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Broncos QB Tebow learns while nursing sore ribs - The Denver Post
All that was missing when Tim Tebow took off running on the final play of the game was significance.

Jarvis Moss returns to Broncos' practice - The Denver Post
This much was clear by the conclusion of Wednesday's two-hour practice: Jarvis Moss' legs are just fine.

Woody's Mailbag: Westbrook seemed like a fit for Broncos - The Denver Post
Woody, my man, why would Coach McD go after LenDale White (a guy who wouldn't even be able to play until later in the season) and Justin Fargas instead of Brian Westbrook? Westbrook would add much needed leadership to the offense, and he would mesh well with Correll Buckhalter. I thought this would be a no-brainer. What are your thoughts?

Analysis: Denver's wide receivers not known for scoring a lot of touchdowns - The Denver Post
However, the wide receivers Orton throws to are going to live with that level of pressure if the Broncos' offense struggles. And touchdowns have been difficult to get for Denver's wideouts during their NFL careers.

Cotton: Elway won't pass up shot at Colorado Senior Open - The Denver Post
There are many things one normally associates with turning 50 — aches, pains and AARP cards foremost among them. But when John Elway hit the Big 5-0 in June, one thing above all else crossed his mind.

Q&A: Opposing defenses will test Tebow any way they can - The Denver Post
After watching Tim Tebow's preseason debut in the Cincinnati game, it seems clear that teams will apply even more pressure than usual against any other rookie quarterback. Apparently, defensive coordinators feel that he is more susceptible than most given his struggles with mechanics and alleged difficulty reading defenses.

It appears Abdul Hodge delivered Tebow’s first injury | All Things Broncos
Going back and looking at the replay a couple times on Tim Tebow’s touchdown run on the final play of the Broncos’ preseason game Sunday at Cincinnati, it appears he suffered a rib injury after taking a blow from Bengals linebacker Abdul Hodge.

Jarvis Moss, Eric Decker return to Denver Broncos practice after injuries | All Things Broncos
The Broncos had two potentially key players return to practice Wednesday. Outside linebacker Jarvis Moss was back sporting a cast on his left hand. Moss suffered a broken hand nearly two weeks ago, soon after he moved into Elvis Dumervil’s position at the edge-rush spot of the Broncos’ 3-4 defense.

Running backs Lance Ball and Justin Fargas battling for Broncos first-team - The Denver Post
A look at Broncos training camp practice Wednesday at Dove Valley:

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (dehydration) sidelined for another practice - ESPN
Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been sidelined for another practice, this time with lingering effects from dehydration.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan fired back at Tony Dungy, saying "he unfairly judged me" - ESPN New York
The New York Jets used to be considered a cursed franchise. Now they're a franchise that curses.

Eli Manning sits out New York Giants practice, won't play Saturday vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - ESPN New York
Wearing a blue New York Giants hat, Eli Manning threw a few light passes in one-on-one drills but otherwise stood on the side and watched Wednesday's practice.

Tennessee Titans running back LeGarrette Blount punches teammate's helmet - ESPN
The rookie running back capped a feisty night practice for the Tennessee Titans with a short punch to the helmet of defensive end Eric Bakhtiari a few moments after having his own helmet ripped off for the second time in as many plays.

Dallas Cowboys guard Kyle Kosier suffers sprained MCL, out 4-6 weeks - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys starting left guard Kyle Kosier apparently suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during Wednesday morning's practice and could miss four to six weeks.

Report: Chargers holdout Marcus McNeill meets with GM - ESPN
Holdout left tackle Marcus McNeill met Wednesday with San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, although it wasn't immediately clear if the session was productive.

2010 NFL training camps: Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says he would shake the hand of Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, who asked if his mom was a prostitute - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant said that if he had the chance, he would welcome Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and coach Tony Sparano with open arms.

Inside the playbook: the Redskins' swap boot | National Football Post
During the preseason, it is tough to draw up formations and schemes on the chalkboard due to the basic and vanilla game plans we see on August weekends. But, with the Redskins, we should discuss a vital aspect to their playbook — because we will see it throughout the regular season.

Brett back into open arms | National Football Post
It was certainly interesting watching The Arrival, Part II yesterday as the private plane carrying one Brett Favre landed in Minnesota with transfer to Ryan Longwell’s SUV. I texted Ryan to tell him that he became the new Al Cowlings with his drive from the airport to the facility on national display from helicopter cameras. He drove better than Cowlings, I thought.

Coordinators play the game of ‘up or down’ | National Football Post
NFL coordinators forever have been trying to figure out if they are best served watching games from the press box or on the sidelines.

Are Dungy's comments on Rex off base? | National Football Post
One of the benefits (if there are any) of having a career that can be labeled with the word "journeyman" is that I was able to play for a number of head coaches and coordinators. Mike Martz, Mike Sherman, Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs and Dick Jauron. Five head coaches in seven years and with coordinators like Lovie Smith and Gregg Williams on top of that, you get to see both sides of the coaching spectrum.

Arthur Jones fined $5,000 by NFL | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive tackle Arthur Jones was fined $5,000 for a block below the waist he delivered during Cary Williams' interception returning in a preseason win over the Carolina Panthers last week.

Tim Tebow dealing with rib injury | National Football Post
Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is reportedly dealing with a rib injury.

Jairus Byrd out indefinitely after groin surgery | National Football Post
The Buffalo Bills' defense took a major hit today.

Source: Lardarius Webb progressing quickly | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is making steady progress from his surgically-repaired torn anterior cruciate ligament, improving to the point where he could be on the verge of passing his physical and being activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Trent Williams likes to drive fast, really, really fast | National Football Post
According to the Washington Post, the No. 4 pick in the April draft is due in Fairfax County court next week for a reckless driving ticket. Williams was busted June 6 at 1:10 a.m. cruising at 90 mph on the toll road. It’s a 55 mph zone, and anyone who has driven on it often knows it is a place that law enforcement regularly prowls looking for speeders. That’s where Williams being a rookie didn’t help.

Cardinals sign WR Mike Jones; release S Aaron Rouse | National Football Post
The Arizona Cardinals announced that they have signed former Arizona State wide receiver Mike Jones.

Patriots broker injury settlement with Torry Holt | National Football Post
The New England Patriots have brokered an injury settlement with veteran wide receiver Torry Holt, a league source confirmed.

Source: No structural damage to David Hale's back | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens reserve offensive lineman David Hale didn't suffer any structural damage to his back during a collision with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata where he landed on his tailbone, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation. news: Favre not 100 percent healthy, but he's fully committed to Vikes
As far as Brett Favre was concerned, he was finished. news: Seahawks' Hill agrees to stipulations in domestic-violence case
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill will have a domestic-violence charge dismissed if he complies with Issaquah Municipal Court stipulations for 18 months. news: Cassel heads crop of QBs who must perform this season
For several quarterbacks, 2010 is a make-or-break season.

Seahawks trade DE Jackson to Lions for pick - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Seattle Seahawks traded defensive end and 2008 first-round pick Lawrence Jackson(notes) to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday for an undisclosed draft choice in 2011.

Favre return has makings for disastrous sequel - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
At long last, Brett Favre(notes) is back on the practice field, meaning it is once again safe to come outside in the great state of Minnesota. Purple-faced Minnesota Vikings fans can exhale, Brad Childress can stop pulling out what’s left of his hair, and Ryan Longwell(notes) can auction off his black BMW SUV to help feed the homeless – or, better yet, to help his groveling employers pay for the non-materialistic quarterback’s reported contract adjustment.

Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre forge a strong bond - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Cue the laugh track. Brett Favre said this is his final NFL season.