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Horse Tracks - 7/29/10 - Training Camp Is Upon Us

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Wednesday Practice Report "
Rookies and early-reporting veterans took to the practice field Wednesday in shorts and shells — no pads — for the first "opportunity practice" of the summer.

Tebow's agent working with Broncos for deal - The Denver Post
As a partial roster of Denver players put on their clean practice jerseys with the new Health-One patches for the start of rookie training camp Wednesday afternoon at the team's Dove Valley headquarters, Tebow's pristine image and unscrupulous reputation received its first minor smudge.

Paige: Broncos draftees not named Tebow or Thomas offer some hope - The Denver Post
In the opening practice of the Broncos' quasi-training camp Wednesday afternoon, during a defensive backfield-oriented session, several team staffer types (from the grounds crew and the personnel department) placed upside down plastic trash receptacles on the field to represent offensive linemen.

Hochstein, Harris return to practice | All Things Broncos
Versatile veteran offensive lineman Russ Hochstein made his 2010 debut at a Broncos practice Wednesday as the team opened camp.

Broncos' top two picks next up for deals - The Denver Post
After missing the Broncos' initial rookie training camp session Wednesday, there's a chance first-round draft picks Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow will be signed in time for the 11 a.m. workout today. A look at the contract status of each player:

Gates' deal shows true vale of the TE position | National Football Post
On Wednesday night, the San Diego Chargers made Antonio Gates the highest paid tight end in the entire league. A five-year extension worth a reported $36.175 million—with over $20 million in guarantees.

Is the push for extra pads worth it? | National Football Post
A few years back in the first quarter of a game, Terrell Owens came over to his sideline between plays, looking for the play caller. His eyes were like high beams, his movements were frantic.

Fabian Washington says he's getting close: 'The knee's fantastic' | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington has been lobbying coach John Harbaugh to get back on the field in the next few days.

Raiders sign Rolando McClain | National Football Post
The Oakland Raiders have signed rookie first-round linebacker Rolando McClain, the team announced.

Dolphins sign Charles Grant | National Football Post
The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran defensive end Charles Grant to a two-year contract, a league source confirmed.

Mack Brown says Sergio Kindle has narcolepsy | National Football Post
University of Texas coach Mack Brown has a theory about what happened to Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle.

Vince Young not going to be suspended by NFL | National Football Post
The Tennesee Titans' quarterback isn't going to be suspended by the NFL in the wake of his strip club fracas in June where he threw punches at a club employee who disrespected Young's alma mater, the University of Texas, the Tennessean is reporting.

Source: Carlos Dunlap deal is worth $3.659 million | National Football Post
Cincinnati Bengals rookie second-round defensive end Carlos Dunlap's four-year deal is worth almost $3.57 million and includes $1.779 million in guaranteed money, per league source.

Chiefs announce McCluster, Arenas deals | National Football Post
The Kansas City Chiefs announced a previously reported four-year deal for second-round cornerback Javier Arenas as well as another deal for second-round wide receiver Dexter McCluster.

Jets sign Mark Brunell to two-year deal | National Football Post
The New York Jets made it official, signing veteran quarterback Mark Brunell to a two-year contract.

Colts sign fourth-rounder Jacques McClendon | National Football Post
The Indianapolis Colts have hammered out a four-year, $2.22 million contract with fourth-round rookie offensive guard Jacques McClendon, according to a league source. news: Falcons enter critical third year of Dimitroff's master plan
Three draft classes and three years of free agency. That's the timetable Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith set for being able to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. news: Saints' Payton ready to play the role of 'Hunted One'
In The Godfather, there was a character named Virgil Sollozzo who wanted to do business with the Corleone crime family. Sollozzo was the new kid in town, cocky, well-funded, good with the knife and ready to challenge anyone and everyone. When he made his move on the Corleone family and failed, he went from being the cocky new kid to the Hunted One. Once he became the Hunted One, his whole attitude changed; his thought process became disjointed, and he started to make careless mistakes. news: Shanahan to Haynesworth: Pass fitness test, then get on field
Albert Haynesworth finally showed up for work -- and quickly learned the Washington Redskins won't cut him any slack. news: Talk of Owens' pending arrival dominates start of Bengals camp
Terrell Owens was headed to Kentucky on Wednesday while his teammates-to-be tucked pillows and sound systems under their arms, unpacking for the start of training camp at Georgetown College. Owens wasn't expected to arrive until one day later. news: Cable cautiously optimistic about Raiders; Campbell is No. 1 QB
The story lines at the beginning of this year's training camp are much more pleasant for Cable, who starts his second full season as Raiders coach with a new quarterback in Jason Campbell and more optimism than usual around a franchise that has lost at least 11 games for seven consecutive seasons.

Terrence Cody of Baltimore Ravens passes test, cleared to practice - ESPN
A day late and quite short of breath, rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody passed his conditioning test Wednesday and formally launched his NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens.

Pressure all on Andy Reid now - NFC East Blog - ESPN
In the NFL’s often unforgiving circle of life, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has been handed a rare second opportunity -- a chance to hit the refresh button on his team and his career.

Lower-tier entertainment: Six likely also-rans worth following - NFL - Football
I admit it. I want to see Tim Tebow play, too, just to see who was right about the guy. Scouts and GMs were fairly unanimous in their criticism of him, saying that while they loved his intangibles they couldn't get past his mechanics. I say "fairly unanimous" because the Broncos refused to join the club, with coach Josh McDaniels seeing something in Tebow that others did not. Now, McDaniels' future is hitched to the left arm of Tebow ... and good luck. If McDaniels was wrong, it will cost him his job.

NFL Alumni opens new headquarters with focus on retirees - NFL - Football
The NFL's newly reorganized Players Alumni Association officially opened its new headquarters Wednesday night with a focus on the needs of its retired players and their health.

Redskins' M. Williams out for year with blood clot - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Washington Redskins will open training camp Thursday without offensive lineman Mike Williams, who is out for the year after a blood clot was discovered in his lungs.