Broncos fined $25,000

By wearing their white uniforms to the San Diego game, the Broncos have incurred a $25,000 laundry bill. In other news, Clinton Portis' availability will be a game time decision. Read about the fine as well as the upcoming Lions game in today's reports.

Quick to make a point - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 27, 2003 - Instead of counting sheep Monday night, Joey Harrington apparently was busy counting Denver Broncos points. "I fell asleep at halftime and woke up in time to see the last touchdown," the Detroit Lions quarterback recalled of watching the Broncos rout the Oakland Raiders.

Punch to cost Smith $20,000 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
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.

Broncos' laundry list: $25,000 fine - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 27, 2003 - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen isn't happy about the $25,000 fine levied by the league Friday against his team for a uniform mix-up during the Sept. 14 game at San Diego and indicated he'll appeal the decision. "We took a hit about the uniforms that we really shouldn't have to take," he said. "And it's not about the fine, it's just about that we were trying to pull a fast one, and we weren't."

On Gardener, Portis, jury's out - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 27, 2003 - Running back Clinton Portis finally got back on the practice field Friday, but his status for Sunday's game against Detroit remains very much in question. "It will be a game-time decision," Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener also remains a major question mark because of pain in his surgically repaired right wrist.

For Gary, present matters - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 27, 2003 - Mention Olandis Gary and the Detroit Lions, and one thinks back to Christmas Day 1999, when Gary looked a lot like Barry - as in Sanders. The Denver Broncos rookie back rushed for 185 yards, all but 11 in the second half, to lead the Broncos to a 17-7 win.

Broncos differ on Clarett's challenge - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 27, 2003 - Maurice Clarett doesn't want to be the big man on campus anymore. A year after helping Ohio State to a national championship as a freshman, the talented young running back is challenging the NFL's rule that players must be three years removed from high school to play in the NFL.

Broncos draw $25,000 fine; Smith gets $20,000 penalty - Daily Camera
September 27, 2003 - Denver Bronco wide receiver Rod Smith was fined $20,000 on Friday by the NFL while the team was hit with a $25,000 assessment for separate incidents. Smith was penalized for accidentally striking NFL umpire Undrey Wash in Monday night's win over the Raiders.

Lions want to avoid mile-long plays in Denver - Detroit Free Press - Curt Sylvester
September 27, 2003 - Robert Porcher doesn't want to hear about the altitude and the thin air in Denver, and he doesn't want to hear about how poorly the Lions play defense. He especially doesn't want to hear about how poorly the Lions play the run. "I don't think it's the running game that's been the problem," the Lions defensive end said. "It's just been big plays.

Lions-Broncos Scouting Report - Detroit Free Press
September 27, 2003 - Can the Lions run the football against the fifth-rated run defense in the NFL? Can the Lions' receivers get open against the 12th-rated pass defense in the NFL? Can QB Joey Harrington avoid a third consecutive three-interception game? Can the Lions' return game survive without Eddie Drummond? If the Lions can answer "yes" to any of those questions, they will have a chance of moving the ball against Denver's defense, which is rated No. 6 in yards allowed in the NFL. Friday Notebook: Portis, Gardener at Practice - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 26, 2003 - Friday afternoon's practice saw both Clinton Portis and Daryl Gardener return to work on the practice field. However, Head Coach Mike Shanahan is not certain whether either will be able to go on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Broncology: Unfamiliar Foes - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 26, 2003 - The NFL's new scheduling formula was designed to prevent instances like the one that greets the Broncos this weekend. With the schedule rotation in place, each NFL team is ensured of playing at least one game at INVESCO Field at Mile High at some point between 2002 and 2009. Conversely, the Broncos will play in each NFL city at least once during that eight-year time frame. The result of the previous scheduling paradigm is a situation like Sunday's, as the Detroit Lions make their first appearance in Denver in 16 years.

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