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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 7/29/13

I apparently committed a mortal sin by begging the benign football gods for health. By doing so, I incurred the wrath of said football gods and Dan Koppen suffered for my ill-fated choice of words. Words have cosmic consequences - now I know that.

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Dark clouds hang over Day Four - Mile High Report
Season-ending injuries put a tone of gloom over a practice, but the Broncos proceeded with work nonetheless. There were a number of highlights from both the offense and defense Sunday.

2013 Broncos Training Camp-The Kaptain’s Log Day 4 | Bronco Planet
After driving through fog, rain and a steady drizzle this morning, I end up arriving at Dove Valley 2 hours before the Broncos Training Camp practice is scheduled to begin.

Denver Broncos Training Camp Videos

Exclusive Highlights from Day 4 of Camp |
The Broncos were in pads again Sunday, here are all the highlights from day four at Dove Valley.

Dangerous combo brewing in Denver? - NFL Videos
The Peyton Manning-Wes Welker combination is looking pretty good so far for the Denver Broncos. Check out training-camp highlights of what looks to be an unstoppable duo.

Confidence, Experience Helping Hillman |
Second year running back Ronnie Hillman explains why he is taking the role of lead back head-on.

Fox on Koppen, Sunday's Practice |
Coach Fox talks about Dan Koppen's injury and the competition during today's practice.

Miller on Focus During Camp |
Linebacker Von Miller speaks to the media following day four of training camp.

How will the Denver Broncos replace Dan Koppen? - NFL Videos
The Denver Broncos will lose center Dan Koppen for the season due to a torn ACL. How will the team adjust to the devastating loss? Terrell Davis and LaDainian Tomlinson discuss the situation.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

Five Thoughts from Day Four |
For all the chatter about players whose stock rises and falls daily like ocean tides, the daily back and forth of practice beyond the key starters often has little real impact on the eventual outcome of the season.

Broncos Agree to Terms with Center |
Hours after finding out Dan Koppen would be lost for the season with a torn ACL, the Broncos agreed to terms with center Steve Vallos, pending a physical.

Broncos' Von Miller says he's made mistakes, is working hard - The Denver Post
There was less stress in his demeanor, more fun in his spirit, an occasional smile on his face.

Broncos C Dan Koppen suffers knee injury in Sunday's practice - The Denver Post
An already battered Broncos offensive line took another hit Sunday when center Dan Koppen suffered a potential season-ending knee injury during a team drill.

Von Miller Turning Adversity Into Ambition - Predominantly Orange
The nerves were riding high for Von Miller Wednesday when he had to address the media for the first time since the NFL issued his four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy.

AFC West Rival Roundup

A History of the San Diego Chargers: Part 14 – Homecoming - Bolts From The Blue
With the 1978 season swirling down the commode, Tommy Prothro resigns. To replace him, the team turns to a coach that is well-known to San Diego football fans.

Raiders training camp practice notes: Day 3 - Silver And Black Pride
It was a cool, overcast 57 degrees when the players took the field for this morning's training camp practice. The cooler temperature was a welcome sight this time of year as Napa can get pretty sweltering. The sun came out a bit later but it was still comfortable.

Raiders receivers can't shake case of dropsies - Silver And Black Pride
The theme of the past couple of days at Raiders practice has been dropping passes. It was bad enough on day 2 that Dennis Allen brought it up in his press conference unprompted. It only seemed to get worse on day 3.

What did the KC Chiefs get in their new DE? - Arrowhead Pride
That's the phrase I've heard most often when it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs new starting defensive end.

Chiefs' Alex Smith and Doug Pederson running similar offenses, 14 years apart - Arrowhead Pride
Chiefs OC Doug Pederson played under Andy Reid 14 years ago. Is this the same offense as back then? Did Pederson run some of the same plays that Alex Smith will run this season?

NFL News & Blogs

Donovan McNabb to officially retire as a Philadelphia Eagle on Monday -
Donovan McNabb holds virtually ever franchise record for quarterbacks with the Philadelphia Eagles, and now will retire with the team. The six-time Pro Bowler has not played in the league since 2011.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
Not since then-Kansas City tailback Larry Johnson posted a league-record 416 carries in 2006 has an NFL player rushed 400 times in a year. Then again, since there have been only five backs in league history to register 400 rushing attempts in a campaign, the fact there weren’t any 400-carry runners over the past six seasons might not exactly be an earth-shattering revelation.

Lions Preview: Spice Things Up, Already | The MMQB with Peter King
Detroit has the most Megatronish receiver ever but must get creative in deploying him.

Matt Ryan has most wins through five years, ranks 7th in Winning Percentage | Football Perspective
An interesting tweet from Adam Schefter today: Matt Ryan has 56 regular season wins in his first five seasons, the most in NFL history. Ryan has started 78 games, one of only three quarterbacks (Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco) to start at least 75 games in their first five seasons.

Tim Tebow's Diverse Skill Set Will Earn Him Patriots Roster Spot | Bleacher Report
Tim Tebow is a football player. His athleticism, strength, size and speed give him the ability to make a positive impact on the field at multiple positions—something the New York Jets tried to utilize but failed miserably at in 2012.

Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, meet Robert Duvall. WHAT DOES IT MEAN -
We parse a picture of Tim Tebow and Tom Brady meeting The Godfather actor Robert Duvall.

Johnny Manziel wore Tim Tebow jersey at Texas fraternity party -
If you doubted for a minute that Johnny Football had one more social-media uprising in him before Texas A&M opened fall camp, shame on you.

New Orleans Saints Hidden Roster Gems For 2013 NFL Season - NFL Mocks
Finding talent in small places has become a trademark of the New Orleans Saints during the Sean Payton era. Everybody knows what to expect from the starters, so which reserves and unknowns have the best chance to step up and make an impact?

The Only Way To Stop Chip Kelly, Mobile QB's, And The Read Option | NFL Mocks
The option has become very popular among NFL offensive coordinators, who use it to show off their athletic quarterbacks on run plays. Robert Griffin III, Collin Kaepernick, and Russell Wilson all ran the plays to perfection last year, destroying defenses time and time again.

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 Fantasy Quarterbacks Key Stats | Fanspeak Fantasy Football
Which stats do you focus on when picking a fantasy football quarterback? Here are Steve Shoup's Top 10 Fantasy Quarterbacks and key stats that make these guys fantasy studs.

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