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Horse Tracks - 8/26/10


Garland's dream picks: Air Force pilot or Broncos - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
As a little boy Ben Garland(notes) clutched a poster of the Air Force Thunderbirds, the planes roaring into the sky, and he knew exactly what he wanted to be. He pinned that poster to his bedroom wall, beside the pictures of John Elway and he told his mother Syndee he was going to the Air Force Academy someday.

Clady's return boosts Broncos - The Denver Post
Clady, the Broncos' all-pro offensive tackle and arguably their best player, returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since suffering a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee — and having surgery to repair it — in April

Injury to Broncos receiver Thomas not stress fracture - The Denver Post
When rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas left practice Tuesday because of pain in his left foot, there was concern he had a stress fracture that could potentially keep him on the sidelines for three to four months.

Haggan happy to be back at inside linebacker - The Denver Post
Mario Haggan has always said, "I'll play wherever they put me."

Parker: Tebow suits entrepreneur to a tee - The Denver Post
Knowing that this town is infected with Tim Tebow fever, entrepreneur Seth Finley launched a website that sells a variety of Tebow T-shirts.

FanVision a must for football junkies - The Denver Post
Stadiums are becoming information centers, and this season the Broncos are among the leaders in the change. They will debut two new vehicles for fans to not only have team information at their fingertips, but other things such as traffic reports and parking maps to help make the entirety of the experience that much easier and more fun.

Analysis: Broncos make a big move by switching Haggan's position - The Denver Post
After two preseason games without injured Elvis Dumervil at outside linebacker and facing more games without the star pass rusher, McDaniels hit the reset button.

Sports Illustrated: Denver Broncos' Elway, Terrell Davis, Sharpe best | All Things Broncos
Here in the Mile High City, we all know that No. 7 will always mean Elway.

Dikembe Mutombo at NFL meetings | All Things Broncos
NFL owners gathered here for a meeting and a Denver Nuggets convention broke out.

Tim Tebow returns to practice | All Things Broncos
Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is in uniform and on the field for the start of the team’s practice Wednesday.

Kroenke's purchase approved - The Denver Post
As followers of the NFL, particularly those emotionally attached to the St. Louis Rams, were introduced to Stan Kroenke on Wednesday, many Denver-area sports fans were technically waving goodbye.

Roger Goodell: NFL targets 2012 for 18-game season - ESPN
During a five-hour meeting at a posh hotel in downtown Atlanta, the push to add two more games to the regular season picked up steam Wednesday -- at least among those who sign the checks.

Brett Favre suddenly surrounded by new receivers - ESPN
One of the biggest reasons Brett Favre decided to return to the Minnesota Vikings this year was his familiarity with an offense that he enjoyed being around so much in 2009.

New York Giants' Eli Manning resumes practice with helmet - ESPN New York
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning practiced with a helmet on for the first time since suffering a 3-inch gash on his forehead during an Aug. 16 game against the Jets.

New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross has plantar fascia tear - ESPN New York
New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross has a tear in the plantar fascia in his right foot according to the team.

Donovan McNabb says his sprained ankle not a setback - ESPN
If Albert Haynesworth can use air quotes to describe his injury, so can Donovan McNabb.

New York Jets' Darrelle Revis looms large at practice, wasn't in new 'Hard Knocks' episode - ESPN New York
The Ghost of Darrelle Revis continued to hover over the New York Jets on Wednesday night at a public practice at Hofstra University, the team's former year-round home.

Agent: San Diego Chargers not inclined to trade Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson - ESPN
The agent for Vincent Jackson said Wednesday that the San Diego Chargers have given him the impression they aren't inclined to trade the Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects starters Marc Colombo, Keith Brooking, Gerald Sensabaugh, Kyle Kosier back for opener - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is counting on having his four most recently injured starters back in the lineup for the season opener.

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher misses another practice - ESPN Chicago
Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher remains sidelined with a left calf strain, casting doubt on his availability for Saturday's game against Arizona.

Inside the playbook: breaking down the Colts | National Football Post
With Peyton Manning and the Colts traveling to Lambeau tonight to play the Packers in a nationally televised preseason game, let’s take some time to look at what Indy does offensively.

Center of attention: Mangold's deal | National Football Post
The Jets came to terms yesterday with the second of their "Core Four" players, following up a deal last month with tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson with a new deal for Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold. While attention is diverted on Darrelle Revis and his holdout halfway through his six-year deal, the team is doing some long-term business with its top offensive linemen.

Arthur Jones appealing $5,000 NFL fine | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive tackle Arthur Jones is appealing a $5,000 fine from the league office.

Scott Mruczkowski had ankle surgery last week | National Football Post
San Diego Chargers center Scott Mruczkowski had scar tissue cleaned out of his ankle last week as a followup scope procedure, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.

Owen Daniels cleared medically | National Football Post
Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels has been cleared medically by Dr. James Andrews who repaired Daniels' torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Patriots sign Stephen Gostkowski to four-year deal | National Football Post
Rather than wait until after the season, the New England Patriots opted to lock up Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski now by signing him to a four-year contract extension worth nearly $14 million.

Brendon Ayanbadejo could begin season on PUP list | National Football Post
Due to uncertainty with inside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s surgically repaired quadriceps, he could begin the season on the physically unable to perform list.

Dolphins terminate injured Randy Thomas' contract | National Football Post
The Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract of injured veteran offensive guard Randy Thomas.

DeSean Jackson breaks his silence | National Football Post
DeSean Jackson broke his media silence long enough to make it be known that the Philadelphia Eagles have not missed a beat since Donvan McNabb was traded and the keys to the offense were handed over to Kevin Kolb.

Browns claim Travis Ivey off waivers from Dolphins | National Football Post
he Cleveland Browns have claimed defensive lineman Travis Ivey off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. news: Jets return to Hofstra for one night, still without Revis
Rex Ryan strolled over to the stands, dozens of fans screaming his name. news: Hamilton skips practice, will miss game with knee injury
The left side of the Seahawks' offensive line is crumbling now that guard Ben Hamilton has joined tackle Russell Okung on the sidelines. news: Bills WR Hardy back at practice for first time in two weeks
Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday night for the first time in 15 days, leaving it unclear whether or not he'll play in this weekend's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. news: Leinart, White among players who could be forced to move on
This is the time of year that many teams face what fans might perceive as tough decisions regarding releasing popular players or high draft picks. However, in reality, these decisions are not hard for organizations to make as they enter Week 3 of the preseason -- the real dress rehearsal for the regular season.

Harvin returns to practice - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin(notes) has returned to practice for the first time since collapsing on the field last week because of a migraine headache.

Vikings acquire Camarillo from Dolphins - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Vikings acquired receiver Greg Camarillo(notes) from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for cornerback Benny Sapp(notes) on Wednesday, one day after signing veteran free agent Javon Walker(notes). The deal is contingent upon both players passing a physical.

Ochocinco tweets apology for in-game tweeting - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
He wouldn’t discuss the fine with reporters on Wednesday, but addressed it on his Twitter account, where he apologized to commissioner Roger Goodell.

Darrelle Revis will be winner when deal gets done with Jets - Don Banks -
Depending on whom you choose to believe, the end of the messy Darrelle Revis holdout reportedly is either at hand or nowhere in sight. But whether the Jets and their star cornerback have a deal that's nearly in place or have more work to do on that front, you can count on a deal assuredly getting done at some point in the near future.

Oakland Raiders training camp postcard - Jim Trotter -
The Raiders spend summer in Napa, Calif., on fields just behind the Marriott hotel. Normally the climate is relatively mild -- mid-70s or so -- but on Tuesday the temperature climbed to 103. Quarterback Jason Campbell, who spent the previous four seasons with Washington, joked that complaining teammates were spoiled. The good news for the players was that they practiced in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) instead of full gear. The bad news: The heat was expected to return Wednesday. In fact, a heat warning was issued through Wednesday night. Some players took the long view and said the weather was a blessing, because Oakland opens the season in Nashville, Tenn., where the average temperature is 83 in September. "We're going to need to be in this kind of environment a little bit," says coach Tom Cable. "This was good for it. I really am excited how we handled it today as a football team."

49ers may have QB of the future in Nate Davis ... or not - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Nate Davis reminded me of Brett Favre. People thought I was crazy. My critics worried I would turn Davis into my next Jeff George.