Portis v. Holmes matchup looks like a go

After Thursday's practice, it appears that Denver running back Clinton Portis will be recovered from his injured sternum enough to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. This sets up a big showdown between Portis and Priest Holmes, two of the top running backs in the league. Read more in today's news reports.

Portis ready to run - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, October 03, 2003 - Denver's chief concern has turned into Kansas City's. After missing last week's game against the Detroit Lions with a bruised sternum, Broncos running back Clinton Portis is expected to play in Sunday's showdown vs. the Chiefs.

Plummer no passing fancy - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Friday, October 03, 2003 - Ever since his introductory news conference, Jake Plummer's teammates have talked about how his mobility was going to make the Broncos a better team. Talk about truth in advertising. Jake the Snake is on pace for 388 rushing yards. That's more than Brian Griese's two best seasons combined - 2001 (173 yards) and 1999 (138). ...

Knorr welcoming challenge - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, October 03, 2003 - It has been easy to ignore Micah Knorr this season. The Broncos are 4-0 and Knorr has done a good job kicking off and punting. But he'll be in the spotlight Sunday in Kansas City when he kicks the ball to Dante Hall, the Chiefs' dangerous returner who has six touchdowns on returns in his past nine games, including one in each of the past three weeks.

Greatness on the run - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 3, 2003 - His pants were falling down, and the old-style helmet was falling off his head. But that was all part of the fun for Clinton Portis. "Put me in, coach," the laughable Portis yelled as he ran onto the field for warm-ups Thursday. When he walked off two hours later, the message was the same. Put me in, coach.

Pryce a real feel-good story - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 3, 2003 - Mike Shanahan publicly heaps praise on his players about as often as he smiles on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a nip-and-tuck divisional game. So it was noteworthy this week when Shanahan practically leapt out of his chair at the mere mention of Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce.

Not by accident, Lelie arrives - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 3, 2003 - The move was so unlike Ashley Lelie. A model of grace and control on the football field, the Denver Broncos wide receiver was anything but in his driveway this week.

How the Broncos and Chiefs match up - Rocky Mountain News
October 3, 2003 - The Broncos are coming off their worst effort of the season, with backs averaging only 2 yards a carry (16 carries, 33 yards). It started up front, and now the Broncos are hurting in the middle because of center Tom Nalen's ankle injury. Even if he starts, he won't be 100 percent, which could make for tough going against nose tackle Ryan Sims.

Broncos report, October 3 - Rocky Mountain News
October 3, 2003 - Priest Holmes: The Broncos defense will be focused on the versatile Chiefs running back, who is equally dangerous as a runner and receiver. Holmes is averaging 4.6 yards a carry and has scored seven rushing touchdowns in Kansas City's 4-0 start. He averages 10.8 yards on receptions.

Chiefs well-rounded now - Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Thu, Oct. 02, 2003 - If the Chiefs are looking for positive omens going into Sunday's showdown with Denver at Arrowhead Stadium, they won't get any from history. The only other Chiefs team to start a season 4-0 promptly came unglued. The 1996 Chiefs lost their next two games, eventually finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. A repeat could happen, but it's unlikely. The 2003 Chiefs are built much differently than their predecessors from seven years ago.

Walking wounded - Kansas City Star - Ivan Carter
Fri, Oct. 03, 2003 - Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders was sitting high above the field inside Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium during the third quarter Sunday. His team was locked in a 3-3 tie against a Ray Lewis-led Ravens defense that was giving up yards the way a dam gives up water.

Walking wounded - Kansas City Star
Fri, Oct. 03, 2003 - The Chiefs added four players to their injury report, the most significant being reserve defensive tackle Eric Downing. Downing injured a shoulder in practice Wednesday and joined starting defensive tackle John Browning on the sideline Thursday. Starting defensive end Vonnie Holliday practiced Thursday for the first time this week. Vermeil said he expected all three to play Sunday against Denver at Arrowhead Stadium, but the Chiefs are preparing rookie Jimmy Wilkerson to get his first game action of the season just in case.

Portis on the Mend - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 2, 2003 - The injury report still lists him as questionable, and he is just four days removed from missing a game for the first time in his professional career. But on an afternoon where Clinton Portis practiced for the second straight day, he didn't proceed with trepidation that another hit on Sunday against the Chiefs could cause another aggravation of the bruised sternum he incurred at San Diego on Sept. 14.

Fantasy Focus: Need QB Help? Call the Plummer - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 2, 2003 -The quarterback ratings say that Jake Plummer has just completed the best three weeks of his career, and that he is the fourth-most efficient passer in the league among those with 50 or more attempts, with a rating of 98.1. But in fantasy football, ratings don't mean anything. Statistics do. But the rating is merely a reflection of the numbers he's put up, as for the first time since the last half of the 1998 season, Plummer has become a top-shelf fantasy quarterback, one whose performance is consistent enough -- and prolific enough -- to merit consideration for a starting slot on any fantasy team.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Corner: Week 5 - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Thursday, October 2, 2003 - As we enter Week 5 of the NFL season, most fantasy leagues are have hit the quarter point, as well. With four games in the books, a few trends have developed and conclusions can be made. Thus, it's an appropriate time to put together the first editions of the All-Stud team. Comprised of the players that have shined, these rosters are the best-of-the-best at the quarter point of 2003.

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