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    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in a 23-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night in which Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins reinjured his ribs. The first-round pick did not return after being struck in the left side by linebacker Ashlee Palmer on Buffalo's second drive. Buffalo...

  • Cowboys fall to Broncos 27-3 for winless preseason

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — While Jerry Jones is concerned about a winless preseason with his defense in disarray and quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery, he also remembers his first year as owner of the Dallas Cowboys. It was appropriate that the history lesson involved the Denver Broncos, who got four scoring drives from backup...

  • Broncos end preseason with 27-3 victory over Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Brock Osweiler won't play a meaningful snap for the Denver Broncos until Peyton Manning gets hurt or retires. The third-year quarterback is closer to ready for that role than he's ever been. Osweiler led four scoring drives in an efficient final tuneup for a third year behind Manning, and the Broncos beat the Cowboys 27-3...

  • Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

    A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure they will. He also says that's a good thing. "We...

  • Broncos' Ware will sit out 1st visit to Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarcus Ware won't play in his first visit to Dallas almost six months after the Cowboys released their franchise sack leader and he signed with Denver. Henry Melton, one of several defensive linemen trying to fill Ware's void, should make his Dallas debut in the preseason finale against the Broncos on Thursday night....

  • Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time...

  • Gronk's health key to success of Patriots, Brady

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and his receiving corps are more comfortable in their second season together. The star quarterback also may have his biggest target back for the New England Patriots' opener. If Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, the NFL's third-highest scoring team last year should be even...

  • Expectations high again for Rivers, Chargers

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers' bandwagon is ready to roll. With baseball's Padres heading toward their eighth straight year of missing the playoffs, the Chargers are set to own San Diego, at least until having to share the spotlight with Steve Fisher's San Diego State men's basketball team starting in November. Fans are stoked again...

  • Broncos already facing adversity

    DENVER (AP) — General manager John Elway wanted more of an edge on defense after Denver's shellacking in the Super Bowl, so he went out and signed free agents DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward. This trio of thumpers brought a new energy to the Broncos, who also got a big boost with the return of several starters who sat out that...

  • Broncos trade for kicker Brandon McManus

    ENGLEWOOD — When word of Matt Prater's pending four-game suspension came down, Denver rookie kicker Mitch Ewald said, "There's an opening there. Is it for me? Who knows? It might be, it might be for somebody else." The rookie from Indiana saw Tuesday that he wasn't in the Broncos' plans. They released him after acquiring first-year kicker...

  • Broncos kicker Matt Prater apologizes for 4-game suspension

    ENGLEWOOD - A contrite Matt Prater apologized to the Denver Broncos and their fans for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy by drinking beer, resulting in a four-game ban to start the season. Prater's lawyer said the NFL initially sought a yearlong suspension after Prater tested positive for alcohol consumption while on vacation in the...

  • Blog: Golf: Primer for the BMW Championship

    Am I looking forward to the Broncos' season opener against the Colts? Well, yeah. But not as much as I'm looking forward to the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club. Sounds like Rory McIlroy, the world's best golfer, is combining the two. McIlroy told the Golf Channel there's a "90 percent" chance he'll be in Denver for the BMW...

  • Kansas City Chiefs release Weston Dressler

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have released former Bismarck High and University of North Dakota standout wide receiver Weston Dressler. The Chiefs announced the move Monday morning on the team website. Dressler was among 11 players cut. The Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders released Dressler early this year to...

  • Ramsey: Peyton Manning sheds light on his true character

    Peyton Manning has sold himself to America as gentle, polite,kind, patient, classy. On Saturday night in Denver, Manning expressed himself to Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. And he was not gentle, polite, kind, patient or classy. Swearinger had just delivered a wicked hit on Wes Welker, causing a concussion. Manning responded with a...

  • Joint practices changing the NFL's preseason

    DENVER (AP) — The sight of J.J. Watt donning a baseball cap even before the Houston Texans' first defensive series was over said it all: teams are changing the way they treat the preseason. Starters have traditionally played into the second half of the third exhibition game, a final tuneup for the regular season. Yet, even Peyton Manning had...

  • 9-year tackle Winston Justice among Broncos cuts

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have parted ways with 11 players, including nine-year veteran tackle Winston Justice and undrafted rookie running back Brennan Clay of Oklahoma. Sunday's moves reduced Denver's roster to 77 players with two more cuts necessary by Tuesday afternoon. Among those waived was Chase Vaughn, a 25-year-old...

  • Broncos K Matt Prater faces 4-game ban

    BC-FBN--Broncos-Prater Suspension, 2nd Ld-Writethru,453 Broncos K Matt Prater faces 4-game ban AP Photo COMY102, COMY101, COMY104 Eds: Adds photo links. With AP Photos. By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer DENVER - Matt Prater's lawyer said the NFL initially threatened a yearlong suspension before agreeing to ban the Denver Broncos...

  • 9-year tackle Winston Justice among Broncos cuts

    ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have parted ways with 11 players, including nine-year veteran tackle Winston Justice and undrafted rookie running back Brennan Clay of Oklahoma. Sunday's moves reduced Denver's roster to 77 players with two more cuts necessary by Tuesday afternoon. Among those waived was Chase Vaughn, a 25-year-old defensive end...

  • Manning, Sanders quickly find their rhythm

    DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning didn't take long to settle into a rhythm with his newest option, Emmanuel Sanders. That's good timing, too, especially with Wes Welker suffering another concussion. Sanders returned to the field Saturday night after missing a chunk of training camp with an ailing thigh and quickly developed a rapport with the...

  • Broncos K Matt Prater faces 4-game ban

    DENVER — Matt Prater's lawyer said the NFL initially threatened a yearlong suspension before agreeing to ban the Denver Broncos kicker four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Harvey Steinberg said Prater's suspension was alcohol-related. He said Prater consumed a couple of beers while on vacation in between the end of...

  • Chargers capsule

    SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (10-8) New faces: CB Brandon Flowers, CB Brandon Ghee, RB Donald Brown, rookie CB Jason Verrett, offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Key losses: QB Charlie Whitehurst, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Strengths: QB, RB, WR, TE, LB. Weaknesses: DL, DB. What's New: Chargers will continue to refine up-tempo offense...

  • Texans come back to beat Broncos 18-17

    DENVER — Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders found their rhythm after an early miscue, connecting for two long touchdowns in the final 67 seconds of the first half of the Denver Broncos' 18-17 preseason loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday night. Manning was whistled for taunting following his second TD toss to Sanders. The Broncos said...

  • Klee: Don't mess with Texas? Don't mess with the Broncos' Peyton Manning.

    DENVER — Who does this Peyton Manning think he is, Johnny Manziel? In a preseason game that meant nothing, unless you ask the Broncos who gained another level of respect for their quarterback, all that was missing was the money sign. Go ahead, Mr. MVP. Rub those fingers together. Throwing 55 touchdown passes in a single regular season was...

  • Ramsey: Emmanuel Sanders erases memories of Eric Decker

    DENVER - The text arrived at halftime from one of Colorado's most smitten Eric Decker fans. She is not alone. Tens of thousands of Decker devotees, mostly female, reside in our state. "Eric who?" the text asked. The text shouted an important message about the 2014 Broncos. Emmanuel Sanders has arrived. In the space of 68 seconds,...

  • Texans come back to beat Broncos 18-17

    DENVER (AP) — Stronger, healthier, feistier than ever. Peyton Manning capped a spunky week by getting the first disciplinary penalty of his storied career Saturday night when he was whistled for taunting in the Denver Broncos' 18-17 preseason loss to the Houston Texans. Manning was mad after D.J. Swearinger hit slot receiver Wes Welker in the...

  • Welker leaves game with concussion

    DENVER (AP) — Broncos receiver Wes Welker suffered a concussion after taking a hit to the head from Houston defensive back D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game Saturday night. Welker was leveled by Swearinger soon after catching a short pass over the middle with just seconds remaining in the second quarter. Swearinger drew an unnecessary...

  • Welker evaluated for possible concussion

    DENVER — Broncos receiver Wes Welker is being evaluated for a possible concussion after taking a hit to the head from Houston defensive back D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game Saturday night. Welker was leveled by Swearinger soon after catching a short pass over the middle late in the second quarter. Swearinger drew an unnecessary roughness...

  • Klee: 3 things to watch in Broncos-Texans

    Paul Klee, the Gazette's Denver-based columnist, gives his "3 Things to Watch" for tonight's NFL preseason game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

  • Klee: If Peyton Manning is right, Broncos should stink more often

    DENVER - The glove. Maybe it's the glove, a tangible, five-fingered reminder of the neck surgeries that threatened Peyton Manning's football career. Eighty degrees in training camp, and Manning wore the glove. He threw touchdowns. The next day, no glove. More touchdowns. No, it's not the glove. Maybe it's the brain. "The way he makes the...

  • Broncos, Texans call fights part of football

    ENGLEWOOD — The last time Broncos star left tackle Ryan Clady was involved in joint preseason practices, he got into a fight with current teammate DeMarcus Ware, then of the Dallas Cowboys. What made those fisticuffs back in 2008 so unusual was that it pitted two of the nicest guys in the NFL. So when some of his teammates asked Clady about...

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