Plummer, Portis heal quickly

QB Jake Plummer and RB Clinton Portis were cleared to return to practice after both sustained game ending injuries against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Read about it in today's reports.

Plummer, Portis expected back - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - Compliments of Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, here's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Quarterback Jake Plummer is expected to practice Wednesday and play Monday night versus the Raiders, even with his first-degree shoulder separation. Running back Clinton Portis is expected to practice Wednesday and play Monday night versus the Raiders, even with his bruised sternum.

Sharpe expecting 'customary' Romo - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe played the dignified diplomat Monday. The subject was Bill Romanowski, the former Broncos linebacker turned Oakland Raider. Sharpe and "Romo" have a relationship that makes the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union look warm and fuzzy. Yet when Sharpe was asked if he expected Romanowski to try to take out tender-shouldered Denver quarterback Jake Plummer when the teams meet Monday night, Sharpe practiced some restraint.

NFL to investigate Shanahan's lie - Denver Post
Monday, September 15, 2003 - NEW YORK - The NFL is investigating whether Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan broke a rule when he lied about quarterback Jake Plummer's injury in a victory at San Diego. The Broncos initially said Plummer sustained a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's 37-13 win over the Chargers. After the game, Shanahan announced his quarterback had a separated right shoulder.

A sigh of relief - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 16, 2003 - A magnetic resonance imaging test Monday confirmed what the Denver Broncos had hoped: Quarterback Jake Plummer only stretched ligaments in his shoulder - ranking as a first-degree separation - and is expected to practice Wednesday. That is, unless coach Mike Shanahan is stretching the truth as he did at halftime Sunday when he reported Plummer had suffered a mild concussion rather than a minor shoulder separation.

Romo's vow: No cheap shots - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 16, 2003 - Bill Romanowski has made a career of inflicting pain, and there's no question he'd like to inflict some more on his former teammates. But the Oakland Raiders linebacker vowed Monday to take no cheap shots against Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer.

'White lie' about his QB might cost Shanahan - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 16, 2003 - A self-described "white lie" could cost Mike Shanahan some green. Less than 24 hours after the Denver Broncos coach admitted he had "fibbed" about Jake Plummer's health status, telling CBS for strategic purposes that his quarterback had suffered a concussion instead of a separation of his right shoulder during Sunday's 37-13 win in San Diego, Shanahan found himself in hot water.

Adams: Denver must undo the 'MNF' voodoo - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 16, 2003 - Recent Monday Night Football games have turned into Tuesday Morning Blues for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have lost three consecutive MNF games and seven of their past 10 appearances under the prime-time Monday spotlight.

Plummer and Portis plan to play Monday - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2003 - ENGLEWOOD — Sore. That was the word of the day at Denver Broncos headquarters on Monday. And sore typically isn't enough to keep players out of the lineup when Oakland comes to town. Jake Plummer (mildly separated shoulder) and Clinton Portis (bruised sternum) were sore the morning after the 37-13 victory at San Diego, but both are expected to practice beginning Wednesday and be ready for the showdown with the Raiders next Monday night.

NFL could punish Shanahan - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2003 - ENGLEWOOD — The fib could lead to a fine. The NFL is reportedly investigating whether coach Mike Shanahan broke a rule when he lied about Jake Plummer's injury during the Denver Broncos' 37-13 victory on Sunday in San Diego.

Shanahan Expects Plummer, Portis to Practice Wednesday - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 15, 2003 - The news couldn't have been much better for the Broncos regarding the two injured linchpins of their offense, Jake Plummer and Clinton Portis. Both missed the second half of Sunday's 37-13 win over the San Diego Chargers due to injuries to their shoulder and sternum, respectively. But the examinations of both on Monday morning revealed no further damage, and Head Coach Mike Shanahan expects that both will be ready to practice on Wednesday as the Broncos begin getting ready for the Oakland Raiders.

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