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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/22/10


Unanswered in the death of Kenny McKinley: Why? - The Denver Post
In the 24 hours immediately following the unexpected death of Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, his friends and teammates struggled to find answers why the person so commonly seen with a smile would choose to take his life.

Krieger: Demeanor on display not always accurate - The Denver Post
We call these tragedies senseless because we don't know what to make of them. But generally speaking, according to experts in the field, they do have explanations.

McDaniels, Broncos hit with heavy hearts - The Denver Post
Josh McDaniels was holding up well in his role as leader of a Broncos franchise that was again grieving the loss of a young player.

Police: Broncos' McKinley depressed about injury before death - The Denver Post
Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley was suffering from depression after undergoing knee surgery four weeks ago, according to a report released Tuesday night by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.

McKinley's son the beneficiary of trust fund - The Denver Post
The NFL Players Association has set up a trust fund to help provide the future education and health care expenses for Keon McKinley, the young son of Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, who was found Monday afternoon in Centennial with a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Defensive plan for Broncos: Rev run game - The Denver Post
One way for the Broncos to help their defense is to keep Colts quarterback Peyton Manning off the field as much as possible Sunday. But that will take running the ball better.

Corners a concern with Peyton, Colts on deck - The Denver Post
Even as the Broncos began to mourn wide receiver Kenny McKinley, preparations continued for Sunday's home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Q&A: Seattle left passing yards on field - The Denver Post
Q: I had a question about the Broncos' game against the Seahawks. In the first half, it seemed like there were three or four plays where the Seahawks had a receiver running wide open for a big gain. None of these were hit for completions, but it didn't seem to be because of the pass rush. What's your opinion on the poor Seahawks performance with guys open? Were the guys not as open as they looked, or did (quarterback Matt) Hasselbeck just not see the open guys?

Analysis: Chiefs in charge of AFC West race, but QB Cassel is struggling - The Denver Post
Two weeks into the 2010 season, the Broncos are 1-1 and still looking up at the Chiefs (2-0) in the AFC West. But at least the Broncos are in good company. The Raiders and Chargers are 1-1 too.

Broncos' McDaniels discusses death of Kenny McKinley - The Denver Post
Fighting back tears, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels remembered wide receiver Kenny McKinley today as "a special person (who) had a great smile, a great personality, always in a good mood, certainly well-liked by everyone who knew him."

Broncos to honor Kenny McKinley at game Sunday vs. Colts | All Things Broncos
The Broncos will carry the spirit of Kenny McKinley with them to their game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Police say Kenny McKinley of Denver Broncos committed suicide with gun | All Things Broncos
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s has completed its case on Broncos receiver Kendrick "Kenny" McKinley saying his death was a suicide caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head while lying in his bed at his Aurora home.

Braylon Edwards will dress, not start after DWI arrest - ESPN New York
Braylon Edwards will dress when the New York Jets play at Miami Sunday night, but he will not start after being charged with driving while intoxicated on Tuesday.

Michael Vick named Philadelphia Eagles' starting QB - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles have named Michael Vick the team's starting quarterback, coach Andy Reid said Tuesday.

Washington Redskins CB Hall backpedals on defense comments - ESPN
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall says he has met with the coaching staff to explain his comments about the team's defense.

Washington Redskins release RB Larry Johnson - ESPN
Larry Johnson was released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday after gaining just 2 yards on five carries in two games with the team.

Source: Kevin Faulk of New England Patriots has torn ACL - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, a league source confirmed Tuesday.

New York Giants' Brandon Jacobs fined $10,000 for tossing helmet into stands - ESPN New York
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for throwing his helmet into the stands during a 38-14 loss Sunday night to the Indianapolis Colts.

Duane Brown of Houston Texans suspended for next four games - ESPN
Houston left tackle Duane Brown was suspended Tuesday for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs, joining linebacker Brian Cushing on the sideline for the same infraction.

John Harbaugh of Baltimore Ravens fined for contact with official - ESPN
The NFL fined Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh $15,000 Tuesday for impermissible verbal and physical contact with an official.

Marcus McNeill's replacement is shining - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Why is there so much talk about Vincent Jackson and not fellow San Diego holdout Marcus McNeill? news: Week 2 awards watch: Bears' Cutler off to fast start
Lovie Smith spent most of the offseason urging his team to return to its Monster of the Midway roots, but the presence of Jay Cutler and the addition of Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator made it difficult to envision the Bears going with a "three yards and a cloud of dust" approach. news: When it comes to defensive success, big plays tell the tale
On Sunday night, Mario Manningham caught a beautifully arced pass at the 22-yard line, spun out of a desperate tackle attempt and put the Giants on the board with their first touchdown. It was Colts 24, Giants 7. Yippee for the G-Men. news: Tomlinson bringing fresh perspective to talkative Jets
In typical Rex Ryan fashion, the New York Jets' coach answered a question about LaDainian Tomlinson's impressive performance against the New England Patriots by assuming the wise-guy, we-showed-you demeanor that makes him the NFL's consummate lightning rod. news: Offensively challenged Steelers among surprise 2-0 teams
The long-term approach has delivered immediate wins and the Buccaneers are among a handful of surprising 2-0 teams. Their opponent this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers, also are unbeaten. While it might not be a surprise to some because of the Steelers' history, the suspension of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger prompted reason for concern -- so did two early games against Atlanta and Tennessee. Doubts, at least to this point, have been erased. news: Steelers QB Dixon needs knee surgery, will be out indefinitely
The Steelers' starting quarterback this weekend will be a player who was cut last weekend or another who was all but ignored during training camp. news: Out with the old: 'Skins cut veteran RB Johnson after slow start
Larry Johnson was released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday after gaining just 2 yards on five carries in two games. news: Torn ACL ends season for Falcons backup RB Norwood
The Atlanta Falcons placed backup running back Jerious Norwood on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday after he sustained a knee injury Sunday, forcing the team to make two moves to add depth.

Why Reid made the right call with Vick | National Football Post
It is going to be easy to jump on Andy Reid and his decision to start Michael Vick at quarterback, but let’s look at this move from a player’s perspective today—because it is the right move for this football team.

Slow progress for Jared Gaither, to miss Browns game | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither is expected to miss his third consecutive game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns due to a thoracic disc injury.

NFL reviewing Andy Moeller's DUI arrest | National Football Post
The NFL is reviewing Baltimore Ravens assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller's driving under the influence arrest under the personal conduct policy, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello.

Braylon Edwards won't be deactivated Sunday | National Football Post
Released from jail today after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early this morning, New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards won't start Sunday night's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Andy Reid: 'It's my obligation to make the proper decision' | National Football Post
Andy Reid said he did not come to his decision to name Michael Vick the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles easily.

Browns placed Maiava on IR, siged LB Titus Brown off practice squad | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns placed linebacker Kaluka Maiava on injured reseve today.

Asked and answered: Tuesday's mailbag | National Football Post
With questions piling up from readers, I thought I’d answer a few of the most popular ones sent in a new feature, Asked and Answered (or should we call it Andrew's Answers?).

Happy ending for most of Vick's dogs - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The resurrection of Michael Vick(notes) took another swift step forward Sunday when he led the Philadelphia Eagles to victory in his first start in more than three NFL seasons. Now he’s in the middle of a debate about who should be the team’s regular starter. It’s a welcomed type of argument for a man who spent 21 months in federal prison, lost a $100 million contract and became a national pariah for his role in a vicious interstate dogfighting ring.

Vikings-Chargers deal for Jackson looks bleak - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The San Diego Chargers have been offered a second-round pick and a conditional pick in 2011 by the Minnesota Vikings for wide receiver Vincent Jackson(notes), three sources said Tuesday, but that deal looks dead because the Chargers have asked for a second- and third-round pick for 2011.

Reid makes himself look fickle - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Where is the most hated man in sports – an extraordinary distinction, wouldn’t you agree, given the inexhaustible supply of candidates? – regarded as a savior?