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Broncos lose 31-24 in crazy preseason finale at Minnesota - The Denver Post
The preseason is finished, and not soon enough for the battered but encouraged Broncos.

More injuries, same questions for Broncos - The Denver Post
When it comes to the preseason finale, if a team has its health, it really does have everything.

OT Clady makes surprise return; Buckhalter debuts - The Denver Post
This was a sight few were expecting to see in the preseason: Ryan Clady, the Broncos' all-pro left tackle, on the field with the starting offense.

"Focus" the key for Broncos' Cox - The Denver Post
For all of Perrish Cox's physical talents and instincts when sprinting upfield through a crowd of blockers and would-be tacklers on a punt return, whether Cox becomes the team's primary return man this season will come down to one thing: Can he catch the ball?

Broncos have competition at corner - The Denver Post
The Broncos likely will keep four or five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster. NFL reporter Lindsay H. Jones analyzes who has a shot to make the team:

Shannon Sharpe: Touching on Tebow, Hall status and staying buff - The Denver Post
In this installment, Shannon Sharpe, the Denver Broncos' Ring of Fame tight end and current studio analyst for CBS Sports' "NFL Today," answers questions about Tim Tebow, memories of playing with John Elway, the Broncos' prospects for the 2010 season and whether his No. 84 should be retired.

NFL Game Center: Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings - 2010 Preseason Week 4
Tim Tebow's first two series had rookie written all over them. Then he started playing with the veteran-like poise that helped him get drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos. news: Gimme 5: New contenders for the next decade
1. New York Jets Looking into a crystal ball is not advised given all the volatility and worst-to-first scenarios that seem to pop up every year in the NFL. Still, it's interesting to take a calculated look at the 32 teams and try to predict which could become the Patriots, Steelers, Colts and Eagles in this new decade.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Byron Leftwich hurts left knee in preseason finale - ESPN
Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich, expected to start during Ben Roethlisberger's suspension, sprained his left knee in the second quarter Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat the starter-less Carolina Panthers 19-3.

Report: Terry Bradshaw says Ben Roethlisberger's suspension should stand - ESPN
"Going to bars -- treating women like that; oh my God," Bradshaw said. "I pray they don't cut [his NFL suspension] to four games. I hope they leave it at six. There is no excuse for that. The egos get out of hand."

Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew expects to practice next week - ESPN
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew expects to be back at practice next week.

Vernon Davis defends his decision to criticize Michael Crabtree - ESPN
Vernon Davis' frustrations with Michael Crabtree finally came to a boiling point, and the San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl tight end let his teammate have it -- for everyone to see.

Cleveland Browns' Montario Hardesy hurts left knee vs. Chicago Bears - ESPN
Cleveland Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty left his exhibition debut because of an injured left knee.

Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns - Recap - September 02, 2010 - ESPN
On crutches again, Montario Hardesty hobbled toward the stadium's exit after his first NFL game for a doctor's appointment.

Baltimore Ravens vs. St. Louis Rams - Recap - September 02, 2010 - ESPN
One perfect series and done for Sam Bradford.

Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals - Recap - September 02, 2010 - ESPN
If the Arizona Cardinals find themselves in need of a backup quarterback, Max Hall believes he can do the job.

New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Recap - September 02, 2010 - ESPN
Michael Vick has reached the point in his comeback where he doesn't have to prove himself anymore.

Miami Dolphins' Kendall Langford can't find missing diamond earring - ESPN
The search for the 2.5-carat diamond earring lost by Miami's Kendall Langford came up empty.

CFB and was 2006 draft's top 10 worst ever? | National Football Post
College football is back starting tonight and I for one am excited to have it back. Nothing to me beats the passion, energy and blind allegiance of rooting for "your school" no matter how many years ago you may have attended the university or for that matter when you started to root for them.

It's time for the agents to shine | National Football Post
Imagine that while you are busting your ass in the work place, the boss’ right hand man taps you on the shoulder and asks you to "gather your company’s manuals and report to the boss’ office right way." You know what it means: you have just been fired. No two-week notice, no retirement party, just get your stuff and get out of here as soon as possible. "Oh, we might call you back if some things change around here. Do you need a ride to the airport?"

No winner declared yet in Ravens' kicking derby | National Football Post
There were no field goal attempts by kickers Shayne Graham and Billy Cundiff.

Report: Roethlisberger won't ask for suspension to be reduced by more than two games | National Football Post
When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and team president Art Rooney II meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today, they won't ask for his suspension to be reduced from six games to three games.

Revis' grandmother says he's underpaid | National Football Post
Back in New York Jets' star cornerback Darrelle Revis' hometown of Aliquippa, Pa., they guard his privacy with pride.

Struggling in St. Louis: Ravens end preseason with a loss | National Football Post
Dannell Ellerbe strutted and showboated, pausing for a swaggering moment on the cusp of the St. Louis Rams' end zone as he returned a Keith Null interception.

Agency: Leftwich has torn medial collateral ligament | National Football Post
PIttsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich tore his medial collateral ligament, according to Pro Players Solutions.

Reebok says it never had a deal with Brandon Spikes | National Football Post
Reebok issued a statement earlier today that it never offered a marketing deal to New England Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes. news: Actions louder than words: 'Boys rookie, 'Fins GM shake hands
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant have made amends. news: Seahawks looking to trade Houshmandzadeh, save over $7M
The Seattle Seahawks like their emerging wide receivers and have made it know that veteran T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a top free-agent signing by their prior regime in 2009, is available, league sources said Thursday.

Jets in danger of losing Revis forever - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
At one point during the latest episode of HBO’s "Hard Knocks," Jets coach Rex Ryan explained to veteran wide receiver Laveranues Coles(notes) why the team had to cut him. It was over salary reasons, but Ryan said the team hoped to bring back Coles in the second week of the season when his contract won’t be fully guaranteed.

Owner rankings, Part 1: Brown makes 'em laugh - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Mike Brown isn’t especially gifted in terms of economic generosity, entrepreneurial enterprise or assembling winning football teams. When it comes to unintentional comedy, however, the Cincinnati Bengals owner has no peers in his profession.

Manning, Brady solid in finale tuneup - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Eli Manning(notes) and Tom Brady(notes) are ready for the season, and so is Rhett Bomar(notes).

Vick makes brief appearance in 1st start since '06 - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Michael Vick(notes) has reached the point in his comeback where he doesn’t have to prove himself anymore.

Patrick Crayton's agent to ask Cowboys for player's release
With the writing on the wall, the agent for wide receiver Patrick Crayton will ask the Cowboys to release his client before the 5 p.m. deadline on Saturday to set the 53-man roster.

Chad Ochocinco uses Twitter account to buy 64 fans free dinner at St. Elmos Steakhouse in Indianapolis - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
He'd never met of them before, yet Chad Ochocinco still felt compelled to buy dinner for 64 "fans" of his Wednesday night at St. Elmo's Steakhouse in Indianapolis.