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Broncos' Manning passes for record seven TDs vs. Ravens

DENVER — Peyton Manning tied the NFL record as the sixth player to pass for seven touchdowns — two to his newest target Wes Welker and one to former Jefferson High and Florida standout Andre Caldwell — as the Broncos routed Super Bowl champion Baltimore 49-27 in the NFL opener Thursday night.

Manning finished 27-of-42 for 462 yards. His counterpart, Joe Flacco, was 34-of-62 for 362 yards, two TDs and two interceptions.

The game started 33 minutes late because of lightning.

It marked the seventh time in Manning's career he has thrown for at least five TDs in a game. That tied Drew Brees of New Orleans for most in NFL history.

Trailing 17-14, Manning found Caldwell for a 28-yard score on the first drive of the second half.

The Ravens had never given up six TD passes in a game.

It was the third time Manning had at least six TD passes in a game. In those games, he has 19 TDs and no interceptions.

The last to throw seven TDs was Joe Kapp on Sept. 28, 1969.

Before the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh reportedly agreed to a new multiyear contract that replaces the two years left on has previous deal. NBC Sports reported the deal is for four years and worth nearly $7 million per season.

Cooper: Racial remark not cause of scuffle

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles receiver Riley Cooper and defensive back Cary Williams scuffled at practice, with Cooper saying it had nothing to do with his racial remark in June that angered his teammates. Williams, who went over the top to break up a pass to Cooper, leading to both falling, declined comment.

"Both being super competitive, going for the ball," said Cooper, a former standout at Clearwater Central Catholic and UF. "We had a tangle-up at the ball, we both went to the ground. It was nothing."

But the Philadelphia Inquirer quoted an unnamed player close to the incident who said that, based on what he heard Williams say to Cooper, the scuffle was directly related to Cooper's earlier racial slur.

Cooper first got up and shoved Williams, who responded with punches and was restrained by teammates. As Cooper walked away, Williams threw down his helmet and screamed at him, attempting to get past teammates.

Cooper appeared distraught and for awhile stayed out of one-on-one drills that involved receivers and defensive backs.

"Our maturity level has to be on a whole different plane," said quarterback Michael Vick, who helped restrain Williams. "We're not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We're teammates. It's game week. We don't have time for that.''

Cooper said things turned out fine and that Williams later praised one of his routes.

Watch a video of the scuffle at

serious, somewhat: Darnell Dockett enters his 10th season proud to have been elected a team captain — a title he didn't have during a difficult season a year ago. Just don't call him a role model.

The former Florida State standout emphasized that point in talking to reporters.

"It's an honor. I'm very thankful for my teammates looking at me in that nature," the 32-year-old said. "I'm going to be the best I can be to lead by example, but again, I'm not a role model. I don't want nobody to think I'm going to be a role model.

"I'm going to be the best leader I can possibly be to my guys on and off the field, but I'm still going to do Dockett every now and then. As long as they're cool with that, I'm all right."

The defensive tackle says people should realize by now that he can be a clown off the field but he's all business at kickoff.

"I'm just me, man," he said. "I've never changed. I've been the same person. … I'm very passionate about my job, and I'm passionate about football. When it's time to hit a switch and turn that (clownishness) off and go full speed. But as soon as the game is over with, I can turn the other switch back on and be Dockett."

Dockett's playful side can be a bit brutal. In training camp, he gave rookie Tyrann Mathieu a haircut that had Dockett's No. 90 stenciled on the side, then tweeted out the photo for all to see. It led Mathieu to shave his head to get rid of it.

Dockett said he just tries to lighten things up during the brutal days of preparation.

"I told Karlos (Dansby) this the other day," Dockett said. "He was like, 'Man, I don't know how we'd get through practice without you. It's unreal.' I told him every day I bring jokes, I bring energy, I'm always messing with somebody.

"Before you know it, the coach is blowing the whistle and practice is over."

Jaguars: Tight end Marcedes Lewis missed a second consecutive practice after re-injuring a strained left calf.

Lions: Defensive end Ziggy Ansah practiced, a sign that the No. 5 overall pick is recovering from a concussion.

Texans: Safety Ed Reed, recovering from hip surgery, plans to practice in pads for the first time today and might see limited action Monday at San Diego. Also, T.J. Yates beat out Case Keenum to keep his job as Matt Schaub's backup at quarterback.

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