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Horse Tracks - 8/13/10


Midwest roots shape way of life for Broncos' McDaniels - The Denver Post
To experience Josh McDaniels hometown is to better understand how every decision he has made as the Broncos coach had his principled upbringing at its root.

Ben McDaniels charts own course to be Broncos' QB coach - The Denver Post
The question was, who is tougher to work for, your dad or your brother? And when Ben McDaniels had gathered himself he said: "Both are enjoyable."

Broncos rookie Walton can't wait to become a veteran - The Denver Post
J.D. Walton knows his spot as a rookie on this Broncos team. That's why his head is newly shaved, the result of last week's hazing ritual

Practice sessions focus on Bengals - The Denver Post
The Broncos on Thursday formally began their preparations for Sunday's preseason opener at Cincinnati by watching film of the Bengals and practicing against a scout team to simulate the Bengals' starters.

Analysis: Time has come for Broncos WR Stokley to strut his stuff - The Denver Post
It's been difficult not to notice this week, but Brandon Stokley has picked up some momentum.

Q&A: It's hard to get a handle on Broncos' injuries - The Denver Post
Q: How do all of the injuries to the Broncos during training camp stack up against other teams? Are they having the same concerns? Are there any types of injuries that seem to dominate throughout the league?

Broncos cooking up a position battle on the offensive line - The Denver Post
The fans on hand for Thursday afternoon's workout got a small taste of what a game week looks like during the regular season as the Broncos prepared for Sunday's preseason opener at Cincinnati. Fans got to see Broncos receivers in red scout team jerseys, sporting No. 81 and No. 85 — playing the parts of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco — against Broncos cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Andre' Goodman.

Harvey Steinberg: Marshall’s shot needs work | All Things Broncos
When former Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall had hip surgery earlier this offseason, he stayed at the palatial Denver-area home of his attorney Harvey Steinberg.

Broncos change practice schedule for Friday, not open to the public | All Things Broncos
The Broncos will have a workout in Invesco Field at Mile High on Friday morning from 9-11 a.m. But the practice will be closed to the public.

Royal misses practice | All Things Broncos
Broncos receiver Eddie Royal, who has played the entire camp with the first-string offense, missed his first practice Thursday.

JaMarcus Russell admits he tested positive for codeine after 2007 draft - ESPN
Free-agent quarterback JaMarcus Russell told ESPN's Colleen Dominguez that he tested positive for codeine after the Raiders selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft.

Miami Dolphins' Brandon Marshall says he'll play in NBA if there's NFL lockout in 2011 - ESPN
Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall said Thursday that if NFL teams lock out the players next year, he will try out for the NBA.

2010 NFL training camps: New York Jets, Darrelle Revis clear air; details now to be private - ESPN New York
After days of public sniping, the New York Jets and the agents for Darrelle Revis announced a truce Thursday, claiming they will take contract negotiations underground.

Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian says no update on Peyton Manning contract talks - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian says he understands the need for him to field questions about Peyton Manning's contract situation.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan apologized for 'Hard Knocks' profanity - ESPN New York
Rex Ryan received a call late Wednesday night from his mother. She wasn't happy with his use of profanity in the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the NY Jets."

2010 NFL training camps: Cleveland Browns' D'Qwell Jackson won't need chest surgery, report says - ESPN
Starting inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who initially feared he might be lost for the season, will be sidelined for at least a few weeks with a strained right pectoral muscle, the second chest muscle injury the dependable four-year veteran has sustained in less than a year.

Is Kyle Shanahan the Skins' x-factor? - NFC East Blog - ESPN
When I arrived at Redskins Park last Thursday, I expected all the players to be talking about Mike Shanahan. But what I quickly realized is that Shanahan's son, Kyle, is being embraced just as much as the head coach. The 30-year-old former Texas Longhorn is on the fast track to be a head coach in the NFL, according to the Post. Some folks already think Shanahan could succeed his father in Washington, but I'd like to see the offense play a couple games before jumping on that bandwagon.

Are the Jets vulnerable without Revis? | National Football Post
Let’s talk about Darrelle Revis this morning. But instead of focusing on when a deal may or may not get done, let’s stick to actual football on the field — because the Jets will look different as a defense without him.

5 Questions, Hard Knocks and being a Road Warrior | National Football Post
1) With all the training camp tours and hours of coverage daily, is it a bit odd that the Super Bowl champion Saints and the AFC champion Colts seem to be afterthoughts?

Brett Favre went to see Dr. James Andrews | National Football Post
The quarterback traveled from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Penascola, Fla., today to have his balky left ankle examined by Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who worked on it in May, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Raheem Brock to join the Titans | National Football Post
Former Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Raheem Brock is set to join the Tennessee Titans, according to his agent, Andy Simms.

Chris Carr, Travis Fisher starting at cornerback tonight for Baltimore | National Football Post
horthanded in the secondary and unwilling to take any risks in a meaningless preseason game, the Baltimore Ravens are starting Chris Carr and Travis Fisher at cornerback.

Mum's the word on who's starting at QB for Steelers on Saturday | National Football Post
PIttsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to reveal who's starting at quarterback Saturday night against the Detroit Lions.

49ers sign Will Tukuafu | National Football Post
The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Will Tukuafu, according to his agent, Marc Lillibridge.

Texans' Tim Bulman out indefinitely | National Football Post
Houston Texans defensive end TIm Bulman is a candidate for injured reserve with his troublesome shoulder injury.

Steelers sign Brandon Renkart, place Andre Frazier on reserve/injured list | National Football Post
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed linebacker Brandon Renkart to a one-year deal and placed linebacker Andre Frazier on the reserve/injured list. news: Sources: Chargers expect holdout Merriman to report soon
Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman is expected to report to Chargers training camp within the next few days, sources close to the team said Wednesday. news: Saban: Discussions taken place with NFL, union on agent ethics
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday that he and other college coaches have talked to NFL and NFL Player Association representatives about agents and their contact with players. news: New skills, body and QB have Heyward-Bey poised to break out
It was early February, the weekend of Super Bowl XLIV. Darrius Heyward-Bey had nothing special going on in his life, especially given that he and his teammates had cleaned out their lockers for the offseason a month earlier. news: Young Bucs appear poised to take a next step forward
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 3-13 last season and dealt with the growing pains of starting a rookie quarterback for the last nine weeks. Now they feel its time to cash in on their investment.

Stallworth: 'Be cognizant of your decisions' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Sometimes, early in the morning, just as the sun climbs over the water, Steve Boucher rises to take the drive. He does not know why he does this, except that he has done it more than 30 times since the accident. Soon he is rolling across the causeway toward Miami’s South Beach, past the silhouettes of cruise ships and darkened husks of harbor cranes until, at last, he reaches the point where Donte’ Stallworth’s(notes) car hit a crane operator named Mario Reyes as Reyes dashed across the highway right before dawn more than a year ago.

Brees worthy of rock-star status - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Hysteria followed the celebrity quarterback as he strode off the New England Patriots’ practice field Tuesday afternoon and stopped to sign autographs for some awestruck fans along a fence. A young boy in a white, No. 12 Pats jersey held out a Sharpie and pointed to his torso.

Caplan: NFL Thursday night review - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Well, not exactly the way every New England Patriots fan wanted it, but Tom Brady got to work with the Wes Welker clone, Julian Edelman.

Buzz: Latest news from NFL training camps - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill's rocky 2010 season has hit another bump with news he's likely to be out until at least September with a sprained knee.