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Horse Tracks - 9/7/10


Denver defense needs its pass rush, coverage to shine - The Denver Post
The distance between safe and sorry is a thin line for an NFL defense, often the same one that's between a sack and a touchdown.

Broncos sign former Loveland star Byers to practice squad - The Denver Post
Jeff Byers, who was a man among boys while playing both sides of the ball and leading Loveland High School to the Class 4A state championship in 2003, has come home again

Peyton Hillis still hot topic for Broncos fans - The Denver Post
Q: Getting rid of Peyton Hillis looks like a really big bonehead move now, doesn't it?

Denver's defense had better be ready to play well Sunday - The Denver Post
Through all the injuries and question marks that litter their roster, the buzz around the Broncos has been "just wait."

New roster numbers for several Broncos | All Things Broncos
With the 53-man roster in place (for now), several players who made the cut have opted to change their jersey numbers for the start of the regular season.

Great Debate: Cowboys to the Super Bowl? - NFC East Blog - ESPN
As part of our ongoing "Great Debate" series,'s Matt Mosley and's Tim MacMahon were asked to discuss the Dallas Cowboys' chances of reaching the Super Bowl. You might have heard that it's being played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Frustrated Randy Moss feeling 'not wanted' by New England Patriots - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss, who has kept silent for most of training camp, expressed some frustration Monday afternoon about not having a contract beyond this season.

Baltimore Ravens sign WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh - ESPN
In a surprise move, the Baltimore Ravens signed former Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year contract.

Mike Tomlin: QB Dennis Dixon to start Week 1 for Pittsburgh Steelers - ESPN
Dennis Dixon was named the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback for Sunday's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, coach Mike Tomlin said.

Ben Roethlisberger not elected as one of Pittsburgh Steelers' captains - ESPN
For the first time since 2007, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not elect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as one of the team's captains.

Houston Texans agree to one-year deal with QB Matt Leinart - ESPN
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to one-year contract with the Houston Texans.

Adrian Peterson thinks he's put fumbling woes in past - ESPN
For all the time Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have spent studying his fumbling problem, knowledge and strategy will mean nothing if he loses the ball this week in New Orleans.

Donovan McNabb returns to practice after two weeks out - ESPN
Donovan McNabb was practicing again, Albert Haynesworth was still running mostly with the backups, and Brian Orakpo opened practice by yelling: "Dallas week! Y'all know what time it is."

Cincinnati Bengals' Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco to host joint talk show - ESPN
Teammates on the field this season, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are teaming up on TV as well.

Pete Carroll says Seattle Seahawks expected to shuffle roster before opener - ESPN
The leading receiver from a year ago is gone, the leading rusher was rumored to be heading out only to be at practice, and a half-dozen new players made introductions on Monday at Seahawks headquarters.

NFL notebook | National Football Post
With the preseason—and the majority of the roster cuts—behind us, let’s talk some regular season NFL football. Some notes to think about as teams start to hand out game plans and study tape on their Week One opponents.

Demetrius Williams visiting the Rams today | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams traded Monday for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton.

Ravens hopeful Ed Reed will be back by seventh week | National Football Post
-- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that it’s absolutely a strong possibility that star free safety Ed Reed could be activated from the reserve physically unable to perform list as soon as the seventh week of the regular season.

Terrence Cody sidelined at least until second game | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens rookie nose guard Terrence "Mount" Cody said he’ll be sidelined for the Ravens’ season opener against the New York Jets after recently undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Jared Gaither's return remains uncertain | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither is lifting weights and has regained most of the 30 pounds he lost, bulking back up to nearly 330 pounds.

William Hayes returns to practice for Titans | National Football Post
The Tennessee Titans received some good news in the injury department Monday when defensive end William Hayes returned to practice for the first time since the second week of August.

49ers sign Troy Smith, cut Nate Davis | National Football Post
Cut by the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, quarterback Troy Smith was signed to a one-year deal by the San Francisco 49ers today as they cut Nate Davis.

Agents: Chargers stopped Vincent Jackson trade from happening | National Football Post
The agents for San Diego Chargers disgruntled and unsigned restricted free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson are blaming the AFC West club for a trade being scuttled. news: Leinart agrees to a one-year deal with the Texans
Quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, according to a league source. news: Fifty-three reasons to be intrigued heading into the season
f you were among those chosen for the final 53-man roster you're breathing a sigh of relief. There have been tons of storylines to monitor this offseason, but in keeping with the theme of making the cut, let's take a look at the 53 stories that matter the most as we head into opening kickoff this Thursday night. news: Long wearing knee brace; status unknown for opener
Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl tackle Jake Long is wearing a left knee brace as the team begins its final week of preparation for the season opener at Buffalo. news: Pro Bowler Reed says he could have been on roster Week 1
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed -- who will miss the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list by the team -- says he could have potentially joined the Ravens' active roster for Week 1. news: Buccaneers QB Freeman to practice without glove Tuesday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris says starting quarterback Josh Freeman will return to practice Tuesday and be ready for the team's season home opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept 12, according to the Bucs' official Twitter page.

Ryan plays mediator to get Revis back on field - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In the wee hours of Friday morning, the contract battle between cornerback Darrelle Revis(notes) and the New York Jets changed from money to being about football.

Jaguars star Jones-Drew returns to practice - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew(notes) is back at practice.

Rogers back practicing with Browns - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Just like that, the Cleveland Browns’ defense got a whole lot bigger, badder and bulkier.

Darrelle Revis won't be hurt by holding out on Jets, Rex Ryan - Jerome Bettis -
Holding out through August isn't going to be a huge deal for Darrelle Revis. Whenever you miss time in training camp, it's naturally going to hurt from a conditioning standpoint, but with Revis' shut-down abilities, it's not much of a problem. There's really only one fear early in the season: Conditioning. To be an elite cornerback, you need to be in superior shape. Revis won't be in football shape at first, so Anquan Boldin, Randy Moss and even Brandon Marshall may not be stranded on Revis Island the first three weeks, but the Jets don't need to worry.