Hot Houston hampers practice

Houston Texans' Stacey Mack, left, and Denver's Al Wilson stay under the tent to get some relief from the heat during Denver's practice against the Texans. Read how the oppressive heat is affecting practice in today's camp report.

Plummer getting set for scrutiny - Denver Post - Terry Frei
Friday, August 08, 2003 - HOUSTON - As they headed off the Houston Texans' practice field after preparing for Saturday night's preseason opener, four Broncos were asked to name the attribute that most impressed them about new quarterback Jake Plummer.

Draft dodgers finding success - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, August 08, 2003 - HOUSTON - Two draft-day leftovers are on the verge of being able to tell a lot of NFL personnel folks, "I told you so." Former Colorado State running back Cecil Sapp and former Colorado linebacker Jashon Sykes should get a lot of playing time when the Broncos open preseason Saturday night against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

Elam's kicks could be lift for McBriar - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, August 08, 2003 - HOUSTON - By kicking off in Saturday night's preseason game against the Houston Texans, Jason Elam once again is smack dab in the middle of the Broncos' punting duel. Not that coach Mike Shanahan suddenly has changed his mind and will allow Elam to punt. But Elam is scheduled to handle all of the kickoffs Saturday night, and if Elam does a good job, that could open the door for impressive rookie punter Mat McBriar.

Reliant Park review - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, August 08, 2003 - The Broncos and Texans practiced against each other once Thursday, but it turned out to be the nastiest practice of the week. Broncos middle linebacker Al Wilson spent a lot of energy jawing with the Texans, particularly running back Jonathan Wells.

Rookie hoping for mother's day - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 8, 2003 - FORT WORTH, Texas - Like any mother, Nedra Pierce beamed when talking about the chance to see her son play his first professional football game. "I don't care if I have to fly or jump, I'll be there," she said of seeing Terry Pierce's debut Saturday night with the Denver Broncos.

Mobley aches to take field - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer/i>
August 8, 2003 - HOUSTON - It's hard to tell what hurts John Mobley more, his achy knees or his feelings. The Denver Broncos linebacker already has been told he's being held out of Saturday's game against the Houston Texans. "It tough, man, especially the first preseason game," Mobley said Thursday. "You want to be out there. It's frustrating, just frustrating."

Broncos camp report, August 8 - Rocky Mountain News
August 8, 2003 - The Broncos will practice twice today, with a 45-minute special-teams session set for the morning, and a 75-minute workout in the afternoon. The Broncos practiced only once Thursday and got a break from the Houston heat when they moved inside the Texans' practice bubble. Unlike Denver's old bubble, this one is high enough and long enough to allow for kickoffs and punts.

Middlebrooks must prove worth - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
August 8, 2003 - HOUSTON — As a rookie he was known to cynics as Willie Middle-brittle. Last year it was Willie Middle-bust. And now the Denver Broncos' 2001 first-round pick says he finally feels like the real Willie Middlebrooks. On Saturday, the oft-injured defensive back has a chance to stand up and fight for his roster spot.

Feelin' the Heat in Houston - - Andrew Mason
Aug. 7, 2003 - HOUSTON -- Dante's Inferno had nothing on South Houston Thursday afternoon. The Broncos and Texans' one practice of the day was scheduled to commence at 3 p.m. CDT, as the teams rested during the morning following their spirited Wednesday night practice at Reliant Park. But the opressive heat wave burying the city in unusually high temperatures -- even by Houston's stratospheric standards -- forced a change of plans.

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