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Sanders Sails Broncos Past Chargers

Sanders Sails Broncos Past Chargers

(DENVER) -- Emmanuel Sanders caught a career-high three touchdowns to lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 35-21 Thursday night.

Sanders finished his big day with nine catches for 120 yards and those three touchdowns.

"Every week we don't know where the ball is going to go," Sanders said. "The defense really dictates that and what Peyton is seeing. And tonight was just my night."

                                                                  Peyton Manning completed 25 of 35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, including a 31-yard bomb to Sanders with 32 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Broncos up 14-7, giving them the lead for good.Juwan Thompson ran for two second-half touchdowns, and Ronnie Hillman had 98 yards rushing for Denver (6-1).

Philip Rivers completed 30 of 41 passes for 240 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for San Diego (5-3).

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Manning Surpasses Favre in Broncos Victory

Manning Surpasses Favre in Broncos Victory

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Once again, Peyton Manning finds himself in the record books. The Denver Broncos quarterback threw four touchdowns in Sunday night's 42-17 win over San Francisco, giving him 510 career touchdown passes and surpassing Brett Favre's NFL record of 508.

"It is quite an honor," Manning said. "I do have great appreciation for quarterbacks who played this game throughout the years. It's very humbling, has taken a lot of hard work, a lot of people helped me get to this point."

The record-breaking pass came late in the second quarter on an eight-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas that put the Broncos (5-1) up 21-3 over the 49ers (4-3). Upon setting the mark, Manning's teammates had a little fun with the 38-year old, playing keep-away with the momento before eventually congratulating their quarterback.

"I can't believe they actually did it," chided Manning. "They sort of joked about it during the week. I'm a little bit hurt by it. The fact that they thought they could do it."

It took just 246 career games for Manning to break the record set by Favre in 302 career games. The 16-year veteran has thrown 110 touchdown passes in his two-plus years with the Broncos, whom he signed with in 2012 following neck surgery that threatened his career.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals 5 - San Francisco Giants 4 (Series Tied, 1-1)

NFL: Dallas Cowboys 30 (5-1) - Seattle Seahawks 23 (3-2)

Green Bay Packers 27 (4-2) - Miami Dolphins 24 (2-3)

Denver Broncos 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-5)

Cleveland Browns 31 (3-2) - Pittsburgh Steelers 10 (3-3)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (3-1-1) - Carolina Panthers 27 (3-2-1) - Tie in Overtime

New England Patriots 37 (4-2) - Buffalo Bills 22 (3-3)

Detroit Lions 17 (4-2) - Minnesota Vikings 3 (2-4)

Baltimore Ravens 48 (4-2) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-5)

San Diego Chargers 31 (5-1) - Oakland Raiders 28 (0-5)

Arizona Cardinals 30 (4-1) - Washington Redskins 20 (1-5)

Chicago Bears 27 (3-3) - Atlanta Falcons 13 (2-4)

Tennessee Titans 16 (2-4) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-6)

Philadelphia Eagles 27 (5-1) - New York Giants 0 (3-3)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (1-2-0, 2 pts) - New York Rangers 3 (1-2-0, 2pts)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (1-1-1, 3pts) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (1-2-0, 2pts)

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Brady, Manning Add to Career Milestones

Brady, Manning Add to Career Milestones

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady and Peyton Manning continue to add to their Hall-of-Fame credentials: each quarterback surpassed a career passing total in their respective wins Sunday.

In a win over the Arizona Cardinals, Manning threw for his 500th career touchdown.  With a quick throw to his right, Manning completed a pass to tight end Julius Thomas for his first touchdown of the day; Manning would finish the game with four.

He is now at 503 career touchdown passes, five behind all-time leader Brett Favre.

Also with a win, Brady joined the exclusive "50,000 career passing yards" club. Brady joins Brett Favre, Manning, Dan Marino, Drew Brees, and John Elway as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat. 

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Broncos Cut Kicker Matt Prater

Broncos Cut Kicker Matt Prater

National Football League(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos released veteran kicker Matt Prater on Friday, citing a "football decision". Prater was scheduled to be activated Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

With the move, Denver will put all their faith in Brandon McManus for the remainder of the season. The Broncos acquired the 23-year-old in a trade with the New York Giants, giving up a seventh-round pick in return. McManus has converted all three field goal attempts this year, none longer than 24 yards.

I've been very impressed with him, he's got great potential, he's a great young kicker,'' Broncos head coach John Fox said. "We feel really good, and part of any football decision [is], you go with who you think gives you the best chance.''

The most accurate kicker in franchise history, Prater also holds the league record for longest field goal made, a 64-yard kick in 2013. 

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Seahawks Win Super Bowl Rematch in Overtime

Seahawks Win Super Bowl Rematch in Overtime

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Marshawn Lynch scored on a six-yard touchdown run on the first drive in overtime, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 26-20 win over Denver in a rematch of Super Bowl 48.

Lynch capped off an 80-yard drive that denied the Broncos (2-1) a comeback win over the team that beat them for the championship in February.

Peyton Manning led a furious fourth quarter rally, erasing a 14-point deficit with a game-tying touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. A successful two-point conversion knotted the game at 20-20, sending the contest into overtime.

However, Seattle (2-1) ensured a win as Russell Wilson led the team down the field on the opening possession of overtime. Wilson finished the game with 258 passing yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 40 yards.

The Seahawks led 17-3 at halftime as Wilson connected with both Ricardo Lockette and Lynch on touchdown passes in the first half to take the early lead. Lynch was later tackled in the end zone for a safety, sparking the Broncos comeback.

Manning's day ended with 303 passing yards and two touchdowns but also threw a pick in the fourth quarter.

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Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- The Broncos are happy to have Wes Welker back on the field after the new NFL drug policy deal was announced on Wednesday.

Welker was re-instated just in time for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after the NFL's new policy on performance enhancing drugs was passed.

Welker was originally suspended for four games and was not eligible to return until Oct. 6.

"It feels great, it feels great,'' Welker said. " ... You really realize how much you miss it.''

Welker continued, "It seemed like every other day, I was kind of going back and forth about whether I was coming back or not.''

Quarterback Peyton Manning is among the players welcoming back Welker on the field. "Good to have Wes back,'' he said. "Guys were excited when he walked in the offensive meeting this morning...I know he's been excited to get back out here.''

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a "normal guy and not a shutdown corner" after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

"You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he's gotta say something crazy," Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. "It's humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: 'Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'"

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn't perfect all the time. "I played pretty well," he continued. "But it's really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh."

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a "normal guy and not a shutdown corner" after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

"You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he's gotta say something crazy," Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. "It's humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: 'Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'"

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn't perfect all the time. "I played pretty well," he continued. "But it's really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh."

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy

NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL and its union announced on Wednesday that they have a new drug policy agreement regarding performance-enhancing drugs, which also includes testing for human growth hormone.

With the new deal in place, three previously suspended players will now be able to play on Sunday for their respective teams.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, and Rams receiver Stedman Bailey can return this weekend.

The new policy is as follows:

A first violation of the PED policy will result in a suspension without pay for up to six games depending on violation; Positive tests for diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game ban; Positive tests for a steroid, stimulant or HGH will result in a four-game ban; Evidence that an attempt was made to manipulate a test result will result in a six-game suspension. Players will receive a 10-game suspension for the second violation and a third will be a two-year suspension.

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ESPN: Welker Suspended 4 Games

ESPN: Welker Suspended 4 Games

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(NEW YORK) -- The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for using amphetamines, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. According to ESPN, Welker tested positive in a sample given shortly after the Kentucky Derby. ESPN also reports Welker claims the test was tainted, but his appeal was denied.The 33-year-old returned to the practice field Monday after suffering his third concussion since Nov. 17 during the Broncos' preseason game against Houston.Welker caught 73 passes and a career high 10 touchdowns for Denver last season. The five-time Pro Bowler has played in 154 career regular season games catching 841 passes for 9.358 yards and 48 touchdowns.

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Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

National Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- One day after being suspended by the NFL for violating it's substance abuse policy, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater apologized to his friends, teammates, and fans. 

"I'm definitely going to make some changes in my life,'' Prater said following Monday's practice. "Not drink at all or risk doing anything stupid like that [and] keep myself out of certain situations like not go to places where people are drinking."

"Now I'm going to dedicate myself to working out and getting stronger in the time I have off," he continued. "I'll come in here and be here five days a week hitting the weights and I'll have to kick at a high school field.''

The violation, which is alcohol-related, could have earned Prater a year-long suspension, but it was reduced to just four games. Because of a bye week in Week 4 for Denver, Prater will not be able to compete until a Week 6 matchup with the New York Jets on October 12.

Prater will be allowed to attend team functions and use the weight room, but cannot be on the field or sidelines with the team during his suspension.

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Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(DENVER) -- Wes Welker missed three games during the 2013 season after suffering a pair of concussions. On Saturday night, the Broncos wide receiver left the game when he sustained another one following a hit from Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.

"It was determined it was a concussion," said Denver head coach John Fox. "He'll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety."

The hit came late in the second half as the Broncos were driving. Welker caught an 11-yard pass from Peyton Manning on the previous play, and as Manning went back to him on the next snap, Welker went into a slide and Swearinger made the tackle.

Replays showed that as the wideout slid, Swearinger led with his shoulder and forearm, hitting Welker in the head. The safety was assessed a personal foul as Welker got up and walked to the sideline before entering the locker room.

There is no timetable for Welker to return to game action. Denver went on to lose 18-17 to the Texans.

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NFL Releases 2014 Schedule

NFL Releases 2014 ScheduleDoug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Seattle Seahawks will begin their title defense on Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers in the season opener for the NFL. A rematch of the infamous "Fail Mary" game in 2012 starts the 2014 season for the de...

Broncos Reward Head Coach John Fox with a 3-Year Extension

Broncos Reward Head Coach John Fox with a 3-Year ExtensionDoug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a busy offseason adding players to their team, the Denver Broncos have given head coach John Fox a three-year extension. Fox' deal will keep him on the Broncos sidelines through the 2016 season. "We are pl...

Report: Miami Dolphins Sign RB Knowshon Moreno

Report: Miami Dolphins Sign RB Knowshon Moreno Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Free agent running back Knowshon Moreno and the Miami Dolphins have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3 million, according to ESPN. Moreno was selected out of Georgia by the Broncos with the 12th overall pick in the...

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel SandersWesley Hitt/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) -- The Denver Broncos continued their torrid offseason spending on Sunday, signing free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The deal is expected to net the wide out $18 million over three years. The four-year p...

Jets Sign WR Eric Decker

Jets Sign WR Eric DeckerNFL Shield(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets signed wide receiver Eric Decker to a five-year deal on Wednesday.   Decker is coming off of a trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. His deal is worth $36.25 million with $15 million guaranteed, ...

Broncos Release CB Champ Bailey

Broncos Release CB Champ BaileyDoug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Denver Broncos released 12-time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey on Thursday. Bailey had a $1 million roster bonus due March 15, but the team will let Bailey go elsewhere, which gives the Broncos $10 million in cap s...

Broncos Extend John Elway

Broncos Extend John ElwayAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After falling to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos are still happy with the work team president John Elway has done. The Broncos added general manager to his name and rewarded him with a ne...
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