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Horse Tracks - 8/29/10


Klis: More, not less, is NFL's mantra - The Denver Post
There will be an NFL season in 2011, even if there's a delayed start.

Playing on the bubble for a roster spot a cruel part of the game - The Denver Post
There's always the count, the simple, cruel mathematics of it all. At least 22 players who have done everything the Broncos have asked in the past weeks and months will be sent on their way within a week. "I don't think anybody likes this time of year," coach Josh McDaniels said. "I think our players understand that it's something that we have to do." Here's a look at where things stand as the Broncos close out the preseason with two games in five days:

Rookie wideouts look up to vets on depth chart - The Denver Post
There is a corporate order to the Broncos' receiving corps that is increasingly rare in the modern era.

Sibling revelry: Broncos' Williams brothers happy to be teammates - The Denver Post
A handful of times over the past week and a half, Worrell Williams has had to pause to take it all in.

Vikings: Picking through an offense 'in flux' - NFC North Blog - ESPN
When asked this week to describe the state of his offense, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress offered a quick two-word response: "In flux."

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings - Recap - August 28, 2010 - ESPN
Opening night is less than two weeks away and Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings are still trying to figure out exactly what they have in a banged-up receiving corps and a rotating offensive line.

Oakland Raiders' Jason Campbell suffers stinger vs. San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
Quarterback Jason Campbell was carted off the field during the Oakland Raiders's exhibition game against San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night after a blindside sack left him left him writhing on the turf.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Oakland Raiders - Recap - August 28, 2010 - ESPN
Bruce Gradkowski solidified his backup quarterback spot for the Oakland Raiders with his arm. David Carr did the same for the San Francisco 49ers with his toughness and legs.

Baltimore Ravens' Donte' Stallworth probably out 8 weeks with broken foot - ESPN
Ravens wide receiver Donte' Stallworth broke his foot in Saturday night's game against the New York Giants and will likely be out for two months.

Dallas Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant may see playing time in preseason finale - ESPN Dallas
A poor offensive performance Saturday might prompt the Dallas Cowboys to play first-round pick Dez Bryant in Thursday's preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins.

Cincinnati Bengals' Ghee carted off after violent helmet-to-helmet collision - ESPN
Bengals rookie cornerback Brandon Ghee was scheduled travel home with the team after being knocked cold following a violent helmet-to-helmet collision with Bills running back Chad Simpson in a preseason game Saturday night.

Cleveland Browns' Nick Sorensen can move arms and legs after leaving on a backboard - ESPN
The Cleveland Browns were relieved Nick Sorensen seemed to make a quick recovery from a scary situation.

San Francisco 49ers' Aubrayo Franklin signs $7M franchise tag tender - ESPN
San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin ended his lengthy holdout Saturday by signing a $7.003 million franchise tag tender.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Players like Sidney Rice can’t be replaced like an alkaline battery.

Ravens' no-huddle offense clicking | National Football Post
Joe Flacco zipped a spiral slightly behind Anquan Boldin as the wide receiver cut inside on a slant pattern and darted for position ahead of cornerback Courtney Brown.

Willis McGahee was informed he wasn't going to play | National Football Post
Former Pro Bowl running back Willis McGahee was aware that he wasn't going to play during the Baltimore Ravens' 24-10 win over the New York Giants, but it wasn't because the organization was protecting him for a rumored trade.

Terrence Cody, Demetrius Williams deactivated | National Football Post
Heading into tonight's game against the New York Giants, the Baltimore Ravens deactivated rookie nose guard Terrence "Mount" Cody due to swelling in his left knee.

Ron Brace just sprained his ankle | National Football Post
New England Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace has only suffered a sprained ankle after undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging exam Friday, according to the Boston Herald.

NFL Game Center: Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears - 2010 Preseason Week 3
The way Matt Leinart sees it, he has done all he can. Now, it's simply up to his coach, and Ken Whisenhunt wasn't giving any clues.

NFL Game Center: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills - 2010 Preseason Week 3
Dressed in his street clothes and rushing out of the Buffalo Bills' locker room, center Geoff Hangartner was disappointed as he heard the final boom of the fireworks display that annually follows the team's last preseason home game. news: Polian believes problems with new umpire rule can be solved
Colts president Bill Polian understands why the NFL decided to move its umpires into a safer location. Hey, he even voted for it. news: Explosive Packers reminiscent of last year's champions
Brett Favre is back with the Vikings, there have been more sightings of Darrelle Revis then Elvis, and the rest of the league is filled with questions. I understand this is only the preseason, but the first two weeks have offered us some clues of some teams' future. With that in mind, I will try to answer some questions that have arisen.

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.

Chiefs rookie LB Sheffield released from hospital - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Kansas City rookie linebacker Cameron Sheffield(notes) has been released from the hospital after hurting his neck while making a tackle in a preseason game against Philadelphia.

Anderson looks to be Cardinals' starting QB - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
The third week of the preseason continued with nine games on the Saturday schedule. Most of the quarterback battles have already been settled, but one in particular drew the interest of many observers this evening.