Injuries mar opening practice

Broncos trainer Steve Antonopulos was working overtime during Denver's first day of practice. Rookie running back Quentin Griffin suffered a broken leg that will keep him out of action four to six weeks. Also, first round draft pick George Foster was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Injury sidelines Griffin - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Saturday, July 26, 2003 - Two key injuries, not to mention the collapse of the practice bubble, sucked the optimistic wind right out of the Broncos' first day of training camp Friday.

Expectant fans cheer Plummer - Denver Post - John Marshall, The Associated Press
Saturday, July 26, 2003 - Jake Plummer took off for a short jog around the Denver Broncos' practice field Friday before the first day of training camp.

Not feelin' the heat - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 26, 2003 - Jake Plummer was busy signing autographs Friday, having just completed his first official practice with the Denver Broncos. "You brought some of that Arizona heat with you," a fan told the quarterback as a sizzling sun beat down at the team's Dove Valley headquarters.

Today at camp - Rocky Mountain News
July 26, 2003 - Broncos fans got their first look at quarterback Jake Plummer as the Broncos began the first of two-a-day practices at Dove Valley. Plummer admitted he was a bit rusty but showed off his mobility in the pocket. Defensively, the Broncos showed plenty of speed in their new scheme, but one trend from last year - dropped interceptions - continued, at least in the morning.

Some Broncos fans aren't cooing over Dove Valley site - Rocky Mountain News - Holly Yettick
July 26, 2003 - These are the fans who have Broncos rooms, not walls. Who buy their babies Broncos bottles. Who make bets about streaking naked through the streets if the Broncos win the Super Bowl - and keep them. These are not people to be, well, critical of the Denver Broncos.

Broncos experience bizarre kind of draft - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
July 26, 2003 - Rich Tuten heard the clanging to the south and thought the makeshift mess hall was gone with the wind. "I thought we had lost dinner. I expected to see dinner rolls flying by," the Denver Broncos strength coach said Friday after high winds hit Dove Valley. Seconds later, the Broncos' bubble burst for real - as a heavy gust tore a seam in the team's indoor practice bubble to the north.

Griffin breaks right leg bone - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 26, 2003 - Quentin Griffin was limping off the field after Friday morning's practice, an ice pack attached to his lower right leg, claiming nothing was seriously wrong. "That's my cool walk," the Denver Broncos running back said. Turns out, Griffin will get to show off that strut often in the coming weeks.

Adams: Shanahan looking sharp as he caps off day of practice - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
July 26, 2003 - I first met Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan in 1996. Since that time, I never had seen him wear a ball cap during training camp. Others will concur they never had seen Shanahan wearing a cap during practice. Usually, Shanahan stands out on the practice field, sun- drenched while he watches the proceedings. And he's noticeably red-faced when leaving the field.

Plummer revels in WR riches - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
July 26, 2003 - Kevin Kasper and Jason McAddley. Ring any bells? The former was better known for hair color than capable hands during a brief but disappointing career with Denver. The latter was an inactive rookie his first seven games before injuries provided an opportunity in Arizona.

Injury KOs Griffin for 4-6 Weeks - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
July 25, 2003 - The first day of training camp brought another significant injury to the Broncos. Three days after the team learned that Daryl Gardener would miss eight weeks of action rookie running back Quentin Griffin fractured a fibula. The injury will keep him out for four to six weeks. "It's always tough, any time you lose a player that's been looking good," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following the late afternoon practice.

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