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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 6/23/12


Broncos' D.J. Williams appeals decision to dismiss NFL suit - The Denver Post
Considering Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams wasn't afraid to take on the NFL, it should be no surprise he did not accept a judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit against the league.

Team-by-team cap space as of June 22 | ProFootballTalk
Broncos: $10.87 million.

Join Broncos for Dare to Play "
On Saturday, former Broncos All-Pro wide receiver Ed McCaffrey will host the Dare to Play Football game for children and adults with Down syndrome.

Bronco Birthdays

Wide Receiver Brandon Stokely turns 36 today.

Wide Receiver Robert Brooks (2000) is 42.

Denver Broncos Videos

PFT Live: Will there be HGH testing in 2012? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with NFL Executive VP and General Counsel, Jeff Pash about the NFL’s tape of Anthony Hargrove allegedly stating, "Bobby, give me my money," and the future of HGH testing. VIDEO

Denver Broncos Blogs

Thomas hopes to pay big dividends - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Demaryius Thomas just doesn’t want to blow it.

Division News

Raiders hope tight ends grow quickly - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Tight end appears to be an area that the Oakland Raiders need to work on. - Raiders' situation at CB cause for concern
The Raiders’ clean slate not only took place in the front office, but there will be new faces at corn

Berman could call Chargers-Raiders Monday night opener | ProFootballTalk
The mouth that boomed could be blaring through your TV on the first Monday night of the season. - Royal, Parrish give Rivers depth at No. 3 WR
As successful as the Chargers’ passing attack has been of late, Philip Rivers has rarely had a productive option at the No. 3 receiver spot.

Norv Turner puts Eddie Royal in some good company | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers have the same quarterback that they’ve had for several years, but their passing game is going to look very different this season.

Future Foes

Michael Turner says he's still in shape for Falcons -
The conversation about Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner this offseason has been consistent. The team wants to lighten his load. It looks like it will go to more of a committee approach with Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers getting more carries this year. - Ravens' Lewis has right idea emphasizing quickness
Ravens MLB Ray Lewis reportedly looks slimmer than usual, and it's clear he's trying to become quicker.

Ray Rice demonstrates that he’s staying in great shape | ProFootballTalk
Ray Rice remains unsigned as the Ravens’ franchise player, but coach John Harbaugh said last month that he’s not concerned about Rice showing up in shape, whenever he does show up.

Sammy Morris in contact with Patriots for return -
Free-agent running back Sammy Morris is interested in returning to the New England Patriots if they'll have him, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported Friday. - Panthers trying to light fire under Otah
There are Panthers observers wondering how much more patience the team will show Jeff Otah. - Falcons bullish on RB Rodgers' prospects
WR Julio Jones is not the only second-year skill-position player the Falcons expect big things from in 2012. - Can Bengals' running game show more playmaking punch?
The Bengals had 51 pass plays of 20-plus yards a season ago. Eighteen were passes from QB Andy Dalton to WR A.J. Green, and the Dalton-Green connection figures to stress defenses more than any other aspect of the Bengals’ offense in 2012. - Can Steelers' O-line quickly come together?
There has been plenty of focus on what changes new coordinator Todd Haley will implement on offense, as well as how well he will work with QB Ben Roethlisberger. - Jones-Drew could be prepared to sit out the season
It’s looking more and more like the impasse between star RB Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars isn’t getting resolved anytime soon.

NFL News

DeMaurice Smith hopes for HGH program by September -
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith still hopes a program to test players for HGH will be in place by the start of the 2012 regular season

Why Football Helmet Manufacturer Riddell Should Be Very Concerned About Concussion Litigation - Forbes
Since 1989, Riddell, Inc. (Riddell) has been the official helmet of the National Football League (NFL).

Ralph Wenzel, Whose Dementia Led to Debate on Football Safety, Dies at 69 -
Ralph Wenzel, a former National Football League lineman whose early-onset dementia helped draw attention to recent debates about the safety of football, died on Monday in Annapolis, Md. He was 69.

Anthony Hargrove suspended for lying, says NFL -
NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said Friday that former New Orleans Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who received an eight-game suspension as part of the NFL's investigation of the Saints' "bounty" program, was not punished for taking or contributing money for hits, but for lying about the program itself.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Adam Archuleta describes how football made him "miserable" | ProFootballTalk
The Washington Post wrote a story about former Redskins safety Adam Archuleta, and the way he’s working to polish his broadcasting skills for a second career.

What is the 'Fence' route? | National Football Post
Breaking down one of Mike Shanahan's concepts vs. Cover 3.

Andrew Luck, Colts reportedly stuck on endorsements -
Top picks are easier to sign than ever since the new collective bargaining agreement was signed, but that doesn't mean it's easy to negotiate a No. 1 overall pick's contract.

Chris Johnson says he wants to be heavier and sturdier | ProFootballTalk
As Titans running back Chris Johnson attempts to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 season, he thinks getting bigger will be a big part of that.

2012 NFL Training Camp - What's "NEW" in England & York |
TFE's guest blogger Randy Schwimmer puts a keen eye on the New England Patriots & New York Jets heading out of the 2012 NFL Draft & into Training Camp.

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