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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/4/12


You may notice there is the absence of Bronco News this morning. Considering the past 2-3 offseasons, maybe that's a good thing. There are really only 3 stories going on in the NFL right now -- the tragic passing of Junior Seau, the league-wide Concussion issue that may be tied in to the former Charger, Dolphin and Patriot and Terrell Sugg's injury. So take the time to hug your loved ones and be glad that the bad news isn't Bronco related.

Terrell Suggs out; Baltimore Ravens seeking pass rush -
Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said Wednesday night that there are "still moves left to be made" by the team this offseason. He didn't expect to have to replace the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Junior Seau's death ruled a suicide after autopsy -
Junior Seau's death has been ruled a suicide by the San Diego County medical examiner's office.

Sources -- Forensic pathologist credited with identifying CTE involved in Junior Seau's autopsy - ESPN
The forensic pathologist who first identified chronic brain damage as a factor in the deaths of some NFL players flew to San Diego on Thursday to participate in the autopsy of former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau

In the wake of tragedy - NFL Players need a new direction |
The tragic death of Junior Seau brings to focus the struggle that many NFL players have after their professional football careers come to an end.

Denver Broncos Videos

Impact Of Gaffney Signing On Welker - ESPN Video - ESPN
Merril Hoge discusses the crowded Patriots receiving corps and the impact it may have on Wes Welker.

Suggs Injury Impact - ESPN Video - ESPN
Merril Hoge discusses the impact Terrell Suggs' injury will have on Baltimore's defense.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Getting to Know Broncos' LB Danny Trevathan - Predominantly Orange
The Broncos last pick in the 2012 draft was linebacker Danny Trevathan from Kentucky.

Division News

Dwayne Bowe on the trade market? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In a radio interview, Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli strongly denied a rumor that the Chiefs talked about trading franchise receiver Dwayne Bowe last week.

A.J. Smith responds in pressure year - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It was the first day of the NFL combine in Indianapolis and if A.J. Smith had been nervous, it would have been understandable.

Muench breaks down AFC West draft - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I caught up to Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. to get one thought that jumps out to him about each AFC West team’s draft last week.

Tommy Kelly, the nose tackle - AFC West Blog - ESPN
New Oakland head coach Dennis Allen told the Bay Area News Group that if the Raiders use a 3-4 defense that Tommy Kelly would be the nose tackle.

Raiders hire Raleigh McKenzie, Shaun Herock | ProFootballTalk
Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie is adding a couple of people he’s very familiar with to the Oakland front office.

Ravens happy to have Upshaw after Suggs’ injury -
Courtney Upshaw just became much more valuable.

Basketball or not, Ravens could decline to pay Suggs after his injury | ProFootballTalk
Some have attached a high degree of significance to the possibility that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered a torn (full or partial) Achilles tendon while playing basketball.

NFL Concussion News

Seau Suicide Turns Up Focus on Brain Injuries -
Dave Duerson made it easy to understand why he was ending his tortured life.

Former teammate estimates Junior Seau had 1,500 concussions | National Football Post
Gary Plummer describes brutal nature of playing linebacker

Family of Junior Seau will allow his brain to be studied -
The family of deceased NFL star Junior Seau has decided to allow researchers to study his brain for evidence of damage as the result of concussions,

Competing CTE group hopes to study Seau’s brain | ProFootballTalk
As the family of Junior Seau considers whether to make his brain available for research regarding the existence of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, the decision-making process also will include choosing between two separate CTE research groups.

Junior Seau Said Game Had to Change -
A good place to start: Jim Trotter’s column at Seau was the first player Trotter ran into on his first regular pro beat in 1995, with the Chargers.

New ideas for a "new generation" of NFL Player |
No proposed program or pilot project will bring back Junior Seau, but it’s not out of line to explore ways to prevent such a tragedy in the future.

Ray Easterling’s Widow to Keep Fighting for Retired N.F.L. Players With Head Injuries -
For Mary Ann Easterling, the prudent and less painful options, it might seem, are to move away and move on.

NFL faces new federal concussion lawsuit filed by 100 ex-players -
More than 100 former NFL players have filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta claiming that pro football didn't properly protect its players from concussions.

Jamal Anderson, Don Majkowski lead latest group of concussion plaintiffs | ProFootballTalk
At one point, new concussion lawsuits were coming in at the rate of roughly one per week. Now, it seems like at least one new suit is being filed every day.

Catching up on the latest concussion plaintiffs | ProFootballTalk
The tragic death of Junior Seau, regardless of whether his passing has any connection to brain trauma, will do nothing to stem the tide of former players filing suit against the NFL - Former Falcons join new concussion lawsuit
One day after the tragic death of former LB Junior Seau, more than 100 former NFL players joined another concussion lawsuit against the - Former Falcons join new concussion lawsuit

One day after the tragic death of former LB Junior Seau, more than 100 former NFL players joined another concussion lawsuit against the league.

NFL News

Former QB Lucas Hopes His Tale Helps Other Addicts -
Ray Lucas still has his share of bad days, when his body aches and his mind wanders to the dark place he once thought he'd never leave.

NFLPA files grievance challenging Commissioner Roger Goodell -
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the NFL challenging Commissioners Roger Goodell's powers in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" case, a source with knowledge of the situation said Friday.

NFL’s outside lawyer calls evidence against Saints players "quite strong" | ProFootballTalk
On Wednesday, the NFL advised its teams that former prosecutor Mary Jo White has been retained to provide an independent review of the bounty evidence.

Nick Collins still weighing whether to play again -
The Green Bay Packers decided that they didn't want to keep Super Bowl XLV hero safety Nick Collins on their roster because of the risks inherent in his neck injury. Collins has yet to decide whether he will proceed trying to find employment elsewhere.

Free Agency

Brees’ franchise tender comes in at $16.371 million | ProFootballTalk
Or, in other words, $1.023 million per game.

Ex-Ram Gary Gibson signs with Bucs, reunites with Schiano | ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano is bringing in one of his former Rutgers players: Gary Gibson, a free agent defensive tackle who has agreed to terms with Tampa Bay.

Report: Brad McCoy’s comments sealed Colt’s fate in Cleveland | ProFootballTalk
After Browns quarterback Colt McCoy suffered an obvious (to everyone but the Browns) concussion during a Thursday night game against the Steelers in December 2011, McCoy’s father, Brad, called out the Browns for failing to keep Colt out of the game.

New England Patriots release WR Tiquan Underwood to make room for DL Gerard Warren - ESPN Boston
Receiver Tiquan Underwood, best known for a high-top fade haircut and for being released on the night before the Super Bowl, has been cut again by the New England Patriots.

Jacoby Jones visits Carolina Panthers, would be fit -
Recently scapegoated former Houston Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones didn't have to wait long to find a potential new gig.

Ryan Grant considering Detroit Lions' offer, agent says -
Free-agent running back Ryan Grant is mulling an offer from the Detroit Lions, his agent told ESPN Milwaukee on Thursday.

Report: No deal 'imminent' for Vince Young in Buffalo -
If Chan Gailey can't save Vince Young, no one can. That's our stance, even though we're the last remaining members on the Vince Young bandwagon. It remains to be seen, however, if Young will even get the chance in Buffalo. - Bears waive S Venable
The Bears announced Thursday that they have waived hard-hitting S Winston Venable.

The Draft

New York Jets reportedly agree to deal with Stephen Hill -
A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday night that New York and second-round draft pick Stephen Hill agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth just under $5 million.

Brandon Weeden feels ready for the starting job | ProFootballTalk
The Browns won’t have their rookies in for a minicamp for another week, but quarterback Brandon Weeden isn’t letting his distance from the team keep

Jerel Worthy: I take plays off, just like everyone else -
Give Jerel Worthy credit for this: The man is honest. The Green Bay Packers selected the massive defensive tackle in the second round of last week's NFL draft, this despite concerns Worthy's effort level wasn't always up to par at Michigan State.

Christian Ponder all smiles over Vikings' Matt Kalil pick -
When the Minnesota Vikings traded down one spot in last week's NFL draft to grab USC left tackle Matt Kalil with the No. 4 pick, they were united with the player many assumed they wanted all along

Bengals would have taken Kevin Zeitler at 21, got him at 27 | ProFootballTalk
The teams that make out the best in draft-day trades are the teams that move down and are still able to draft the same player they would have drafted if they had stayed in place.

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