Broncos players visit victims in Aurora, Col.

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Broncos players visit victims in Aurora, Col.

From Comcast SportsNet
AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A half dozen Denver Broncos visited with survivors of the Colorado theater shooting on Sunday to try to lift their spirits. The group visited with five patients at the Medical Center of Aurora and also met with the emergency room staff that provided the initial treatment Friday morning for many of the shooting victims of the massacre at a suburban Denver movie theater that left 12 dead, 58 injured and a nation in sorrow. "What we were trying to do was go in there, show support and try to put a smile on these peoples' faces. But the thing is, they put a smile on our faces," linebacker Joe Mays said. "They had such positive attitudes. They knew they were blessed to live and they knew they were going to have another chance to walk about with their families." Mays was joined by linemen Ryan Clady, Chris Kuper and Ben Garland, receiver Eric Decker, tight end Jacob Tamme and former teammate Brian Dawkins, who retired earlier this year. The players gave up their last Sunday before training camp to lend a measure of comfort to the community. "We felt this was the least we could do to help them get through this tragic event," Mays said. "We came out of there with just a different mindset on life as well. They were still able to smile and laugh and have people in their corner and by their side. Just to see that couldn't help but smile a smile on our faces and make us think about our lives and being with our families." Among the patients who received visits from the Broncos was Carey Rottman, 27, a native of Mequon, Wis., who used to play football at Winona State in Minnesota, where he was a running back and faced Kuper's North Dakota teams. Garland, a Colorado native who attended the Air Force Academy and whose family lost their home in the recent wildfires in the state, tweeted over the weekend that he had planned to attend the new Batman movie at the Century 16 theater where the shooting occurred "but changed my mind" shortly before the midnight premiere. Quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday also called four patients who were taken to the Medical Center of Aurora after the shooter unleashed two canisters of gas and opened fire during the Friday midnight premiere of "Dark Knight Rises." The four-time MVP signed with the Broncos this year after missing the 2011 season with a nerve problem in his neck that weakened his throwing arm. The Broncos start training camp on Wednesday.

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin will have quarterback Alex Hornibrook available to play in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game.

After Hornibrook was listed as quaestionable on Friday afternoon's injury report, Badgers head coach Paul Chryst told ESPN's Sam Ponder on Saturday morning that Hornibrook will be ready to go.

"Each day this week he's progressed, so I think that he'll be available to play, which is good," Chryst said in the interview.

Hornibrook sustained a head injury last weekend during Wisconsin's win over Minnesota and sat out the second half, forcing Chryst to turn his two-quarterback system into a one-man show starring Bart Houston.

But Saturday night, it seems that things will return to what they've been for the majority of the season: Hornibrook and Houston splitting time under center.

The Badgers' offense typically relies on its customarily strong rushing attack, but having both guys will be important for Chryst, who likes to keep opposing defenses on their toes by mixing up the two quarterbacks. 

Hornibrook has completed 58.1 percent of his passes this year for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Houston has completed 63.9 percent of his passes on the season for 912 yards and five touchdowns compared to three interceptions.

Houston is the more mobile and accurate of the two, though he hasn't completed more than nine passes in any one game since losing his starting job to Hornibrook early in the season.

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.