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Horse Tracks - 8/15/10 - Game Day Edition


Fargas expects to see action against Bengals - The Denver Post
His body is sore, his mind spinning with visions of a new playbook dancing in his head, but running back Justin Fargas couldn't be happier.

Bengals' Chad, T.O. talk, play a good game - The Denver Post
Their catches can be added up, although it takes some time.

Broncos' Orton looks like real deal - The Denver Post
Through two weeks of camp, this much is clear: Orton is the starting quarterback and unquestioned leader of the Broncos' offense.

Game against Bengals brings Stokley back to 2009 opener - The Denver Post
Veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley has a lot of NFL memorabilia, a collection that includes a special ball and pair of gloves that bring him fond memories of the Broncos' last game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Injury rehab one tough process for Broncos players - The Denver Post
They are the walking wounded, the procession of players that files past a Broncos practice on its way from one stop to another in the day-to-day grind that is football healing.

Klis: Don't let Bailey get away - The Denver Post
The last time a young NFL star thought he should be paid like a superstar, Clinton Portis was traded to Washington and the Broncos wound up with Champ Bailey.

Krieger: Playmakers must produce - The Denver Post
While everyone was looking at Tim Tebow's rookie haircut, Kyle Orton was mastering Josh McDaniels' offense.

Spotlight on Tebow as Broncos open preseason - The Denver Post
Kyle Orton could turn his pick three from his preseason debut last year into three scores this year. Champ Bailey could steal a Carson Palmer pass intended for Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco. And outside the Denver television market, chances are the newscast highlights from the Broncos' first preseason game today at Cincinnati will be little more than a clip of Tim Tebow's first professional play.

Sam Bradford fine, but he needs protection - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford showed he could run the St. Louis Rams' offense competently in his first NFL exhibition game. He appeared comfortable and in command. He threw accurately.

2010 NFL training camp: Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart cleared to practice - ESPN
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart participated only in position drills and watched most of the team portion of Saturday morning's workout.

2010 NFL training camps: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger dresses for preseason opener, but doesn't play - ESPN
Roethlisberger, wearing a Steelers uniform for the first time since drawing a six-game suspension for his off-field behavior, did not play in the first half of Pittsburgh's exhibition game against Detroit on Saturday night.

Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams - Recap - August 14, 2010 - ESPN
The No. 1 overall pick had an early case of the jitters, short-arming a pitch and bobbling a snap the first two plays, looked poised while hitting four of his first five passes, then ended with an extended rough patch in the Minnesota Vikings' 28-7 preseason-opening victory Saturday night.

Walking boot off, Dallas Cowboys rookie WR Dez Bryant eyes preseason return against Houston Texans - ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick is determined to play in the final two preseason games. The rookie receiver said Saturday that he plans to push to return against the Houston Texans on Aug. 28, which would be four weeks and one day after he suffered a high right ankle sprain during a training camp practice at the Alamodome.

2010 NFL training camps: Green Bay Packers' Ryan Grant leaves after taking hit to head - ESPN
Packers running back Ryan Grant took a hit to the head and needed help from trainers after being tackled in the first quarter of Green Bay's exhibition opener against the Cleveland Browns.

Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks - Recap - August 14, 2010 - ESPN
Pete Carroll pumped his fists and hugged players, greeting nearly every one. He ran a lot on the sidelines -- on a surgically repaired left knee that was just fixed two weeks ago.

2010 NFL training camps: Baltimore Ravens' Jared Gaither out two weeks with tear in back - ESPN
Gaither flew to California recently to visit a back specialist to figure out why he's been dealing with back spasms and cramps for the majority of training camp.

Houston Texans vs. Arizona Cardinals - Recap - August 14, 2010 - ESPN
The Houston Texans had little to complain about in their preseason opener at Arizona. Except, perhaps, the final score.

Reports: Former Cincinnati Bengals fullback Ickey Woods' son dies after asthma attack - ESPN
Elbert Jovante Woods, the 16-year-old son of former Cincinnati Bengals fullback Ickey Woods, died Saturday at the hospital, three days after collapsing at his home from an asthma attack, several media outlets reported. news: Rams deny they are close to signing ex-Eagles RB Westbrook
A St. Louis Rams official denied the team is close to signing former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, despite a report the move was imminent.

NFL Game Center: Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers - 2010 Preseason Week 1
Delhomme led the Browns to a touchdown in his only drive, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for a score of his own during the Browns' 27-24 victory Saturday night in a preseason opener decided on Phil Dawson's field goal as time expired. news: Browns rookie QB McCoy hurts throwing hand vs. Packers
Cleveland Browns third-string quarterback Colt McCoy hit his right hand on a helmet during Saturday night's 27-24 preseason-opening victory over the Green Bay Packers. news: Titans rookie RB Johnson dislocates right ankle vs. Seahawks
Hard-luck rookie running back Stafon Johnson dislocated his right ankle during the Tennessee Titans' 20-18 loss to the Seahawks in their preseason opener Saturday night. news: Hall: Hochuli sorry for call that ended CJ2K's rushing-record bid
The Tennessee Titans fullback returned to Qwest Field, the scene of what he believed was a crime when NFL official Ed Hochuli called him for holding on a fourth-quarter play in the 2009 season finale. The penalty wiped out Chris Johnson's 62-yard touchdown run, denying the Titans running back a shot at Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 yards and upsetting Hall, who insisted he didn't hold a Seahawk. news: Agent: Bills' Jackson could seek second opinion on hand injury
Bills running back Fred Jackson will have more tests to determine the severity of a left hand injury that will force him to miss at least the remainder of the preseason. news: No Jackson, no McNeill? With Rivers, no problem, say Chargers
The offensive absences have raised the greatest concern, because offense is the Chargers' greatest strength. Without Jackson, for instance, the team lacks one of its more dynamic playmakers. The Chargers have other talented receivers, including standout tight end Antonio Gates, but the question of how much they'll miss Jackson figures to linger.

Friday new$ and note$ | National Football Post
We are starting to see more players become vocal and increasingly opinionated about the ongoing – and apparently dormant – collective bargaining negotiations between their union, the NFLPA, and the NFL. This week Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees weighed in on the matter, telling the Boston Globe: "Last year, we experienced the highest revenues we've ever experienced. But now we're being told the system is broken. Until that's proven to us, all we're seeing is that revenues are as high as they've ever been."

Jared Gaither's back injury could linger for six weeks | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither's back injury is significant enough that it could linger into the regular season.

Shawne Merriman says holdout was a waste of time | National Football Post
San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman acknowledged that his holdout was a waste of time.

Jets sign Chet Teofilo, waive Marlon Davis | National Football Post
The New York Jets swapped out their offensive guards today, signing Chet Teofilo and placing Marlon Davis on waivers.

Antwan Barnes gives Jordan Gross fits | National Football Post
Antwan Barnes lined up outside Carolina Panthers left offensive tackle Jordan Gross, bolting out of his stance like a sprinter.

Lynell Hamilton waived/injured by Saints | National Football Post
The second-year performer tore the ACL in his right knee at New England on Wednesday and was lost for the season. He will revert back to the club’s injured reserve list provided he clears waivers. He had to be subjected to the waiver process in order for the Saints to get another spot on their 80-man roster.

Ravens cut Matt Katula, sign Brad Jones | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens have cut veteran long snapper Matt Katula on Saturday, roughly two years after signing him to a five-year contract extension.

Glen Coffee: 'I never should have entered the draft' | National Football Post
Glen Coffee says there is no way he will reconsider his decision to retire from the NFL, one that became public after he informed the San Francisco 49ers he intends to walk away from the game.

Bernie Kosar clears the air with Art Modell | National Football Post
Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has been beset by several issues since retiring from the NFL.

Gregg Williams blisters 1st round pick Patrick Robinson | National Football Post
The New Orleans Saints’ first-round draft pick is feeling the wrath of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Hopefully for Robinson’s sake, it makes him a stronger player.

Marshall drops 2 but Dolphins beat Bucs 10-7 - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Bucs’ Williams caught a deep pass for a 30-yard gain to set up the only score by either first-team offense Saturday night, while Miami’s Marshall dropped both passes thrown his way in the Dolphins’ 10-7 victory.

Pittsburgh Steelers fans look to have forgiven Ben Roethlisberger - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
It took all of eight offensive snaps — eight!!! — in Pittsburgh’s preseason debut before a "We Want Ben!" chant flared at Heinz Field.