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Afternoon Horse Tracks- 7/24/12

My Modem took a dump on me first thing this morning, so I did not have the chance to update Horse Tracks like I've been doing each day. Fortunately I posted the links I already had, so you all had something to look at over coffee this morning. Six and a half hours of withdrawals later, I'm back in business. So I am going to get you all caught up.

First off, I saw this Tweet from the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones a little about an hour ago and had to share it

RT @ryanparkerdp: confirmed w Warner Brothers, Christian Bale is in town visiting victims of the Aurora theater shooting. #theatershooting
Jul 24 via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

It is nice to see more people pulling together over the Aurora tragedy. Now on to the links.

Broncos Ink Full 2012 Draft Class "
On Tuesday, the Broncos agreed to terms with quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Ronnie Hillman, meaning the club has all seven of its 2012 NFL Draft picks under contract.

2012 Game-by-Game: Week 15
In Week 15 of the 2012 season, the Broncos travel to Baltimore.

Red Miller Legacy Continues "
When the 2012 Olympic Games commence at the end of this week the legacy of Denver Broncos Head Coach Red Miller will continue.

Denver Broncos Videos

Pulling G's
Champ Bailey spends a the day with the Thunderbirds and withstands nine times the weight of gravity during his 45-minute flight.

Peyton Playing With A Chip On His Shoulder? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith discuss John Elway's comments that Peyton Manning has a chip on his shoulder.

Patriots Camp Confidential: Rookie to Watch - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss discusses which rookie he will be keeping an eye on when the Patriots open camp July 26th.

Blackmon Pleads Guilty To DUI - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter on Jaguars rookie Justin Blackmon pleading guilty to DUI charge.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos OL Chris Kuper will have practice limited at training camp - The Denver Post
Maybe if it was just one torn ligament or one broken bone or one screw, Broncos' starting right guard Chris Kuper would have been fully recovered by the first day of training camp Thursday.

Broncos happy to have Jack Del Rio, but his stay could be short term - The Denver Post
Jack Del Rio, who coached the Jacksonville Jaguars, could be a candidate for another head coaching job in 2013. Especially if the Broncos have a successful 2012 season.

Broncos first training camp meeting: 4 p.m. Wednesday | First-and-Orange
Bronco players will go through their dreaded conditioning tests on Wednesday morning.

The training camp conditioning test | First-and-Orange
Every team is different, and the Broncos have a new strength and conditioning coach in Luke Richesson but typically, the dreaded pre-camp conditioning test consists of two, 300-yard shuttles. - Willis McGahee Cubeemaker
Remember Desktop Tebow? Well here's a slightly different version of Broncos RB Willis McGahee.

Division News

Dwayne Bowe situation far from settled - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The deadline for Dwayne Bowe's contract extension came and went while I was on vacation.

NFL fantasy football: Jamaal Charles undervalued? -
More than enough: Per Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs would like running backs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis to touch the ball a total of 500 times. Presuming Charles does not lose a step, his current status as a No. 2 running back in fantasy football drafts means owners can get a possible top-ten talent for a discounted price.

Future Foes - Odds say AFC North looks like two-horse race
The Ravens and Steelers have tied for the AFC North title the past two seasons, with Baltimore winning the head-to-head tiebreaker in 2011 and Pittsburgh winning on the basis of a better division record in ’10.

Lofa Tatupu out for Atlanta Falcons season with injury -
A worst-case scenario has come to fruition for Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

Mike Mularkey doesn’t know if Maurice Jones-Drew’s on way | ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars have a pair of potential headaches on their hands when it comes to contracts.

Courtney Upshaw's conditioning delays camp start -
The Baltimore Ravens are expecting a lot out of rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw. It's not the greatest sign in the world that he didn't pass his conditioning test to start training camp on his first try.

Eric Steinbach reportedly will work out for Ravens -
The Ravens like making veteran offensive line acquisitions at the last minute.

Dwight Jones doesn’t report to camp, Texans still hope he will | ProFootballTalk
Shortly after signing with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in April, former North Carolina wide receiver Dwight Jones declared himself "the steal of the draft"

Panthers aren’t making the 3-4 their base defense | ProFootballTalk
It’s easy to see why some might think the Panthers are switching things up on defense.

Panthers place WR David Gettis on PUP | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers traded for some wide receiver depth Monday, and for the short term at least, they might need it. - Bell to start at ORT spot for Panthers
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera confirmed that Byron Bell will be the team’s starting right tackle when training camp begins. - Patriots place Mankins, five others on PUP list
The Patriots placed six veterans on the physically-unable-to-perform list, according to multiple reports

NFL News - Pepsi to sponsor Super Bowl halftime show
Pepsi has scored the Super Bowl halftime show. - Ex-player Walker sues NFL over concussions
Former NFL player Derrick Walker has sued the league in federal court, accusing it of not warning him about the risk of football-related concussions.

Joe Jacoby, Ricky Watters sue NFL over concussions | ProFootballTalk
The latest concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL features five-time Pro Bowl running back Ricky Watters and four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Joe Jacoby as plaintiffs.

Curtis Martin: I was a concussion-masking 'expert' -
Last week, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith said he regularly lied about concussions to stay in games. Another runner about to be enshrined in Canton has a similar story to tell.

Packers' Mark Murphy doesn't support 18-game season -
Green Bay Packers team president Mark Murphy might be the perfect symbol for the fate of the 18-game season. Once in favor of it, Murphy now is against the idea. - Panthers' Neblett: mistake to take supplement
Panthers DT Andre Neblett hopes a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs doesn't cost him a spot on the team's 53-man roster this season.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Lions cut Johnny Culbreath, sign Jonathan Scott | ProFootballTalk
For the second day in a row, the Lions have released one of their players who was arrested this offseason.

Is DeSean Jackson still protecting himself? | ProFootballTalk
The massive hit that Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson applied in October 2010 to Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who is listed as weighing 175 pounds and so is likely closer to 165, seemed to make

Pressing questions for all 32 teams entering training camp -
I just love the start of training camp. I hear optimism in every person I talk to, from every franchise in the league. Each team truly thinks it can win the Super Bowl, or at least contend.

NFL Announces Expanded Digital Product Line, Including Coaches Film And A Telestrator For Fans -
The NFL announced the release of coaches film, a new telestrator capability and a host of other digital products for fans on Monday.

The Hall of Fans — Welcome
The best sports fans deserve a Hall of Fame. Now, they have one. Submit your application for a chance to be inducted as a member of the Hall of Fans Inaugural Class. Your seat is waiting...

For most rookies, special teams are the ticket | National Football Post
Want to make an NFL club? Then find a role on teams

5 things NFL GM’s want from their Rookies in Training Camp |
As teams across the National Football League prepare to start Training Camp for the 2012 season, NFL General Managers will be looking at their new additions with an eye of scrutiny.

NFL Players and Offseason Conditioning – An ounce of prevention |
Ted Sundquist looks at the need for progressive Strength and Conditioning Programs for NFL Players in the Offseason.

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