Smith fined $20,000 for hit on official

Wide receiver Rod Smith will be fined $20,000 by the NFL for his inadvertant blow to Umpire Undrey Wash during the Oakland Raiders game on Monday night. The Broncos also received a fine related to uniforms worn during the San Diego Chargers game. Read about it in today's reports.

Portis may sit Sunday - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, September 26, 2003 - Though the Broncos' Clinton Portis is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, coach Mike Shanahan made it sound doubtful his running back would play.

Confident Mariucci focused on rebuilding - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, September 26, 2003 - When Steve Mariucci left the Golden Gate for the Motor City, he went from the cradle to the grave of modern-day NFL coaches. The San Francisco 49ers' system has produced the following Super Bowl champion coaches: The Niners' Bill Walsh and George Seifert, Denver's Mike Shanahan, Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden and Seattle's Mike Holmgren (when he was with Green Bay).

Denver, Smith hit with fines - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, September 26, 2003 - On the same day, the Broncos and wide receiver Rod Smith were dressed down together. The NFL fined the Broncos $25,000 for violating a previously agreed-upon dress code for their Sept. 14 game at San Diego, and Smith $20,000 for landing a roundhouse right punch on umpire Undrey Wash on Monday night, a league source disclosed Thursday.

Berry's lightning compensates for a strike against him: size - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 26, 2003 - NFL scouts have fairly rigid numbers in mind when they search for defensive ends. Six-foot-five, 285 pounds with speed to burn is considered optimum for the position. Go down 3 inches and maybe 35 pounds from there, and a player might work - if he can make the stopwatch short-circuit. The Denver Broncos' Bert Berry fits the latter mold.

Punch to cost Smith $20,000 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
September 26, 2003 - Denver's Rod Smith landed an inadvertent blow to the chin of an umpire during the Broncos' game with Oakland on Monday night. Now he'll be taking a financial hit. According to a league source, the wide receiver has been fined $20,000 for the episode, which occurred with 7 minutes, 53 seconds remaining in the first half of the Broncos' 31-10 victory.

Detroit still trying to get off the road to nowhere - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 26, 2003 - Like spitting into the wind, going on the road has brought only bad results for the Detroit Lions. Consider the infamous decision by then-coach Marty Mornhinweg to take the wind rather than the ball in overtime last year against the Chicago Bears. The Lions never got the ball back as Chicago drove 43 yards in 13 plays to set up the winning 40-yard field goal. That was Detroit's 14th consecutive loss on the road.

How the Broncos and Lions match up - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 26, 2003 - The Lions have been devastated by injuries at cornerback, already having placed their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 players at the position on injured reserve. The latest casualty, Andre Goodman, was a starter on the left side for the first three games . Alex Molden and Otis Smith both have been plucked off the scrap heap and could start opposite Dre' Bly, the most consistent Lions defender.

Broncos report, September 26 - Rocky Mountain News
September 26, 2003 - Charles Rogers: The Lions are counting on their first-round draft choice to provide a big-play threat for quarterback Joey Harrington in the passing game. A former Michigan State All-American, Rogers has 14 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Broncos injuries

Pryce, Bronco 'D' impress 'Meck' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 26, 2003 - Where's Trevor Pryce? That's the first question opposing offenses must answer when breaking the huddle now that the Denver Broncos are moving their best player all over the line of scrimmage. Advertisement Pryce, a Pro Bowl selection at defensive tackle and end, only has one sack this season but has made life easier for Bert Berry (leads the NFL with 41/2 sacks) and Reggie Hayward (31/2 sacks). The Broncos have had few defensive lineman as gifted as Pryce before, but they've had a pass-rusher who was even more versatile — Karl Mecklenburg.

Harrington struggling, along with Lions - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 26, 2003 -Two years ago, Colorado played three of the best college quarterbacks in the country during their Big 12 championship season. Despite the fact that Nebraska lost 62-36 in Boulder, Eric Crouch won the Heisman Trophy. But no one believed the option QB would make it in the NFL under center, and he has since quit the league twice as a wide receiver.

Joey faces the music on 'MNF' - Detroit Free Press - Steve Schrader
September 26, 2003 - They've tried comedians in the booth, actress/models on the sideline, and now ABC is trying a sort of "American Idol Meets the NFL" at halftime to jazz up "Monday Night Football." At select games this season, players will team up with actual music stars and either sing, play an instrument or be a DJ in sort of a battle of the band. The first will be at next week's Green Bay-Chicago game when Lions quarterback Joey Harrington -- an accomplished pianist -- teams with John Popper of Blues Traveler and Jason Mraz against the San Diego Chargers' Marcellus Wiley and DMC.

NFL: No matter the season, Denver is ready to run - Detroit Free Press - Curt Sylvester
September 26, 2003 - Nowadays it's Clinton Portis. Before Portis, it was Mike Anderson. Before Anderson, it was Olandis Gary. And before Gary, it was Terrell Davis. Notice a pattern yet? Regardless of who's lining up in the Denver Broncos' backfield, somebody is ripping off a 1,000-yard season. Or a 1,500-yard season. Or a 2,000-yard season.

NFL ROUNDUP: Denver's air should help kicker - Detroit Free Press - Curt Sylvester
September 26, 2003 - Jason Hanson has never kicked at mile-high altitude, and although he expects to get more distance on his kicks, he said he won't change his approach when the Lions play Sunday at Denver. "The biggest thing is to try to hit the ball hard like normal but don't overkick," Hanson said Thursday. "If I get excited and kick real hard, get under it or something, then you're not using the air." Hanson has watched other kickers in the thin air at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Broncos' Sharpe isn't taking the Lions lightly - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
Friday, September 26, 2003 - Oh, brother. Or mother. Or sister. There is a woman's touch to comments coming out of Denver regarding Sunday's game against the Lions at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The Broncos are 3-0 and coming off a 31-10 victory over the Raiders on Monday night. The Lions are 1-2 and have lost 17 straight road games. There has been speculation that the Broncos might get caught looking past the Lions -- particularly because Denver's next game is against Kansas City, also 3-0 and tied for first place in the AFC West.

Lions struggle to replace Stewart at running back - Detroit News - Jerry Green
Friday, September 26, 2003 - It was Christmas, and the rookie running back out of Georgia had a joyous day. His name is Olandis Gary, and he had run for 185 yards and become a 1,000-yard runner and scored two touchdowns as his team was managing an upset over a rival bound for the playoffs. His team, the Denver Broncos, had won the previous two Super Bowls. But John Elway had retired and Terrell Davis, the All-Pro runner, had been injured, and Gary had excelled in the emergency. The reigning champion Broncos had endured a disastrous season, falling from first to last, and were merely playing out their schedule that Christmas Day of 1999.

Portis' Status Still Questionable - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - While Clinton Portis has the highest hopes that he'll be able to play on Sunday, Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan sounded a more cautious note following Thursday's practice. "I think my chances are good for Sunday," said Portis, who is listed as questionable for the game against the Detroit Lions with a bruised sternum.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Corner: Week 4 - - Bronco Dan
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - At this point in the season, trends are beginning to emerge in the NFL. The contenders are separating themselves from the pretenders and one-week wonders are being exposed as the flashes in the collective pan that they were all along. As is always the case, the cream is rising to the top &ndash a cliché that always rings true.That being said, there are still a number of surprising players that have emerged as potential fantasy stars and show no signs of slowing down.

Fantasy Focus: If It's Anderson, It's In Good Hands - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - As the weekend nears, running back Clinton Portis is listed as questionable. If he's on your team, what do you do? Short of spending your entire Sunday morning at your computer with television pre-game shows in your background -- and, yes, some of us fantasy players do have interests beyond our teams and attend church -- you may have to consider other options.

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