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Champ Bailey, the Denver Broncos cornerback, is firmly in Josh McDaniels' corner - ESPN
"If we don't win with this guy … I mean, he's doing everything possible to get us ready," Bailey said. "I give this coach credit. I've learned so much from this guy and I'm in my 13th year. We know we are going to be a prepared football team the way he coaches us to be smart, tough, physical, and [McDaniels] knows everything about different game situations." news: Broncos LB's handiwork is no more after Tebow shaves 'do
Tebow showed up at practice Tuesday with what remained of his hair buzzed. He still had his scraggily beard, though.

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All levels of football utilize one drill to test the mettle of an offensive lineman.

Broncos Mailbag: Denver insured on Doom, but he'll be back - The Denver Post
The Broncos shell out the big bucks for Elvis Dumervil, and now he may be out for the season. Do NFL teams have anything like injury insurance to defray the big salaries for injured players? Or do they have to absorb the hit? And how do salaries for injured players affect the salary cap?

Broncos RB Fargas adds power, experience - The Denver Post
The hard running but oft-injured Fargas is the latest to join the stable of walking wounded known as the Broncos' running back corps. The longtime Oakland Raider was signed by the Broncos after passing his physical Tuesday night.

Fargas passes physical, to sign with Broncos | All Things Broncos
Justin Fargas will no longer be punishing the Broncos’ defense. Not on game days, anyway. Fargas, the former Oakland Raider running back, passed his physical Tuesday night and will sign with the Broncos.

Denver Broncos depth chart deception: Ryan Clady still No. 1? | All Things Broncos
But here’s a tip, when it comes to the preseason depth chart, it is better to believe what you see with your eyes rather than what you see on paper. The chart the team had to put out Tuesday is more a guide for where the team hopes it will be come Sept. 12. (The good news there is that the team appears confident guys like Ryan Clady, Chris Kuper and Knowshon Moreno will be starters by then.)

Time has arrived for Broncos' Haggan - The Denver Post
"I did get frustrated, no question," Haggan said. "But I don't look back, because I always told myself through all of that, if I got the opportunity I would be ready to grab it and never look back. So, I'm grabbing it."

Linebacker Williams returns to practice, but play is limited - The Denver Post
Wearing an orange jersey that screamed "Do Not Touch" to his teammates, starting inside linebacker D.J. Williams made his return to practice Tuesday afternoon for the first time in more than a week.

Analysis: Injuries on Broncos' offense kick Prater's importance up - The Denver Post
Monday was Matt Prater's 26th birthday. And this year the place-kicker has a gift-wrapped situation in which he will get plenty of work in the coming weeks.

Five rookies in the preseason spotlight | National Football Post
Tim Tebow, QB, Denver We know the hype surrounding the former Gator — and we all want to see what he can do on the field. But, forget the exotic plays and different personnel groupings that head coach Josh McDaniels will use Tebow in as a rookie once the regular season game plans are handed out. This weekend, let’s watch him at QB — because eventually, he is going to be the No. 1 in Denver at some point in his career. Focus on his ability to run the basic offense, his footwork, his patience (or lack thereof) in the pocket. Can he go through his route progression, and can Tebow put together a drive that results in points? Game competition is a step up from two-a-days when it comes to QBs. But if Tebow struggles, don’t read into it too much. Carson Palmer looked shaky on Sunday night. It is all a part of the process.

Raheem Brock to visit the Texans today | National Football Post
Veteran free agent defensive lineman Raheem Brock is scheduled to visit the Houston Texans today, according to his agent, Andy Simms.

Revis' agents accuse Jets of lying | National Football Post
In the latest turn in the contract dispute between star cornerback Darrrell Revis and the New York Jets, Revis' agents have accused the organization of lying after owner Woody Johnson said that tey declined the team's ofer to bring him to a meeting last Friday at a diner.

John Gill placed on non-football illness list | National Football Post
The Indianapolis Colts placed reserve defensive tackle John GIll on the non-football illness list, two league sources confirmed.

Domonique Foxworth has surgery to repair torn ACL | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth is recovering from surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament, a season-ending injury that has him on injured reserve.

Packers lose CB, turn to indoor league for help | National Football Post
The Green Bay Packers don’t have a lot of depth at cornerback and it’s already being tested.

Jaguars' stadium naming rights deal approved | National Football Post
The Jacksonville Jaguars' EverBank Field five-year deal has been finalized.

D'Qwell Jackson injures pectoral muscle | National Football Post
Cleveland Browns inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has experienced some more hard luck.

Jeff Saturday has arthroscopic knee surgery | National Football Post
Indianapolis Colts veteran center Jeff Saturday underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery today, the team announced.

Marcus Easley could be out for a long time | National Football Post
Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Marcus Easley could be lost for the season with a knee injury. news: Saints, Patriots share practice field, chance to learn
One championship might be just the start for the New Orleans Saints. They're studying how the New England Patriots kept winning NFL titles, hoping to match that domination. news: Jets rookie Wilson preps for possibly bigger role in Revis' place
Dwight Lowery figures the New York Jets might be waiting a while for Darrelle Revis to show up. news: While Saints' offense gets accolades, defense yearns for respect
The halfway point of my training camp tour seems like an appropriate time to reflect upon what I've seen and heard first-hand, along with what has been taking place at other NFL camps. news: Mike Williams works to go from bust to blue-collar contributor
All offseason I've heard stories of how good wide receiver Mike Williams has looked with the Seahawks while trying to finally make good on an NFL career he squandered away. Two years away from the game, and he's really made this type of impression? Was Seattle this desperate? Was coach Pete Carroll so gung-ho to give one of his former USC players a shot that the feel-good story spin was being pushed?

2010 NFL training camps: Brad Childress says Percy Harvin suffering from migraines - ESPN
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin remains on leave from practice, coping with migraine headaches.

E.J. Henderson: A miracle, so far - NFC North Blog - ESPN
To this point, however, Henderson's return has proved to be no charade. No one is willing to say he will be the Vikings' starting middle linebacker Sept. 9 at New Orleans -- no one except Henderson, that is -- but here's what we can say with absolute certainty: Henderson has cut his original recovery timetable in half, and in the process surpassed every milestone set in front of him. His final hurdle will be a big one -- actual game experience -- but it's not out of the question that he could play in Saturday's preseason opener at St. Louis.

Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden to miss preseason opener - ESPN
After spending his first two NFL seasons dealing with injuries to his toes, shoulder and knee, Darren McFadden was looking for a healthy start to the 2010 campaign.

2010 NFL Training Camps: D'Qwell Jackson limps off Cleveland Browns practice field - ESPN
Cleveland's starting inside linebacker, and one of the Browns' top players, left the practice field on Tuesday with a potentially serious injury.

Jimmy Johnson: 'Survivor' tougher than 3-a-days - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes spent more than a month this summer with "Survivor" as one of 20 castaways. The season premiere will air Sept. 15, and to preserve the suspense, Johnson didn’t say how he fared.

It's Madden Day! Yay? - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The downside to the consistent formula is that it's just not terribly exciting anymore. In years past, the Madden marketing team has had something new and different to sell you: superstar mode, franchise mode, a revamped passing system, the hit stick, something. Whether or not it turned out to be good, at least it was new. There was something to check out; something revamped or mind-blowing that would change things. Dungy is still in Michael Vick's corner
It’s a good thing Michael Vick has Tony Dungy in his corner. If he didn’t, it might get awfully lonely on that island he occupies.

Emmitt Smith apologizes to Florida fans for HOF speech snub
Emmitt Smith might have made Cowboys fans proud during his Saturday night Hall of Fame acceptance speech, but he angered fans of his alma mater.