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    Holdman will be waived and other notes

    Just two weeks ago, Warrick Holdman was the leading candidate to open the season as the Broncos' starting strongside linebacker.

    Today, Holdman's career with the Broncos is finished.

    A fluke hit that resulted in a serious injury doomed Holdman's stay in Denver. After suffering what was called a spinal cord concussion while attempting to tackle running back Mike Bell on Aug. 2, Holdman, an eight-year starter in Chicago and Washington, began experiencing tingling in his arms. The symptoms led to more tests, which revealed a bruise on the spinal column.

    Doctors recommended that Holdman sit out the next three months.

    "That's terrible to hear," Broncos defensive end Kenard Lang said. "You don't Analyze the talent at offense, defense and special teams
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    wish that kind of injury for anybody, but especially a guy who is trying to get established with a new organization. That's rough."
    It's about to get rougher. With a roster bonus due next week, the Broncos will waive Holdman and negotiate an injury claim.
    The injury occurred while Holdman was closing in to hit Bell. Just as Holdman recoiled for the hit, he was knocked slightly off-balance by a block from rookie tackle Ryan Harris. Holdman's neck was in an awkward position as he hit Bell. Holdman fell face first to the ground, where he remained motionless for several seconds while Bell continued to run down the field.

    Holdman is the second No. 1 strongside linebacker to go down in the past month. During the final minicamp in July, Eddie Moore suffered a knee injury that led to his release.

    Two down, but the Broncos believe they have plenty more to go. D.D. Lewis, Nate Webster and Louis Green are left vying for the position.

    Lewis, who was hampered by a severe turf toe injury the past two seasons in Seattle, is expected to start Monday in the preseason opener at San Francisco.

    "I'm looking forward to showing everybody that I'm healthy, I'm back," Lewis said. "This is a real good defensive system here. Everybody has a chance to make plays."

    Playing time

    Quarterback Jay Cutler and the first-string offense, and cornerback Champ Bailey and the first-string defense, will play for one or two series against the 49ers. Rookie defensive end Jarvis Moss, who missed much of last week's practices because of a twisted knee, participated in enough drills Friday and Saturday to warrant some playing time.

    Receiver Brandon Marshall (thigh) and tight end Tony Scheffler (foot) might dress and participate in the pregame warmups, but will take the pads off by kickoff and watch the game from the sideline.

    Domenik Hixon is expected to start opposite Javon Walker at receiver, and Nate Jackson will take Scheffler's place at the "small" tight end position. Brian Clark and Quincy Morgan, who appear to have the edge on the No. 5 and 6 receiver spots, will play extensively with backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey.

    Steinberg and Steinberg

    It was a big week for prominent attorney Harvey Steinberg, who represents most of the Broncos in times of trouble. First, Steinberg got the suspension of since-waived Broncos safety Sam Brandon reduced from two games to one, which begins once Brandon heals from knee surgery and signs with another team.

    Second, Steinberg's 13-year-old son, Aaron, led the Broncos in the team's prestretch dance that was choreographed to the hip-hop song "Walk It Out."

    To show his appreciation, Steinberg did not bill the Broncos for the time Aaron was on the field.

    Dove Valley in droves

    Either Broncos fans have more spare time or they're excited about their 2007 team. The two-week training camp at Dove Valley drew 33,070, a whopping 23.3 percent increase from the previous total attendance record of 26,827 set last year.
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    Domenik Hixon is starting opposite Walker?

    What happened to Stokley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxbronco13 View Post
    Domenik Hixon is starting opposite Walker?

    What happened to Stokley?
    I read that he tweaked something last week in practice so it may be precautionary or he may just be holding down the #3 slot spot and not be technically "starting" at split end or flanker in any formations. Either way, i think he'll get a few snaps unless Shanny doesn't want to risk it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxbronco13 View Post
    Domenik Hixon is starting opposite Walker?

    What happened to Stokley?
    i was thinking the same thing.. he has been practicing, i have no idea why he isnt starting

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    It's sad that Holdman was waived, but his injury is not the kind of thing you just bounce back from.

    Hopefully we get a chance to sign him next season.
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    I think stokely is here to be a slot receiver. While he might be the second best healthy receiver we have, he is best suited for the slot position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kapaibro View Post
    It's sad that Holdman was waived, but his injury is not the kind of thing you just bounce back from.

    Hopefully we get a chance to sign him next season.
    I have to disagree with you. I hope that we don't sign him next season because Holdman's talent is nothing special. We should use our 1st rounder to get a top notch LB or Safety IMO.

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    DD Lewis will end up being one of the better signings of the last few years...YOU WATCH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxbronco13 View Post
    I have to disagree with you. I hope that we don't sign him next season because Holdman's talent is nothing special. We should use our 1st rounder to get a top notch LB or Safety IMO.
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    Stokely is best suited in the Slot, and not at the #2 WR spot. I don't think Stokely is ever really in the running for that position,unless it just comes down to everyone else hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kapaibro View Post
    It's sad that Holdman was waived, but his injury is not the kind of thing you just bounce back from.

    Hopefully we get a chance to sign him next season.
    I'm sorry Kap but I don't agree either.

    We would be much better off looking for someone in the draft. Not the first round though, that has to be reserved for WR or possibly S if someone else apart from Kenny Phillips shows up this NCAA season. Also an Offensive lineman in the first round could be another option if our young guys struggle this year.

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    Maybe im the only one, but im exited to see hixon starting opposite Javon. Hes the fastest guy on the team and the cornerbacks(champ) have been raving about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncosfreak_56 View Post
    Maybe im the only one, but im exited to see hixon starting opposite Javon. Hes the fastest guy on the team and the cornerbacks(champ) have been raving about him.

    I am also happy that Hixon is starting. But i really want to see his return abilities
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncosfreak_56 View Post
    Maybe im the only one, but im exited to see hixon starting opposite Javon. Hes the fastest guy on the team and the cornerbacks(champ) have been raving about him.
    I agree.

    Hopefully he can be better than the arrogant little girl called Marshall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWookieeBronco View Post
    I agree.

    Hopefully he can be better than the arrogant little girl called Marshall.
    Thats a little unfair to say about Brandon.
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