Plummer back, but not 100%

Denver quarterback Jake Plummer returned to the practice field on Wednesday, but he has a long way to go yet if he is to play on Monday night. In other news, the Oakland Raiders have injury concerns of their own. Read about it in today's reports.

Defying logic - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - Since the year they were drafted, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice has Eveready-Bunnied; Denver's 1985 first-round draft pick, Steve Sewell, has been out of the NFL for 11 seasons, establishing himself as the Broncos' director of community outreach.

Little gains for QB - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - When the two men met Tuesday, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan asked quarterback Jake Plummer whether he had enough strength in his separated shoulder to throw a football 40 yards downfield. To Shanahan's surprise, Plummer answered no.

Players to decide about blue pants - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - For the first time since the 1997 preseason, but the first time in a regular-season game, the Broncos will consider wearing blue pants. Coach Mike Shanahan turned the decision over to equipment manager Doug West, who turned it over to the players.

Pressure's on for Gannon - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - The last time Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon visited Colorado, he camped out. Gannon had so much time to throw, and so many open targets to choose from that Monday night in November, he could have pitched a tent smack in the middle of Invesco Field at Mile High, built a fire and gazed at the stars in the Colorado sky.

Raiders, Broncos break up routine - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - Each Monday night without fail, Al Michaels and John Madden are invited into my home to join me for dinner.

Jake's menu? Short order - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 18, 2003 - Jake Plummer's return to the field went about as well as can be expected three days after suffering a mild separation in his throwing shoulder. The Denver Broncos quarterback took about half the practice snaps Wednesday, and though he kept his throws in the intermediate range, the right-hander appeared sharp with his passes and had decent velocity behind them.

Against Silver-and-Black, Broncos may be true blue - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 18, 2003 - While Broncos publicist Jim Saccomano insists no decision has yet been made for Monday night's showdown with the rival Oakland Raiders, News4 reported Wednesday night that Denver was planning to don blue pants to match its blue jerseys for the first time in a regular-season game.

For now, Kanell's back at QB - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 18, 2003 - On Tuesday, Danny Kanell was working the scout team at his former high school at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Wednesday, Kanell was running the scout team for the Denver Broncos, imitating Oakland's Rich Gannon.

Once in awe of Rice, Walls has to cover receiver - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 18, 2003 As a youth growing up in the Bay area, Lenny Walls learned two things pretty early in life. Love the San Francisco 49ers; hate the Raiders. On Monday night, he'll find himself in an unusual position: covering one of the players he once idolized.

Adams: Bigger they are, harder they fall? - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 18, 2003 - The Oakland Raiders boast the NFL's heaviest offensive line, weighing in at an average of 320 pounds per lineman. So, Monday night at Invesco Field at Mile High, the Denver Broncos defensive line can answer the question: Does size really matter?

Krieger: No lie: It's easy to spot the bad guys - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 18, 2003 - Raiders Week begins with a scoop, of course: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will play at halftime. Sorry, wrong scoop. It is true, though. I'm hoping they'll start with Zig Zaggity Woop Woop, Part 1 and perhaps close with Zig Zaggity Woop Woop, Part 2.

Plummer passes first test in practice - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 18, 2003 - Jake Plummer looked flawless in practice, but was only asked to throw passes that were 20 yards or shorter. In other words, he's as ready for the Oakland Raiders as Brian Griese ever was.

Porter, Woodson injuries causing Raiders problems - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 18, 2003 - All eyes were on Jake Plummer's right shoulder Wednesday, which is feeling less sore but still makes the Denver Broncos quarterback questionable for Monday's game. But a quick glance at the injury report reveals a more staggering situation for the Oakland Raiders. Wide receiver Jerry Porter (groin) has already been ruled out, and safety Rod Woodson is doubtful after undergoing knee surgery last week.

Porter's pain has Raiders hurting - San Francisco Chronicle - David Bush
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - Wide receiver Jerry Porter has promised the Raiders his absence will be shorter than expected. In the meantime, the team is scrambling for ways to do without him. The Raiders have stopped predicting return time for injured players, but early guesses were that Porter, who had a "multiple'' hernia operation last week, would miss six to eight weeks.

Third-down efficiency a problem for Oakland - San Francisco Chronicle - David Bush
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - One of the strengths of the Raiders' offense in 2002 has become a problem after two games this season. Last season, Oakland converted on third down 45.3 percent of the time, tops in the AFC and second in the league. This year, the Raiders are 3-for-22 (13.6 percent),which is dead last in the league. And don't think for a second they aren't aware of that.

Plummer on call for Monday - Oakland Tribune - Bill Soliday
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - Word out of Denver is Jake Plummer may not have his zip back quite yet, but he'll be the man Monday night when the Oakland Raiders play the Broncos. He is listed as questionable with a shoulder separation, but he practiced Wednesday.

Shanahan needs to beat the Raiders - Oakland Tribune
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - THE TRUTH IS indisputable. Mike Shanahan is desperate to beat the Oakland Raiders. What used to be a silver and black sparring partner for Shanahan appears ready to go, wheezing and sputtering its way to a 1-1 record and back-to-back dismal performances. The Raiders will stand in front of the Denver Broncos and the nation at Invesco Field at Mile High, chin exposed, begging to be knocked out. Sounds familiar.

Plummer Returns to Practice Field - - Andrew Mason
Sept. 17, 2003 - Quarterback Jake Plummer returned to the field on Wednesday, going through the work of practice just three days after injuring his shoulder during the Broncos' 37-13 win over the San Diego Chargers. "I thought he had a good practice," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "Jake had a few reps. He threw the ball about 20 yards downfield. We didn't ask him to do a lot.

Back in Blue: Kanell Makes a Rapid Return to Denver - - Andrew Mason
Sept. 17, 2003 - Probably no fan watched the Broncos' first two regular-season wins as keenly as Danny Kanell, who cranked up the NFL Sunday Ticket package and watched the team's wins over the Bengals and Chargers. Kanell -- who rejoined the Broncos on Wednesday just 16 days after the club waived him -- didn't have his playbook handy.

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