Porter returns to Denver

It was just a few short weeks ago that Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter was shot in the buttocks outside a Denver bar. Porter will be back in Denver on Sunday, but will be taking shots himself at Denver's quarterbacks as the Steelers meet the Broncos. Read more about Porter in today's news reports.

Opportunities lacking - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Each summer, Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey speaks at football camps, delivering his message like a personal handoff. McCaffrey tells youngsters to strive to be the player, whether he is on the field for one play or 50, who makes the difference.

Plummer's availability unknown - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Injured Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has not been ruled out of Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. However, Plummer's limited participation in Thursday's practice cast a giant shadow over his availability. "He's feeling better," coach Mike Shanahan said after practice. "We still didn't ask him to throw it more than 20 yards today. Hopefully there is no setback and he'll get better tomorrow."

Alive and kicking - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
October 10, 2003 - PITTSBURGH - There was a time, not too long ago, when sacking Jon Kitna seemed like a paltry feat. But after dumping the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback for a 14-yard loss three weeks ago, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter took off running, pumping his fists and making a kicking motion with his right foot, which is the way he celebrates big plays. The showy display might have appeared overly theatrical to some, except that Porter had been shot in the buttocks outside a Denver bar only three weeks before.

You cannot pass on run - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 10, 2003 - These aren't your daddy's Steelers. They don't resemble Pittsburgh's teams under coach Bill Cowher, either, heading into their Sunday matchup against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Burden put on shoulder of Plummer - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 10, 2003 - Jake Plummer still hasn't done enough to convince Denver Broncos coaches he'll be ready to play Sunday, though he at least was back throwing Thursday. "He's feeling better," coach Mike Shanahan said of Plummer, who last week reinjured a mild shoulder separation. "But we're not asking him to throw more than 20 yards."

Tackle's woes continue to grow - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 10, 2003 - The frustration of Daryl Gardener's initial season with the Denver Broncos - he has not played so far - is wearing on the veteran defensive tackle. It was hard enough to bear the slow healing process on his surgically repaired wrist, even though the injury was self-inflicted in a July scuffle outside an Aurora restaurant. Having his anticipated return to the lineup pushed back before the Sept. 22 game against Oakland compounded his disappointment.

How the Broncos and Steelers match up - Rocky Mountain News
October 10, 2003 - With Clinton Portis back in the lineup, the Broncos were a completely different running team against Kansas City. Denver totaled a season-low 79 yards against Detroit without him before getting 176 against the Chiefs. Denver has averaged 187 yards when Portis plays.

Broncos report, October 10 - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 10, 2003 - Players to watch - Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress: The starting wide receivers give Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox two big-play weapons. Ward has 33 receptions for 416 yards (12.6 average) and three touchdowns; Burress has 23 catches for 370 yards (16.1 average) and one TD.

NFL injury report, October 10 - Rocky Mountain News
October 10, 2003

Broncos secondary faces formidable task Sunday - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 10, 2003 - Jake Plummer remains questionable for Sunday's game, but the quarterback of the Denver Broncos' young secondary, Kenoy Kennedy, says he will back in the lineup. "I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing," Denver's strong safety said on Thursday as preparations for Pittsburgh continued at team headquarters. "I'm coming back (from a sprained ankle), but they've got all that speed. They're going to pick on me."

Beuerlein ready and able if needed - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 10, 2003 - This is the reason coach Mike Shanahan flew to North Carolina during the offseason and asked Steve Beuerlein's family members if they would let dad come back for a 17th NFL season. In a playoffs-or-bust season, the Denver Broncos need a veteran backup quarterback to fill in if — and probably when — the starter can't go because of an injury.

Ex-CSU Ram Porter set to return to Denver - Daily Camera - Associated Press
October 10, 2003 - PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter returns to Denver this weekend for the first time since being shot there six weeks ago. Don't look for him to drop by any sports bars. "I'm going to be where I'm supposed to be," Porter said. "This is a business trip. It's not like on Saturday nights we go out anyway. I'll get some dinner, probably in the hotel, and get ready for the game."

Steelers Steelers: Remember? Maddox was supposed to follow Elway in Denver - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Tommy Maddox was being groomed as the next John Elway when the Denver Broncos drafted him on the first round in 1992. Eleven years later, the next John Elway has finally arrived. But his name is Jake Plummer. Plummer has looked like a reincarnation of the former Denver quarterback, using his feet and arm to lead the Broncos to a 4-1 record and posting mile-high numbers that the soon-to-be Hall of Famer didn't even manage in 16 seasons.

Steelers Report, 10/10/03 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Already hurting on the offensive line, the Steelers had another setback when RT Todd Fordham was added to the injury list with a strained back. Fordham, who is listed as probable, did not practice yesterday, forcing the team to consider more juggling for Sunday's game in Denver. If Fordham can't play, Oliver Ross would move to right tackle and Mathias Nkwenti, a fourth-round pick in 2001 who has never appeared in an NFL game, would start at left tackle.

Fantasy Focus: Getting a Kick Out of Elam - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Try winning in fantasy football without a productive kicker. Just once. Try it. Unless your team is the best in its league at each position, it's vital for a fantasy championship. Just as in the real game, a prolific placekicker is as valuable as gold; the lack of a good kicker can be the death of a season.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Corner: Week 6 - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Five weeks into the season, teams in your league are starting to figure out their relative strengths and weaknesses. Invariably, there are a few owners out there looking to become the fantasy football version of Pierre Lacroix and pull off a blockbuster trade that will put his or her team over the hump. If you're looking to fill some holes on your team and have a marquee name or two, take advantage of this opportunity.

Plummer Throws, Still Questionable - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 9, 2003 - After sitting out Wednesday's practice with a sore right shoulder, quarterback Jake Plummer resumed throwing the football during Thursday's session, but is still listed as questionable on the injury report. "He's feeling better," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We still didn't ask him to throw it more than 20 yards today. He took about half the reps. Hopefully there's no setback, and he'll get better tomorrow."

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