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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/4/12

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Mike Wallace "surprised" how well he knows offense | ProFootballTalk

The Steelers have been practicing together for a long time at this point in the year, but they had an old friend join them for the first time on Monday.The Regular Season is Here
Monday morning’s practice officially marked the end of the preseason and the start of what the players have been waiting for – the regular season.

Notebook: Stokley in His Comfort Zone
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley is finding his niche in Denver, linebacker Steven Johnson beats the odds and running back Ronnie Hillman shares some advice from a veteran.

Steelers Week: Monday Photo Gallery
Pictures from Monday's practice session

Denver Broncos Videos

Steelers Week - Monday: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press after Monday's practice.

EXCLUSIVE: 1-on-1 with Tony Dungy
Former Indianapolis Colts head coach and current NBC studio host Tony Dungy talks about Peyton Manning coming to Denver and this week's season opener against the Steelers.

Broncos Ty Warren talks about challenges of returning to field - Video
"Football is still football, but I’ve had some humbling moments as I’m trying to learn the defense," Warren said last week as the Broncos prepared for the preseason finale.

No Talks Planned - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter with the latest news on the labor negotiations between the NFL and the NFLRA.

Claiborne Is Ready For Wednesday - ESPN Video - ESPN
Morris Claiborne, Jason Garrett and Brandon Carr discuss the how ready the rookie is for his NFL debut.

Witten Expected To Practice Today - ESPN Video - ESPN
Colleen Dominguez reporting from Irving on the status of Jason Witten for Monday's practice and Wednesday's game.

Jaguars' Plan For MJD - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter talks about how Jacksonville will handle Maurice Jones-Drew, who missed all of the preseason due to a contract holdout.

Suspended Players Await Ruling - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the chances the players suspended in the Saints scandal will play Week 1.

Denver Broncos Blogs

With first practice of regular season complete, Broncos players chow down | First-and-Orange - Lindsay Jones
Broncos players spent the morning working up an appetite, and the afternoon filling their bellies.

Tony Dungy reunited with former Colts at Broncos practice - lindsay Jones
Broncos players Peyton Manning, Brandon Stokley and Jacob Tamme got a visit from an old friend during Monday’s practice.

Broncos preparations underway for season opener vs. Pittsburgh - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos, with their newly-set 53-man roster, have started to prepare for their season opener against Pittsburgh.

Broncos Notebook: Knowshon Moreno picks up his pace -
Heading into the preseason finale, Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno's hold on a Broncos roster spot still appeared tenuous. But a 49-yard game in which he averaged 7.0 yards per carry cemented his place and also proved that he finally has recovered some of the burst he had before tearing his right ACL last November.

The reemergence of Brandon Stokley - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One of the more remarkable roster stories in the AFC West is the tale of Denver receiver Brandon Stokley.

Broncos Mailbag: Previewing Denver's 2012, how winnable with Manning? - The Denver Post
Mike Klis tackles six Qs, including one wondering if the Broncos schedule is really as tough as it seems.

Patriots, Packers, Broncos Super Bowl favorites in Las Vegas odds - Mike Klis
The wise guys are apparently sold on Peyton Manning. According to the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the Broncos’ odds of winning the Super Bowl have improved to 10-to-1, which is tied for third with San Francisco and Houston.

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos hope there's more history in the making - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
All through the months of the calendar that didn't include football, Demaryius Thomas always had his answer ready.

Denver Broncos eye on: Pittsburgh Steelers - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
A look at the Broncos next opponent, Pittsburgh Steelers. Last game: The Steelers 2011 season ended in Denver with a 29-23 overtime loss to the Broncos in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

In Year Two as boss, John Elway has given Broncos a homegrown look - The Denver Post
The NFL's free agency era is usually traced back to 1993, the first year of unrestricted free agents and the legitimate opportunity for players to change from one team to another.

Broncos expect more from TE Julius Thomas in regular season - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: What's going on with Julius Thomas? Is his ankle still bothering him since surgery? He's barely been on the field, yet nobody (mentioned) him as a final roster cut candidate.

Division News

Raiders' receivers still banged up - AFC West Blog - ESPN
With the season opener a week away, the Oakland Raiders are still without two of their top three receivers.

Raiders sign 4 more to practice squad - Yahoo! Sports
The Oakland Raiders filled out their eight-player practice squad by signing defensive back Chimdi Chekwa and three other players. - Raiders cut CB Van Dyke, sign Hanson
The Raiders have completely restarted at cornerback.

Ryan Mathews practices, hasn’t been cleared for contact | ProFootballTalk
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews took a step toward game action on Monday when he returned to practice.

Ryan Mathews of San Diego Chargers participates in individual drills - ESPN
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews still hopes he can play in the season opener Monday night against the Oakland Raiders.

Future Foes

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Andy Benoit Previews the Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have done everything the NFL manual says to do.

Trent Richardson of Cleveland Browns practices ahead of opener - ESPN
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, practiced for the first time in nearly a month in preparation for Sunday's season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL News

No talks Monday between NFL, referees' union - ESPN
The league and the NFL Referees Association, which covers more than 120 on-field officials, are at odds over salary, retirement benefits and operational issues. - No new labor talks scheduled for refs, NFL
After meeting this weekend, the NFL and the referees' union have no further talks planned.

Replacement ref making the jump from six-man football to the NFL | ProFootballTalk
One of the NFL’s replacement officials isn’t just adjusting to calling games involving bigger, stronger and faster players. He’s also adjusting to a game with 22 players on the field, instead of 12.

High school ref from West Texas called up to NFL - The Denver Post
Before he officiated two high school games in West Texas last weekend, Amarillo businessman Wayne Bernier worked an NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.

More proof that replacement officials can’t take the heat | ProFootballTalk
It’s become increasingly clear in recent weeks that the replacement officials aren’t ready for the biggest stage in the sport they’ve chosen.

Report: Female official could work Rams-Lions opener | National Football Post
Shannon Eastin set to be line judge at Ford Field

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Officiating Minicamp: Part III
While game management and officiating mechanics are useful, the real meat of an official's job is the recognition and enforcement of penalties.

Miscellaneous Stuff

2012 Power Rankings: Preseason |
With just days until the NFL season starts, now seems as good a time as any to unleash our Power Rankings for 2012.

PFT’s Week Zero power rankings | ProFootballTalk
The five PFT writers will vote each week on every NFL team, top to bottom.

Dolphins to work out Gaffney | National Football Post
Veteran receiver released by Patriots in final cuts

Florence already taking first-team reps with Lions | ProFootballTalk
Proving yet again that one team’s trash can be another team’s treasure, cornerback Drayton Florence is taking first-team reps in practice with the Lions, only three days after getting the boot from the Broncos. - Mark Schoeck's 2012 NFL predictions
AFC West 1. Denver — Division winners can pass and rush the passer. It’s not just Peyton Manning in Denver; it’s Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, too.

Go Broncos!

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