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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/1/12

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Tough Decisions Lead to Strong Squad
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said it's never easy letting players go, but hard decisions mean there's lots of of talent on the team.

Notebook: Elway Talks Roster
On Friday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway addressed a number of the team's decisions as the roster was trimmed down to 53 players.

‘A Good Mix’ at Linebacker
The 53-man roster includes a seven-man linebacking corps that features a combination of youth and experience.

Bronco Birthdays

DB Daniel Hunter (1985-86) is 50.

LB-DE Karl Mecklenburg (1983-94) is 52.

DB Bruce Plummer (1987-88) is 48.

RB Clinton Portis (2002-03) is 31.

Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos at Cardinals: BTV Highlights

Elway on Cuts, Finalizing 53-Man Roster
John Elway talks to the press about the decisions the team made to finalize the 2012 53-man regular season roster.

Broncos beat Cardinals, reduce roster to 53 - BroncoPlanet
Broncos finish the preseason with a 16-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL Meeting With Referees - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter talks about the NFL resuming negotiations with its locked-out officials.

Players To Watch On Cut-down Day - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter talks about players who may get cut Friday as teams need to get down to 53 players.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos release veteran corner Drayton Florence | ProFootballTalk
It looks like the Broncos didn’t need any help in the personnel department.

Denver Broncos cut-down analysis - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Most significant move: The Broncos kept newly signed veterans, linebacker Keith Brooking and safety Jim Leonhard.

MaxDenver " Breaking Down the Moves as Broncos Get to 53
Noting the cuts as the Broncos get down to 53 …

Ronnie Hillman was Denver Broncos' 2012 preseason rushing leader - Lindsay Jones
Ronnie Hillman missed two preseason games with a nagging hamstring injury, but

Adam Weber of Broncos is waived, but could return on practice squad - Lindsay Jones
As the Broncos debate whether to keep two or three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster,

Veteran linebacker Keith Brooking makes Broncos roster on "reputation" - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos had no game tape and very little practice tape with which to evaluate linebacker Keith Brooking this preseason.

Elway says team excited about Knowshon Moreno's progress - Lindsay Jones
John Elway and the Broncos’ bosses are impressed with the way running back Knowshon Moreno returned from the ACL injury he suffered last November.

It's time for Broncos QB Caleb Hanie to hit the pavement - The Denver Post - Mark Kizla
The NFL is a tough business. And Caleb Hanie has no business playing quarterback for the Broncos. When Denver announces cuts Friday, he needs to hit the street.

Broncos release CB Drayton Florence; Caleb Hanie stays - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Go ahead, dwell on how Drayton Florence, Ryan Harris, Jeremiah Johnson, Adam Weber, Sealver Siliga and Mike Mohamed didn't make it.

Broncos TE Virgil Green, LB D.J. Williams begin suspensions - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
For the next four weeks, Virgil Green might be the biggest Broncos fan in Denver.

What does the near future hold for Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams? - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Do the Broncos still have to pay (D.J. Williams) during his suspension, and would he count toward the salary cap if they released him?

Division News

Jacob Hester among the cuts as Chargers get down to 53 | ProFootballTalk
Last year, Jacob Hester was the Chargers’ special teams captain and a contributor on offense at fullback and running back.

Chargers get down to 53-man limit - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers just cut down to the 53-man limit. Below is their release. I will be back shortly with an analysis of the cuts.

San Diego Chargers cut-down analysis - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Most significant move: The Chargers cut former starting fullback (and special-teams ace) Jacob Hester and fellow running back Edwin Baker, a seventh-round pick.

Chiefs axe two draft picks on way to 53 players | ProFootballTalk
No big names were sent packing in Kansas City on Friday, but the team did lose the services of three 2012 draft choices.

Chiefs make cuts - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs just announced they have gotten down to the 53-man roster. The list is below.

Kansas City Chiefs cut-down analysis - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Most significant move: I found it interesting that defensive tackle Amon Gordon was cut. - Chargers cut PK Novak, DE Cesaire, FB Hester
The Chargers announced several vested veterans among their cuts Friday evening, including PK Nick Novak, DE Jacques Cesaire and FB Jacob Hester.

Raiders announce cuts - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders just announced their final cuts.

Oakland Raiders cut-down analysis - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Most significant move: Putting starting linebacker Aaron Curry on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Is Brian Hoyer AFC West-bound? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Brian Hoyer, who was cut by New England, could be a fit with the Chiefs and also a potential fit in Denver.

NFL News

NFL Communications - 2012 NFL Preseason Individual & Team Statistical Leaders "
NFL preseason statistical leaders were tracked in 2012 by the Elias Sports Bureau, official statisticians of the NFL. - Reports: NFL, referees resume talks
The NFL and officials resumed talks on Friday for the first time since July, according to CBS Sports’ Armen Keteyian.

NFLRA release hints at progress in talks | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Referees Association has issued a two-line release that, while not saying much, implies plenty.

Report: NFL and officials are talking | ProFootballTalk
Amid PFT-propagated rumors that the NFL and the locked-out game officials are negotiating for the first time in weeks, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that, while there’s no formal meeting, the two sides are talking.

New injured reserve rule could be more trouble than it’s worth | ProFootballTalk
The good news for NFL teams is that there’s a new tweak to the IR rules. The bad news for NFL teams is that there’s a new tweak to the IR rules.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Cuts who can Contribute |
Just because a player is cut doesn’t mean he can’t contribute. It just means that either there was too much competition at one team, or he didn’t fit in with the front office. With that in mind, here’s 10 guys who were cut yesterday and could make an impression in 2012 and beyond. - Roster cutdown summary
Here's a summary of the roster cuts, player moves that were made by all 32 teams (as officially announced) as they got down to the 53-man roster limit by 9 p.m. ET Friday. - Report: Redskins S Jackson suspended indefinitely
Redskins S Tanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely with a review in a year for again violating the league’s drug policy, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

2012 NFL roster cuts - Matt Overton's journey |
And so it goes. A little over six weeks ago NFL Training Camps opened with optimistic energy.

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