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  • Klee: 13 Halloween frights for Colorado sports fans

    DENVER — Ghouls and goblins and goalies. Oh, my! What's scarier than Tom Brady at the 2-minute warning? On Halloween, here are 13 hypotheticals that would frighten every Colorado sports fan: 1 Fear! In Foxboro: Two days before the Broncos traveled to New England to face the Patriots, I saw All-Pro right guard Louis Vasquez entering Broncos...

  • Eric Decker’s wife, Jessie James Decker, rips fans on Twitter

    On Sunday it was Geno Smith. Jon Idzik took his turn on Monday, and on Thursday another member of the New York Jets family was public enemy No. 1 as far as Jets fans were concerned — Eric Decker’s wife. Jesse James Decker, a country music star who claims on her Twitter page “I pee in the shower,” became the latest target of an angry Gang...

  • Von Miller bounces back from ACL surgery

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has officially returned to his old form. He's been named the NFL's AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the second time in his career. The other time was in November 2012 when Miller was in the midst of a franchise record 18 1-2-sack season. Then came the 2013 season, when Miller...

  • Chargers-Dolphins Capsule

    SAN DIEGO (5-3) at MIAMI (4-3) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Dolphins by 1 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Diego 5-3, Miami 4-2-1 SERIES RECORD — Dolphins lead 15-14 LAST MEETING — Dolphins beat Chargers 20-16, Nov. 17, 2013 LAST WEEK — Dolphins beat Jaguars 27-13; Chargers lost to Broncos 35-21 AP PRO32 RANKING — Dolphins No. 17,...

  • Broncos-Patriots Capsule

    DENVER (6-1) at NEW ENGLAND (6-2) Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Broncos by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Denver 4-3, New England 4-4 SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 28-20 LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Patriots 26-16, AFC championship game, Jan. 19, 2014 LAST WEEK — Broncos beat Chargers 35-21; Patriots beat Bears 51-23 AP PRO32 RANKING —...

  • FANTASY PLAYS: Big Ben dazzles on fantasy benches

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had the best fantasy performance of the year in Week 8, yet he was probably benched in your league. Now fantasy owners are buzzing about whether they should drop passers like Tony Romo, Matt Ryan or Jay Cutler to roll with Big Ben or ignore the 522-yard, six touchdown performance entirely. In...

  • Missing Broncos fan found safe days after vanishing from game

    DENVER — A man whose disappearance during last week's Denver Broncos game touched off an extensive search by family and friends told police he had "his fill of football" and walked and hitchhiked about 130 miles to a city in southern Colorado. Paul Kitterman, 53, was found safe Tuesday night in a parking lot in Pueblo after police got a tip...

  • Blog: Line of Scrimmage, Broncos at Patriots

    This week's Line of Scrimmage is (another) doozy. The Vegas line: Broncos -3.5. Where to start? Well, we hit last week's on the nose, predicting Emmanuel Sanders as the guy who would have a big day against the Chargers. Three touchdowns later, Sanders was the man of the night. There are two angles at work in Foxboro. One, the Broncos are...

  • Man found, but family left mystified by vanishing act during Broncos game

    UPDATE Denver Police announced Tuesday that Broncos fan Paul Kitterman, missing since last Thursday night's game with the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field, has been located and is safe. Other media outlets reported that Kitterman was found in Pueblo on Tuesday afternoon. --- DENVER — Relatives of a Broncos fan who went...

  • Broncos are unanimous No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

    NEW YORK (AP) — Going into Sunday's highly anticipated matchup against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are the unanimous choice as the NFL's top team. Denver received all 12 first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league. The...

  • Champ Bailey calls it a career after 15 years in NFL

    DENVER — Champ Bailey is retiring after a 15-year NFL career that included a dozen Pro Bowl selections, more than any cornerback in history. Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, said from Atlanta that Bailey was still drawing interest from teams wanting him to play this season but he decided to pursue other opportunities. "I think he's timed it just...

  • Blog: Broncos to win the Super Bowl? Denver just needs to get there

    Question: Will the Broncos win the Super Bowl? Answer: Only if they get there. After Week 8, roughly the midway point of the NFL season, the NFC's No. 1 seed is a team the Broncos beat by three touchdowns. Broncos 41, Cardinals 20. With the Cowboys home loss to the Redskins tonight, the Arizona Cardinals ascended to the top spot in the...

  • Blog: Tale of the Tape: Broncos' Julius Thomas vs. Patriots' Rob Gronkowski

    It's Brady-Manning week, again, which is a good thing for all of us, and especially those who catch passes from the quarterbacking court of the NFL. Namely, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski. Ask 10 neutral observers who's better — Brady or Manning — and you might get five votes for the Patriots quarterback and five votes for the Broncos...

  • Von Miller, Chris Harris lead Broncos' defensive resurgence

    ENGLEWOOD - After taking vastly different routes to the NFL, Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. have seen their paths intertwined in 2014 as they lead Denver's defensive revival. Miller, a former first-round pick, and Harris, who went undrafted, spent the Super Bowl on the sideline with knee injuries, helpless to prevent the Broncos' blowout....

  • Patriots prepare for biggest test against Broncos

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a 51-23 rout of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. A much tougher test looms — the Denver Broncos. "You realize it's not just another...

  • Trustworthy folks for rest of 2014 season

    NEW YORK (AP) — At this point in their careers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have earned the trust of everyone in the NFL: coaches, players, officials, fans and executives. As they prepare for, what, their 1,000th head-to-head meeting next Sunday, it brings up the question of who else should people trust heading into the second half of this...

  • Chargers look to get back on track after 2 losses

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — No one's pushing any panic button in San Diego just yet. The Chargers have lost two straight after a five-game winning streak and linebacker Dwight Freeney acknowledges the last few weeks have been rough. But he has put it all in perspective as the team prepares for this Sunday's game at Miami. "The biggest thing for us is...

  • ICYMI: Teams aren't what we thought; say Watt?!

    All those things we thought we knew about various NFL teams, coaches or players? That the Colts' defense is not so bad, for example. Or that Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger can't coexist. Or that Tom Brady is washed up. Or that the Seahawks are in trouble. Face it: They're not who we thought they were. Week to week, it's pretty close to...

  • Patriots rout Bears 51-23, look to Broncos game

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Next weekend's activities come at an opportune time for the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears. With Tom Brady and his team playing their best football of the season, the Patriots host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday. With the Bears playing their worst, they can watch other teams lose on television...

  • Brady throws 5 TDs, Patriots rout Bears 51-23

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw five scoring passes and the streaking New England Patriots crammed three touchdowns into the last two minutes of the first half, cruising to a 51-23 win over the staggering Chicago Bears on Sunday. New England (6-2) scored on all five of its possessions in the half — and one of Chicago's — on its way to...

  • It's no secret when Peyton Manning gets mad

    ENGLEWOOD — It's all fun and games until Peyton Manning gets mad. Twice in a span of five days, Manning's attention to detail was on full display, from scripting his own celebration of his record-breaking touchdown throw against San Francisco last weekend to calling out an overly exuberant scoreboard operator during Denver's 35-21 win over...

  • It's no secret when Peyton Manning gets mad

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — It's all fun and games until Peyton Manning gets mad. Twice in a span of five days, Manning's attention to detail was on full display, from scripting his own celebration of his record-breaking touchdown throw against San Francisco last weekend to calling out an overly exuberant scoreboard operator during Denver's 35-21...

  • McCoy: Chargers followed proper procedure with Jahleel Addae

    SAN DIEGO — Coach Mike McCoy says the Chargers followed proper medical procedure after safety Jahleel Addae had two scary reactions following hits in Thursday night's loss at Denver. Addae immediately fell to the ground after a hit on the first play of the game. Late in the third quarter, he convulsed while remaining on his feet after a hit....

  • Big audiences for new CBS Thursday night NFL games

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS's new Thursday night NFL package drew big audiences despite a string of blowouts. The Broncos' 35-21 win over the Chargers on Thursday was the last of seven straight games to air on CBS, with simulcasts on NFL Network. The broadcasts now switch to NFL Network only. Five of the matchups were decided by at least two...

  • Peyton Manning stewing over Broncos scoreboard operator

    ENGLEWOOD — It's all fun and games until Peyton Manning gets mad. Twice in a span of five days, Manning's attention to detail was on full display, from scripting his own celebration of his record-breaking touchdown throw against San Francisco last weekend to calling out an overly exuberant scoreboard operator during Denver's 35-21 win over...

  • Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21

    DENVER (AP) — Emmanuel Sanders is speedy, not greedy. The Denver Broncos' fleet wide receiver insisted he wasn't lobbying Peyton Manning to throw him a fourth touchdown pass Thursday night. He was perfectly satisfied with his trio of scoring catches in the Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. This is exactly what Sanders was...

  • Ramsey: Rivers has replaced Raiders as top enemy

    DENVER – How to describe Philip Rivers? I would call him childish, but why insult children? What great error did they make to suffer comparison to the NFL’s 32-year-old, 6-foot-5, 228-pound Mr. Meltdown. Used to be, the masses of Colorado despised everything about the Raiders, those mangy, menacing men in black who enjoyed biting, kicking...

  • Klee: Broncos shaping into juggernaut, but path to title is fragile

    DENVER — The fragility of victory is in the little things: A bounce there, an official's review here, a Wes Welker fumble recovery over there. It is easy to forget - nay, convenient to forget - the Patriots were a 2-point conversion away from potentially sending the last AFC Championship Game into overtime, for example. What was an utter rout...

  • Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers

    DENVER — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. With the Chargers' banged-up secondary...

  • Broncos vs. Chargers: Quarter by quarter

    A quarter-by-quarter look at the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.

  • Chargers banged up for showdown in Denver

    DENVER (AP) — The San Diego Chargers are without cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Steve Williams for their AFC West showdown with the Denver Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning. However, Jason Verrett (shoulder) is active for the game. Flowers has a concussion and Williams a groin injury. Richard Marshall will start at left...

  • All-Pro linebacker John 'Bull' Bramlett dies at 73

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — John "Bull" Bramlett, a former professional football and baseball player who was nicknamed the "Meanest Man in Football," has died. He was 73. Shelby County Mayor's Office spokesman Steve Shular told The Associated Press that family members say the Memphis native died early Thursday. Shular said Mayor Mark H. Luttrell was...

  • Harvin's role with Jets' offense still developing

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Percy Harvin's role with the New York Jets on Sunday is shrouded in mystery. The newly acquired wide receiver could play a few snaps on offense. Or, a lot. He might play in the slot, on the outside running deep patterns or come out of the backfield. Or, all three. "He's just getting himself sort of integrated right...

  • Broncos release safety Boyett following arrest

    DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have released safety John Boyett from their practice squad a day after he was charged with assault, theft and harassment. Police said Boyett, 24, assaulted a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site and tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch early Wednesday in Greenwood Village,...

  • Live mobile coverage: Broncos vs. Chargers

    It's a rare Thursday night game for the Denver Broncos as they host the San Diego Chargers in a key AFC West game. The Broncos enter the evening with a 5-1 record, while the Chargers are right behind at 5-2.

  • Police: Ex-Broncos DB punched cabbie, urged cops to call John Elway

    John Boyett, a now-ex-member of the Broncos' practice squad,was arrested early Wednesday in Greenwood Village after police say he drunkenly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site then tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch, court records show. Boyett, 24, told arresting officers to...

  • Klee with Three: Broncos vs. Chargers

    Broncos going on a run 1 Soon after Peyton Manning was pulled from Sunday night's blowout against the 49ers, I stretched my memory to remember a more impressive performance by the Broncos. The closest I could remember - against a quality team, on offense and defense - might be the 42-17 beatdown of Jacksonville in the '97 playoffs. There are...

  • Klee: Under the radar, Chris Harris Jr. and Broncos defense becoming elite

    DENVER - This, under the Sony flat screen, is the confidence zone of the Broncos locker room. This is where the defensive backs hang out. It reeks of swag. Aqib Talib texts here. T.J. Ward chills here. Chris Harris Jr. is building a home here, in the confidence zone, complete with bravado tables, brash chairs and I-told-you-so drapes. "Oh,...

  • Blog: Line of Scrimmage: Chargers at Broncos

    This Wednesday's Line of Scrimmage: Chargers at Broncos. The Vegas line: Broncos -7.5. That makes sense, considering the Broncos and Chargers played three times last season, and the games were decided by 7, 7 and 8 points. As we'll write in Thursday's Gazette, I think the Broncos are about to go on a run like we saw in 2012, when they...

  • Gazette NFL Picks: Week 8

    See who The Gazette's panel of prognosticators is picking in NFL games this week.

  • Broncos have bad memory of Chargers

    The Denver Broncos fear no one in the AFC, nor should they given their recent record. There is one opponent that gets Peyton Manning and company a bit unsettled, though, and that's who they take on Thursday night when the San Diego Chargers come visiting. San Diego has won four of its past five regular-season trips to Denver and has kept...

  • Manning won't laugh if Chargers manage keep-away encore

    DENVER — Peyton Manning laughed when his receivers played hot potato with his record-setting memento last weekend. He won't be nearly as jolly Thursday night if the San Diego Chargers play keep-away from the Denver Broncos' high-powered offense as they did last year. The Broncos were held under 65 snaps just twice last season — both times...

  • Chargers-Broncos Capsule

    SAN DIEGO (5-2) at DENVER (5-1) Thursday, 8:25 p.m. p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Broncos by 7 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Denver 3-3, San Diego 5-2 SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 59-49-1 LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Chargers 24-17, Jan. 12, 2014, AFC divisional playoff LAST WEEK — Chargers lost to Chiefs, 23-20; Broncos beat 49ers, 42-17 AP...

  • Broncos are still No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's almost unanimous: The Denver Broncos are still the top team in the NFL. Denver received 11 first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. The Broncos (5-1) are coming off a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night....

  • Fun and games over for Peyton Manning & Co.

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No more fun and games for Peyton Manning. OK, it was "hat day" for the Denver Broncos, who didn't don helmets or pads at practice Tuesday. Still, the new record-holder for most career touchdown passes made it clear he has put his historic Sunday night performance against San Francisco behind him. That's because Philip...

  • Bucs sign WR/KR Holiday, promote DE Fatinikun

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed receiver and return man Trindon Holliday and promoted defensive end T.J. Fatinikun from the practice squad to the active roster. To make room for the additions, the team waived receiver Solomon Patton and defensive end Scott Solomon on Tuesday. Holliday entered the NFL as a sixth-round...

  • Fun and games over for Peyton Manning, Broncos

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -€” No more fun and games for Peyton Manning. OK, it was "hat day" for the Denver Broncos, who didn't don helmets or pads at practice Tuesday. Still, the new record-holder for most career touchdown passes made it clear he has put his historic Sunday night performance against San Francisco behind him. That's because Philip...

  • Chiefs show resiliency in win over San Diego

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were such a mess in their season opener against the Tennessee Titans that they were quickly written off, their dramatic turnaround last season considered a fluke. Turns out that conclusion was premature. After steadily improving over the first few weeks of the season, the Chiefs earned a marquee...

  • Green Bay, Rodgers hitting midseason stride

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Their quarterback is playing near-perfect football, their offense is stirring memories of the juggernaut it was in 2011 and their much-maligned defense is coming together after some early-season struggles. It's almost a rite of autumn for the Green Bay Packers —the calendar turns to October, and they start playing well....

  • Chargers exposed in loss to Chiefs; head to Denver

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The AFC West is proving harder for the San Diego Chargers than most people thought it would be. A week after having to rally to win at lowly Oakland, the Chargers were exposed in a home loss to Kansas City. Now they've got a short week to prepare to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night. They could...

  • With TD mark in bag, Manning can set more records

    DENVER — Next up for Peyton Manning: the NFL passing yardage record. It's one of the few glamorous passing records Manning doesn't own, now that he has broken Brett Favre's mark for touchdown throws. Manning needs about 5,000 more yards to surpass Favre in that category, and is on track to finish his career with numbers, across the board,...

  • Defense matters in high-scoring NFL

    Calling it a resurgence would be an exaggeration. Dubbing it a trend would be hyperbole. Still, the way some NFL teams are ramping up their defenses, maybe the NFL isn't all about offense after all. If balance is going to be the key to contending for a championship once the temperature dips, the winds begin to blow and the wet stuff starts...

  • Peyton Manning's record: By the numbers

    Peyton vs. Brett Brett Favre threw 508 touchdown passes in 302 games on 10,169 attempts Peyton Manning 509th touchdown came in his 246th game (this is 49ers) and his 8,660th attempt.   Peyton’s place Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young combined to play 361 games and pass for 505 touchdowns. Both players won an...

  • Klee: After record night, Peyton Manning, 38, is just warming up

    DENVER — The first one went to No. 88. The 509th went to No. 88, too. Nos. 87, 44, 81, 83, 17, 32, 85, 29, 84, 11, 10, 86, 15, 28, 33, 86, 12, 27, 23, 35, 36, 61, 45, 47, 96 and 21 caught touchdown passes in between. The names on the jerseys sometimes changed, such as Marvin Harrison (the first recipient) to Demaryius Thomas (who caught the...

  • Video: Reviewing the greatness of Peyton Manning

    Gazette columnist Paul Klee takes a look at the legacy of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning - from the first touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison to this season - as Manning closes in on the all-time TD record. Yes, Broncos fans have it so good.

  • Ramsey: Records are nice, but a Super Bowl win is what Peyton's legacy needs

    DENVER - The shouting and hugging and rejoicing began in the south end zone at Mile High and millions soon joined the fun all across our state. Peyton Manning had thrown his 509th touchdown pass, breaking Brett Favre's record and starting talk once again about No. 18's place in NFL history. He's magnificent. No doubt about that. But...

  • TV station: Gary Payton breaks NFL TD record instead of Peyton Manning

    Good thing Seahawks fans can still lay claim to the defending world champions moniker for their team because it wasn't a great weekend for the city of Seattle. Ken Griffey Jr. was less than spectacular on ESPN's College GameDay, according to reports, and the Seahawks dropped to 3-3 with a loss to the St. Louis Rams. Things turned around...

  • Jenn Sterger takes shot at Favre after Manning breaks touchdown record

    Peyton Manning is taking down Brett Favre's records, but Jenn Sterger continues to take down Brett Favre. The Broncos quarterback passed Favre to become the all-time touchdown pass leader on Sunday, but Sterger, the former sideline reporter for the Jets who claimed in 2010 that Favre sent her suggestive text messages and explicit pictures of...

  • Football roundup: Brandon Marshall calls out another former Bronco for mistakes

    Denver's Peyton Manning is the talk of the NFL, but here are some football-related stories that are trending online. - Bears' Brandon Marshall calls out QB Cutler for mistakes Frustration boiled over inside the Chicago Bears locker room Sunday, just minutes after the team fell 27-14 at Soldier Field to the Miami...

  • Blog: Peyton Manning the big story, but Broncos defense in big picture

    Sunday night at Mile High was one to remember, the smartphones (and sometimes iPads) recording history, Peyton Manning's premeditated celebration, an utter rout of the San Francisco 49ers. There was so much going on with Manning's offense, the most important development went largely overlooked: the Broncos defense added another six sacks....

  • Watch: Manning breaks Favre's mark with 509th TD pass

    DENVER — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for career touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos led the San Francisco 49ers 42-10 after three quarters Sunday night. Manning surpassed Favre's mark with an 8-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas late in the second quarter, giving Manning 509. He pushed his total to 510 in the third quarter...

  • Manning passes Favre's TD mark in Broncos' big win

    DENVER (AP) — Leave it to Peyton Manning to plan his own prank. After breaking Brett Favre's NFL record with his 509th touchdown toss, Manning's teammates played keep-away with his milestone memento, and Manning played right along. Manning went into the Sunday night showdown two TDs shy of Favre's record of 508 and finished with four...

  • No stopping Peyton and Broncos

    This was one ball Peyton Manning wanted in his grasp. Comically, his teammates initially wouldn't give it to him. And then he agreed to give it away, anyhow. Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento, and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' 42-17 romp...

  • ICYMI: Manning not only NFL player setting records

    If it seems as if NFL records are broken or tied every week this season, well, that's because they are. And not just by Peyton Manning. Yes, Manning generated the most talked-about mark Sunday, topping Brett Favre's old record of 508 career touchdown passes by getting to 510 with four in Denver's 42-17 victory over San Francisco at night —...

  • Manning breaks Favre's TD mark in 42-17

    DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre's record of 508, and threw four touchdown passes to reach 510....

  • NFL Capsules

    DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre's record of 508 and threw four touchdown passes, giving...

  • Manning breaks Favre's TD mark in rout of 49ers

    DENVER — Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre's record of 508 and threw four touchdown passes, giving him...

  • 49ers center Kilore leaves with left leg injury

    DENVER (AP) — San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore has been carted off the field with a left leg and ankle injury. He will not return. Kilgore was hurt on Frank Gore's run up the middle with 9:23 left in the third quarter. He was tended to by trainers before being helped onto a motorized cart and taken off the field. Kilgore is in his...

  • Peyton Manning: Charting an NFL career record and greatness

    A statistical review of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's record-setting career.

  • Broncos vs. 49ers: Quarter by quarter

    All eyes are on Peyton Manning as the Broncos starting quarterback approaches history and the all-time NFL touchdown mark. Manning needs three touchdown passes to pass Brett Favre. Will he Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers? Follow our live game coverage from Sports Authority Field at Mile High. For mobile coverage, click HERE.

  • Chargers drop back to reality with loss to Chiefs

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers were slapped back to reality by Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs. After five straight wins, the last three of which came against teams with inexperienced quarterbacks, the Chargers lost to the Chiefs on Sunday, 23-20. Now it's on to Denver, where the Chargers face Peyton Manning and...

  • Colin Kaepernick's mother awaits seeing son; two don't have any contact with one another

    Colin Kaepernick's mother will be in the stands Sunday, watching Colin Kaepernick in her matching Colin Kaepernick jersey, alongside her other son, Colin Kaepernick's 10-year-old half brother. And Colin Kaepernick will have no idea. On Nov. 3, 1987, Heidi Russo gave birth to Colin. Five weeks later, she gave him to the Kaepernicks. Russo is...

  • Broncos jersey giveaway: Who will catch Manning's record TD?

    The Gazette is giving away a gift card from Sports Authority worth $150 to the person who correctly guess who catches touchdown pass 509 from Peyton Manning.

  • Live Mobile Coverage: Broncos vs. 49ers

    All eyes are on Peyton Manning as the Broncos starting quarterback approaches history and the all-time NFL touchdown mark. Manning needs three touchdown passes to pass Brett Favre. Will he Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers? Follow our live game coverage from Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

  • Klee: Fishing for a Super Bowl win, John Fox still in Broncos' bull's-eye

    DENVER — This year's bye week was better than last year's bye week. For one, John Fox didn't almost die. The Broncos coach wasn't knocked to the putting green on the 14th hole of a North Carolina golf course, praying to heaven his next breath wouldn't be his last. Instead, Fox spent the bye week in fishing waders. He tossed hopper patterns...

  • 3 with Paul Klee: What to watch in Broncos-49ers game

    Gazette columnist Paul Klee's quick preview of Sunday night's 49ers-Broncos game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, along with three more points of interest on video - including who will likely catch that record-breaking Peyton Manning touchdown pass: Almost a Bronco 1 - How close was Colin Kaepernick to becoming the quarterback of the...

  • Manning focused on 49ers, not passing Favre

    DENVER — Peyton Manning has Justin Smith and Aaron Lynch in his sights, not Brett Favre. Chances are the five-time MVP will break Favre's NFL record for most career touchdown passes Sunday night, however, when the Denver Broncos (4-1) host the San Francisco 49ers (4-2). Manning has 506, two shy of Favre's mark, and he's averaged an NFL-best...

  • Broncos vs. 49ers: Top five bad memories

    Broncos + 49ers = bad memories for The Gazette's Matt Wiley. What are some of your recollections?

  • Nelson an unlikely star in Denver's defense

    ENGLEWOOD — Corey Nelson led the star-studded Denver Broncos in tackles last week after linebacker Danny Trevathan left the game against the New York Jets with a broken left leg. Nelson won't blame anybody for asking, "Corey who?" He didn't expect to hear his name called on draft day, much less over and over on the public address system at...

  • Favre's record on Peyton Manning's back burner

    ENGLEWOOD — Even though he's just two touchdown throws shy of Brett Favre's NFL record of 508, Peyton Manning isn't getting caught up in history, and neither are his teammates. It's easy to see why: they're too busy scything their way through a two-month thicket of opponents that averaged 10.75 wins a year ago. "We've had a pretty salty...

  • 49ers coordinator recalls young Peyton Manning

    SANTA CLARA — Peyton Manning would hang around the New Orleans Saints' practice facility as a teenager when father Archie was still connected to the organization, hoping to find a few veterans to toss around the football. Vic Fangio, then a coach with the Saints, got his first glimpse of Manning at those informal workouts. "You knew he had...

  • Julius Thomas making it look easy thanks to Gonzalez

    ENGLEWOOD — Julius Thomas says he was misquoted — by Julius Thomas. After scoring his second TD against the Jets last weekend, Denver's star tight end screamed, "It's so easy!" Although his nine TD receptions are tied with Calvin Johnson (2011) for the most in NFL history thorough five games, Thomas backed down from his bravado this week....

  • Fangio recalls early days with Manning

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Peyton Manning would hang around the New Orleans Saints' practice facility as a teenager when father Archie was still connected to the organization, hoping to find a few veterans to toss around the football. Vic Fangio, then a coach with the Saints, got his first glimpse of Manning at those informal workouts. "You...

  • Thomas making it look easy thanks to Gonzalez

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Julius Thomas says he was misquoted — by Julius Thomas. After scoring his second TD against the Jets last weekend, Denver's star tight end screamed, "It's so easy!" Although his nine TD receptions are tied with Calvin Johnson (2011) for the most in NFL history thorough five games, Thomas backed down from his bravado...

  • Stat tracker: Former Broncos vs. their replacements

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  • Chiefs aiming to ground high-flying Chargers

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  • Brady and Patriots not who Jets need to see

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  • Jets hope to turn season around with upset of Pats

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It's probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored Patriots on Thursday night. "We're desperate, to say the least," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. The Patriots (4-2)...

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  • Jets-Patriots Capsule

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  • Broncos' Terrance Knighton says he was fined for racial slur

    Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said Wednesday he was fined by the NFL for using inappropriate language in the Broncos' 31-17 victory Sunday over the New York Jets. Knighton said he used a racial slur after the Broncos scored on Julius Thomas' 22-yard touchdown reception just before halftime. Officials flagged Knighton for...

  • Broncos make roster move with Danny Trevathan out

    ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have promoted linebacker Shaquil Barrett from their practice squad to take the roster spot of injured linebacker Danny Trevathan. The Broncos also signed defensive end Gerald Rivers to their practice squad Wednesday. Barrett is an undrafted rookie from Colorado State who spent the last six weeks on Denver's...

  • Blog: Line of Scrimmage: 49ers at Broncos

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  • Officer in viral marriage proposal to NFL cheerleader is Air Force Academy grad

    The airman who brought the bloom of romance to the sidelines of an NFL game Sunday in Glendale, Ariz., learned some of his suave moves at the Air Force Academy.  Academy officials confirmed that Capt. Eric Straub, who popped the question to Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Claire Thorton during a game against Washington, is a 2010...

  • Broncos are No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

    NEW YORK (AP) — As he nears yet another milestone, Peyton Manning has the Denver Broncos back as the top team in the NFL. Denver received eight first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. Manning threw three touchdown passes in a 31-17 win Sunday...

  • Dolphins' Knowshon Moreno goes on injured reserve

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Knowshon Moreno is sidelined again, this time for the rest of the season, which has left the Miami Dolphins digging deep into their depth chart at running back. Moreno went on injured reserve with a knee injury Tuesday, two days after he hurt his anterior cruciate ligament in the Dolphins' loss to Green Bay. It was his third...

  • Jets secondary far from 'Revis Island' days

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan said seeing Darrelle Revis in a Patriots uniform makes him "a little sick to my stomach." The New York Jets' coach was back in a joking mood two days after his team lost its fifth straight. The defensive backfield that Revis used to lead, though, might have him feeling a bit queasy. "I think a lot of people...

  • Browns place DE Armonty Bryant on IR, sign Fua

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  • Ramsey: Former Bronco star Knowshon Moreno's career in jeopardy

    Football is cruel. Just look at Knowshon Moreno. He started in the Super Bowl for the Broncos in February. He led the NFL in rushing after a 134-yard performance in his first game as the Miami Dolphins featured running back. Today, Moreno's football career is in jeopardy. He suffered a severe knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. This...

  • Blog: Broncos emerge as new America's Team, poll says

    Maybe Joseph Randle is just smarter than the rest of us. Maybe he is prescient. How else to explain why the Dallas running back stole cologne and underwear? Randle is simply preparing for when the Cowboys poop the bed. Regardless of his motivation to stay fresh and clean, Randle and the Cowboys beat the Seahawks but lost their title: The...

  • Dolphins' Knowshon Moreno goes on injured reserve

    DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno has been placed on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury. The move came Tuesday, two days after Moreno hurt his anterior cruciate ligament in the Dolphins' loss to Green Bay. Moreno had missed the two previous games with an elbow injury. He led the NFL with 134 yards...

  • Rex Ryan on 1-5 Jets: 'We're not dead'

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan had never been in this spot before as a head coach. His New York Jets are 1-5 with five straight losses, a stretch of increasing frustration for the team — and fear from fans that this season is already over just six games in. Ryan knows it doesn't look good. It's the longest losing streak in his six years...

  • Jets place Dee Milliner, Brian Winters on IR

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets' shaky secondary is in shambles. Their offensive line is down a starter, too. Starting cornerback Dee Milliner and left guard Brian Winters were placed on season-ending injured reserve on Monday. Milliner has a torn right Achilles tendon, while Winters has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his...

  • Broncos say Trevathan has another broken leg

    ENGLEWOOD — Danny Trevathan is grappling with a setback in his comeback. The Denver Broncos' top tackler from last season reinjured his left leg Sunday in his second game back from a broken bone under his kneecap. He learned Monday he'll miss several more weeks with another crack on the top and side of the same kneecap. Coach John Fox said...

  • Broncos, Jets: Quarter-by-quarter summary

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  • Eric Decker sees up close what he's missing in Colorado

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —When Eric Decker left the Broncos after four years to sign with the New York Jets, he likely knew there would be certain sacrifices. But the full totality of what Decker has traded to become the top receiving threat for the league's worst passing offense was on display Sunday, as his former team dealt his current team a...

  • Ramsey: Ronnie Hillman's return to respectability

    Ronnie Hillman is not the second coming of Terrell Davis. Or Floyd Little. Or Clinton Portis. But he is a legit NFL running back. I've said this ever since Hillman was drafted, and I've endured light-hearted persecution as a result of my support. To explain: I watched Hillman rip the Air Force defense to shreds. Yes, I realize Air Force's...

  • Klee: Broncos win after long, strange return to MetLife Stadium

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In a strangely giddy locker room, with a strange question, I went to the source. Juwan Thompson, if it's not too personal, how much do you weigh? "About 220," Thompson said Sunday afternoon. "I've slimmed down a little bit." That's a hefty running back. It's certainly heftier than Ronnie Hillman. He's around 195,...

  • Panthers, Bengals play to 37-all tie on missed FG

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Call it the place where dreams of game-winning kicks go to tie. For the second time in seven seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals walked off their home field trying to figure out what to make of a game with no winner. So did Carolina receiver Jason Avant, who was part of both of them. There's just no way to put it into words....

  • Cowboys, Eagles stake claims as NFC powers

    If you're looking for NFC powerhouses, try the Cowboys and Eagles. Dallas and Philadelphia each improved to 5-1 on Sunday with impressive performances. The Cowboys went into Seattle and edged the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks 30-23. A few hours later, Philadelphia routed the New York Giants 27-0. DeMarco Murray again rushed for more...

  • NFL Today, Week 6

    SCOREBOARD Monday, Oct. 13 San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. EDT. The 49ers (3-2) have won six in a row on Monday night. Austin Davis is coming off consecutive 300-yard passing games for the Rams (1-3). ___ STARS Passing —Joe Flacco, Ravens, was 21 for 29 for 306 yards and five touchdowns in Baltimore's 48-17 win over Tampa Bay....

  • Manning throws for 3 TDs, Broncos beat Jets 31-17

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, leaving him two shy of Brett Favre's career mark, and the Denver Broncos beat the New York Jets 31-17 on Sunday. Julius Thomas caught two of Manning's scoring passes, and Ronnie Hillman ran for 100 yards on 24 carries for the Broncos (4-1). Demaryius Thomas finished with...

  • Newton re-emerges, but Panthers tie Bengals 37-all

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An hour had passed since Mike Nugent's kick sailed wide right, and Cam Newton still had trouble finding the right words to describe the finish. Unsatisfying? Confusing? Try perfectly fitting. Newton re-emerged as a dual-threat danger on Sunday, leading Carolina on several late comebacks that took the game to overtime....

  • Manning throws for 3 TDs, Broncos beat Jets

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No record this week for Peyton Manning. Just three more touchdown passes, plenty good enough for the Denver Broncos. Manning connected with Julius Thomas twice and Demaryius Thomas once, leaving him two shy of Brett Favre's career mark for passing TDs, and the Broncos held on to beat the New York Jets 31-17 on Sunday....

  • Broncos Rewind: Broncos 31, Jets 17

    Third quarter: From the Good News department: Von Miller, after undergoing tests for a possible concussion, returned for the second half. And he sacked Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who last week missed a team meeting because he was watching a movie. Hollywood should make a TV movie about the Jets. Call it “Lost.” The Jets somehow had five...

  • Video: Julius Thomas catches second TD, shouts 'it's so easy' in end zone

    Broncos tight end Julius shouted "it's so easy" moments after catching his second touchdown Sunday against the Jets.  The third quarter score pushed the Broncos' lead to 24-7. Peyton Manning found Thomas for a 4-yard strike with 8:08 left in the quarter. The CBS, which is broadcasting the game, audio captured Thomas' remarks.

  • Jets' Decker, Harris active vs. Broncos

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is active against the Denver Broncos and will start against his former team. Decker was questionable with an ailing right hamstring that has bothered him since Week 2 and caused him to sit out last Sunday's game at San Diego. Decker, who spent his first four seasons with...

  • Mobile Coverage: Broncos vs. Jets

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  • Klee with Three: Eric Decker, he's their man

    Eric Decker, he's their man 1 The Broncos have been fine without Eric Decker. Aside from a hamstring injury that sidelined the wide receiver for last week's game against the Chargers, Decker has been fine without the Broncos. Decker doesn't have Peyton Manning anymore, so his sterling numbers were bound to dip. But in games in which he's been...

  • Klee: NFL Psychology 101 as Broncos return to MetLife Stadium

    NEW YORK - The quarterback's arm strength is key, of course. The girth and footwork of the left tackle must work in tandem. If the tailback envisions the running lane before it opens, that's a bonus. Demaryius Thomas must catch the ball first. On the chase for a championship, details matter, the margin for error slimmer than a Flacco...

  • Juwan Thompson gives Broncos' ground game a lift

    ENGLEWOOD — Rookie Juwan Thompson gave a big boost to the Broncos' thin running back rotation by participating in all of Friday's final tuneup for the New York Jets. Coach John Fox says Thompson had a good week of practice, and "we're counting on him for the game." The undrafted rookie from Duke hurt his knee Sunday against Arizona. He...

  • Facing Jets, Peyton Manning 5 TDs from record

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan already knew facing Peyton Manning is a daunting task in any week. But the fact the Denver Broncos quarterback is heading to New York five touchdown passes away from tying Brett Favre's career record? Well, that just doesn't sit well with the Jets coach. "Oh, God," said a wide-eyed Ryan, drawing laughs, when...

  • Juwan Thompson gives Broncos' ground game a lift

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Rookie Juwan Thompson gave a big boost to the Broncos' thin running back rotation by participating in all of Friday's final tuneup for the New York Jets. Coach John Fox says Thompson had a good week of practice, and "we're counting on him for the game." The undrafted rookie from Duke hurt his knee Sunday against...

  • Broncos, other NFL teams are cranking up the jams

    ENGLEWOOD — To get ready to face Richard Sherman and Seattle's ear-piercing 12th man, the Denver Broncos turned to Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Ozzy Osbourne and Pharrell Williams. Like many other teams, the Broncos have dialed down the old jet engine noise that roared through their concert-sized speakers at practice. Now, like so many teenagers, they...

  • Demaryius Thomas back on track after slump

    ENGLEWOOD — With every dropped pass in September, speculation grew about just what was bothering Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas. His grandmother's death. Eric Decker's departure. Looming mega millions. Wes Welker's suspension. Thomas said it boiled down to something else entirely: "Letting down Peyton." That's the thought that...

  • Broncos-Jets Capsule

    DENVER (3-1) at NEW YORK JETS (1-4) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Broncos by 7. RECORD VS. SPREAD — Denver 1-3, New York 1-4 SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 18-15-1 LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Jets 17-13, Nov. 17, 2011 LAST WEEK — Broncos beat Cardinals 41-20; Jets lost to Chargers 31-0 AP PRO32 RANKING — Broncos No. 2, Jets...

  • Chess match for Ryan, Jets vs. Manning, Broncos

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan better brush up on his chess game before Sunday. With his team on a four-game skid and staring at a season on the verge of growing increasingly more gloomy, the New York Jets coach is charged with the task of trying to stop — or better yet, slow down — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. "The challenging...

  • Redskins-Cardinals Capsule

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  • Brown rejoins Chargers, Ohrnberger practices

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  • FANTASY PLAYS: Don't ignore tight ends, kickers, D

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  • AP Source: Thomas fined $8,286 for chop block

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn't want to talk about Julius Thomas' chop block anymore and apparently neither did the Denver Broncos' Pro Bowl tight end. A person with knowledge of the penalty said Thomas was fined $8,286 for his chop block on Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell last weekend. The person...

  • What does Brett Favre really think of Peyton Manning's pursuit of history?

    ENGLEWOOD — Brett Favre says he couldn't be happier to see Peyton Manning on the brink of breaking his NFL record of 508 touchdown throws. Manning has 503 heading into Denver's road game Sunday against the New York Jets. Favre told The Associated Press he's thrilled for Manning, who's coming off a career-best 479-yard passing performance...

  • AP Source: Julius Thomas fined for chop block

    ENGLEWOOD — A person with knowledge of the penalty says that Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was fined $8,268 for his chop block on Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the fine hadn't been announced yet by the NFL. ESPN first reported the...

  • Colts can bust open AFC South with win

    The AFC South pretty much has been the province of the Colts and Texans in recent years. Even though Houston fell apart last season, it's not a big surprise it has emerged as the only challenger to Indianapolis in the division this year. Thursday night's meeting in Houston will provide a litmus test for both teams. Whether it offers a close...

  • Prater is Detroit's latest choice at kicker

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed Matt Prater to a one-year deal in their latest effort to fix their early kicking woes. The Lions confirmed the agreement Tuesday night. The Broncos cut ties with Prater earlier this month, when the 30-year-old kicker was about to come off a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance...

  • Seahawks are unanimous No. 1

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's unanimous: The Seattle Seahawks are once again the top team in the NFL. A day after the Seahawks' 27-17 win over the Redskins, Seattle received each of the first-place votes for the AP Pro32 power rankings decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. "No one plays old-school football like the...

  • Broncos' Montee Ball can't stay on the field

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Montee Ball was Mr. Durability at the University of Wisconsin, missing just one game while scoring an NCAA record 83 touchdowns. He hasn't had the same endurance in the NFL. The second-year pro got off to a slow start this season after missing much of training camp following an emergency appendectomy. Now, he's going...

  • What's the dirtiest NFL play you've ever seen?

    Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Julius Thomas' block Sunday was the dirtiest play he has ever seen in 37 years in the NFL. Thomas said he never intended to hurt Calais Campbell despite Arians calling the tight end's chop block dirty. Arians suggest a suspension was in order. The Broncos beat the Cardinals 41-20 in Denver. More...

  • 4-game skid puts season on brink for Rex, Jets

    NEW YORK (AP) — The coach is blaming himself, the quarterback situation is a mess and the defense suddenly can't stop anyone. The New York Jets are 1-4, on a four-game skid and facing a season on the verge of spiraling out of control. Oh, and up next: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. After that? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots....

  • Julius Thomas says chop block wasn't intentional

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Julius Thomas said Monday that he never intended to hurt Calais Campbell despite Arizona coach Bruce Arians calling the Pro Bowl tight end's chop block the "dirtiest play I've ever seen" in 37 years in the NFL. Thomas said he and tackle Ryan Clady would never try to hurt anyone and the play Sunday that sent Arizona's...

  • Arizona hit by 7 injuries, Arians rips chop block

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals lost seven players due to injury in Sunday's loss at Denver, and one of them — starting outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy — will go on injured reserve designated to return. Shaughnessy, who has knee cartilage damage, cannot play in a game for eight weeks, meaning he could come back for the final four...

  • A month in and no unbeaten teams left

    After lopsided losses Sunday by Arizona and Cincinnati, it's become more evident than ever that perfection is virtually unattainable in the NFL. Yes, we recall 2007 and how the Patriots came perhaps within a fluke catch by a third-string Giants receiver of 17-0 and a championship. Times have changed even in that short span, though, and there...

  • Julius Thomas says chop block wasn't intentional

    ENGLEWOOD — Julius Thomas said Monday that he never intended to hurt Calais Campbell despite Arizona coach Bruce Arians calling the Pro Bowl tight end's chop block the "dirtiest play I've ever seen" in 37 years in the NFL. Thomas said he and tackle Ryan Clady would never try to hurt anyone and the play Sunday that sent Arizona's star...

  • Longtime Colorado, Broncos voice Zimmer hospitalized

    Veteran broadcaster Larry Zimmer, who has called Colorado football games for more than four decades, was hospitalized Sunday after falling at his home in the Lookout Mountain area. Zimmer, 78, was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood. Along with play-by-play broadcaster Mark Johnson, Zimmer served as the analyst for KOA's...

  • Blog: Tim Tebow time in New York? Yes, please

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  • NFL Week 5 winners, losers and the injured

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  • Ramsey: Broncos' Demaryius no longer a Doubting Thomas

    DENVER - Let me tell you why Demaryius Thomas kept dropping passes. When Thomas first allowed an accurately thrown ball to slip through his fingers this season, he struggled to return to the huddle. A draining thought invaded his mind and refused to depart. "I let down Peyton." Thomas is, despite his 6-foot-3, 229-pound frame and his...

  • Broncos' Montee Ball expected to miss time with groin injury

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