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Horse Tracks: Aqib Talib and Steve Smith renew their rivalry

Good Morning Broncos Country

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Back in 2013 when cornerback Aqib Talib was with New England, and wide receiver Steve Smith was with the Carolina Panthers, the two players had a bit of an altercation.

Talib tackled Smith and held on him after the whistle. This lead to the feisty Smith to kicking himself free from Talib and knocking Talib's helmet off. There was shoving and jawing back and forth for the rest of the game. You can watch the entire thing right here.

Both are very physical players, so we could see something similar Sunday afternoon, but right now both players are saying all the right things.

Smith who is currently appealing a fine for fighting during the preseason also said there's no "animosity" between the two sides.

"We've had our battles," Smith said. "But there is no animosity. It's high competitive juices going. Obviously, with my Rule 12, Section 3 fine, I'll be well in tune of what they'll be looking for -- that I'm appealing."

So this will be a fun matchup to watch on Sunday.

Ware, Bruton and Manning named Captains:

The Denver Broncos announced their three captains for the 2015 season. Quarterback Peyton Manning, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, and safety/special teamer David Bruton were named captains.

QB Peyton Manning (14th season as team captain—4th as Broncos captain) – Entering his 18th NFL season, the NFL’s only five-time MVP was named a team captain during each of his first four years with Denver and in each of his final 10 seasons with Indianapolis.

OLB DeMarcus Ware (7th season as team captain—2nd as Broncos captain) – The eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro First Team selection enters his second year with Denver needing just 10 sacks to move into the Top 10 all-time in NFL history.

Special Teams:
S David Bruton (3rd season as team captain) – The seventh-year safety, who has amassed 43 special-teams tackles since he was drafted by the club in 2009, is the longest-tenured player on Denver’s active roster.

Horse Tracks:

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Patriots request reinstatement for suspended staffers -
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Pagano: Colts plan to keep Frank Gore on pitch count -
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Tim Tebow returns to role as SEC Network analyst -
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Les Snead: NFL clubs must adapt to college quarterbacks -
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