Camp Notes 8/8/01

Tempers mount, Davis continues to struggle and fullback Howard Griffith's got a pain in the neck. All this and more in our feature - News and Notes from Broncos Camp 8/8/01

Hits & Misses:

Tempers flared at Greeley this afternoon, with Ed McCaffrey and defensive back Billy Jenkins ready to square off following what McCaffrey felt were un-called for hits during the team's passing drills.

As McCaffrey came across the center of the field, Jenkins unloaded a pretty blatant hit, which knocked the eleven-year veteran to the turf. In his ever present easy going style McCaffrey let his feelings be known to Jenkins, who subsequently delivered a forearm to McCaffrey's chin on the very next play.

That apparently was enough for head coach Mike Shanahan.

Visibly upset, Shanhan immediately stopped practice and gathered the troops at midfield for what was undoubtedly a lesson in team etiquette.

Needless to say, further tension had been averted.

Aches & Pains:

The injury saga of Terrell Davis continues, as the hamstring and the knee continue to plague the former NFL MVP.

After receiving a shot to alleviate the discomfort in his surgically repaired knee, Davis stood along the sidelines, occasionally stretching and sprinting to test both pain and strength. His status for Saturday's game against Dallas remains in question, but sources insist it would take a miracle for Davis to see any playing time in the Broncos preseason opener.

Definitely out is Denver's second-round draft pick, Paul Toviessi, who will undergo surgery to repair a slight tear in his right knee. The surgery is expected to sideline the defensive end for at least three weeks, meaning the soonest he could be available is for the Broncos' preseason finale, Aug. 31 against San Francisco.

Joining Davis in the backfield injury blues is fullback Howard Griffith, who has visited specialists in both Denver and Los Angeles, in hopes of finding a definitive answer as to what's causing the mysterious pain in the left side of his neck.

While tests are still being conducted tight end may take over duties in the fullback position.

On The Mend:

Placekicker Jason Elam continues to have a tremendous camp, following last seasons' back fracture. The nine-year veteran made 10 of 11 field goals on Tuesday, including 2 of 3 from 52 yards. As of Tuesday Elam has missed only two field goals so far in training camp.

Movietime:

The team took a break in the action to review some of the new rule changes for next season as well as view NFL produced videos on what the league considers proper sportsmanship.

A team of NFL officials, led by side judge Doug Toole, presented the players and coaches with videos.

"Most of the push to reduce the taunting in the league came from the players' association," Toole said. "We think it's up to the players themselves to be on top of it."

Organized group demonstrations in the end zone after a team has scored will be considered taunting, and is subject to penalty. The Broncos' Mile High Salute is not.

"It's always good to see what they emphasize every year and kind of review some of the basics," coach Mike Shanahan told reporters afterwards. "And for some of the younger guys and rookies, it's a good way to learn some of the ways that officials look at pass interference, or how they call clipping on special teams. It's basic stuff, but things you need to look at, especially if you are a rookie.''


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