Collisions create concern in camp

Several collisions and big hits created concern at the Broncos' on Tuesday as Al Wilson, Willie Middlebrooks, Steve Beuerlein and Clinton Portis all went down. Read about it in today's camp reports.

Eason providing Broncos proof there's no quit in him - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - Five days into training camp, Broncos rookie defensive tackle Nick Eason vanished as if he had been kidnapped. His family in Lyons, Ga., did not know where he was. His teammates and coaching staff in Denver did not know where he was.

Veterans survive big collision - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - On one nasty collision, the Broncos nearly lost two first-round draft picks. Midway through the morning practice Tuesday, middle linebacker Al Wilson chased an errant pass from quarterback Jake Plummer. From the opposite direction, cornerback Willie Middlebrooks did the same.

Wilson waits for a fair share - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 13, 2003 - As the heart and soul of the Denver Broncos defense, Al Wilson usually is the one dishing out punishment. Tuesday morning, he took a hit nearly as big as those he delivers.

Portis back up to speed - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 13, 2003 - Anyone worried that Clinton Portis' leg injury was more serious than he let on simply had to watch Tuesday afternoon's practice. The wheels are just fine. After sitting out the morning practice because of stiffness in his left knee, last year's offensive rookie of the year looked as quick as ever in the afternoon.

Diamonds in the rough - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 13, 2003 - It was only last summer that the embarrassment of riches the Denver Broncos possessed at running back was a primary training-camp theme. The only question at the time centered on which of the team's trio of runners with 1,000-yard seasons on their resumes would become the workhorse: Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary or Mike Anderson.

Lincicome: Sorry, it's too early for Plummer mania - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
August 13, 2003 - The jury is friendly, too friendly, after just an opening shrug from Jake Plummer, Broncos quarterback and regime savior. This is not Plummer's fault, any more than it was Brian Griese's that he was not more than he is. Still, I can recall being roundly hooted down for my first impression of Griese, which contained a comparison with a librarian, and goodness knows I meant no offense to either librarians or video clerks.

Broncos Camp Report, August 13 - Rocky Mountain News
August 13, 2003 - The morning practice featured segments on goal-line, long yardage, punting, seven-on-seven and red-zone situations. Quarterback Steve Beuerlein was shaken up when he was fallen on by tackle Ed Ellis, but returned and rifled a pass to running back Marlion Jackson for a touchdown during the red-zone period.

Eason back in teammates' good graces - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 13, 2003 - Nick Eason won't get into the specifics of why he left training camp for three days. But now that some time has past since his return, it appears whatever the rookie defensive tackle's explanation was has been accepted by his peers.

Broncos hope little guy comes up real big - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 13, 2003 - Ben Kelly has been hurt, charged with DUI, waived, hurt some more, acquitted of the DUI charges, and waived again. Oh, and he's still 5-foot-9, the only strike college scouts had against him when he left the University of Colorado a year early and was drafted in the third round (84th overall) three years ago.

A Spate of Scary Moments - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 12, 2003 - Even without full pads on, and with guidelines designed to temper the risk of physical harm contact and hits in training-camp practices are unavoidable. Twice during Tuesday morning's practice, the rhythm of the on-field work screeched to a halt when quarterback Steve Beuerlein and linebacker Al Wilson labored back to their feet after absorbing hits.

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