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Horse Tracks - 8/27/10


Broncos' Quinn shows improvement - The Denver Post
"Learning a new offense is like learning a new language," Quinn said. "And a game is like your opportunity to go out and try to speak that language in its home country. You're trying to become fluent and understand everything around you. That's my goal right now, to improve every day and be as fluent in this playbook as I can be."

Broncos still waiting for top tailbacks - The Denver Post
"I want to be a guy my teammates can depend on," said LenDale White, who would be the Broncos' starting tailback in their preseason game Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers if not for a hamstring injury. "At the same time, I don't feel like I have to press to get back in there. Even though everything hasn't been great and I haven't been 100 percent, people know what I can do in this league."

Woody's Mailbag: Jags, 49ers will be Broncos' swing games this season - The Denver Post
Woody, can you give us your prediction of the AFC West records this year? Here is mine: San Diego 12-4, Oakland 9-7, Kansas City 6-10, Denver 6-10.

Analysis: McDaniels won't rush Dumervil decision - The Denver Post
Though the NFL's first roster cutdown — to 75 players — isn't required until Tuesday, the Broncos go into Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh already there.

Q&A: Linebacker Thomas not right fit for Broncos - The Denver Post
Why don't the Broncos take a look at Adalius Thomas? Their pass rush has been subpar, and (the Broncos) don't have much depth at outside linebacker. Furthermore, then we could bring Mario Haggan back to the inside.

High altitude forces Steelers' Clark to bench - The Denver Post
teelers safety Ryan Clark will sit out Sunday's exhibition game in Denver because playing at a high altitude can trigger a red blood cell condition that caused him to lose his spleen and gall bladder after a 2007 game in the Mile High City.

Broncos starters expected to play three quarters vs. Steelers - The Denver Post
Broncos fans should expect to see the team's starters play into the third quarter in Sunday's preseason game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

Forbes magazine: Broncos No. 8 in NFL revenue, No. 10 in value | All Things Broncos
Forbes magazine must be getting a lot of revenue out of their sports valuation lists, because it seems like it puts out a new sports list every couple months or so.

Arizona Cardinals QB Derek Anderson gets starting nod Saturday - ESPN
Matt Leinart has been benched after just two preseason games, this after the Arizona Cardinals gave him the starting job following Kurt Warner's retirement.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair want 18-game regular season - ESPN
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair wants to see the NFL expand its regular season schedule from 16 to 18 games.

St. Louis Rams' Donnie Avery hurts right knee against New England Patriots - ESPN
St. Louis Rams receiver Donnie Avery left an exhibition game against the New England Patriots with a right knee injury.

St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots - Recap - August 26, 2010 - ESPN
Poised and precise, Sam Bradford made an impressive debut as a starting NFL quarterback. It may have earned him the No. 1 job in the regular-season opener.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers - Recap - August 26, 2010 - ESPN
Aaron Rodgers extended his sizzling start to the preseason, throwing three touchdowns before halftime.

Source: Aubrayo Franklin of San Francisco 49ers to sign franchise tender - ESPN
Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, who has missed all of the 49ers' training camp in a contract dispute after being franchised by the team, will fly to San Francisco on Saturday to undergo his physical and sign his $7.003 million contract, according to a league source.

Indianapolis Colts RB Joseph Addai sustains concussion against Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts starting running back Joseph Addai sustained a concussion midway through the third quarter of Thursday night's exhibition game with the Green Bay Packers.

Indianapolis Colts' Gary Brackett hurts right hand vs. Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts defensive captain Gary Brackett left with a right hand injury late in the first quarter of Thursday night's game with the Green Bay Packers.

Mike Holmgren hopeful Jim Brown will attend ceremony - ESPN
Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren is hoping that legendary running back Jim Brown will change his mind and attend the team's inaugural Ring of Honor ceremony.

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss Saturday's game against the Arizona Cardinals - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss his fourth consecutive day of practice Thursday due to the strained left calf muscle he suffered in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders, and he won't play Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals.

UFL commish Michael Huyghue: Maurice Clarett needs support system - ESPN
Maurice Clarett can't sign with the Omaha Nighthawks until the team shows it has a support system in place for the former Ohio State star, the commissioner of the United Football League said Thursday.

Post game notes: Colts-Packers | National Football Post
Let’s review some game notes from last night’s Colts-Packers matchup in Green Bay. The game plans were more advanced and the individual competition was at a much higher level than we saw over the first two weeks of the preseason. Expect this throughout the weekend.

Why the panic over 18 games? | National Football Post
If the drive to expand the regular season from 16 to 18 regular season games has a face, it is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Since the second this subject was first brought up a few years ago there has been a loud and vocal reaction in opposition to it, crying to the Commish, "How dare you tinker with this game?"

If they named an MVP of preseason, it would be Aaron Rodgers | National Football Post
If the NFL gets its way, the four-game preseason will soon be a thing of the past. So in one of what is likely the final few summers with four meaningless exhibition games (at full price for the fans), it’s important to step back and take a good look at just what Aaron Rodgers is accomplishing in Green Bay.

Ravens' Marcus Smith on the comeback trail | National Football Post
One year removed from tearing an anterior cruciate ligament, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marcus Smith is beginning to trust his surgically repaired right knee again.

Bradford shines will Rams likely lose Avery for year | National Football Post
One of them, though, provided serious consequences for the 2010 season. Wide receiver Donnie Avery, jumping and twisting to catch a long pass along the sideline late in the first half, went down with a right knee injury and the expectation is he will miss the remainder of the year, according to Adam Caplan of

Jim Brown wants his respect | National Football Post
It sounds like Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown still plans to skip a Ring of Honor ceremony.

Ravens need to cut down on turnovers | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens’ fumbling epidemic has gotten to the point where it’s trying the patience of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

Trevor Pryce weighs in on Shanahan-Haynesworth clash | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens veteran defensive end Trevor Pryce knows what it’s like to be in Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth’s shoes

Shaun O'Hara likely done for remainder of preseason | National Football Post
The New York Giants figure to be without center Shaun O’Hara for the remainder of preseason as he had a cast on his lower left leg today to help him deal with tendinitis in the ankle.

Bryant upbeat amid cut speculation
The agent for wide receiver Antonio Bryant said Thursday that he is not aware of the Bengals planning to release his client. news: Broncos QB Tebow still sore, so status vs. Steelers uncertain
The odds of Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow appearing in Sunday's primetime preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers appear dim, based on Josh McDaniels' comments Thursday. news: Discounted Campbell, Raiders hope to find success together
For Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell, there is a difference to being displaced and replaced.

Players aren't quick to yield on 'enhanced season' - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In this hi-def era of wretched excess, one replete with manhood-enhancement ads and real-time fantasy stats and a growing sense that the NFL never sleeps, it’s hard to imagine a world in which more football is not universally regarded as a very good thing.

Browns' Montario Hardesty (knee) back at practice - NFL -
Cleveland Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty is practicing for the first time since injuring his right knee during a pre-training camp workout.