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McGahee, Dreessen, Decker Host Fan Forum
Willis McGahee, Joel Dreessen and Eric Decker talked directly with nearly 6,000 season-ticket holders on a fan forum conference call Tuesday.

One Last Chance
Thursday night’s trip to Arizona will be the last action the coaching staff gets to see before it has to cut the roster down to 53 players.

Notebook: Brooking, Bolden and Brewer
Keith Brooking practiced after a two-week absence, Omar Bolden is improving his versatility, and Aaron Brewer seizes an opportunity.

Bronco Birthdays

QB Chris Simms (2009) is 32

Denver Broncos Videos

Preseason Week Four - Tuesday: McCoy
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy talks about the first team's performance against the 49ers and getting closer to forming the final 53-man roster.

Preseason Week Four - Tuesday: Del Rio
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about taking advantage of the final preseason game to prepare for the week one opener.

NFL Videos: Should Oakland Raiders be concerned with Carson Palmer?
02:00 – After throwing zero touchdowns and four interceptions so far this preseason, the "NFL Total Access" guys debate if the Oakland Raiders should be concerned with quarterback Carson Palmer.

NFL Live OT - Mike Wallace Reports - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live OT discusses Mike Wallace finally reporting to the Steelers, his chances at a long-term deal and how long it will take him to get back to form.

Jones-Drew Continues Holdout - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout and how long it may last.

Schefter: 'Babysitting Rules in Effect' - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter explains why the Cowboys have given Dez Bryant behavior rules and how the troubled receiver will deal with them.

NFL Huddle: Dez, Rookie QBs and Tight Ends - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ashley Fox, Mike Sando and Dan Graziano discuss the latest news from around the NFL

Redskins Release Chris Cooley - ESPN Video - ESPN
The Redskins have released tight end Chris Cooley after eight season with the team.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Rookie long-snapper surprised he beat out veteran - Yahoo! Sports
During rookie initiations late last week, Lonie Paxton took the shears to fellow long-snapper Aaron Brewer's long blonde locks, leaving him with a military style buzz cut.

Broncos near full strength for final week of preseason - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos enter the final week of the preseason as healthy as they've been all month.

Broncos Mailbag: Seeking help around NFL: Jones-Drew? Burress? LBs? - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Is it me, or is August taking for-ev-er? The Broncos still have one more preseason game, and then a big day of massive cuts.

Broncos linebacker Keith Brooking hopes to be part of team's plans - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
What the Broncos see is not what they get. Not right now anyway.

Another Denver Broncos undrafted rookie sleeper: Steven Johnson - Mike Klis
The Broncos have kept at least one undrafted rookie on their 53-man roster for seven consecutive years.

Former CSU Ram Joel Dreessen makes bold CSU-CU prediction - Lindsay Jones
Former Colorado State Rams currently outnumber former Colorado Buffaloes 2-1 in the Broncos’ locker room,

Broncos hope third guy is the charm in their pass rush - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
After 13 years of watching quarterbacks try to throw for as many yards as possible, as many times as possible, Champ Bailey heads into his 14th NFL season with a pretty good understanding of what a defense's options are in these pass-happy times.

Broncos defense rich in potential while somewhat wanting for depth - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
With the defensive reserves downright offensive — and the starting unit, at times, subbing out (Elvis) Dumervil in particular — do scouts and other observers agree that the unit has regressed as a whole?

Broncos backup QB Brock Osweiler gets chance to play at "home" vs. Cardinals - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
By all rights, Brock Osweiler still should be in the Phoenix area going to college.

Broncos hopefuls employ special teams to improve their cases to stay - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
There are folks with plenty of authority inside the Broncos' Dove Valley complex. Pat Bowlen owns the team, so his decisions come with that exclamation point attached.

Division News

Injuries abound for Broncos' competition in AFC West as preseason nears end | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
A look around the AFC West at the Broncos’ competition heading toward the end of the NFL preseason…

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit Previews the Raiders
In professional sports, we’re always hearing about how "it’s a new era in (city X)."

Raiders providing incentives for early arrivals | ProFootballTalk
Yes, the Raiders are suggesting that fans show up two hours early for home games, due to the new league-mandated procedure of individual metal detection, as explained Monday by

Raiders announce Parrish signing - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It’s official. The Oakland Raiders, in need of receiver and returner depth, just announced Roscoe Parrish has been signed.

Cooley should be on Oakland's radar - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders might consider signing a tight end in the coming days.

Can Terrelle Pryor pass another test? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The most intriguing player on the field in any of the final preseason games of the summer is probably Terrelle Pryor.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit Previews the Chargers
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said it best: "We have lost our respect in the league and our credibility in the league.

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews moving closer to field - ESPN
You have to love Ryan Mathews’ attitude.

Doubt growing about Jared Gaither’s Week One status | ProFootballTalk
It has been more than a month since Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither came down with back spasms and he hasn’t touched a practice field.

Chargers may need to make LT plans - AFC West Blog - ESPN
U-T San Diego is reporting Chargers’ left tackle Jared Gaither was getting an MRI on Tuesday and that the team is preparing to play without him at Oakland, which has one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, in 13 days in Week 1.

Herm Edwards: Norv Turner is elite coach - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Whether it was covering him when he was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs or talking to him and watching him as an analyst on ESPN, what I’ve always appreciated about Herm Edwards is he says what he feels.

Future Foes - First-round RB Martin named Bucs' starter
After an impressive preseason showing, Tampa Bay rookie RB Doug Martin has been named the starter over incumbent LeGarrette Blount by head coach Greg Schiano. - Wallace signs tender; Steelers activate Harrison, Worilds
The Steelers announced that WR Mike Wallace signed his free-agent tender and LBs James Harrison and Jason Worilds were activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Mike Wallace not worried about being ready for Week 1 | ProFootballTalk
Shortly after ending his holdout and reporting to the Steelers, receiver Mike Wallace said he’s sure he’ll be good to go when the Steelers open the season against the Broncos in 12 days.

Steelers holding concussion awareness press conference Wednesday | ProFootballTalk
The best sign that the NFL is taking the concussion issue seriously is that the Steelers are taking it seriously.

NFL News

NFL Communications - Oliver Luck Joins NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel "
Former NFL quarterback OLIVER LUCK, currently serving as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for his alma mater, West Virginia, has been selected to join the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Panel

TDIF: First Overtime Game in the NFL : NFL Films Blog
Fifty-seven years ago today, on August 28, 1955, the first NFL overtime game was played during the preseason between the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants. - Preseason gives 18-game schedule some appeal
Aside from the dazzling play from rookie QBs Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, the 2012 preseason won’t supply a whole lot of positive, memorable moments.

Talk continues about replacement officials, but still no action | ProFootballTalk
With the start of the regular season only eight days away and no signs of any progress toward ending the lockout of the game officials, more players are talking but there’s still no evidence that the NFLPA will be taking any action.

Chris Kluwe continues to question the NFL’s replacement refs | ProFootballTalk
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has emerged as perhaps the most vocal critic of the NFL’s replacement officials. And he’s not stopping.

De Smith calls officials lockout "absurd," doesn’t rule out a strike | ProFootballTalk
The talk regarding the lockout of the officials continues. It’s still unknown whether the NFLPA will take action.

Miscellaneous Stuff

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Officiating Minicamp: Part II
In a series of articles before the 2012 season begins, FO will be reviewing the mechanics employed by officiating crews and launch a basic primer on some of the oft-confused and more arcane rules.

Report: Lions trying to trade for running back | ProFootballTalk
All throughout the summer, Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew has resisted calls to look for backfield help outside the organization.

Detroit Lions need depth, RB Chris Ivory an option -
The injury-ravaged Detroit Lions are shopping for a running back, according to a report on Tuesday. This late in the game, the pickings are slim.

Chalk Talk Video: Cowboys' 'Yankee' route | National Football Post
Talking Xs and Os on video from my home office.

Playbook: RGIII vs. Nickel 'Cover 0' pressure | National Football Post
Breaking down Griffin's TD pass off of sprint action vs. Colts

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