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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/29/12

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Allen Returns to Denver
Oakland Head Coach Dennis Allen comes back to Denver, where he was the team's defensive coordinator a year ago.

Trevathan Ready to Step In
Linebacker Danny Trevathan is ready for what could be his defensive debut as a Bronco Sunday against the Raiders.

Get to Know: Assistant Special Teams Coach Keith Burns
Assistant Special Teams Coach Keith Burns talks about his relationship with Rod Smith and how Smith's story still impacts the Broncos.

Rod Smith: Undrafted, Unmatched
Wide receiver Rod Smith began his career as an undrafted free agent. He ends it immortalized in the Broncos Ring of Fame.

Q&A With: John Elway
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway discusses Rod Smith's induction into the Ring of Fame, quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos' roster.

Denver Broncos Videos

Orange Ride 2012
All players, all fans, in orange. Join the Orange Ride and bike to the game!

NFL Kickoff Overtime: Winners In Week 4 - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Kickoff Overtime picks their winners for week 4 in the NFL.

Who Is The Best Team In The NFL? - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live picks the best team in the NFL.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos approach full strength as they brace for visiting Raiders - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos are nearing full strength as they go through final preparations for Sunday's game against Oakland.

Lose to Raiders? Don't even think about it, Peyton - The Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
The Pro Football Hall of Fame aches with anticipation for the arrival of Peyton Manning.

Report: Fox, Del Rio appealing fines for berating officials | ProFootballTalk
The replacement officials have shuffled off the stage until Keanu Reeves makes a movie about them, but some housekeeping from their time in charge of the NFL’s games still lingers. - Questions loom at Broncos interior O-line spots
The Broncos’ interior O-line got a boost this week with the return to practice of ORG Chris Kuper. His replacement, Manny Ramirez, has been flagged for two penalties and allowed 3½ sacks, but things are also a bit tenuous at center and left guard.

Broncos safety Quinton Carter sidelined because of knee injury - The Denver Post
This can't be good for Quinton Carter. A 12-game starter as a rookie safety last season, Carter has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders because of a recurring knee injury.

How can Broncos put an end to Raiders' four-game win streak in Denver? - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos have faced no team more in the franchise's history — playoff appearances included — than the Raiders.

Peyton Manning, Broncos offense continue to address timing, protection - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: From deep behind the lines in Giants and Jets territory, I'm wondering if it's taking longer than (the Broncos) thought it would to get Peyton Manning in tune with his receivers?

Broncos running back Willis McGahee wants a fall rerun against Raiders - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In the end, it might be the answer to what ails the Broncos' offense, even with a future Hall of Famer at quarterback in a pass-happy NFL.

Division News

Raiders Week - Friday: Fox
Head coach John Fox outlines the week's final injury report leading up to Sunday's game.

Final Word: AFC West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 4:

Chiefs could be missing a lot of firepower - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A lot of Kansas City Chiefs fans have wondered when they are going to see Jon Baldwin have a bigger role in the team’s offense. - Chiefs getting painfully thin on offensive line
The season-ending injury to C Rodney Hudson (broken bone in his left leg) is a big blow not only because the team has no true backup center but because Hudson was just starting to come into his own.

Chiefs talk to former center - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel confirmed that retired center Casey Wiegmann visited the team. - Chargers OLT Harris appreciates opportunity
Five months ago, Mike Harris didn’t hear his name called at the NFL draft. On "Monday Night Football" in Week One, there he was protecting Philip Rivers’ blind side.

A.J. Smith puts Mathews on notice for fumbling problems | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers think Ryan Mathews is talented, but not so talented they’re willing to overlook his biggest flaw.

Chargers LT Gaither might play Sunday - AFC West Blog - ESPN
San Diego left tackle Jared Gaither practiced fully Friday after being limited all week.

With Nate Kaeding out, San Diego Chargers look to kicker Nick Novak - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers will have a new kicker Sunday in Kansas City, with the team saying regular kicker Nate Kaeding didn't make the trip for the game.

Oakland Raiders' Darrius Heyward-Bey has no recollection of hit by Ryan Mundy - ESPN
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey still has no recollection of the devastating hit by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy last week that left him with a concussion and neck strain.

Will Raiders find a happy running zone? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The zone-blocking scheme is under scrutiny in the Raider Nation.

NFL News

Jerry Richardson, Woody Johnson initially dug in after Monday night debacle | ProFootballTalk
After Monday night’s Seahawks-Packers game, the last play of which a surprising number of people (

Replacement ref: We were pawns in a business deal | ProFootballTalk
With the NFL’s referee lockout over, many of the replacement officials are speaking out.

All eyes will be on October ownership meeting | ProFootballTalk
Earlier today, we speculated that heads could (gracefully) roll within 345 Park Avenue now that the dust has settled on the officiating debacle.

League sends out memo on faking injuries | ProFootballTalk
While there doesn’t seem to be a specific instance of it happening lately, the NFL sent out a memo to all teams this week, warning them against players faking injuries to stop the clock without burning a timeout.

Los Angeles City Council approves plan for downtown NFL stadium - ESPN Los Angeles
Stadium developers cleared the final political hurdle to bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles on Friday when the city council unanimously approved plans to build a $1.5 billion football stadium downtown.

NFL replacement refs to be paid for this weekend -
The NFL has decided to pay its 112 replacement officials for this weekend even though they are no longer working games.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Walter Payton’s brother to release a book about their lives | ProFootballTalk
Eddie Payton, the former NFL player who is best known as the brother of the great Walter Payton, is releasing a book next week about his brother, saying that he thinks there’s a record that needs to be set straight.

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