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Horse Tracks - 8/21/10 - Detroit Lions Gameday Edition


Kyle Orton's contract will be big hit in Broncos locker room | All Things Broncos
Broncos players and coaches are at Dove Valley going through their final game preparations for Saturday’s preseason game against Detroit. I expect Kyle Orton is getting more than a few handshakes and pats on the back from his teammates.

Broncos "creative" in dealing with restricted free agents | All Things Broncos
While AFC rivals San Diego and New England remain embroiled in contract disputes with star players who were restricted free agents (see: Mankins, Logan; Jackson, Vicent; and McNeil, Marcus), the Broncos have resolved all of their issues long before the first real game of 2010.

Broncos rookie center Walton to face an old foe - The Denver Post
For a guy who spends his workday right smack in the middle of things, J.D. Walton said he wanted to sit this one out. That the past is past and the future is, well, tonight.

Krieger: Orton's extension gives Tebow time - The Denver Post
Back in January, following Kyle Orton's first season as the Broncos' starting quarterback, I mentioned some of the game's top signal-callers to Josh McDaniels and asked if he thought Orton would ever get to that level.

Orton likes Denver, thinks offense gives him chance to succeed - The Denver Post
As the Broncos draw closer to the start of the season, let it be said again: There is no quarterback controversy in Denver.

Next up on the bargaining table: Bailey - The Denver Post
The Broncos first took care of right guard Chris Kuper with a five-year contract extension worth $25.5 million in June. Then it was pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil getting a five-year extension for $58.332 million in July. And August brought a one-year, $8.8 million extension for quarterback Kyle Orton.

Scheffler returns to Invesco, as a Lion - The Denver Post
The Broncos face the Detroit Lions in their preseason opener tonight at Invesco Field, a game that marks the return of tight end Tony Scheffler, who was traded in the offseason after a difficult year in Denver under coach Josh McDaniels.

Analysis: Kyle Orton's contract extension is just what he deserves - The Denver Post
Folks say they want a quarterback who doesn't complain, works hard, presses his nose to the old-school grindstone and puts in an honest day's effort.

Q&A: Expect Broncos to keep all three quarterbacks - The Denver Post
If Tim Tebow beats out Brady Quinn to be Kyle Orton's backup do you think the Broncos will try to trade Quinn or will the Broncos keep all three quarterbacks for the 2010 season?

Kyle Orton's extension might help Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn learning curve - ESPN
Kyle Orton swears he never saw the arrivals of Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow as a sign of disrespect from the Denver Broncos, only another challenge to embrace.

5 things to watch in Lions exhibition game tonight | | Detroit Free Press
It was an exhibition game -- the first one at that -- and most of the Lions' starters played three series or not at all.

Lions' return men hope to exhibit skills tonight | | Detroit Free Press
If the Denver Broncos wanted to try an onside kick, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Lions' defensive playbook is ever changing | | Detroit Free Press
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham spends a few weeks every off-season rewriting his playbook. This year, he did it twice.

Minnesota Vikings' Percy Harvin back with team after migraine attack, hospital stay - ESPN
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is back with the team after an overnight hospital stay following a scary migraine attack, though his return to the field remains unclear.

Fantasy football sleepers, busts and rookie breakouts for 2010 season - Fantasy Football - ESPN
Fantasy owners can never get enough of sleepers and busts, so we asked's fantasy experts to get in on the fun.

Report: Brett Favre will start for Minnesota Vikings in second preseason game - ESPN
Favre will start in the Vikings' second preseason game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday.

Seattle Seahawks talk to agents of San Diego Chargers' Vincent Jackson - ESPN
The Seahawks were given permission to talk to the agents for unsigned Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but those initial talks didn't do anything to resolve Jackson's current holdout.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Recap - August 20, 2010 - ESPN
Owens caught a 43-yard pass along the sideline, setting up the only touchdown by Cincinnati's starting offense Friday night in a 22-9 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles that showed he's still got a lot left.

Shawn Nelson of Buffalo Bills banned for 4 regular-season games - ESPN
Shawn Nelson's second season as a tight end for the Buffalo Bills will be shortened by four games after he was suspended for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Post game notes: Eagles-Bengals | National Football Post
QB Kevin Kolb’s overall game has been solid at this point of the preseason, but what impressed me last night was his ability to throw on the move. The Eagles' QB always has his eyes down the field and has no issues setting his feet, squaring his shoulders to the line of scrimmage and throwing a catchable ball. This is what you want to see from your QB when he leaves the pocket. Keep the play alive and create time for your receivers to convert their routes up the field.

Inside the Revis talks: Part II | National Football Post
Continuing our look at the contentious negotiations between the Jets and Darrelle Revis, here is another look behind the curtain.

NFL agents want the same thing as Saban | National Football Post
Even after Nick Saban reached out to Roger Goodell, the NCAA, and the NFLPA last week via three high level conference calls, there are still many at the highest level of the NFL wondering why the agent issue has become their problem. Some of the top NFL brass I spoke to recently are downright confused as to how locking out NFL scouts from their campuses will stop unsavory agents from seducing young men into breaking NCAA rules

Vikings work out Javon Walker, Brandon Jones | National Football Post
Looks like the Minnesota Vikings are trying to cover themselves in the event that wide receiver Percy Harvin has to miss some time.

Kerry Meier out for the season | National Football Post
The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie wide receiver Kerry Meier on injured reserve, ending his season.

Terrell Owens says he's matured | National Football Post
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens is embracing his new NFL city, which is similar to what happened last year with average results with the Buffalo Bills.

Texans place Darnell Bing on IR, William Patterson signed | National Football Post
The Houston Texans placed veteran linebacker Darnell Bing on injured reserve with a neck injury.

San Diego's Travis Johnson fined for hit vs. Bears | National Football Post
The preseason opener was a costly adventure for San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Travis Johnson

Vikings not just concerned about Percy Harvin | National Football Post
Here is yet another good reason for the Minnesota Vikings to be doing the fire drill thing when it comes to looking for a wide receiver.

Jeff Linkenbach getting a long look in Indianapolis | National Football Post
Prior to the NFL draft, offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach visited the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and had private workouts with the Miami Dolphins and Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice.

Woman hospitalized after car accident involving Suh | National Football Post
A woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries following an automobile accident involving Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Ravens' in-house programming to air on WBAL Plus and Comcast SportsNet | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens' in-house television shows will air on WBAL Plus and Comcast SportsNet.

Jaguars sign Alvin Bowen, place Freddy Keiaho on injured reserve | National Football Post
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran linebacker Alvin Bowen and placed linebacker Freddy Keiaho on injured reserve. news: Favre's restructured contract could net him up to $28M in 2010
Favre's reworked deal with the Minnesota Vikings has yet to become official in the NFL or NFL Players Association contract system, but league sources expect it to occur soon. news: Merriman's preseason debut delayed by Achilles injury
San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will miss Saturday night's exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys because of an Achilles' tendon injury that has prevented him from practicing since Tuesday. news: Eagles QB drops 'The Michael Vick Project' to focus on football
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick isn't interested in reviving the reality television show that followed his every move last year, he told news: Giants QB Sorgi worried right shoulder tear could be serious
New York Giants backup quarterback Jim Sorgi can't make a throwing motion because of the injury to his right shoulder. news: Favre's return frees Vikes from Childress' conservative approach
I am willing to make a confession realizing my actions are not something to brag about. However, much like passing the supermarket tabloids with the intent of not reading, or at least not looking at the pictures, I often grab one. Yes, I am guilty. news: Carroll brings fresh look, but Seahawks must have patience
The Seahawks were 5-11 last year and had issues all over the roster. With several areas to address, no team has been more active in moving personnel out and bringing new faces in.

2010 Player rankings: Top 200
2010 player rankings: Top 200

Bengals give preview of firepower against Eagles - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Friday's lone preseason game — a 22-9 win for the Bengals over the Eagles — showed us plenty about two teams that could contend in their respective conferences this season. Here's a breakdown of what this game revealed:

What Schein learned at NFL ummer camp - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
I try to make it a goal not to overreact to a day or two with NFL clubs in August, but here are my pressing takes, SCHEIN 9 style, on what I learned at summer camp.

Miami needs Marshall's game, not baggage - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Can the workmanlike Sparano, who is guided by the no-frills Bill Parcells, and the rest of this lunch-pail team integrate Marshall into the system? Moreover, can the addition of Marshall help turn quarterback Chad Henne(notes) into the star the Dolphins think he can be? A star they desperately need after 10 years of post-Marino trauma.

Martz out to make ordinary receivers special - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
For at least one day, Devin Hester(notes) is the offense. He’s everywhere. The Chicago Bears are going through drills, and it seems like each play either begins or ends with the ball in No. 23’s hands.