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Broncos fire Coach Josh McDaniels

Denver -- The Denver Broncos have fired Coach Josh McDaniels in the wake of an illegal taping scandal, the team's Web site reported Monday. said team owner Pat Bowlen had relieved McDaniels of his duties after guiding the squad to a 3-9 record so far this season.

The move came after the Broncos lost Sunday for seventh time in eight games, 10-6 to the Kansas City Chiefs, and also follows an incident in which both McDaniels and the team paid $50,000 fines last month for the illegal taping of an opponent's practice.

Broncos coach McDaniels fined for taping

Denver -- The NFL has fined Denver Broncos head Coach Josh McDaniels in connection with the illegal taping of an opponent's practice, multiple sources reported Saturday., ESPN and The Denver Post reported McDaniels was fined $50,000 and the Broncos were also assessed a $50,000 penalty in the incident, for which McDaniels and Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen issued apologies Saturday.

Bowlen said the league found a Broncos employee had videotaped a portion of the San Francisco 49ers' Oct. 30 'walkthrough' practice at Wembley Stadium in London, a day before the two teams played each other there.

In his statement, McDaniels claimed he did not view the 6-minute tape.

Broncos tailback Moreno out with injury

Denver -- Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno will miss the team's next game with an undisclosed injury, coach Josh McDaniels said Friday.

McDaniels said Moreno, who missed the entire preseason with a pulled right hamstring, would be absent in the Broncos' game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I'm telling you every team is dealing with" injuries, McDaniels told The Denver Post. The Colts "have more guys on their injury report than we do. That's why you have a roster full of players."

The newspaper, citing two NFL sources, said Moreno had suffered another hamstring pull, but this time to his left leg.

Sharpe back at CBS after woman drops claim

Atlanta -- Ex-Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe returned to CBS as a football analyst after a woman withdrew her petition for a protection order against him.

Michele Bundy, who requested the temporary restraining order against Sharpe after alleging he forced her to have sex with him and threatened her life, "voluntarily dismissed" the request, Fulton County (Ga.) Superior Court documents state.

Sharpe, a commentator for the CBS Sports pregame show "The NFL Today," said in a statement he "had every expectation that based on truth alone, these claims would never reach a court."

Broncos obtain Maroney from Patriots

Denver -- The Denver Broncos obtained running back Laurence Maroney and a draft pick from the New England Patriots Tuesday, giving up a higher draft pick.

The Broncos will surrender a fourth-round 2011 draft pick in exchange for Maroney, while the Pats also gave up a sixth-round draft choice next season, The Denver Post reported.

Maroney, a first-round New England draft pick out of Minnesota, gained 757 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season for the Patriots, but was inactive for Sunday's season-opening 38-24 win over Cincinnati.

Maroney has racked up 2,430 yards with 21 rushing TDs on 582 carries in his four-year career with New England, adding 40 receptions for 409 yards and one score in 45 career games.

Broncos WR Marshall signs tender offer

Denver -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has inked his one-year contract tender for the 2010 season, the team said Tuesday.

Marshall, a restricted free agent following the 2009 season, was tendered with a first-round draft pick on March 3.

Observers say it's likely the Broncos will try to trade Marshall after he alienated the team with a series of contentious statements, including a demand to be dealt, before the start of last season.

Despite the tensions, Marshall posted his third straight 100-catch, 1,000-yard season, logging a career-best 10 touchdown receptions.

Broncos sign DE Green

Denver -- The Denver Broncos have signed free agent defensive end Jarvis Green, the team said Tuesday.

Green, who won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, spent eight NFL seasons with the team after the Patriots drafted him in the fourth round in 2002.
Last year, Green, 31, racked up 36 tackles and one sack in 12 starts.

Green's best season came in 2006 when he registered 7 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. In his career, the defensive end has collected 232 tackles, 28 sacks and nine forced fumbles.

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Broncos add CB Law

Englewood, Colo. -- Fifteen-year veteran cornerback Ty Law was brought on board by the Denver Broncos Saturday to strengthen their already top-ranked defense.

The Broncos cut loose cornerback Jack Williams to make room for Law, who spent last season with the New York Jets. Law, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, also played for Kansas City and spent his first 10 years in the league with New England.

Last year, he had 19 tackles in seven games, but for his career he has 52 interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven touchdowns.

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QB Cutler gets 2-year extension from Bears

Chicago, Oct. 21: The Chicago Bears gave quarterback Jay Cutler to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the Windy City through the 2013 season, the team announced.

Cutler arrived in Chicago in the spring in a trade with the Denver Broncos. He has led the Bears to a 3-2 start.

The Vanderbilt product has thrown for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He has been intercepted seven times and has a passer rating of 86.9.

Cutler spent three seasons in Denver and made the Pro Bowl last season, but he was sent to Chicago after run-ins with Broncos Coach Josh McDaniels.

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NFL: Denver 23, Oakland 3

Oakland, Calif., Sept. 27: Kyle Orton's touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall late in the first quarter Sunday sent the Denver Broncos on their way to a 23-3 victory over Oakland.

Orton, who was 13-for-23 for 157 yards, connected with Marshall on a 2-yard scoring play.

Knowshon Moreno scored on a 7-yard run and Matt Prater kicked field goals of 48, 21 and 24 yards for the Broncos (3-0).

Sebastian Janikowski accounted for the Raiders' points with a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell completed 12-of-21 passes for 61 yards with two interceptions for Oakland (1-2).

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