ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Rahim Moore spent his offseason making amends for a soured rookie year in which he lost both his starting safety job and his confidence. With fellow second-year pro Quinton Carter recovering from left knee surgery and a strained right hamstring and newly acquired Jim Leonhard still working his way back from offseason surgery on his right knee, the Denver Broncos are counting on the second-year ball hawk from UCLA more than ever. The Broncos (No. 10 in the AP Pro32) declared Moore a starter the minute they selected him in the second round of the 2011 draft. He had started all 37 games he played at UCLA. After getting fined for an illegal hit in the preseason, Moore’s play steadily declined and he was out of the starting lineup by Week 6.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Second-year safety Quinton Carter said Monday that the right hamstring he popped at the Denver Broncos’ indoor practice bubble last month was a blessing because it led doctors to discover he needed a left knee operation. Carter made his first appearance at training camp since getting hurt July 27 and said afterward he hopes to return to the field by next week so he can play in the Broncos’ third preseason game, against San Francisco on Aug. 26. In his first public comments since undergoing knee surgery, Carter told The Associated Press he hurt his left knee in a game against New England on Dec. 18 but MRIs hid the injury until last month, when he hurt his right hamstring and doctors took another look at his bothersome left knee.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Avalanche have signed goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (zhee-GEHR’) to a one-year contract extension.
The deal announced by the Avalanche on Monday will keep the Giguere with the team through the 2013-14 season. The 35-year-old Montreal native appeared in 32 games last season, his first with the Avalanche. He had the lowest goals-against average, 2.27, of any Colorado goaltender since David Aebischer in the 2003-4 season.