<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Fri, 27 May 2016 16:03:22 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Report: Peyton Manning won't sue Al Jazeera over HGH report]]> http://gazette.com/report-peyton-manning-wont-sue-al-jazeera-over-hgh-report/article/1576949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-peyton-manning-wont-sue-al-jazeera-over-hgh-report/article/1576949?custom_click=rss

When a stunning report from Al Jazeera emerged before the Super Bowl implicating Peyton Manning in an HGH scandal, the then-Broncos quarterback was adamant he would sue the news network.

Manning has reportedly changed his mind on that front, however. According to Christine Brennan of USA Today, in a column wondering why the NFL hasn't harassed the players named in the report, Brennan cites sources close to Manning who say the legendary quarterback won't be filing a lawsuit.

There will be plenty of skeptics questioning Manning's willingness to call the dogs off now that he's retired. But no one wants their medical records opened up for the entire viewing public to see (much less your wife's medical records).



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Fri, 27 May 2016 07:26:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos linebacker awaits payday, return to playing field]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-linebacker-awaits-payday-return-to-playing-field/article/1576982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-linebacker-awaits-payday-return-to-playing-field/article/1576982?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The only thing Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is practicing right now is showing plenty of patience as he awaits both a big payday and medical clearance to return to the field.

After having screws removed from his right foot following the Super Bowl, Marshall underwent surgery on his right index finger, which he dislocated while poking the ball from Jamaal Charles' grasp during Denver's last-minute comeback win at Kansas City last September.

That thriller set the tone for the Broncos' super season. But Marshall kept dislocating the purple and puffy finger and by the time he held up the Lombardi Trophy in the cool California breeze three months ago, he knew surgery was necessary.



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Thu, 26 May 2016 18:39:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Marshall patiently awaits payday, return to playing field]]> http://gazette.com/marshall-patiently-awaits-payday-return-to-playing-field/article/feed/354366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marshall-patiently-awaits-payday-return-to-playing-field/article/feed/354366?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The only thing Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is practicing right now is showing plenty of patience as he awaits both a big payday and medical clearance to return to the field.

After having screws removed from his right foot following the Super Bowl, Marshall underwent surgery on his right index finger, which he dislocated while poking the ball from Jamaal Charles' grasp during Denver's last-minute comeback win at Kansas City last September.

That thriller set the tone for the Broncos' super season. But Marshall kept dislocating the purple and puffy finger and by the time he held up the Lombardi Trophy in the cool California breeze three months ago, he knew surgery was necessary.

Next week

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:31:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Miami's Tannehill wants to take ownership of Gase's offense]]> http://gazette.com/miamis-tannehill-wants-to-take-ownership-of-gases-offense/article/feed/354329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/miamis-tannehill-wants-to-take-ownership-of-gases-offense/article/feed/354329?custom_click=rss

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill threw a pass Thursday and then fell to the turf face down, which happened a lot last season.

This time there was no contact. Instead, Tannehill did push-ups as punishment for his errant throw at a net during passing drills in a Miami Dolphins OTA.

"I missed the target," he said with a smile. "So self-induced, 20 push-ups."

That's the latest of many wrinkles in the Dolphins' offense this spring. They have a new coach, new coordinator, new guard and new playbook, which they hope will make Tannehill look like a new quarterback.

He's 29-35 in four NFL seasons, and has yet to lead Miami to the playoffs, or even a winning record.

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 16:44:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Jets' Richardson: 'positive vibes' about possible suspension]]> http://gazette.com/jets-richardson-positive-vibes-about-possible-suspension/article/feed/353878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jets-richardson-positive-vibes-about-possible-suspension/article/feed/353878?custom_click=rss FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sheldon Richardson is preparing to play at the start of the season, even if the NFL might have other plans for him.

The New York Jets defensive lineman is facing a possible suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy after he pleaded guilty in January to resisting arrest after police clocked him driving at speeds as high as 143 mph in Missouri last July. The NFL is reviewing the case and Richardson acknowledged Wednesday that he has spoken to the league "here and there" about the incident.

"Positive vibes, man," Richardson said Wednesday. "If I get a letter saying I'm suspended, I'm suspended. I don't really hang my hat on that. That happened last year, last offseason. A new year,

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:27:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos' C.J. Anderson not bothered by bold Devontae Booker]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-c.j.-anderson-not-bothered-by-bold-devontae-booker/article/feed/353859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-c.j.-anderson-not-bothered-by-bold-devontae-booker/article/feed/353859?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — C.J. Anderson has the big bucks. Devontae Booker has the bravado.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway rewarded Anderson with a four-year, $18 million contract this offseason after the running back's 90-yard performance in the Super Bowl, which he sealed with a late touchdown against Carolina.

Then, Elway grabbed Booker in the fourth round of the NFL draft after the Utah running back slipped down the board because of meniscus surgeries.

Booker, whom the Broncos would have considered drafting in the first round had they not moved up to select quarterback Paxton Lynch, declared recently that he's out to take somebody's job, not carry anyone's pads.

That's pretty bold for a rookie, but

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ENGLEWOOD — C.J. Anderson has the big bucks. Devontae Booker has the bravado.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway rewarded Anderson with a four-year, $18 million contract this offseason after the running back's 90-yard performance in the Super Bowl, which he sealed with a late touchdown against Carolina.

Then, Elway grabbed Booker in the fourth round of the NFL draft after the Utah running back slipped down the board because of meniscus surgeries.

Booker, whom the Broncos would have considered drafting in the first round had they not moved up to select quarterback Paxton Lynch, declared recently that he's out to take somebody's job, not carry anyone's pads.

That's pretty bold for a rookie, but the



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Wed, 25 May 2016 16:56:20 -0600
<![CDATA[White looks to deliver for Bears after sitting rookie year]]> http://gazette.com/white-looks-to-deliver-for-bears-after-sitting-rookie-year/article/feed/353826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-looks-to-deliver-for-bears-after-sitting-rookie-year/article/feed/353826?custom_click=rss

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears envisioned Kevin White forming a dynamic tandem with Alshon Jeffery when they drafted the receiver with the No. 7 pick last year.

A stress fracture in his left shin put those plans on hold. Now, White hopes to make it happen.

Healthy after missing his rookie season, White is trying to establish himself on a team that sees him as a key building block.

"It felt good to be back with the guys and with the team," White said Wednesday after the second day of organized team activities. "I'll be learning from my mistakes and watching film and moving on to the next day."

It's a new day for White and for the Bears after they went 6-10 in their first season under coach John Fox an

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 15:52:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Smith steps back in for Jets with Fitzpatrick still unsigned]]> http://gazette.com/smith-steps-back-in-for-jets-with-fitzpatrick-still-unsigned/article/feed/353827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smith-steps-back-in-for-jets-with-fitzpatrick-still-unsigned/article/feed/353827?custom_click=rss

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Geno Smith has never doubted himself or lacked confidence in his abilities.

Not when he slid to the second round of the NFL draft in 2013. Not when he struggled through two up-and-down years as the New York Jets' starting quarterback. And certainly not when he was sent to the sideline as a backup last season.

With Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned and locked in a contract stalemate with the Jets, Smith is back as the team's starting quarterback. Maybe for just a few more days or weeks. But maybe, depending on what happens with Fitzpatrick, for another season.

"Every player in the NFL, I think, deserves a fair opportunity," Smith said Wednesday after organized team activities.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 15:50:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos defense on Paxton Lynch: Thumbs-up]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-defense-on-paxton-lynch-thumbs-up/article/1576849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-defense-on-paxton-lynch-thumbs-up/article/1576849?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL - The first rule of the New Quarterback Club is you don't talk about the New Quarterback.

You don't discuss how Paxton Lynch flicked a 25-yard laser to Jordan Norwood, through tight coverage, as though he were flicking a quarter. You don't celebrate his long touchdown to Jordan "Sunshine" Taylor, or the way he came across as a comfy veteran while smothered by a dozen cameras and media horde with eyes only for him. You don't overanalyze him.

Why? The New Quarterback Club is smart enough to know it's dangerous to make sweeping, concrete statements after a guy's first day of practice.

The Broncos' defense, on the other hand? Those are some bad dudes waiting on some big rings. They can say whatever they want,



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Wed, 25 May 2016 06:23:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Mark Sanchez a surprise participant in Broncos OTAs]]> http://gazette.com/mark-sanchez-a-surprise-participant-in-broncos-otas/article/feed/353162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mark-sanchez-a-surprise-participant-in-broncos-otas/article/feed/353162?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Mark Sanchez wasn't about to let a weight room mishap keep him from running the Denver Broncos' offense when the Super Bowl champs began OTAs.

Sanchez donned a black wrap on his surgically repaired left thumb and got in plenty of work Tuesday, defying the odds and enjoying some cachet among his teammates.

"That's what you like to see in a competitor," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said.

Sanchez tore a thumb ligament on his non-throwing hand on May 13 and underwent surgery 48 hours later. He was originally expected to miss the start of organized team activities this week, which might have stalled his quest to win the starting job ahead of first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch and second-year pro Tre

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ENGLEWOOD — Mark Sanchez isn't allowing his injured left thumb to sideline him at the start of the Denver Broncos' organized team activities.

Wearing a black brace on his surgically repaired thumb, Sanchez took snaps Tuesday ahead of second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian and first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch.

The Super Bowl champs' new starting quarterback had been expected to miss the first week of workouts after a weight room mishap May 13.

There were a handful of no-shows at the start of OTAs, most notably Von Miller, the Super Bowl MVP who has skipped all offseason workouts while awaiting a long-term contract extension.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 17:55:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Osweiler explains why he abandoned Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-osweiler-explains-why-he-abandoned-broncos/article/1576789?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-osweiler-explains-why-he-abandoned-broncos/article/1576789?custom_click=rss

Questions surrounding Brock Osweiler’s departure from Colorado are not fading. And if Osweiler becomes a star in Houston, his new hometown, the questions never will fade for Bronco fans. The Broncos groomed Osweiler for four seasons. When he left, the Broncos received  nothing in return.

Did Osweiler depart because he was angry about being benched in favor of Peyton Manning? (Manning, to his credit, did direct the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory.) Did Osweiler depart purely because of money? (The Texans will pay him $21 million next season, part of a front-loaded, four-season $72 million deal with $37 million guaranteed. The Broncos offered $30 million, guaranteed over three seasons.



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Tue, 24 May 2016 08:50:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: From Tim Tebow to Paxton Lynch, a wild era for Broncos quarterbacks]]> http://gazette.com/klee-from-tim-tebow-to-paxton-lynch-a-wild-era-for-broncos-quarterbacks/article/1576678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-from-tim-tebow-to-paxton-lynch-a-wild-era-for-broncos-quarterbacks/article/1576678?custom_click=rss

DENVER - He recovered the onside kick that ultimately led to Tim Tebow's first football miracle, the one in Miami. Remember those days?

Wild as they were, it's gotten weirder since.

He caught touchdown passes from Brock Osweiler, in a 33-point blowout of the Raiders, and Peyton Manning, in a did-that-just-happen win at Kansas City. He's seen it all. So far, at least.

"What I've learned the past couple years is you can never predict what's going to happen," Broncos veteran tight end Virgil Green said with a laugh in a quiet hallway at their Dove Valley headquarters. "Never, ever."

Not in this state, not in this decade, not at quarterback.



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Mon, 23 May 2016 08:29:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Fantasy football list: This could help you with rookie draft (IDP included)]]> http://gazette.com/fantasy-football-list-this-could-help-you-with-rookie-draft-idp-included/article/1576622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fantasy-football-list-this-could-help-you-with-rookie-draft-idp-included/article/1576622?custom_click=rss

My dynasty fantasy football league just completed its rookie draft. The league is filled with pretty sharp owners so maybe the order of the picks will help you with your rookie rankings. It is really hard to find dynasty rookie mocks with individual defensive players (IDP). One thing to keep in mind is that teams were drafting for need. My team, for example, already has young receivers so I didn't take a WR at pick 5. Also, there have been tons of trades over the years, so the draft order might seem odd. I, for example, had five of the top 18 picks and then no picks in the third and fourth rounds. Remember, this is just a rookie list that could be helpful to you in all your leagues. These aren't my rankings.



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Sat, 21 May 2016 17:20:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos, Raiders clash on Twitter]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-raiders-clash-on-twitter/article/1576378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-raiders-clash-on-twitter/article/1576378?custom_click=rss

Never the best of friends, the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders are clashing on social media. 

The longtime rivals engaged in a Twitter exchange Wednesday.

The @Broncos D?
It currently rules the AFC West.

"We can disrupt the way they do." https://t.co/NMmd6iB7CE pic.twitter.com/BbLpjKarS4

— NFL (@NFL) May 18, 2016

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Ruled* https://t.co/2hkhbUSXWA

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) May 18, 2016

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.@RAIDERS



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Wed, 18 May 2016 16:00:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos still playing the Rodney Dangerfield card]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-still-playing-the-rodney-dangerfield-card/article/feed/350976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-still-playing-the-rodney-dangerfield-card/article/feed/350976?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — It's May. OTAs haven't started yet. Training camp isn't even on the horizon. So, it's a good time for NFL teams to talk some trash.

The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and AFC West rival Oakland Raiders got into a Twitter scuffle Wednesday, trading barbs after Khalil Mack suggested Oakland's revamped defense could be as good as Denver's.

NFL.com's headline read, "The @Broncos D? It currently rules the AFC West."

"Ruled(asterisk)" the Raiders responded on their official Twitter account.

The Broncos replied to that volley by digging up a photo of general manager John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak leaning back in their chairs in the draft room and sharing a good belly laugh.

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ENGLEWOOD — It's May. OTAs haven't started yet. Training camp isn't even on the horizon. So, it's a good time for NFL teams to talk some trash.

The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and AFC West rival Oakland Raiders got into a Twitter scuffle Wednesday, trading barbs after Khalil Mack suggested Oakland's revamped defense could be as good as Denver's.

NFL.com's headline read, "The @Broncos D? It currently rules the AFC West."

"Ruled(asterisk)" the Raiders responded on their official Twitter account.

The Broncos replied to that volley by digging up a photo of general manager John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak leaning back in their chairs in the draft room and sharing a good belly laugh.



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Wed, 18 May 2016 15:50:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Former NFL player Tim Tebow writing book on 'life's storms']]> http://gazette.com/former-nfl-player-tim-tebow-writing-book-on-lifes-storms/article/1576386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-nfl-player-tim-tebow-writing-book-on-lifes-storms/article/1576386?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — A new book by former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will be a guide on how to handle success and disappointment.

WaterBrook, a Christian imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will publish Tebow's "Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms" in October. Tebow will write about maintaining perspective "when your dreams do not go as planned." WaterBrook also plans a companion Bible study.

A former Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, the 28-year-old Tebow helped lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, but has struggled since. He was released by the Philadelphia Eagles before last season.

Tebow has been a



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Wed, 18 May 2016 15:47:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Peyton Manning-inspired beer, Oatmaha, set for canned release in Denver]]> http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-inspired-beer-oatmaha-set-for-canned-release-in-denver/article/1576360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-manning-inspired-beer-oatmaha-set-for-canned-release-in-denver/article/1576360?custom_click=rss

Peyton Manning fans can soon add a can of beer made in the former Broncos quarterback's honor to their collection of memorabilia.

Oatmaha, a collaboration between Denver's Factotum Brewhouse and Indianapolis' Tow Yard Brewing Co., will be released in cans starting Friday. The limited-edition cans will only be available in the Factotum taproom and will cost $15 per six-pack.

The brew's name is a reference to Manning's oft-used "Omaha" pre-snap calls.



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Wed, 18 May 2016 09:56:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos elect Elam, Fletcher, Lynch to Ring of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-elect-elam-fletcher-lynch-to-ring-of-fame/article/feed/350511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-elect-elam-fletcher-lynch-to-ring-of-fame/article/feed/350511?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Former Denver Broncos safety John Lynch used to look up from the grass at Sports Authority Field and glance at the names along the team's hallowed Ring of Fame.

Steve Atwater, Dennis Smith, Randy Gradishar.

"I used to look up there all the time and wonder if my name could ever go alongside theirs," Lynch recounted Tuesday. "I thought my time in Denver was too short for that to happen."

It wasn't.

Lynch, who played in Denver from 2004-07, was elected to the Broncos' Ring of Fame along with former kicker Jason Elam (1993-07) and ex-linebacker Simon Fletcher (1985-95). They'll be inducted at halftime ceremonies of a game this season.

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ENGLEWOOD — A trio of former players is heading into the Denver Broncos' Ring of Fame: kicker Jason Elam, linebacker Simon Fletcher and safety John Lynch.

Owner Pat Bowlen, who was inducted last year, created the Ring of Fame in 1984 to honor players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise's history.

Elam played the first 15 of 17 NFL seasons in Denver, where he's the all-time leader in field goals and points.

Fletcher spent his entire career (1985-95) with the Broncos and is the franchise's all-time sacks leader with 97½. He appeared in 172 consecutive games and never missed a game in his career.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 20:32:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Sam Bradford has no regrets, ready to move on with Eagles]]> http://gazette.com/sam-bradford-has-no-regrets-ready-to-move-on-with-eagles/article/feed/350432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sam-bradford-has-no-regrets-ready-to-move-on-with-eagles/article/feed/350432?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Bradford plans to mentor Carson Wentz and lead the Philadelphia Eagles for as long as they keep him around.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since asking for a trade last month, Bradford didn't hide the disappointment that led him to skip voluntary workouts for a couple of weeks after the Eagles traded up twice to get in position to select Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft.

He also made it clear he's not going to pout anymore.

"I'm not completely naive. At some point it's not going to be my team," Bradford said Tuesday. "Until that day comes, I'm going to continue to lead these guys.

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]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 15:07:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez to miss time after thumb surgery]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-quarterback-mark-sanchez-to-miss-time-after-thumb-surgery/article/1576196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-quarterback-mark-sanchez-to-miss-time-after-thumb-surgery/article/1576196?custom_click=rss

The Denver Broncos are expected to begin their organized team activities next Tuesday without Mark Sanchez participating on the field.

The Broncos veteran quarterback underwent a surgical procedure Saturday to repair a torn ligament in his left, non-throwing hand. Sanchez is expected to be out at least a week, putting his return at least a few days into the team's OTAs. 

Sanchez suffered the injury Thursday during weight room work. He completed the workout, but when the pain persisted he went to see the trainers. He underwent the procedure Saturday in Vail.



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Mon, 16 May 2016 18:46:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Heuerman eager to get on the field after sitting out '15]]> http://gazette.com/heuerman-eager-to-get-on-the-field-after-sitting-out-15/article/feed/349957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heuerman-eager-to-get-on-the-field-after-sitting-out-15/article/feed/349957?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — For a guy who hasn't played a single snap as a pro, Jeff Heuerman sure has made his mark on the NFL.

A week after getting drafted last year, the big tight end from Ohio State blew out his left ACL at the Denver Broncos' rookie minicamp. It was the same injury that Jaguars first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr. had sustained just 24 hours earlier.

Those injuries convinced teams they needed to dial back on rookie minicamps this year. So, they avoided 11-on-11 drills and full-contact workouts when they gathered the newbies on the first or second weekend after the draft.

"I figure I should get a percentage of their paycheck or something because they were doing walkthroughs and stuff," Heuerman cracked. "It

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ENGLEWOOD — For a guy who hasn't played a single snap as a pro, Jeff Heuerman sure has made his mark on the NFL.

A week after getting drafted last year, the big tight end from Ohio State blew out his left ACL at the Denver Broncos' rookie minicamp. It was the same injury that Jaguars first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr. had sustained just 24 hours earlier.

Those injuries convinced teams they needed to dial back on rookie minicamps this year. So, they avoided 11-on-11 drills and full-contact workouts when they gathered the newbies on the first or second weekend after the draft.

"I figure I should get a percentage of their paycheck or something because they were doing walkthroughs and stuff," Heuerman cracked. "It was



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Mon, 16 May 2016 16:03:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Mark Sanchez undergoes thumb surgery on non-throwing hand]]> http://gazette.com/mark-sanchez-undergoes-thumb-surgery-on-non-throwing-hand/article/feed/349989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mark-sanchez-undergoes-thumb-surgery-on-non-throwing-hand/article/feed/349989?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Mark Sanchez will miss the first few days of OTAs next week after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left, non-throwing hand.

The Denver Broncos' new quarterback injured his left thumb in a weight room mishap on Thursday while participating in team-wide strength and conditioning work.

He underwent surgery Saturday in Vail, Colorado.

With Sanchez expected to miss seven to 10 days, second-year pro Trevor Siemian and first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch will be taking the snaps when organized team activities begin May 24.

Sanchez, a seven-year pro acquired in a trade with Philadelphia earlier this offseason, is expected to return to action the following week.

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AP NF

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]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 14:46:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos add linebacker Dekoda Watson]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-add-linebacker-dekoda-watson/article/feed/349890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-add-linebacker-dekoda-watson/article/feed/349890?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Dekoda Watson on Monday, adding a special teams ace who's been in the NFL for six seasons.

Watson played for the Patriots last season and also has played for Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Dallas. In 73 games, he's had 82 tackles on defense and 39 on special teams.

Last season, Watson played in three regular-season games and both of New England's playoff games, including its loss at Denver in the AFC championship.

He was a team captain at Florida State before being selected by the Buccaneers in the 2010 draft.

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]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 11:24:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Veteran departures pave way for duo in Bears rookie camp]]> http://gazette.com/veteran-departures-pave-way-for-duo-in-bears-rookie-camp/article/feed/349181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veteran-departures-pave-way-for-duo-in-bears-rookie-camp/article/feed/349181?custom_click=rss

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears rookies Cody Whitehair and Deon Bush own cleaner paths to starting spots than most first-year NFL players, thanks to roster moves made shortly after the draft.

The duo takes nothing for granted.

"Football is a business," said Bush, a fourth-round pick out of Miami.

The Bears cut veteran safety Antrel Rolle shortly after drafting Bush, and did the same with veteran guard Matt Slauson after selecting Kansas State's Whitehair in the second round. The two draft picks are getting their first exposure to the NFL at rookie camp this weekend. Both signed contracts last week after the two veterans were cut.

"I really didn't pay much attention to that," Whitehair said of Slauson's de

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]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 16:52:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Panthers hope Bradberry, other young CBs can replace Norman]]> http://gazette.com/panthers-hope-bradberry-other-young-cbs-can-replace-norman/article/feed/349080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panthers-hope-bradberry-other-young-cbs-can-replace-norman/article/feed/349080?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers rookie cornerback James Bradberry walked onto the practice field Friday wearing No. 24.

Had it been any other number, it might not have turned so many heads.

But No. 24 is what All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman wore last season before the outspoken cover man unexpectedly departed Carolina as an unrestricted free agent after the NFC champions abruptly rescinded their $13.9 million franchise tag offer. Norman, whose opposing QB rating was tops in the league among cornerbacks, signed with the Washington Redskins leaving a huge void in a Carolina defense that was first in the league in takeaways.

"Hopefully," Bradberry said when asked if he has the potential to take over for Norman.

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