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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/26/12

Elway stresses importance of Raider Week, Mays suspended and the replacements are still bad.

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Elway: Week 4 ‘Huge’ "
In the third weekly episode of Elway Access, Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and Broncos TV’s Chris Hall looked back on the team’s Week 3 loss to the Texans, and then moved forward to the Oakland Raiders.

Players Encourage 'College Bound' Kids
Six Broncos surprised students at a Denver school pep rally on Tuesday, reiterating the importance of attending college.

Denver Broncos Videos

Joe Mays Appealing Ban - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bill Williamson shares the latest insight on Joe Mays' $50,000 fine and 1-game suspension for hit on Matt Schaub.

Blogger Blitz: Time To Step Up - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson wonders which team will take control of the division

NFL Live OT: Would Eliminating Kickoffs Enhance The NFL? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Darren Woodson, Cris Carter and Herm Edwards discuss player safety and the idea of eliminating kickoffs from the game.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays suspended for Matt Schaub hit - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Joe Mays' hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub was costly — for both Mays and the Broncos.

Joe Mays appeals one-game suspension for Mike Tyson hit | ProFootballTalk
Joe Mays has a limited history of illegal hits. The NFL typically uses a system of progressive discipline for illegal hits.

Who replaces suspended Joe Mays at middle linebacker for Broncos? - Lindsay Jones
With the news that Joe Mays will, pending an appeal, be suspended for Sunday’s game against Oakland, the Broncos will have to once against shuffle their linebacking corps.

Broncos offense has seen just how much experience counts - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: The Broncos' offense has been better able to move the ball against the Atlanta and Houston defenses late in the second half of both games.

Broncos defense needs to intensify rush for improvement on third down - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
When the Broncos defense exited the Week 1 win over the Steelers, the unit's performance on third down was still on the things-to-do list. Broncos coach John Fox called it one of the things the team had "to clean up."

Broncos face uncertainty at linebacker - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Broncos are dealing with the one-game suspension of middle linebacker Joe Mays for a violent hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub. They're also facing the uncertainty of another starting linebacker with potential league discipline issues.

Around the AFC West: Depth charts key in struggling division hit by injuries - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
With the injuries piling up on all fronts in the AFC West — key players like Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter, the Chiefs' Dexter McCluster and the Raiders' Darrius Heyward-Bey all left games this past weekend — the division's race may be one of endurance, won by depth charts.

"Monday Night Football" blunder last straw for replacement officials - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Well, Roger Goodell, I hope you're happy. The NFL, along with your replacement officials, is the laughingstock of professional sports.

Broncos to keep facing the best tight ends in the business - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In the Broncos' first three games, the opponents' top wide receivers have made highlight catches. But the all-terrain guys have done plenty of damage as well.

Renck: NFL replacement officials joke isn't close to funny - The Denver Post
The hypocrisy is nauseating. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has reveled in playing king, has long told the NFL players that it is their duty to protect the shield.

Blown calls making everybody right in dispute between NFL, officials - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The NFL's replacement officials are overmatched, overwhelmed and in so far over their heads they must feel like they are at bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning so far seeing too much contact - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I'm wondering if the Broncos have thought about using Dan Koppen in interior line?

Eye on: The Oakland Raiders - The Denver Post
Eye on ...The Raiders

Division News

AFC West Stock Watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Falling San Diego Chargers' status as a top team: Last week, the Chargers were one of six 2-0 teams. They looked terrific on both sides of the ball a

Total QBR: Strong AFC West play - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the AFC West Total QBR leaders through Week 3: - Raiders add LB So'oto
The Raiders signed second-year LB Vic So’oto and waived DE-LB Carl Ihenacho.

Oakland tailgaters shocked before Steelers game even started | ProFootballTalk
After many years of reading, and writing the news, there are certain sentences you can see coming a mile away.

Ex-Raiders center Barret Robbins released from prison | ProFootballTalk
Barret Robbins, the former Raiders center best remembered for deserting the team on the eve of the Super Bowl, and for later going public about his struggles with mental illness, has been released from prison.

Chiefs put Jacques Reeves on IR | ProFootballTalk
After two years out of football, cornerback Jacques Reeves comeback lasted only two games.

Report: Chiefs sign vet O-lineman - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With starting center Rodney Hudson dealing with a knee injury, the Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly signed veteran offensive lineman Russ Hochstein.

Philip Rivers poised for big milestone - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It was expected to happen on Sunday, but after a subpar performance, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is almost certain to join an elite group of NFL quarterbacks.

NFL News - NFLPA executive director Smith releases statement on refs
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith released a statement to players on the current referee lockout. The statement reads as follows: - Tuesday's 60-second rant: NFL deserves the mess it created
Lest we forget, Monday night’s Packers-Seahawks game, before its outcome became one of the great farces in NFL history, was a compelling game with plenty of angles to discuss.

Report: Refs, NFL back at bargaining table | National Football Post
Penson remains key issue in talks

NFL Officials Strike: it's the drowning point | National Football Post
The tough bargain is not with union negotiators, but with fans.

Ripple effects of replacement refs - Green Bay vs Seattle |
In the official NFL Play by Play it went down like this;

N.F.L. Has Bigger Problems Than Officials -
Is football the next boxing?

John Lynch says NFL "duped" FOX into going easy on replacements | ProFootballTalk
The ultimate reality show just got even more real.

NFL and refs agree on backup officials, but pension issue remains | ProFootballTalk
The good news is that there’s a tangible sign of progress between the NFL and the locked-out officials. The bad news is it’s progress on a lesser issue, while the major issue between the two sides is no closer to being resolved.

De Smith says players won’t boycott games | ProFootballTalk
Yes, the lockout of NFL officials has become a major news story.

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