Eason back, Salaam out

Rookie Nick Eason returned to the practice field on Friday, but other news wasn't so good as starting left tackle Ephraim Salaam went down with a knee injury and probably won't return until the third pre-season game. Read about these developments and more in today's camp news.

Eason back, Salaam out - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Saturday, August 02, 2003 - On a day when the Broncos welcomed back rookie defensive tackle Nick Eason, they lost starting offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam.

Labor of love - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 2, 2003 - A rookie's NFL contract isn't meant to pay for his mother's tombstone. Signing-bonus cash is supposed to be earmarked for a young man's tricked-out pickup - the perfect vehicle to carry the big-screen TV and furniture that's next on the list of luxury items he always has wanted and now can afford.

McCaffrey bounces back - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 2, 2003 - The grimace on Ed McCaffrey's face said it all. And it wasn't good news. "For a split second you think, 'Oh, no,' " McCaffrey said Friday. "Then you remember they told you this was going to happen." The Denver Broncos' popular wide receiver just had gone up high in the back of the end zone, trying to grab a pass thrown way above his head. But before he landed, the pain started, cutting through him like a knife. And his next move on the field was toward trainer Steve Antonopulos.

Denver left tackling a problem: Protecting Plummer - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 2, 2003 - With the Denver Broncos only one week away from the preseason opener, Jake Plummer might be wondering who has got his back. Right now the answer is Cooper Carlisle, or possibly Blake Brockermeyer, whom Denver re-signed Friday to add depth to a depleted left tackle position.

Eason back in fold, won't face a fine - Daily Camera - Barney Hutchinson
August 2, 2003 - After a three-day absence from practices, the Denver Broncos welcomed back rookie defensive tackle Nick Eason with open arms Friday. Eason practiced with the team Friday, and even went in front of the squad to lead in stretching exercises before the morning workout began, an indication that the AWOL fourth-round draft choice is back in good graces.

Broncos re-sign Brockermeyer - Daily Camera - Barney Hutchinson
August 2, 2003 - Blake Brockermeyer is back. The free agent offensive tackle signed up for another season with the Denver Broncos on Friday. Brockermeyer (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) played in 16 games, starting one, for Denver last year. The nine-year NFL veteran, who was a first-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 1995 and 29th pick overall, has started 101 games in his career.

Eason Returns, Welcomed 'With Open Arms' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 1, 2003 - If Nick Eason had any doubts as to whether his teammates would welcome him back after his three-day absence from practice, they vanished before he crouched into a three-point stance on Friday morning.

Willie Middlebrooks Answers Your Training Camp Questions - DenverBroncos.com
Aug. 1, 2003 - With their first selection in the 2001 NFL Draft, at the 24th spot, the Broncos selected Minnesota cornerback Willie Middlebrooks. It was the second straight year Denver had taken a cornerback with it's first draft choice and the club hoped to have the position locked down for years to come.

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