Ah, power rankings, our culture loves them. Why? I don’t really know outside of the fact that we love giving “order” to things as a day-to-day coping mechanism. Power rankings give us two options, both of which are attractive destinations. One is that you agree with a certain order and consequently feel validated by someone –especially someone who is considered to have “insider” status– having the same opinion as you. …
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Chicago Bears Tumble in Latest Power Rankings: Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
Every day since Brian Urlacher’s knee issues became apparent seems to make his future status all the more suspect. Urlacher injured his knee during the season finale last season against the Minnesota Vikings. While the Bears –not surprisingly– made little mention of the status or severity of the injury during the offseason, the injury has taken center stage around Bears camp. Urlacher being sidelined is one reason it has taken center stage, but another reason is that the whole scenario seems to get slightly worse every time there is a status update.
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Chicago Bears’ Brian Urlacher Undergoes Procedure on Ailing Knee: Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
Tarvaris Jackson, who was Seattle’s starting quarterback last season, will not play in the Seahawks’ second preseason game on Saturday against Denver, but coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Tuesday that Jackson is still in the competition to be the Seahawks’ regular-season starter.
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Seahawks QB Jackson won’t play in second preseason game either (The SportsXchange)
Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce from Chad Johnson three days after he allegedly head-butted her during an argument in their driveway.
NFL roundup: Lozada files for divorce from Chad Johnson (The SportsXchange)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Even though Pete Carroll insists the competition is ongoing, it is clear Matt Flynn is the leading contender to be the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback when the season begins.
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Flynn to get 2nd straight start for Seattle (The Associated Press)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Champ Bailey’s thumbs got quite the workout in the offseason as he bombarded Peyton Manning with texts pleading with him to come to Denver.
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Manning and Bailey: being teammates is paying off (The Associated Press)
1. The Broncos’ O-line shuffle Usually, when your football team has a Hall of Fame quarterback coming off multiple procedures to fuse parts of his ne…
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The Huddle: The Broncos O-Line, Sprinting Receivers, and Post-Bane Pittsburgh
Update: Hillman (hamstring) could have played during Thursday’s preseason game against the Bears and has looked very good in practice since he returned Saturday, the Denver Post reports.
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Ronnie Hillman: Looking Sharp (Rotowire.com)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper broke his left forearm at practice Tuesday and could miss up to six weeks. Kuper got caught at the bottom of a pile during team drills early in practice and retreated to the team’s Dove Valley headquarters for X-rays. The Broncos said they expect Kuper to fully recover in four to six weeks. He’ll be replaced by Manny Ramirez , a sixth-year pro who started at right guard in the team’s preseason opener at Chicago last week. The stalwart of an otherwise young offensive line, Kuper was making progress in his return from a broken left leg in last season’s regular season finale when he got hurt again. His was the most serious of several injuries Tuesday. Defensive end Jason Hunter , who’s been working with the starters for two weeks, also left practice with a triceps injury, and rookie running back Ronnie Hillman limped off after a nifty run that was his best of training camp. Hillman said he tweaked his pulled hamstring but insisted it wasn’t a setback, and he later returned for individual drills. “It just flared up on me a little bit. I went down but I got right back in there,” Hillman said. Hillman said he doesn’t expect to be fully recovered for a while but estimated he’s at about 90 percent. Hillman, a third-round draft pick out of San Diego State, wants to play Saturday night against Seattle but after Tuesday’s tweak, his coaches might keep him on the sideline until the third preseason game, against San Francisco on Aug. 26. The Broncos want Hillman to be their No. 2 back as long as he can show good blitz pickup. But the hamstring injury has set him back. He missed the exhibition opener and is listed behind both Willis McGahee and Lance Ball on the depth chart. Hillman said he feels like a Lamborghini that’s stuck in lower gear, “but I’ll settle for being a Porsche right now.” The Broncos, who saw recently signed weakside linebacker Keith Brooking limp off the field with a strained hamstring Monday, have been without starting safety Quinton Carter (knee, hamstring) since July 27, haven’t gotten safety Jim Leonhard (knee) on the field yet and were without starting cornerback Tracy Porter (illness) and rookie linebacker Danny Travathan (ankle) on Tuesday. “You’re concerned about all of them, you’d like them out there because this is how we get better,” coach John Fox said. “But we take a next-man-up approach, and it gives the man behind them an opportunity.” In addition to the rash of injuries, there was a scuffle between defensive end Elvis Dumervil and running back Knowshon Moreno . After jawing at each other, Moreno flung the football at Dumervil’s chest at close range and Dumervil responded by charging after the running back, who’s coming back from a torn ACL. Like they do in hockey, teammates let the scrum go on for several seconds before intervening and pulling them apart. “It’s camp. That’s going to happen,” linebacker Joe Mays said. “Guys get tired. They feel like they’re getting pushed around too much … They have a little bit of attitude. We’re family out here. We’re going to be fine. We’re going to go in the locker room and laugh about it.” Notes : DT Ty Warren missed his second straight day of practice while dealing with a family matter. … Among those in attendance were John Lynch and former NHL great Joe Sakic. (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Broncos Veteran Guard Chris Kuper Breaks Forearm
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning talks to Trey Wingo about playing in Denver after 14 seasons with the Colts.
Video: Peyton adjusting to life in Denver