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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/26/12

As you read this, I am likely waiting in line at Dove Valley with eager anticipation, for the gate to open and the Denver Broncos 2012 season to officially begin. I shouldn't need to tell you that this is my favorite time of year. I think this picture explains the way many of you in Broncos Country feel too. Anyway, I will have something for you this afternoon. Meanwhile, here are the Tracks.

Great Expectations
One day away from training camp, players aren't shying away from lofty expectations.

Notebook: Excitement in the Air
Broncos players talk about the anticipation of training camp, the recent hospital visits the team made to victims of the Aurora shootings and other quick hits from the pre-camp media sessions on Wednesday.

Porter Relishes Opportunity
Entering his fifth NFL season, cornerback Tracy Porter has had the luxury of practicing against and learning from quarterbacks Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

Thompson Focused on Future
After a stellar training camp, an injury forced Syd'Quan Thompson to miss the entire 2011 season. With 2012 training camp a day away, Thompson is ready to pick up where he left off.

Bronco Birthdays

TE Joel Dreessen is 30.
LB Cyril Obiozor is 26.

Denver Broncos Videos

Media BBQ: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about the vibe inside Dove Valley on the eve of training camp.

Media BBQ: Tamme
Tight end Jacob Tamme talks about getting training camp going and how he expects his position group to contribute this season.

Media BBQ: Dumervil
Elvis Dumervil addresses his offseason incident and talks about why he's the healthiest he's been heading into a training camp.

Media BBQ: Porter
Tracy Porter talks about starting camp with a new team and why he's excited to play against Peyton Manning.

Media BBQ: Miller
Von Miller talks about getting this season started and explains how yoga was his workout of choice leading up to training camp.

NFL Live OT: Super Bowl Prediction - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live OT discusses Ryan Kalil taking out a full page ad in a Charlotte paper guaranteeing a Super Bowl win for the Panthers.

Denver Broncos Blogs

2012 Game-by-Game: Week 17
The Broncos finish their 2012 regular season schedule just as they did in 2011 -- with a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Miller Anxious to Improve
Second-year linebacker Von Miller talked with the media Wednesday about the improvements he intends to make as he enters his second season in the NFL.

Broncos have work to do before cementing defensive, offensive lines - The Denver Post
Beyond Peyton Mannings performance - hes looked steady and ready to go in the teams offseason work - the Broncos do have two fundamental football questions as they move forward.

Peyton Manning's presence makes this Broncos training camp different - The Denver Post
OK, so an NFL training camp may not be fun in the sun, exactly, to those sweating inside helmets, but the arrival of a certain quarterback has certainly ratcheted up the anticipation level in Denver.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning ready to test defenses, especially his own - The Denver Post
Some guys travel the NFL wilderness, hoping to play long enough to be on a team that includes a Hall of Fame quarterback. That is, and always will be, the best way to get to a Super Bowl.

Broncos will limit Peyton Manning's workload in camp - The Denver Post
When the Broncos take the field for their first training camp practice Thursday morning, the count begins. The pitch count, that is.

Broncos will start preparing for D.J. Williams' suspension right away | First-and-Orange
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams will be at Dove Valley for the start of training camp, but the veteran and longtime starter won’t get much work with the starting defense when practices begin Thursday morning.

Broncos' Elvis Dumervil focusing on football upon return to Denver - The Denver Post
Elvis Dumervil isn't hiding in the wake of his recent arrest in Miami, but he isn't speaking much about it either.

Denver Broncos' Elvis Dumervil hasn't heard from Roger Goodell since arrest - ESPN
Denver Broncos Pro Bowl pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, who was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following a traffic dispute in Miami, said he hasn't heard from commissioner Roger Goodell regarding possible punishment from the league because of the incident.

Broncos coach Fox says team has responsibility to help Aurora shooting victims - The Denver Post
Broncos defensive end Ben Garland has been to plenty of movies at the Century 16 Aurora theater, and he nearly went to a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" early Friday morning.

Broncos Report to Camp, Hope to Provide Healing -
The Denver Broncos reported to camp Wednesday hoping to lift the spirits of a community in mourning over the movie theater massacre in neighboring Aurora.

MaxDenver " Of Von Miller, Yoga and Not Being a Pest
When Von Miller got together with Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul — one of just eight players who surpassed the Broncos Pro Bowler in sacks last year — he wasn’t going to be "that guy."

MaxDenver " Projecting the Broncos’ Roster: One to 53
Anyone can predict the roster after the last preseason game. Start with penciling in the guys who don’t play and go from there.

Eric Page's release puts Broncos' punt-return game in flux -
During a conference call with about 6,000 season-ticket holders on May 16, John Fox assured them that the kickoff- and punt-return games were still in good shape even after Eddie Royal's free-agent departure for the San Diego Chargers

3 key Broncos position battles to watch -
Strong safety and defensive tackle and the slot wide receiver positions could be the difference-maker this season for the Broncos.

Ryan Clady contract at forefront | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Now that all the rookies are signed after the Broncos reached accord Tuesday with second-round quarterback Brock Osweiler and third-round running Ronnie Hillman, the team’s remaining contract issue is with left tackle Ryan Clady.

John Fox sees "tremendous improvement" from Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
There’s no bigger question heading into the 2012 season than the health of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, but there’s no question in the mind of Broncos coach John Fox that Manning is ready to go.

Division News

AFC West rundown: Buzz over training camp not exclusive to Broncos
Training camp gets underway for the Broncos on Thursday morning at Dove Valley. What might be occupying their division rivals this time of year? Here’s a quick survey of other teams in the AFC West.

Broncos Camp Watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Three thoughts as training camps open around the NFL One thing I'm certain of: The Peyton Manning show is about to begin. Four months after he rock

Chiefs Camp Watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Three thoughts as training camps open around the NFL One thing I'm certain of: The pressure is on Matt Cassel. The Chiefs enter training camp feeli

Raiders Camp Watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Three thoughts as training camps open around the NFL One thing I'm certain of: The Raiders will be careful with running back Darren McFadden. He is

Chargers Camp Watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Three thoughts as training camps open around the NFL: One thing I'm certain of: The San Diego Chargers will be under the radar and they will love i - Expectations lower, but Chargers remain a threat
For the first time since 2006, the editors here at Pro Football Weekly did not predict the Chargers to win the AFC West. That kind of sentiment seems to be music to the ears of the Chargers’ franchise

Raiders still evaluating whether to use new blackout rule | ProFootballTalk
Of all the teams that could be tempted to take advantage of the NFL’s new blackout rule, the Raiders are the team that could be facing the toughest decision.

Chargers release Tra Thomas from reserve/retired list | ProFootballTalk
Last week, the Chargers released guard Kris Dielman from the reserve/retired list in a move that initially appeared to be the first step toward a comeback but more likely reflected an attempt by the team to wash their hands of Dielman before he files a concussion lawsuit.

NFL fantasy football: Denarius Moore can thrive in 2012 -
Give me Moore:’s Steve Wyche believes Oakland Raiders wideout Denarius Moore is "someone to keep an eye on."

NFL News - Stabler leads new concussion lawsuit
A new concussion lawsuit has been filed against the NFL in federal court. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 74 former players, including QB Ken Stabler.

George Martin sues NFL for concussions | ProFootballTalk
In May, George Martin resigned as the head of NFL Alumni, a former-player advocacy group that was criticized at times for being tied too closely to the NFL.

Will the new CBA hurt rookies? | National Football Post
Many of the rules in the new CBA limit on-field instructional time for rookies

Future Foes

Dre Kirkpatrick out six weeks with fractured knee -
We now have a clearer picture of the injury suffered by rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, and the news isn't good for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brian Waters reportedly absent from Patriots camp -
New England Patriots veterans were scheduled to report to Gillette Stadium for the start of training camp today. One veteran who did not report was 35-year-old guard Brian Waters, reports Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe.

Six Steelers open camp on PUP list | ProFootballTalk
The Pittsburgh Steelers have gathered in Latrobe for training camp.

Mike Tomlin: Mike Wallace should be at Steelers camp -
The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly now are playing hardball with wide receiver Mike Wallace, and coach Mike Tomlin doesn't sound like a man with patience to spare. - Ravens add LBs Blackstock, Brown
The Ravens signed veteran LBs Darryl Blackstock and Ricky Brown, and OG Cord Howard the team announced Wednesday.

Ravens sign Ricky Brown, pass on Eric Steinbach | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens signed linebacker Ricky Brown Wednesday, after a successful tryout.

Joe Flacco to honor Ravens contract during extension talks -
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is in a contract year. But according to those around him, it's the farthest thing from his mind.

No new Maurice Jones-Drew contract, Jags owner says -
To express his desire for a new contract, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew skipped the team's offseason workout program, including mandatory minicamp.

Josh Gordon of Cleveland Browns confirms third failed drug test -
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon finally came clean about his third failed drug test, which and NFL Network's Albert Breer first reported July 13.

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