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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/13/11


A leaner Vickerson plans to fit just fine in new defense for Broncos - The Denver Post
When Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson strolled into the South Suburban Sports Dome on Tuesday, his teammates did a double take.

Broncos QB Orton looks sharp in workouts while passing through - The Denver Post
Even though it's May, and even though Orton was throwing to uncovered receivers, his arm, footwork, release and accuracy appear to be ready for a game.

LenDale White, Rod Smith join Broncos unofficial workouts in Englewood - The Denver Post
The second, Brian Dawkins-led player-supervised workout Thursday at the South Suburban Sports Dome drew roughly 14 players and 24 members of the media, depending on which group you put Rod Smith. - Broncos TE Quinn might get starting nod
The way we hear it, TE Richard Quinn currently has a leg up on the competition. Quinn, who is entering his third seasonwith the team, was taken in the second round of the '09 draft in large part because of his strong blocking abilities. He has caught one pass in his career, but head coach John Fox has a history of using his tight ends as blockers and the team believes that Quinn has a lot of upside.

NFL players ask for $707 million in damages in TV dispute - The Denver Post
The NFL's locked-out players asked a federal judge Thursday for at least $707 million in damages stemming from a dispute with the league over $4 billion in broadcast revenue.

Kordell Stewart arrested on traffic charges - The Denver Post
Authorities say former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Kordell Stewart, who starred at the University of Colorado, has been charged with driving with a suspended license and speeding.

Study: 38 percent of players wore low-rated helmets - The Denver Post
Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second- lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers. - Despite lockout, Turner working hard to get Bolts back on top
Back in the late 1980s, when Norv Turner was just starting his NFL coaching career as a tight ends/wide receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams, there were no such things as organized team activities or contract bonuses for players attending offseason workouts. Instead there were three days of mandatory minicamp at some point during the summer, then training camp starting the second week of July leading up to the regular season. Maybe a player living locally would drop by the team facility for a day or two to meet with coaches or get some treatment on an injury, but the time between the Super Bowl and camp's kickoff was mainly spent with players and coaches working separately. - Veteran assistant Moore no longer on Colts website
Tom Moore, the Colts' offensive coordinator from 1998-2009, is not listed among the coaches on the Colts' website. He had no comment when reached by the Indianapolis Star, and neither did the team. - Goodell: Four owners attending May 16 mediation
NFL Network's Albert Breer reported that Giants owner John Mara, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Steelers owner Art Rooney and Bengals owner Mike Brown will attend the mediation session. - Pride is in Newton's way
My concern about him at the moment has nothing to do with some of the off-the-field mistakes he made in college or his inexperience with a pro-style offense. That's not my focus right now, although the concerns over those things are valid. My issue stems from an answer he gave to a question in a radio interview with WFNZ in Charlotte last week. news: Show of hands: Teams might snag V-Jax, Rice in free agency
Once free agency finally begins, who among the crop of potential free-agent wide receivers would interest teams most? news: Browns QB McCoy, teammates gather to study new attack
Quarterback Colt McCoy, tasked with learning the Browns' new West Coast attack without the guidance of his coaches during the NFL lockout, gathered with teammates this week for the second player-organized camp of the offseason and spoke of progress being made, The Plain Dealer reported. news: These QBs could help elevate Cardinals back to contention
While most expected the team to address their biggest issue in the NFL draft, coach Ken Whisenhunt has seemingly set his sights on a trio of veterans -- Kevin Kolb, Marc Bulger and Kyle Orton -- to shore up the quarterback position. news: Saints WR Colston participating in workouts after knee surgery
New Orleans wide receivers Marques Colston underwent microfracture surgery this offseason to repair cartilage around his right kneecap, The Times-Picayune reported Thursday. Blogs - Stevie Johnson defends Bush, is enjoying time off "
No, Bush hasn’t been taking part in workouts organized by Saints QB Drew Brees. But don’t be surprised that not everyone agrees with the criticism levied on Bush, namely his fellow NFL players. Echoing similar comments by DeAngelo Hall, Bills WR Stevie Johnson suggests most players are — gulp — thinking what Bush put out on Twitter and just trying to make the best of the time they’ve been given. news: Packers president: Team plans to eventually retire Favre's No. 4
One day after Brett Favre declared that he was "done with football," his former team, the Green Bay Packers, announced they will retire his number, according the Green Bay Press Gazette . news: Finley tweets surgically repaired knee 'feels brand new'
Jermichael Finley was carted off the field during a game last October and never played another down, only making headlines when he tweeted his displeasure with being left out of Green Bay's Super Bowl team photo in February. news: Packers president: Veteran CB Harris to get Super Bowl ring
Al Harris didn't play a part in the Packers' run to the Super Bowl last season, but the organization has made it clear his past contributions haven't been forgotten.

NFL Hot Button Topic of the week - NFL - ESPN
In judging NFL teams against the expectations we helped set with all we wrote before the draft, Jake Locker was a reach. But Christian Ponder was an even bigger reach.

Cost of school: New England Patriots' Ty Warren puts degree first - ESPN Boston
Last spring, New England Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren stayed home from the team's offseason program for the first time in 2010 so he could complete his college degree. In doing so, he sacrificed $250,000.

Steve Smith of Carolina Panthers clears air on trade rumors - ESPN
Receiver Steve Smith says he hasn't demanded a trade but has asked the Carolina Panthers to be "in a competitive situation."

Derrick Mason organizing workouts for Baltimore Ravens players - ESPN
Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason has begun organizing workouts for his teammates to be held in the Baltimore area later this month.

Just in case the Eighth Circuit Court upholds the ruling of federal judge Susan Richard Nelson to lift the NFL lockout, a group of front-office executives and owners is studying what type of free-agent system to implement.

NFL: A return to 2010 free-agent rules would impact final-eight teams - ESPN