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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Sf Af1 Store . -- The Denver Broncos downplayed any disharmony in their locker room that erupted following their 16-3 loss to New England that left them precariously close to missing the playoffs a year after winning it all.Cornerback Aqib Talib objected when left tackle Russell Okung rose to speak after coach Gary Kubiak asked if anyone wanted to address the team in the locker room after the loss.That started a shouting match between defensive players who had held Tom Brady in check and the O-linemen, who have taken the brunt of the blame for Denvers dive.Well, it was just an instance where you have two guys that are very emotional and very competitive who really want whats best for this team and its nothing, its not a big issue, Okung said Monday. I think at the end of the day we all want the same thing, we want to win games.The defensive backs didnt come through the locker room during the medias 45-minute access Monday.Talibs comments to reporters after the game belied any brewing conflict.Thats not going to take us nowhere, being frustrated and beefing with the offense, Talib said. Thats going to get us nowhere. Were going to ride and stick together. Were going to go play Christmas night.The Broncos (8-6) need to beat the Chiefs (10-4) and the Raiders (11-3) to have any chance of defending their title. Even that might not get them into the playoffs.Denvers defense has carried the team for two years now, and the frustration boiled over after they held Brady to a season-low 188 yards and no touchdowns on 16-of-32 passing. For a Patriots offense missing Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola, that should have been sufficient to beat Brady for a seventh time in 10 tries.Kubiak said he didnt have a problem with Talibs reaction Sunday after the game, but insisted it wasnt a big issue that could fracture his team.Its OK to be upset, Kubiak said. Theres pain in what we do and you put a lot into it. Theres no division. Thats battling and thats part of football. Defensively, we should feel really good in how we played yesterday. Offensively, we should look at it and say, `Damn, we did some good things, we should have scored some points.Kubiak said he would never let something be divisive, and wasnt bothered by the friction.Theres nobody feeling good today, Kubiak said. Did some people play better than others? Yeah, but thats the case every week in football.But we regroup and weve got to get better, got to go on the road and play in a tough game. So, theres no time to feel sorry for yourself. But theres always time to be honest with yourself.Okung said he and Talib cleared the air Monday, saying, we definitely made amends. Yet, Kubiak wondered if that was even necessary, suggesting the hubbub was not a big deal.I mean, Ive been in NFL locker rooms 400-plus times. Let me tell you something: that was nothing, OK? That was frustration. Wed just lost a game. It was nothing, Kubiak said.Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, whos also voiced his frustration with Denvers sputtering offense this season, said he sensed no chasm between offense and defense.The one thing Gary Kubiak always says is make sure that were holding each other accountable, Sanders said.Thats what it is. We understand that the defense is playing extremely well. Offensively, were not playing as good as were supposed to be, Sanders said. Were the ones that are holding us back and were just trying to get it together and the defense is just holding us accountable.Game notes Kubiak said DE Derek Wolfe (neck) was day to day, but that TEs Virgil Green and A.J. Derby were both in concussion protocol. ... Kubiak said RG Billy Turner earned more snaps after playing 14 snaps in his Denver debut. ... Kubiak again defended PR/WR Jordan Norwood, who fumbled his fourth punt and also fumbled away his only catch after Kubiak activated him over rookie Kalif Raymond on Sunday. He did say, however, that hes considering using Sanders to return punts, something Sanders said hed welcome.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton Air Force 1 Green Sale . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3. Air Force 1 Low Fake .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. http:///...1-womens-outlet.html . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 last season and reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in school history with a veteran-laden team that coach Billy Kennedy had been building for years.This year, the Aggies will try and sustain that success despite losing four starters from a team that was the co-Southeastern Conference champion.Were excited about the young guys we have, Kennedy said. Were going to be big, have a great front line. If we can get some solid guard play I think well be able to compete for another SEC championship.Texas A&Ms only returning starter is sophomore center Tyler Davis, who had a great freshman year to help the Aggies to a school-record 28 wins. Davis was selected by the media to the SEC preseason first team, after averaging 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game last season.The 6-foot-10 Davis is a major reason why the Aggies are expected to be solid again and why they were predicted by the media to finish third in the SEC behind Kentucky and Florida.Davis has high expectations for the team despite all of the players the Aggies lost.Last year we had a great run and this year were looking to go even farther, he said.In order for that to happen, the Aggies will need some young players to take another step this season. D.J. Hogg, a high school teammate of Davis, appeared in every game as a freshman last season with three starts. The 6-9 forward averaged 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds last season but will be counted on for more scoring this season in taking over for star Danuel House.Texas A&M is also looking for a big year from fellow sophomore Admon Gilder. The guard will move into the starting lineup this year after averaging seven points a game in a reserve role last season.Some things too know about the 2016-17 Aggies:YOUTH RULESThe Aggies will be very young this season after having four senior starters a year ago. Air Force 1 High Fake. This team has 13 freshmen and sophomores, just two seniors and one junior and will likely start only one player that isnt a freshman or sophomore. Its a change for Kennedy, who hes not used to playing with a team filled with freshman and sophomores like teams like Kentucky are.This is new territory for me, he said.SIZE AND LEADERSHIPSix-foot-10 junior Tonny Trocha-Morelos will pair with Davis to give A&M great interior size. Trocha-Morelos contributed seven points a game last year in a reserve role, but is looking to do more this season and help guide the younger players.Im one of the older guys so I need to be more of a vocal leader and be there to encourage my teammates to bring everything theyve got, he said.NEW FACESThe Aggies have several new players who could play important roles this season led by forward Robert Williams, who was rated as the top recruit in Louisiana last season. They also added ESPN top 100 recruit guard J.J. Caldwell and graduate transfer J.C. Hampton, who made 92 starts in three seasons at Lipscomb. Another intriguing addition is 6-11 forward Eric Vila, who passed up a chance to play professionally in his native Spain to join the Aggies. Vila could create problems for defenses with his ability to play inside paired with an ability to sink 3-pointers.HOME COOKINGTexas A&M opens the season with three straight home games. They Aggies will host Northwestern State to begin the season on Nov. 11, followed by a game against American and then USC before hitting the road for their next three games. ' ' '