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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/24/10


Oh, that great spin the Colts put you in - The Denver Post
It is equal parts ambush and determination, equal parts talent and intelligence, equal parts dream and nightmare.

Manning faces new challenge in Martindale - The Denver Post
I don't want to play against him 16 straight games, no," Broncos defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale said of taking on Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High. "But I think anybody who's a competitor likes to be in these type of situations.

Q&A: Kyle Orton needs help to become "elite quarterback" - The Denver Post
Q: Will Kyle Orton ever develop into an elite quarterback?

Analysis: Broncos do have options in handling Colts' Dwight Freeney - The Denver Post
Anyone who watched the Colts' win over the Giants Sunday night got a clear picture of what can happen to an offense that tries to block Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney with just one blocker — tackle David Diehl.

Floyd Little to be honored at halftime Sunday | All Things Broncos
The Broncos will honor their most recently elected member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former running back Floyd Little, at halftime of their game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Broncos’ OT Ryan Harris likely out against Colts | All Things Broncos
Harris missed the first two regular-season games after suffering a left ankle injury in the final preseason game at Minnesota. He apparently will not play again this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts after he was not out for practice today.

Broncos sign Lance Ball to practice squad | National Football Post
Cut by the Denver Broncos earlier this week when they promoted running back Andre Brown from the practice squad, Lance Ball cleared waivers and signed with the Broncos' practice squad. news: Broncos CB Bailey hopes to be ready for Manning, Colts
Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey hobbled around the room, barely allowing his sore right heel to touch the ground.

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS) : Photo Gallery
he Broncos (1-1) will face the Colts (1-1) with heavy hearts after the apparent suicide this week of teammate Kenny McKinley. "We've got to play with him on our shoulders and in our hearts," linebacker Wesley Woodyard said. Though the Colts lost their opener to Houston, Peyton Manning and Co. bounced back to roll past the Giants in Week 2.

Houston Texans overtake Dallas Cowboys as best in state - ESPN
But Jerry Jones, for the first time ever, no longer has the baddest NFL team in the state of Texas.

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson 'disappointed' in wide receiver Braylon Edwards - ESPN New York
Rex Ryan didn't want to talk about Braylon Edwards. But his owner did. And his teammate wishes they had handled things differently.

Donte Whitner tired of his Bills being NFL's punchline - ESPN
Having opened the season with two dreadful losses, Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner is tired of his team already being used as a punchline.

Cowboys' offense has an identity crisis - NFC East Blog - ESPN
It's hard to believe that Princeton's Jason Garrett was once the next big thing in terms of head coaching candidates in the NFL. Though he might not admit it in polite company, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had hoped Wade Phillips would bridge the gap until Garrett was ready to take over the team.

Minnesota Vikings' start not what Brett Favre envisioned - ESPN
The hair on Brett Favre's head looks just a little grayer these days.

Tony Romo: Dallas Cowboys need to run to get out of rut - ESPN Dallas
Tony Romo doesn't want to throw the ball 50 times per game. He recognizes the value of a good running game.

Percy Harvin recovers from migraine, returns to practice - ESPN
Percy Harvin returned to Vikings practice on Thursday after missing the previous session with another migraine headache.

Baltimore Ravens reach deal with injured draft pick Sergio Kindle - ESPN
The Baltimore Ravens reached agreement on a one-year deal with linebacker Sergio Kindle, their top 2010 draft pick, on Thursday.

Source: Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells to play against Oakland Raiders - ESPN
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells will play Sunday against Oakland, an NFL source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ryan Mathews sits out second practice with bum ankle - ESPN
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews missed his second straight practice Thursday with a high ankle sprain.

Jake Delhomme of Cleveland Browns still not cleared to practice - ESPN
Jake Delhomme still can't trade his walking boot for cleats.

Cross Talk September 23rd | National Football Post
As befits a figure that polarizes opinions as much as any athlete in all of sports, the naming of Michael Vick as the starting QB with the Eagles has elicited. Because of the lifestyle the "old Vick" chose, the fact that he's never fit into a stereotypical QB category and the nature of the Federal charges that sent him to prison many are predisposed to view Vick harshly, as is their right. Also well within their rights are those that have consistently made excuses for Vick or played off any criticism with the race card, as idiotic as I may think those also are.

Mics on centers are being unplugged | National Football Post
If you enjoyed hearing quarterbacks' signals in Week 1 television broadcasts, you were not alone.

Outside the Box | National Football Post
I’ve always admired players who are willing to step outside the box in building a name for themselves. For NFL players, it’s harder to do than for athletes in most other sports. For one, they are wearing a helmet and get little face time. Secondly, if you play in a small market and/or on a bad team, chances are that you and your team will get very few prime time games. Third, football is a team sport and most coaches, GMs and even owners frown upon any self-promotional activities.

Jets vote to decertify union if lockout commences | National Football Post
The New York Jets voted unanimously to authorize the NFL Players Association to decertify the players' union if a lockout looms.

Cortland Finnegan fined $5,000 | National Football Post
The NFL has fined Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan after a donnybrook with the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.

Jarret Johnson to play in 100th consecutive game Sunday | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis calls outside linebacker Jarret Johnson a construction worker because of his hard-hat approach to football.

Raiders sign Stevie Brown, Quinton Scott to practice squad | National Football Post
The Oakland Raiders signed safety Stevie Brown and Quinton Scott to the practice squad.

VH1 reality show "Football Wives" centers on Cowboys | National Football Post
Maybe the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys’ season will be turned around by the time this show hits the air.

Packers coach won't talk about denying chance for QB coach | National Football Post
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy had no interest in answering a question about why the organization denied permission to quarterbacks coach Tom Clements to interview for the Bears’ offensive coordinator job in January. news: Flacco among many QBs that must produce results in Week 3
All the turmoil caused by the way officials called roughing the passer last week and the upheaval at the quarterback position make Week 3 very interesting. There are seven home teams predicted to lose by many experts and there are more than a few quarterbacks that need to play well or the heat will be on them before you know it. news: In a passing league, what is with all these ugly QB situations?
Five passers put up ratings better than 100 last season. There are more elite quarterbacks now than we have seen in the league in a long, long time. But even in this age of the quarterback, where the rules make it easier to succeed, there is a bottom half of the league in which it seems the depths are plunging deeper than the norm. news: Chargers RB Tolbert will start while Mathews nurses bad ankle
While rookie running back Ryan Mathews misses practice time because of an ankle injury, the San Diego Chargers are operating as if Mike Tolbert will start against the Seattle Seahawks, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Thursday. news: Gradkowski's excitement doesn't divert him from task at hand
Bruce Gradkowski's excitement over being appointed the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback didn't last long. The journeyman backup, having seen the team already make one change after just six quarters, realizes there isn't much job security.

Favre gets last chance to hit reset button - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Brett Favre(notes) swears this is his final season in the NFL and based on his performance thus far – four picks, two losses, one touchdown, zero victories – it should be. He’s been terrible; looking every bit like a soon-to-be 41-year-old who skipped most of training camp and thought he could just wing it.

The absurdly premature 2010 playoff picture: Week 2 - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The absurdly premature playoff picture presents one man's predictions for the NFL playoffs, each given week in the season -- even if that week is unreasonably early.

2012 Super Bowl organizers moving ahead with plans - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Organizers say they don’t expect the NFL’s uncertain labor situation to delay the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

Special diet fuels Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Tony Gonzalez is a speed talker. It’s like his brain is so eager to express his thoughts, his words compete to match its rapidity. It’s like his brain is high on ... rutabagas.