze of circled dates on a calendar: a birthday here, an anniversary there — dates that come back around each year to fill life's chapters.

The draft’s boom-or-bust players: part 1 | National Football Post
Talent vs. character/work ethic is one of the most debated topics in draft rooms across the country as NFL teams try to figure out if a prospect has the kind of passion needed to live up to his potential or if he’ll fall by the wayside and become someone who just didn’t want it bad enough. Here’s the first part of the National Football Post’s look at some of the top boom-or-bust prospects selected in the first three rounds of the draft:

Why Sharper's return is big for the Saints | National Football Post
We can have a good discussion about why Darren Sharper didn’t find a big market as a free agent this offseason — and talk about his knee surgery — but what matters to the Saints and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is that the veteran safety is back in the secondary.

The purpose behind tough interview questions | National Football Post
With all the spin and subterfuge surrounding "The Question" by Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland to Dez Bryant, I thought I’d add my take for what it’s worth (two cents?).

Snyder's top PR man Swanson leaving Redskins | National Football Post
Daniel Snyder’s longest-tenured public relations guru is stepping down.

Report: Sharper had microfracture surgery | National Football Post
The team that knows best about Darren Sharper’s medical condition is the one that wound up signing him.

Jaguars: Bryan Smith out for season with torn ACL | National Football Post
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Bryan Smith is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to the team.

Browns sign Alex Smith | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns signed veteran tight end Alex Smith to a one-year deal, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Dez Bryant's mother is on probation for 2009 felony drug arrest | National Football Post
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's mother said earlier today that she wants an apology for Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland.

Ravens withdraw offer to Keith Fitzhugh | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens have withdrawn their exclusive rights qualifying tender offer to safety Keith Fitzhugh, the team announced.

Broncos cut running back Chris Brown | National Football Post
The Denver Broncos released undrafted rookie running back Chris Brown, the team announced.

Eagles going Kelly green for opener | National Football Post
Somewhere, our friend Joe Fortenbaugh is probably already wearing his classic Philadelphia Eagles throwback jersey. Maybe a Jerome Brown model. Perhaps a Harold Carmichael. Maybe a Charlie Garner.

Steelers hopeful that Roethlisberger could return for OTAs in June
Some in the Pittsburgh Steelers' organization are optimistic that suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return for organized team activities next month.

Report: Steelers WR Sweed has Achilles surgery; status unknown
Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed underwent surgery to fix a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon Monday, one day after he suffered the injury during the team's final minicamp practice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Latest Vikes stadium plan given long odds by Minnesota lawmakers
A sports-themed lottery game and new taxes on hotel stays, car rentals and sports memorabilia are the linchpins of a Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal that top Democratic legislators characterized Monday as a long shot to pass this year.

Troubled Seahawks LB Hill misses second minicamp, per team order
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Sunday that the team told troubled linebacker Leroy Hill to stay away from this weekend's minicamp to avoid being a distraction.

Raiders move rookie Campbell from left tackle to right guard for reps
he Raiders' fourth-round pick, Bruce Campbell, went through an emotional grind as he sat through nearly two days of last month's NFL draft before hearing his name.

Time to put Bryant-Ireland question controversy behind us
As former Jets owner Leon Hess used to say, "Please don't let me read something about our first-round pick the day after the draft that I didn't know before we selected him." Given that I was the team's director of player administration at the time, I took that as a direct challenge.

Rookie WR Bryant looks sharp in his first Cowboys practice
All eyes were on Dez Bryant during the Dallas Cowboys' rookie practice Friday. With a considerable amount of media in attendance, Bryant passed his first test with flying colors.

Steelers have issues beyond naming Roethlisberger's replacement
The uncharted and unpredictable football-related fallout of Ben Roethlisberger's suspension began at the end of a minicamp last weekend with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin proclaiming that no decision has been made about which quarterback will start in Roethlisberger's place for the first month or so of the season.

Washington Redskins fullback Mike Sellers: 'Extremely tough' to resist steroids - ESPN
Washington Redskins fullback Mike Sellers said Monday that it's still "extremely tough" for NFL players to resist the temptation of steroids.