Revenge on Broncos' minds tonight

There will be more emotion tonight than in the typical preseason game as the Broncos face the Indianapolis Colts. Players are fighting for roster spots, but the Broncos still remember the overtime loss to the Colts that sent the 2002 season on a downward spiral. Read more in today's reports.

Colts to test cornerbacks - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, August 25, 2003 - Nearly a week has passed since Broncos defensive backs coach David Gibbs informed cornerback Lenny Walls that he had an assignment no NFL cornerback could successfully handle last season.

Colt-hearted fury driving Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 25, 2003 - Most players remember the snow, or the heartbreaking end. Mention the Indianapolis game last year to Trevor Pryce, though, and he thinks of cocky Colts place- kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

Tackles Lepsis, Salaam at crossroad - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 25, 2003 - Every so often, Matt Lepsis will turn to fellow Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam and poke fun at the quandary in which they find themselves. "I wonder who's going to be here next year?" he'll say dryly.

'Barrel Man' is sidelined by an aneurysm - Rocky Mountain News - Sarah Huntley and Hector Gutierrez
August 25, 2003 - For 25 years, Tim McKernan has been the heart of the Broncos' fan base - a wacky, devoted zealot who first stripped down and donned an orange barrel on a $10 bet - cheering his team to victory. On Sunday, those who love the "Barrel Man" were rooting for a far more important rally.

Griese's big-toe ligaments found damaged, not to - Rocky Mountain News
August 25, 2003 - DAVIE, Fla. - Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Brian Griese does not have torn ligaments in his left big toe, but he still might not be ready for the season opener Sept. 7. The ligaments are damaged, and there is no timetable for his return.

Starters get their shot tonight - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 25, 2003 - If you're going to pay any attention, or for a ticket and parking, this would be the preseason game to do so. The starters for the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts are expected to play well into the third quarter tonight (6 p.m., Channel 7) at Invesco Field. The first-team talent, however, likely won't take a snap during the exhibition finale on Friday vs. Seattle.

Cut-Down Week: Reflections on The Hardest Part of NFL Life - - Andrew Mason
Aug. 25, 2003 - One would think Rod Smith would have every reason to feel secure about his place on the Broncos' roster when it's time to pare it down at the league's twin deadlines within five days of each other. Every catch Smith makes cements his various places in the Broncos' all-time record book; every game he starts cements the place on the first string that he's held for the past six years. And as the cover subject of the 2003 media guide, he is one of the faces of the franchise.

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