Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - Pain jolted Jason Reed's chest with each breath. He never stopped walking toward Mile High Stadium. Sometimes you gotta play hurt. On this November day in 1997, Reed, a middle-class kid from Pueblo, was willing to cough up a lung. He had been a crazed Denver Broncos fan for 17 years, but this would be his first live look at his Dream Team. Like John Elway driving for the winning touchdown, Reed wasn't going to blow it.
Romo worried about concussions, career - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - Former Denver and current Oakland linebacker Bill Romanowski, who had played 243 consecutive games until Sunday, will not play the next few weeks, if ever again. After suffering his latest concussion during the first quarter of Oakland's loss at Denver in Week 3, Romanowski said he will take a few weeks before re-evaluating the injury that could abruptly end his 16-season NFL career.
Cole, Broncos taking aim at targeted Hall - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - Broncos wide receiver and kickoff returner Chris Cole was talking the talk Monday. The subject: Dante Hall, the Kansas City Chiefs' phenomenal returner who ran back a kickoff 97 yards for the winning touchdown Sunday in the Chiefs' 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Shanahan has praise for Pryce - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - Last season, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan called out Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce. Monday he did it again. Only this time, Shanahan did it in the most complimentary of ways.
Ailing for Chiefs - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 30, 2003 - A year ago, Greg Robinson's Kansas City Chiefs defense was the laughingstock of the NFL. Critics called it the "32" because of the average points it allowed per game and its dismal NFL ranking.
Flowers returns to seed season's revival - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 30, 2003 - When Denver Broncos safety Lee Flowers walked through the door at team headquarters Monday, officially signaling the end of his four-game suspension, his teammates didn't chide him about taking a vacation while they worked hard during the past month. Good thing. Because after missing four paychecks totaling $154,118 because of his violation of the league's ban on ephedra, that's still a sore subject.
Adams: Sharpe hasn't lost his edge, or voice - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 30, 2003 - Frisky is one word that could be used to describe Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe these days. He is 35 years old and in the twilight of a fabulous NFL career. Every time he clutches a pass, Sharpe moves higher on the NFL's list for career receptions, as well as in the Broncos record book.
Getting defensive - Rocky Mountain News
September 30, 2003 - The Kansas City Chiefs ranked 32nd in defense last year, but they are improved considerably through this season's first four games. They added defensive end Vonnie Holliday, linebacker Shawn Barber, cornerback Dexter McCleon, and have nose tackle Ryan Sims and free safety Jerome Woods back from injuries. A look at K.C.'s stats through the first four games of this year and 2002 -
Hall could hold key Sunday in Kansas City - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 30, 2003 - Clinton Portis vs. Priest Holmes. Shannon Sharpe vs. Tony Gonzalez. Jake Plummer vs. Trent Green. The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, both 4-0 and among the top offensive teams in the AFC, are exhilarating at the skill positions. Romo's situation surprises Shanahan - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 30, 2003 - There are still a lot of Broncos fans who wish Bill Romanowski's playing career ended in Denver. It just might have. Romanowski — whose consecutive games streak was stopped at 243 Sunday when the Oakland linebacker couldn't suit up and was ruled inactive for the Raiders' 34-31 victory over San Diego — sustained a career-threatening concussion during the first quarter of his latest Monday night appearance at Invesco Field. "I'm concerned," Romanowski said. "I'm definitely concerned."
Vermeil eyes the big prize - Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Tue, Sep. 30, 2003 - Dick Vermeil was teary-eyed at the thought of winning his 100th NFL game Sunday, so what might the Chiefs coach do if he could get this season to, say, 111? It's reasonable to expect that the Chiefs would then be Super Bowl champions, figuring a 12-4 regular-season record, two playoff wins and a Super Bowl victory. Vermeil indicated Monday, a day after the Chiefs moved to 4-0 by beating Baltimore 17-10, that he believed the Chiefs are capable of getting him there this season.
Flowers Returns After Four-Week Suspension - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 29, 2003 - For the four Sundays of his suspension, all safety Lee Flowers could do was sit in his Georgia home and watch from a distance -- his first September of idle Sundays since he began his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995. "It was very difficult. That was the first time I ever did that in my career," Flowers said on Monday, his first day back in the Broncos' locker room since the final night of the preseason exactly a month earlier. "To be sitting at home watching the leaves in the fall and the seasons changing, it's hard."
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