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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/18/10


Battle of systems: Seahawks' zone vs. Broncos' power - The Denver Post
Just like all the other home openers in the last 15 years, the Broncos' long-held identity will be showcased.

Broncos' rookie Thomas likely to make debut Sunday - The Denver Post
Coach Josh McDaniels said Friday that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the No. 22 overall pick and the team's first selection, is on track to make his debut Sunday against the Seahawks.

Questions remain about Broncos' battered offensive line - The Denver Post
Guard Chris Kuper (left knee/ankle) and tackle Ryan Harris (left ankle) missed their third consecutive practice today, and unless they improve significantly over the next day neither are expected to play Sunday in the Broncos' home opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Facemask penalty costs McBean $5K | All Things Broncos
Broncos defensive end Ryan McBean has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for the first of his two facemask penalties in last week’s game at Jacksonville.

Maroney: Broncos provide a "clean slate" | All Things Broncos
Laurence Maroney, the newest Bronco, won’t be on the field for Sunday’s home opener against Seattle, but the running back said Friday he’s enjoying a "fresh start" with the Broncos since arriving here via a trade with New England on Tuesday.

NFL Game Center: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos - 2010 Week 2
The Seahawks and their surprisingly formidable defense look to build on an impressive opener Sunday when they visit a Denver Broncos team trying to avoid starting 0-2 for the first time in more than a decade.

NFL Videos: Week 2: Seahawks vs. Broncos Preview
Pete Carroll looks for more early-season magic as his Seahawks take on the Broncos.

NFL Videos: Playbook: Seahawks vs. Broncos
The Playbook crew breaks down the keys in the Week 2 matchup between the Seahawks and Broncos.

NFL Videos: Weather update: Seahawks vs. the Broncos updates climate conditions for the Seahawks vs. the Broncos.

NFL reaffirms equal access rules for media | All Things Broncos
All 32 NFL teams will undergo a new training program that focuses on proper conduct in the workplace, the league announced Friday. The ruling is in response to an incident last week in the New York Jets locker room in which a female reporter was allegedly subject to verbal harassment by players.

NFL: New York Jets acted unprofessionally toward reporter - ESPN New York
The NFL chastised the New York Jets on Friday for unprofessional conduct but found no evidence that a female television reporter was "bumped, touched, brushed against or otherwise subjected to any physical contact" by any player or coach.

Indianapolis Colts vote unanimously to decertify NFL players union - ESPN
Players for four NFL teams have already taken a key step in their looming fight with the league over pay -- a fight that may include a lockout next year.

Jake Delhomme of Cleveland Browns out of third straight practice - ESPN
The Cleveland Browns have started 14 different quarterbacks since 1999. By contrast, the Indianapolis Colts have had 1: Peyton Manning.

Pittsburgh Steelers to start Dennis Dixon again; Max Starks, Casey Hampton out vs. Tennessee Titans - ESPN
Steelers left tackle Max Starks (ankle) and nose tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) did not practice for a third consecutive day and have been ruled out of Sunday's game at Tennessee.

New York Jets and New York Giants have steepest increase in NFL ticket pricing - ESPN
It's costing more to watch the NFL in person this season, especially for fans of the Giants and Jets.

Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian says Reggie Bush 'looks like an idiot' - ESPN Los Angeles
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian didn't mince words when asked about former USC running back Reggie Bush's decision to return the Heisman Trophy but not apologize.

New York Jets' Darrelle Revis to play vs. Pats despite hammy issue - ESPN New York
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will appear on the injury report as probable for this Sunday's 4 p.m. ET game against the New England Patriots, but coach Rex Ryan said don't let that fool you, Revis is going to play. news: McNabb, Haynesworth, Portis all questionable for Redskins
Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and running back Clinton Portis are questionable for Sunday's home game against the Houston Texans, the team announced Friday. news: Head injury likely to cost Ravens rookie LB Kindle all of 2010
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle's rookie season likely is over -- and his football career might be, too. news: Talib, Hill OK to play during league probe of suspension issues
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill will be allowed to play Sunday while the NFL continues its investigation into whether or not they violated the terms of their one-game suspensions. news: Panthers' Martin fined $5K for hit that concussed Giants' Boss
A league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Friday that Martin has been fined $5,000 by the league for unnecessary roughness. Boss was injured on the first offensive drive in the Giants' season-opening victory over the Panthers. Blogs " Blog Archive Young has grown up, has confidence back "
After sitting down with Vince Young for our interview for NFL GameDay Morning — which airs Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on NFL Network — earlier this week, I came away thinking about how much confidence impacts a player’s ability to succeed. When a young player uses his tools and talent to produce consistent success, he quickly grows into a great player.

A whole load of fines for Phil Loadholt | National Football Post
Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for two plays in the team’s season-opening loss at New Orleans.

Brad Childress has no comment on Vincent Jackson situation | National Football Post
Minnesota coach Brad Childress didn’t have anything to say about trade-bait wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who could be suiting up for the Vikings well before Sidney Rice does again.

Hunter Hillenmeyer uncertain about his future | National Football Post
Three days after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with lingering effects from a concussion, Hunter Hillenmeyer said he feels "totally fine."

Friday new$ and note$ | National Football Post
Thanks to all for the kind comments about my column on Randy Moss almost becoming a Packer (twice). For those requesting the link again, here it is.

Big bro has best seat for Manning Bowl II - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
As the sole person who can accurately say "Whassup little bro?" to two Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterbacks, Cooper Manning is acutely interested in Sunday night’s showdown between the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jon Gruden goes off on refs, leaves field during high school game - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, who currently analyzes and entertains in the "Monday Night Football" booth, has long been known for his apathy regarding the expertise of certain members of the NFL's officiating brethren. Let's just say he never met a ref he wouldn't happily argue with at the drop of a dime.

If Moss wants deal he must leave Revis Island - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Bill Belichick doesn’t hand out new deals for sentimental reasons. The Patriots coach is a what-can-you-do-for-me-tomorrow kind of guy. He’s made that clear with years of personnel decisions.

Schein 9: Is it curtains for Chris Johnson? - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
1. The Pittsburgh defense will shut down Chris Johnson I have the utmost respect for the Steelers defense. Their effort against Michael Turner was outstanding, making him a total non-factor in Week 1. "Matty Ice" surprisingly melted down in the face of the Pittsburgh defense. But Chris Johnson is a different cat. This is a bust.

Female reporters have a right to do their job - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
The Chicago Bears’ rookie locker room is not so bad. There’s no shortage of deodorant cans or fruity moisturizers and hair gel. It’s not that smelly. It doesn’t completely freak you out about coming away with a staph infection because your hair brush slipped out of your hand and onto the carpeted floor. It’s also empty of players and therefore minus bad vibes from the factions who hate the very idea of your kind in their space.