Travis Henry ready to get busy again—with football

Source: Travis Henry reinstated
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Travis Henry has been given the green light from the NFL to pursue a comeback, if he can find a team willing to give him a chance. The 33-year-old running back, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2007, has been reinstated from the suspended list, a source confirmed with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The source said Henry, whose reinstatement had been earlier reported by Scout.com, is not expected to sign with a team…

...His income gone, Henry turned to the drug trade in part to cover mounting child support payments, according to court documents and testimony. Henry has said that at the time of his arrest, he was struggling to keep up with child support payments. He has 11 children with 10 women.

It's good to see Travis Henry ready for the bump and grind of the NFL game yet again. It's been a few years since he's hammered a first down or even scored. We can only imagine what he's going through right now imagining hitting it--meaning the field. But we're quick to warn Mr. Henry: getting back to the NFL requires humping it every single day and recognizing the in and out of each situation. In order to make it, you've got to plant the seed of dedication, probe your strenths and weaknesses, and ride it out. Thread the needle if you have to, but always--and we do mean always--smash through the hole.  But only if you've figured out if it's the A or the B gap.  

No, Really, Thank You, John Elway

Broncos camp report: Eternals Bailey, Manning have it covered on both sides
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Kill the legend of Tim Tebow. I’ve heard this from several players. It’s not said with animosity or jealousy but there is a segment of the team, not a small one, that felt Tebow was all about Tebow and both he and the media forgot that other segments of the team (emphasis on team) helped push the Broncos to the playoffs. The players who say this aren’t na├»ve. They know that if the Broncos win, Manning will get the credit. But to them, Manning is a Hall of Famer who can actually, well, throw the ball. And has a track record of greatness.

Let's see if I've got this: Teebs was all about the Teebs--brought to you sin animosidad.  

McGahee goes beast; comes into camp at 245

Peyton Manning has Broncos abuzz
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McGahee turns 31 in October, which is ancient for a running back. Since college, McGahee has conquered doubts, and he has an answer this year. He dedicated himself to the weight room and arrived in camp a muscular 245 pounds, about 10 pounds heavier than last year. His upper body is ripped. His body fat dropped to 9 percent.

Today's public service announcement: do not f#!@ with Willis McGahee.

No charges for Dumervil in Miami incident

At a time of year when football news tends to be of the negative variety (injuries), the Broncos instead got some of the pleasant kind today: the Miami-Dade state attorney will not be filing charges against Elvis Dumervil.

Elvis had been arrested last month in Miami under suspicion of having displayed a gun in a threatening manner during a road rage incident. But from the outset, his lawyer and agent both maintained that no charges had been or would be filed.

Updated 5:13pm ET

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You Got Served: K.C. Joyner is a tool

Happy Tuesday, friends.  I’m a little hard up for stuff to write about today, so I decided to eat some low-hanging fruit.  Being a person who subscribes to ESPN’s Insider service, I get an interesting mix of useful and useless material.  Among the useless stuff that I get is articles from K.C. Joyner, The Football Scientist, or as I like to call him, The “Football Scientist.”

Joyner was an early screamer about football stats, and how there weren’t enough of them, and how they weren’t good enough.  He had a point, but his personal capacity to remedy the situation was, shall we say, limited.  He created a bunch of metrics, many based upon his own subjective observations.  For an example, I give you Good Blocking Yards Per Attempt.  What exactly does “Good” mean?  It sounds like he’s measuring something that’s not exactly measurable.

I guess it’s good to be first on the scene, because then ESPN pays you to write stupid articles and pimp your book through oblique references to it, as if everybody bought and memorized the thing.  Actually, it’s good to be second too, because they do the same thing with Football Outsiders, who also acts as if their own proprietary stats are the bomb-diggity, be-all, end-all fountain of all football knowledge.  I’d like to see them have a nerd fight – My VYPA is better than your DVOA!  I’ll unleash my 23rd-level warlock on your paladin!  Pokemon to the rescue!  (I know, I’m kind of an a-hole jock – sue me.)

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Terrell Owens, back to troll the world Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team returned to work yesterday (video, photos, more photos) following a day off Sunday.

Demaryius Thomas sat out the second half of practice with tightness in his Achilles; Thomas missed the first five games of 2011 after tearing his Achilles in February of 2011. Ryan Harris, Von Anthony Miller, and Greg Orton (all ankles) also left early, while Ronnie Hillman did conditioning work as he works back from a slight hamstring injury. Justin Bannan (calf) and Quinton Carter (knee, hamstring) remain sidelined.

Orlando Franklin practiced for the first time since having suffered a concussion a week earlier and took some snaps at right guard as Chris Kuper continues to work back to full strength.

Robert Ayers and Kevin Vickerson both took first-team snaps, and wideouts Matt Willis and Jason Hill impressed.

Working on the two-minute drill, Peyton Manning and Caleb Hanie each led drives that culminated in field goals, while Brock Osweiler threw a pick on the second play of his possession.

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Broncos add Brooking, place Fannin on IR

For the second time in the span of 48 hours, the Broncos have added a veteran defender on a one-year deal - this time signing 36-year-old linebacker Keith Brooking. They acquired safety Jim Leonhard on Saturday and placed him on the active PUP list a day later.

Brooking (6-2, 240) is entering his 15th NFL season after 11 years with Atlanta and three in Dallas, where he went from a 16-game starter in 2010 (906 snaps) to seeing more limited play last season (three starts, 408 snaps) after being replaced by Sean Lee.

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Broncos stockpiling veterans; Keith Brooking coming to Denver

Broncos sign five-time Pro Bowl veteran LB Keith Brooking
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The Broncos took another plunge into the free agent-market Monday, signing veteran linebacker Keith Brooking…Brooking started three games for the Cowboys last season after a 97-tackle season in 2010 and a 106-tackle season in 2009.

It was only a few minutes ago (okay an hour, but minutes seems more dramatic) that we surmised the Broncos weren't set at linebacker.

Does Brooking still have any gas in the tank? The Broncos aim to find out.  It would appear his days as a starter are over, however.  

We can be sure of one thing.  The Broncos haven't had a middle linebacker who gets as fired up as Brooking since Al Wilson.  Check out this pregame Hulk Hogan.  And for good measure, here's another.   Finally, here's the original, reminding you little Bronco maniacs to take your vitamins, say your prayers, and drink your protein shakes.

(H/t: Steve Williams)

Gut Reaction: Broncos release first depth chart

Let the training camp intrigue officially begin: the Denver Broncos just released their first depth chart.  In the spirit of the coverage of the Olympic Games, let me offer you a SPOILER ALERT before you read the next sentence just in case you wanted to wait until Thursday's preseason game.

Peyton Manning held off Caleb Hanie at quarterback.  

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, don't read too much into this depth chart (which is what we're about to do).  It's only the first of many depth charts.  In other words, it's a working document.

Now, let's experience some irrational exuberance, or in some cases, rational melancholy.

Your Gut Reaction begins.  And remember Rule #7: Gut Reactions will last as long as they have to.

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Saints suspensions shortened soon? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Saints and Cardinals opened the preseason last night at the annual HOF game; Drew Brees was Drew Brees, and New Orleans won 17-10 in a game that featured only three second-half points (although Cardinals DB Justin Bethel impressed with a blocked FG).

With the referees association amidst a labor dispute with the NFL, replacement officials got off to an inauspicious start by screwing up the coin toss. Embattled Arizona QB Kevin Kolb also had a rough debut, completing just one pass out of four attempts, and bruising his ribs on the play.

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