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Horse Tracks - 8/25/10


Royal's role at slot with Broncos - The Denver Post
"Things are different this year," Royal said. "I'm learning a new position, going to play a new position. I'm learning a lot of little things and some big things. But I think it should be able to all pay off during the season."

Five injured Broncos rejoin practice - The Denver Post
Five key players returned to practice Tuesday, three days after 16 players were held out of the preseason game against Detroit because of various injuries. The players who made their return were running back Correll Buckhalter, cornerback Champ Bailey, right guard Chris Kuper, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker D.J. Williams.

Preseason starter Ayodele released - The Denver Post
Ayodele became expendable when the Broncos decided to move Mario Haggan from outside linebacker to the inside "Mike" position, where Haggan spent all of the offseason and the early portion of training camp. The team has bumped Robert Ayers into the starting lineup at outside linebacker along with Jarvis Moss, who returned last week from a broken hand. Joe Mays and Wesley Woodyard, both key special-teams players, will provide depth at inside linebacker. Baraka Atkins, Jason Hunter and Jammie Kirlew will fight for jobs on the outside.

Analysis: Broncos' young offensive linemen awaiting big test against Steelers' defense - The Denver Post
If NFL preseason games are indeed learning experiences, the youthful core of the Broncos' offensive line will get a different lesson plan Sunday night during Denver's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Q&A: Look for Ryan Clady to practice soon and possibly play in the Broncos' Sept. 12 opener - The Denver Post
How close is all-pro offensive tackle Ryan Clady to playing? I became sick when I heard about his knee injury during the offseason. If he is unable to play, would the Broncos try to recoup some of his salary or signing bonus because his injury didn't happen while playing football?

Website names Tebow most eligible Christian bachelor of year - The Denver Post
Christian Partner for Life, an online guide to Christian dating sites, has named rookie Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as its most eligible Christian bachelor of the year.

Elway has Senior Open tee times - The Denver Post
John Elway is ready to launch his senior golf career Sept. 1 in the HealthOne Colorado Senior Open at Green Valley Ranch, where the former Broncos star will compete against 155 other amateur and professional golfers in the 11th edition of the tournament.

Tyler Polumbus: I was blessed to play in Denver for the Broncos | All Things Broncos
Tyler Polumbus has said several times over the past two years that playing for the Broncos was a dream situation after growing up in Denver, attending Cherry Creek High and the University of Colorado.

Denver Broncos add Jason Hunter, Worrell Williams, cut Akin Ayodele | All Things Broncos
When the defense runs out for the first defensive series against Pittsburgh on Sunday, the starting lineup of linebackers will likely look like this: outside — Robert Ayers and Jarvis Moss; inside — Mario Haggan and D.J. Williams.

Sidney Rice of Minnesota Vikings has hip surgery - ESPN
Favre and the Minnesota Vikings will play the first half of the season -- or more -- without Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice, who had hip surgery this week.

NFL fines Chad Ochocinco $25K for in-game tweets - ESPN
Chad Ochocinco already has been hit with his first fine of the new NFL season -- nearly three weeks before the games start to count.

Chan Gailey lectures teens for heckling Buffalo Bills players - ESPN
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey talked to his team at the end of practice Tuesday, then wanted to address one more issue before leaving the field.

New York Jets decline to comment on Darrelle Revis signing reports - ESPN New York
This much is undisputable: As of early Tuesday night, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis still was AWOL, his contract holdout at 24 days. When he reports to the team -- if he reports -- has become the subject of conflicting reports.

Sprained ankle rules Donovan McNabb out for Washignton Redskins-New York Jets - ESPN
A sprained ankle will keep Donovan McNabb on the sideline Friday night when the Washington Redskins play the New York Jets.

High ankle sprain sidelines Seattle Seahawks rookie LT Russell Okung - ESPN
Pete Carroll has his first dilemma with the Seahawks, and his return to the NFL hasn't even started for real yet.

Bill Cowher: Ben Roethlisberger finally showing maturity - ESPN
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher says it was hard to get through to Ben Roethlisberger after the quarterback had so much success early in his career.

St. Louis Rams plan to play QB Sam Bradford at least one half - ESPN
Sam Bradford has the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback job this week. Now he's got to produce.

Omaha's UFL team confirms interest in Maurice Clarett - ESPN
A day after a lawyer for former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett said his client wanted to try out for a professional team in Nebraska, the team's general manager confirmed it.

Can QBs survive the pressure? | National Football Post
My co-host Howard David and I had a great conversation Sunday morning with New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on Sirius NFL Radio. Much of what we spoke about related to two subjects: applying pressure to the QB and trying to win it all again.

How the loss of Rice will impact the Vikings | National Football Post
Let’s talk about the impact of Sidney Rice’s injury on the Minnesota Vikings. After his reported surgery, the WR is expected to miss half of the regular season. That is 83 receptions, 1,312-yards and 8 TDs. Pro Bowl numbers in the training room. Yes, the Vikings and QB Brett Favre will still run the west coast system under Brad Childress, but when we take a step back and look at this offense without Rice — and without Percy Harvin at the moment — they are much easier to prepare for.

Upshaw's impact still lingers | National Football Post
With all that is going on away from the field in this busy preseason, it went with little notice that Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the death of Gene Upshaw, the former Raider great and longtime chief of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

Jets claim Brooks Foster, sign Keith Fitzhugh | National Football Post
Wide receiver Brooks Foster was claimed off waivers today by the New York Jets, a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Trevor Pryce says he can make up for pay cut with incentives | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens veteran defensive end Trevor Pryce accepted a $2.5 million pay cut during the offseason, and is now due a $2 million base salary.

Patriots place Kade Weston on injured reserve | National Football Post
New England Patriots rookie defensive lineman Kade Weston has been placed on injured reserve.

Texans cut James Wyche, sign Derrick Townsel | National Football Post
The Houston Texans have cut veteran free agent defensive end James Wyche and announced the previously reported signing of wide receiver Derrick Townsel.

Texans' Trindon Holliday out for the season | National Football Post
Houston Texans rookie sixth-round wide receiver and return specialist Trindon Holliday is out for the entire season due to a torn thumb ligament that will require surgery.

Browns waive-injured Kwaku Danso | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have waived-injured defensive lineman Kwaku Danso, the team announced today.

Bears LB Nick Roach has knee scoped | National Football Post
Nick Roach had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee today and the Chicago Bears are saying the linebacker should be ready to go for the start of the season. news: Jets QB Sanchez pledges to protect knee by wearing brace
The New York Jets quarterback will wear a protective brace on his surgically repaired left knee "probably forever" to guard against future injuries after a scare in a preseason game last Saturday. news: Raiders RB McFadden returns to practice, ready to face 49ers
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden practiced for the first time in more than two weeks Tuesday and expects to make his preseason debut this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. news: Chargers' Mathews undergoes procedure to halt nosebleeds
Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews had his nose cauterized in an uncomfortable procedure he says should eliminate nosebleeds that have plagued him during his football career.

Colt McCoy is on the Browns' roster bubble - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
One of the big four college star quarterbacks drafted into the NFL in 2010 may not survive into the regular season. While Sam Bradford(notes) (Rams), Tim Tebow(notes) (Broncos) and Jimmy Clausen(notes) (Panthers) are assured of making their teams, former University of Texas standout Colt McCoy(notes) might need to prove himself in the Browns’ final two preseason games to make their roster.

Kroenke expected to be approved as Rams new owner - NFL - Football
"He's a good man and, obviously, we feel comfortable with Stan," Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay, a member of the nine-man finance committee, told The Sports Xchange. "He's as good as it gets. You can't just let good people go, that's for sure, and he's a good one. He's got the kind of financial wherewithal you can't ignore. And, while he's not a guy to grab the mic [at league meetings], he knows the room and he knows the game. He respects the league and he respects the sport, and it will be good to have him."

Leinart's starting job is in jeopardy -
After another subpar performance in what has been a career of subpar performances, people are questioning whether Arizona QB Matt Leinart’s starting job is in jeopardy. As Andy pointed out last night, Leinart was 4 for 6 for 28 yards against the Titans on Monday, and he led his team to a trio of three-and-out possessions.

Kurt Warner Reaffirms Retirement via Twitter as Cards Look Awful -- NFL FanHouse
While the Warner-less Arizona Cardinals were flailing away on offense during their 24-10 preseason road loss at Tennessee, the ESPN "Monday Night Football" crew couldn't help but wonder whether the former Cards star and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player was watching -- or cringing -- at what Matt Leinart and the rest of the Arizona offensive unit was doing.

Raiders, Kyle Orton among NFL preseason Week 2 winners - Don Banks -
Brace yourselves, I'm about to jump on the Raiders' bandwagon even before it really gets rolling. The NFL preseason is all about trying to generate some momentum to carry into the regular season, and to this point, I see no team in the league that has more mojo building in August than the long-downtrodden Raiders. That's right, the Oakland Raiders, they of the seven-year streak of 11-plus-loss seasons.