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Horse Tracks - 8/17/10


Broncos Mailbag: First-team offense, defense pass first test - The Denver Post
The Broncos haven't done anything to become a better team. They still have problems scoring. The defense still gives up big plays. The special teams are not special at all. So fans are going to be disappointed again this year. When are the Broncos going to be contenders?

Broncos' Tebow not too concerned about passing technique - The Denver Post
For all the hours of teaching and fixing and relearning and correcting and analyzing every aspect of Tim Tebow's throwing motion, when it came time for his first NFL preseason game Sunday night, Tebow wasn't thinking about any of it.

Broncos' Royal scores on only reception - The Denver Post
There's busy, and there's efficient. Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal is hoping to be both this season.

Analysis: Broncos' rookie offensive linemen will ride a roller-coaster season - The Denver Post
After watching the Broncos' preseason opener in Cincinnati, it's clear the two rookies in their offensive line — center J.D. Walton and guard Zane Beadles — are the best options in those slots.

Jim Tolle, Mile High Stadium stands engineer - The Denver Post
The scene at Mile High Stadium on April 11, 1977, was reminiscent of old photographs showing doubting spectators watching as some pioneer tested a new contraption that would fly through the air or move down a street without horses pulling it.

Reporters kicked out of Broncos locker room for Tim Tebow autograph | All Things Broncos
For the record, the two "journalists" who asked Tim Tebow for an autograph in the locker room at Cincinnati after last night’s game were not from Denver.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning leaves preseason game with gash to forehead - ESPN New York
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he is fine after suffering a 3-inch laceration on his head and needing 12 stitches, the result of a second-quarter hit on Monday night.

Brian Westbrook signs with San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
Brian Westbrook so badly wants to be part of a winning team that he accepted a backup job across the country with the San Francisco 49ers.

Arizona Cardinals expect Larry Fitzgerald to return by season opener - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals are promising to proceed with all caution in their treatment of Larry Fitzgerald's sprained right knee.

2010 NFL training camps: Pittsburgh Steelers keep QB order; Ben Roethlisberger will play Saturday - ESPN
Dennis Dixon is off to a running start as he tries to overtake Byron Leftwich and become the Steelers' starting quarterback during Ben Roethlisberger's suspension.

Report: Scientists find connection between head injuries, Lou Gehrig's disease - ESPN
ientists have found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a report to air on HBO's "Real Sports" on Tuesday night.

Wes Welker travels with New England Patriots to Atlanta. - ESPN Boston
Welker had said Monday that he was unsure if he would travel with the Patriots to Atlanta, where they will hold joint practices with the Falcons on Tuesday and Wednesday and then play a preseason game Thursday. It's still uncertain if Welker will play in the game.

2010 NFL training camps: Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith activated, catches passes - ESPN
termined to play in the regular-season opener? You bet, but while Smith declared himself pain-free, he also still hates the preseason, saying, "I don't really care if I play or if I don't -- emphasis on hopefully don't," when asked if he'll play in an exhibition game.

Receiver Percy Harvin returns to practice with Minnesota Vikings - ESPN
The Minnesota Vikings welcomed Percy Harvin back to practice, as their versatile wide receiver began to get himself back in football shape.

2010 NFL training camps: San Francisco 49ers trade AWOL Kentwan Balmer to Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday after a mysterious absence from the San Francisco 49ers over the past week.

Observation deck: Giants-Jets - NFC East Blog - ESPN
All the ridiculous trash talk for a preseason game was forgotten as blood poured from Eli Manning's head in the second quarter. Brandon Jacobs thought he was accepting a handoff and Manning appeared to be thinking pass. The result was a bloody mess as the ball popped out and Manning was destroyed by Calvin Pace before bumping into safety Jim Leonhard with his helmetless head.

Enter the red zone | National Football Post
Now that the preseason is officially off and running, Enter the Red Zone is making it’s triumphant return to the National Football Post

Latest Dez Bryant update: No preseason possible | National Football Post
Now? No, he’s not back today. Instead, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has dialed down expectations for the wide receiver he drafted in the first round. The story now is that Bryant might not play in the preseason at all, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas

Manning will be fine after nasty forehead cut | National Football Post
Eli Manning will never forget his first game at New Meadlowlands Stadium.

Bears waiting to hear from Todd Collins | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears are waiting to hear from 15-year veteran Todd Collins on whether or not he is interested in signing with a chance to become their backup quarterback.

49ers sign Brian Westbrook | National Football Post
The San Francisco 49ers have signed veteran free agent running back Brian Westbrook, the team announced.

Tavares Gooden held out of contact after neck injury | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens Inside linebacker Tavares Gooden injured his neck and back against the Carolina Panthers last week and practiced Monday in a red jersey, meaning he’s off-limits to contact.

Source: Larry Beavers being waived by Saints | National Football Post
The activation of wide receiver Robert Meachem from the physically unable to perform list has triggered the departure of kick returner Larry Beavers, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.

Oniel Cousins in line to step in for Jared Gaither | National Football Post
Oniel Cousins would be the Baltimore Ravens’ starting right offensive tackle if the regular season began today, according to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

Texans placing Ben Tate on injured reserve | National Football Post
Houston Texans rookie running back Ben Tate will be placed on injured reserve due to a significant ankle injury that will require surgery.

Texans sign James Wyche, place James Bulman on injured reserve | National Football Post
The Houston Texans have signed veteran free agent defensive end James Wyche and have placed defensive end Tim Bulman on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Brendon Ayanbadejo unsure if he'll be activated during preseason | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo remains on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his quadriceps tendon last season, and he's unsure if that status will change heading into the regular season.

Tony Dungy has a problem with Rex Ryan's cursing | National Football Post
Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy doesn't approve of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's salty vocabulary on HBO's Hard Knocks television program. news: Bears' search for Cutler backup continues after Collins says no
Quarterback Todd Collins has rejected a contract offer from the Chicago Bears, according to his agent, Brad Blank. Blogs " Blog Archive Brady: ‘I don’t care who makes more’ "
Momentum continues to build for a new contract between the Patriots and Tom Brady, who finds a way to say all the right things (and not be a distraction by showing up to play) while the sides presumably work toward a deal. news: First Harvin, now Rice close to return to Vikings roster
The outlook for the Minnesota Vikings' wide receiver corps appeared much brighter Monday, when the team returned to practice at its training facility in Winter Park, Minn. news: Improvements should help Dolphins compete for playoff spot
Executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells couldn't care less about the preseason image of the Miami Dolphins. He's focused on keeping the right players and having a tough team, a group built on youth and a blend of key high-priced veterans.

It's make-or-break year for Jaguars' Garrard - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
On the first play in the exhibition game for the Jacksonville offense, when all the planning and teaching from months of offseason workouts and classroom study are supposed to show a glimpse of hope for what’s to come in a month, the Jaguars got a reminder of one big limitation.

Former Bills LB Aaron Schobel retiring - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Aaron Schobel(notes) is retiring, saying he lost his hunger for playing last year.

Ex-UT star Colt McCoy anxious to play but knows he must learn first
The number 12 is very familiar to Colt McCoy. The number 3 is not.

This is why we have an off switch - and an assistant - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Memo to my friend Jeff Triplette: Turn off the microphone when you are done making your announcements. The on/off switch is there for a reason.