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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Report: Top Denver executive stays

By Bill Williamson

In a fast-moving story Wednesday, the Denver Broncos’ front office reportedly survived a scare.

Denver director of player personnel Matt Russell decided to stay with the team instead of remaining a candidate to become the next athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Colorado. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Post reported Russell wanted to go back to his old school where he was a star linebacker. Now, the NFL Network reports Russell will stay in Denver.

Russell is John Elway’s right-hand man and he is highly valued in the organization. Russell turned down a chance to interview for the open Chargers’ general manager job in January.

In other AFC West news:

Oakland first-round pick, cornerback D.J. Hayden has been released from the hospital after having stomach surgery to clean scar tissue stemming from a life-threatening heart surgery he had last November.

Hayden, the No. 12 overall pick, is expected to be ready for training camp. While the long-term prognosis is good, it is worrisome for the team that Hayden, who has not had any contact practices since his injury, suffered a setback in a May OTA practice.

Former Denver Broncos’ star Karl Mecklenburg has opened up about his memory loss.

Mecklenburg, 52, told Columbia Sports Journalism this: “On a bad day, I end up places and don’t remember what I was trying to do. I’ll go out to the garage and can’t remember why I was there, what I was going to get or what I was planning to do.”

It’s just another sobering reminder of the issues former NFL players’ deal with. Mecklenburg was a star pass-rusher in Denver for 12 years and remains a key part of the team’s history.