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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/3/12


Elway, Fox and Manning Remember Seau
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, Head Coach John Fox and quarterback Peyton Manning released statements on the passing of Junior Seau.

Stokley: Peyton Manning has same demeanor in Denver -
Denver Broncos coaches are receiving their first look at Peyton Manning practicing with his new team.

NFL announces OTA, minicamp dates for all 32 teams -
Following are the rookie and veteran minicamp dates for 2012, as well as the organized team activity (OTA) dates.

McGahee Ready to Run "
Fresh off a record-breaking season on the ground in 2011, running back Willis McGahee is ready to hit the ground running with the team’s new-look offense in 2012.

Stokley Looking to Seize Opportunity "
Brandon Stokley knew he had more in him. Since his last stint with the Broncos, he spent time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and New York Giants in 2011, playing in just two games last season before suffering an injury.

Denver Broncos Videos

Junior Seau Dies At 43 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tim Hasselbeck and Adam Schefter react to the death of former Chargers and Patriots linebacker Junior Seau.

Willis McGahee Press Conference
Willis McGahee talks about playing with Peyton Manning and looking forward to the 2012 season.

Brandon Stokley Press Conference
Brandon Stokley talked about reuniting with his friend and former teammate Peyton Manning

Hebert Disagrees With Punishments - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Saints QB Bobby Hebert doesn't believe any player should have been suspended for the Saints' bounty program.

Eric LeGrand Speaks On Signing With Bucs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand sustained a spinal cord injury on October 16, 2010. Tuesday, signed with a NFL team.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning, Broncos join coaches on the field for first time - The Denver Post
For the first time since Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos in March, Denver's coaches are allowed to oversee practices on the field at Dove Valley.

Broncos talk about Saints suspensions and "message" from NFL - The Denver Post
In locker rooms across the NFL today, players were gathered for offseason workouts when the bombshell news started filling up their cell phones and taking over the sports television news.

MaxDenver " Manning, Fox Share Seau Memories
The death of Junior Seau from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 43 rocked the NFL to its foundation — particularly a generation of players and coaches that worked and played with and against Seau during his 20-year career.

Manning on Seau: A once-in-a-lifetime player | First-and-Orange
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning today called Junior Seau one of the most dominating defensive player he ever faced.

John Elway releases statement on Junior Seau's death | First-and-Orange
Twice a year, for nine seasons, John Elway stared across the line of scrimmage at Junior Seau, the Pro Bowl San Diego linebacker.

Former Broncos LB Eric Olsen shares touching Junior Seau story | First-and-Orange
NFL players have flooded social media today with messages about Junior Seau, the longtime NFL linebacker who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

New Denver cornerback avoids suspension - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Not that they were worried about it, but the Denver Broncos can breathe easy -- Tracy Porter will not pay any price for the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.

Division News

8 Members of Chargers Super Bowl Team Have Died -
unior Seau's death is the eighth among the 1994 San Diego Chargers, who won the AFC title and lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The list of players:

Chargers' Robert Meachem: Knee surgery won't slow me down -
Robert Meachem has been a full participant thus far during the San Diego Chargers' voluntary offseason workout program, an impressive accomplishment considering he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the end of the 2011 season.

Ranking AFC West backup QBs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Now that Matt Leinart has signed with the Oakland Raiders, each teams in the AFC West has a new backup quarterback. - Pressure rises in AFC West
Quiz time — Name the only division in the NFL where all four starting quarterbacks have led teams to division titles at some point during their career.

Schefter: Raiders hire top scout - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Reggie McKenzie didn’t waste time in adding to his scouting department. - Raiders add depth with OT Wang
The Raiders have added depth to their offensive line, reaching a deal with OT Ed Wang on Wednesday.

Bucs sign paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand -
Eric LeGrand's on-field football career ended Oct. 16, 2010, when he was paralyzed from the neck down after making a tackle on special teams for Rutgers University.

Peyton Hillis: No pressure in Kansas City this year | ProFootballTalk
Even if you don’t believe in the Madden Curse, Peyton Hillis was under a lot of pressure in Cleveland last year.

Baltimore Ravens sign DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu -
Veteran nose guard Ma'ake Kemoeatu has rejoined the Baltimore Ravens six years after leaving as a free agent.

Two QBs coming to AFC West in 2013? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Apparently, it’s never too early for a mock draft.

NFL News

Seau Death Puts Spotlight on Concussions and Depression -
The death of former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau has again put the spotlight on the possibility of a link between concussions and depression so severe it drives professional athletes to take their lives.

Mike Ornstein Leaves His Fingerprints on Another Football Scandal -
The first e-mail was sent to New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton on Sept. 3 from the federal prison system’s minimum-security camp in Florence, Colo. - League announces initiative on non-contract bonuses
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a league-wide initiative to curb any program of non-contract bonuses.

Teams receive memo from NFL on player 'bounty' punishments -
Chief executives and presidents from the 32 teams received on Wednesday morning an NFL memo that reiterated the major points of the league's press release announcing discipline for players involved in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" program. But the league memo also provided additional details into the investigation and the problems with the NFL Players Association on this matter.

No surprise that Roger Goodell severely punished Saints -
Jonathan Vilma will be suspended for the entire 2012 season because of his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.

NFLPA says it has still not seen evidence of "pay-to-injure" program | ProFootballTalk
As expected, the NFL Players Association has issued a statement in response to the punishment imposed earlier in the day on four members of the 2009-11 Saints.

Saints players will receive the "due process" for which the union bargained | ProFootballTalk
Filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who injected himself into the Saints bounty scandal by releasing, over the objection of Steve Gleason, audio from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

Free Agency

Will Belichick Start a Trend? | National Football Post
Can Rugby be a feeder system for the NFL?

Nate Clements could be candidate for release in Cincinnati | ProFootballTalk
The addition of Dre Kirkpatrick in the first round means that the Bengals now have a glut of cornerbacks on the roster.

Jabar Gaffney, Patriots agree to two-year deal -
Former Redskins WR Jabar Gaffney has agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Vince Young 'looked good' in Buffalo Bills workout -
Free-agent quarterback Vince Young looked to be in great shape at a workout for the Buffalo Bills, receiver David Nelson said Wednesday.

Bucs sign Eric LeGrand as undrafted free agent | National Football Post
Former Rutgers player was paralyzed playing for Greg Schiano

The Draft

Bears reach deal with WR Alshon Jeffery… are August signings a thing of the past? Agent: ‘They should be’ -
Today, the Bears became trailblazers in a very non-exciting way.

Former NFL players - "You're just getting started" |
TFE takes a page from Dr. Harvey Schiller's advice to give to former NFL players regarding their future after football.

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