ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The left tackles who protected Peyton Manning's blindside over his first 13 years in Indianapolis will not be confused with the greats of the game.
Unheralded Tarik Glenn did make three Pro Bowl appearances over his 10 seasons. The players who followed Glenn - Tony Ugoh and Charlie Johnson - were better known not so much for winning Glenn's old job as for taking it by default.
So, when Manning was asked Thursday if he's even the least bit nervous about the prospect of his blindside being covered for the rest of this season by fifth-year journeyman Chris Clark instead of Ryan Clady - one of only four offensive linemen in history to start every game and make three Pro Bowls over his first five seasons - the Broncos quarterback barely waited for the question to finish.
"No. No," Manning said, the words barely audible, the query seemingly barely worth answering. "Chris will do a good job."
History says Manning needn't worry much.
He threw for a career-high 4,700 yards and was sacked only 16 times with Johnson protecting his blindside for most of 2010.
And though mobility has never been among his top 10 attributes, the Broncos quarterback has spent years serving as his own best protector because he knows where he wants to go with the ball before the snap.
"It's hard to get to Peyton, sometimes just (against) air," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, who is trying to devise ways to slow Manning in their game Monday night.
So far this season, Manning has been sacked three times. Last year, he only got sacked 21, second-least in the league.
Manning's quick release aside, Clady, of course, has played a role in that. Early this season, he shored up a line that had a bad training camp, in part because of injuries that kept things in constant flux and had the Broncos in a revolving-door search for a center before they finally went with their top backup, Manny Ramirez.
Clady had missed the offseason while completing a difficult rehabilitation from surgery to repair his right shoulder. The Broncos, confident in a six-year veteran who played hurt last year, gave him a five-year deal worth up to $57.5 million. But at the end of last week's game against the Giants, Clady stepped down wrong at the end of a play. He separated ligaments and joints in the bottom of his foot and, three days later, was placed on injured reserve.
That, as much as the impact the injury would have on the field, was what Manning wanted to talk about Thursday.
"That's football as we know it," Manning said. "The fact that he was injured the entire offseason did allow for Chris Clark to get a great deal of repetition. That will pay dividends for Chris."
Indeed, it was Clark lining up at left tackle for much of training camp, which means he won't be coming in cold. Just like any cog in a Manning-led offense, Clark is expected to know his assignments and not miss a beat.
"It's not about filling a guy's shoes for me," Clark said. "It's about me creating my legacy - just helping the team the best way I can and doing my job."
One way to tell if he's succeeding will be to see whether Manning's jersey stays clean against the Raiders. More difficult to detect will be whether the Broncos suffer any loss if they have to provide help for their left tackle, after years of knowing Clady could hold his own in one-on-one situations against the opponent's best pass rusher.
Acquired off waivers in 2010, Clark has made six starts for the Broncos - all at tight end during the Tim Tebow era, when the Broncos were loading up on the line so they could run at all costs. Often, the referee would have to turn on the mike and announce, "No. 75 is reporting as an eligible receiver." That was Clark - a man who certainly doesn't want to hear his number called anymore.
"I think his teammates have a lot of confidence in him and we feel good about him," coach John Fox said.
Notes: Clady was an offensive captain and because his season-ending injury came so early in the year, the Broncos voted for a new captain and chose WR Wes Welker. "One of the greatest honors you can have on a football team," Welker said. ... CB Champ Bailey practiced Thursday for the first time since injuring his left foot in an exhibition game at Seattle on Aug. 17. "I feel good. I didn't set it back, let's say that. I'm on my way," Bailey said. ... S Duke Ihenacho said he was recovering well from an ankle injury and didn't expect a setback. Ihenacho took batting practice with the Colorado Rockies this week. "Definitely not as easy as it looks," he said.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Darrelle Revis has plenty of reasons to get along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, including a hefty contract that makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
So, the three-time All-Pro took it upon himself to meet with Schiano this week to stress there's "zero truth" to talk that he has a problem with the way the Bucs are using him in a revamped defense that's struggled to stop opponents late in games.
Revis made a name for himself as a shutdown cornerback in six seasons with the New York Jets, routinely holding some of the league's top receivers in check while discouraging quarterbacks from even attempting to throw to his side of the field.
Although he's played some man coverage since joining the Bucs in an offseason trade, there also have been key plays when he's not been assigned to shadow the other team's best receiver.
Revis, who sat out the preseason while recovering from knee surgery that sidelined him most of last season, said he's OK with what he's been asked to do.
"Why wouldn't I be happy here? They gave me an opportunity coming off my injury to play football again, so I'm excited to be here," the two-time Pro Bowl selection said. "At the end of the day, all I want to do is win games here."
The Bucs obtained Revis in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this year's draft and gave him a new six-year, $96 million contract.
With Tampa Bay off to an 0-2 start after losing the past two weeks on last-second field goals, Revis said everyone has an opinion about what's gone wrong.
He reached out to Schiano on Tuesday, an off-day for players, visiting the coach's office to let him know that there was no truth to speculation that he was upset after not being lined up to cover New Orleans' Marques Colston on a 31-yard reception that moved the Saints into position to kick a field goal for a 16-14 victory last Sunday.
"I think it comes with us being 0-2 and people start to say rumors here and there, but everything's fine. We're just trying to stick together as a team and get ready for this week," Revis said.
"I just wanted to make sure me and coach were on the same page. ... I just wanted to talk to him personally and say: `Hey. Just to let you know, I don't know if you believe it or not (and) make sure that he saw me," the cornerback added. "It's a tough time for this team. We're 0-2 and we don't want distractions. The one thing we do want to do is just focus on the week at hand and the team we have to prepare against."
The Bucs travel to New England (2-0) Sunday.
Schiano appreciated Revis coming to his office, but said it wasn't necessary.
"But there was a lot of stuff floating around, I guess, and he said: `Coach, I just want to set it straight.' ... I told him: `I love coaching you.' He said: `I love playing here,' so let's go," Schiano said. "I appreciate him doing that. He wasn't requested, it was on him."
The second-year coach didn't second-guess the way Revis was used on the Saints' final drive, when Drew Brees completed three straight passes for 54 yards to set up the winning field goal as time expired.
"Could I re-do some things? Would I? Who knows. ... At the time you make the decision, you do what you think is best," Schiano said. "He's playing a lot of matchup coverage, and certainly if you have a guy like Darrelle you do that because you have an opportunity to. He's got a big load on his shoulders, and he's carrying it well so far."
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BALTIMORE (AP) On a day when the Ravens induct linebacker Ray Lewis into their Ring of Honor, another former member of the team's esteemed defense makes his return to Baltimore.
The circumstances will be vastly different.
Lewis retired in February after leading the Ravens (1-1) to their second Super Bowl victory. He will be hailed Sunday for a sensational 17-year career and for spending all of it in Baltimore.
Ed Reed was also a key player on the 2012 world champions, and for 11 years he served as a standout free safety with the Ravens. On Sunday, he will be the enemy.
Reed and the Ravens failed to agree to terms during the offseason, so the franchise career interception leader signed as a free agent with Houston. After missing two games with an ailing hip, the 35-year-old Reed is expected to make his debut with the Texans (2-0) on Sunday.
"I'm feeling a lot better and trying to push it a little bit more to see exactly how I feel if I go full throttle," Reed said Thursday, acknowledging his availability will be a game-time decision.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco can hardly imagine what it's going to be like to see Reed in a Houston uniform.
"I knew Ed Reed as a Baltimore Raven before I started playing on the Baltimore Ravens," said Flacco, now in his sixth season. "We've faced old teammates before. But the fact that all the fans know him as a Baltimore Raven, and the fact that I was a fan of his at one point, yeah, it probably makes it a little bit different."
Reed harbors no ill will toward the Ravens for letting him walk.
"There's no bad blood on either side," he said. "I know how this business works."
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said, "He moved on, and we moved on."
Reed can't wait to see his old friends in Baltimore.
"I never thought I'd be in these shoes," he said. "But it's an awesome feeling to go back to see my brothers, see coaches and just talk about football. I know we're going to talk about football and just family in the short period of time we can kind of catch up
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CLOSE CALL: After two straight games decided on the final play, the Texans would love a lopsided win. Something like last year's 43-13 rout of the Ravens would do quite nicely.
In that game, Houston had four sacks and two interceptions. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh would prefer to forget that debacle, but he was forced to pull out the tape this week.
"You have to watch it," Harbaugh said. "We watched it very carefully to see how they attacked us and what they did to play the type of game they did against us."
STARS INJURED: Ravens running back Ray Rice was held out of practice after straining his left hip flexor in last week's 14-6 win over Cleveland. His status for Sunday is questionable.
If Rice can't go, Bernard Pierce will get the call.
Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson sustained a concussion during a 30-24 overtime win over Tennessee, but is expected to start. He has 29 catches and two TDs in four regular-season games against Baltimore.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Ravens are 34-7 at home under Harbaugh, including 22-3 over the last three-plus seasons. Houston is 0-3 against Baltimore on the road, including a 20-13 playoff defeat in January 2012.
"That's a tough place to play and it's my understanding they're retiring Ray (Lewis') jersey or something on game day," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I'm sure that will add to the emotions, so we better stay focused."
SACK HAPPY: Houston's top priority on offense will be to protect quarterback Matt Schaub from Baltimore sack specialists Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Between them, they have 152 career sacks.
"It's a very tough combination," said Schaub, who has been sacked only four times this season. "You can't slide your protection one way or the other. You've got to be honest on both sides."
BUDDING RIVALRY: This will be the fifth game between the teams since the start of the 2010 season, and it's beginning to feel like a grudge match.
"We have played in some good football games with them," Kubiak said. "I don't expect this to be any different."
Houston linebacker Brian Cushing added, "We're two competitive teams. Whether we're playing here or there, we know it's going to be a very good football game."
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) The two wooden lockers Trent Richardson used daily were barren, nothing left behind from his short stay with the Browns.
Face of the franchise one day. Gone the next.
Still somewhat shaken by the new front office's decision to trade Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick, the few Browns who ventured into the locker room on Thursday expressed shock at the deal, it's timing and they vowed to move forward in a season not yet three weeks old.
"It was a shock to everybody," receiver Josh Gordon said. "Everyone was in disbelief."
With an eye toward the future, the Browns shipped Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012 and one of their few players with star magnitude, to the Colts for a selection in next year's draft. But the alarming move to trade the powerful running back raised a flag for Cleveland's long-suffering fans, who view the hasty transaction as a sign that Browns' management is throwing away this season to better align itself for 2014 and beyond.
"That's not even realistic," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "In this business, there is too much pressure on everyone to win. I can't even fathom that."
To offset the loss of Richardson and add depth at running back, the Browns signed free agent Willis McGahee. He spent last season with Denver, leading the Broncos with 731 yards. The nine-year veteran passed his physical as the Browns were practicing, worked out for Cleveland's coaches and signed his contract.
Like everyone, Jackson was caught off guard by Richardson's trade. Jackson had left the team's facility and was at home getting a massage Wednesday when he heard. Once the initial shock wore off, Jackson chalked it up to life with the Browns.
"I've been around here for a long time and I've seen a lot happen and that's one of those deals where it's out of your hands and out of your control," he said. "I'm not saying that he's not a good player. He's just going to be a good player for another organization, and the powers that be felt like that was the best thing for the team and we've got to move forward."
Jackson said there's no time to dwell on the trade, which came within hours of the Browns naming third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer their starter Sunday in Minnesota, and wide receiver Greg Little losing his starting job. Hoyer got the nod over backup Jason Campbell to fill in for Brandon Weeden, sidelined with a sprained right thumb.
As a captain, Jackson's duty is to keep his teammates focused.
"I think in the locker room, guys will talk about it for today and then we've got work to do," he said. "We've got a lot of studying to do, a lot of film to watch, we're trying to get the first win. So, yeah, it's going to be in the back of our minds. We wish Trent the best of luck. But we've still got a job to do.
"We have to put our hard hats on."
That was the same message delivered by Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, who reminded his players to lock in on the Vikings.
"We still have to go out and do what we do," safety T.J. Ward said. "Nothing changed for us. It's the same road. We've just got to go out there, hold it down for the defensive side of the ball."
Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, who signed as a free agent in March, doesn't think the trade is a sign of surrender.
"Definitely not," he said. "We're out there and we put in work every day to win. This doesn't change that, so right now we're working to beat Minnesota and we're going to continue to do that. I respect the decision they made."
Jackson appreciates why some Cleveland fans are in an uproar over Richardson's departure. Once considered a building block, he wasn't around long enough to make a major impact.
"Trent was going to be the face of this organization, a high draft pick, much was expected out of him," Jackson said. "Now that he's gone, I can see the frustration of the fans. The die-hard fans thought we had something in Trent.
"That's the ugly side of the business we can't control."
NOTES: Weeden visited a hand specialist, but the team provided no update. ... DE Ahtyba Rubin practiced again and could make his debut after missing two games with a calf injury. ... Offensive coordinator Norv Turner believes Richardson will thrive in Indy. "A lot of times players' success depends on the situation they're in and the people around them," he said. "I think he's going to have an opportunity to be real successful."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway initially thought the Twitter photos showing young people partying at his family's second home in upstate New York were a hoax. Then he saw pictures of teenagers standing on the dining room table he bought with his Super Bowl bonus.
Holloway's rural vacation home was trashed during a Labor Day weekend party attended by up to 400 teenagers. Holloway said the partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors, punching holes in walls and spraying graffiti. He saw the whole thing unfold live on Twitter - and now he's using the teens' own posts to reveal their identities and to try to set them on a better path.
Holloway, who played offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s, said his 19-year-old son, a University of Southern Florida sophomore, alerted him to the party after receiving tweets about it the night of Aug. 31.
Holloway was at his home in Lutz, Fla., at the time and watched as more tweets about the party were posted, many of them accompanied by photos of young people drinking throughout his home in Stephentown, on the Massachusetts border 25 miles southeast of Albany.
"We were getting eyewitness reports of what was happening while it was happening. We couldn't believe what was going down," Holloway told The Associated Press.
Before he could call police, more tweets reported that officers had arrived, Holloway said. The partygoers scattered across his 200-acre property, which includes the main house and a guest house set amid rolling countryside in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.
Yvonne Keefe, spokeswoman for the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, confirmed Wednesday that a "very large investigation" into the party was underway. Police believe 200 to 400 young people were at the party, but investigators aren't commenting on the role social media is playing in the probe, she said.
No arrests have been reported.
Word of the party had spread via social media, and it attracted students at high schools from the Albany area and western Massachusetts, Holloway said. Holloway, who's now a motivational speaker, said he gave anti-drug and alcohol talks at some of those same schools during his playing days, which included an appearance in Super Bowl XX, when the Patriots lost to the Chicago Bears.
Holloway said the partiers broke about 10 windows and glass doors, punched dozens of holes in the walls, dragged kegs of beer across oak floors and left behind an "enormous amount" of graffiti. His $20,000 damage estimate does not include personal items that were stolen.
Several teens who weren't at the party but heard about it showed up this week and helped remove urine-soaked carpets and 10 large trash bags filled with liquor bottles, Holloway said, adding that drug paraphernalia also was found scattered about his property.
Holloway, a father of eight, said he used Twitter postings to compile 200 names of teens he said were at the party. He has been posting them on a website - helpmesave300 - in an effort to get them to come forward, take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior.
"It's not hard to identify who they were. We've got 170 tweets. We have 200 to 220 names already confirmed today. I'm going to go online right now - I guarantee I'll have 10 more names of people who are sharing who was there, what they did. And that data is all going to the sheriffs," Holloway said.
He said he is inviting "the 300" to show up and help clean the place up for a celebration picnic he is hosting this weekend for military personnel.
"We need to get these young kids turned around," he said "We need to get them on the right track."
The superintendent for a district where Holloway said some of the partiers go to school said one student had been confirmed as having been at the party. Averill Park Superintendent James Hoffman said the underage drinking party is a police matter but will be used to educate other students about personal behavior.
"It will be brought up in freshman seminar classes about kids making choices," Hoffman said. "It's definitely a topic that'll come up in places like that."
Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed to this report from Stephentown.