Beuerlein ready if Plummer can't go

Jake Plummer's physical condition was considerably improved on Friday, but quarterback Steve Beuerlein may be the one who gets the call on Sunday when the Broncos meet the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read more about Beuerlein's preparation in today's news stories.

QB or not QB? Beuerlein ready - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 11, 2003 - Last March, Mike Shanahan traveled to Steve Beuerlein's home in Charlotte, N.C., in an attempt to woo back the veteran quarterback. At first, the Denver Broncos' signing of free-agent Jake Plummer had Beuerlein thinking he wasn't needed. He had reservations, too, about continuing as a backup at age 38. But Shanahan sat in Beuerlein's living room and convinced him he filled an important role.

Seed of hope for Gardener - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
October 11, 2003 - Denver finally might have a Daryl Gardener sighting - for real this time. The Broncos free-agent defensive tackle, who has yet to suit up for a preseason or regular-season game after undergoing wrist surgery and experiencing a subsequent throat problem, might be on track for his first action Sunday against Pittsburgh

Vary, vary ... difficult - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 11, 2003 - When Jake Plummer and Steve Beuerlein open their playbooks each Wednesday, they feel a lot like Forrest Gump opening a box of chocolates. They never know what to expect.

Beuerlein expects to start - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 11, 2003 - Danny Kanell will not start. That's what we know for sure with respect to the Denver Broncos' quarterback situation for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh at Invesco Field . As for Jake Plummer? "Well, Jake's feeling a lot better," head coach Mike Shanahan said after Friday's practice. "So that's a good sign. Unless there's a setback, he'll be ready to go."

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."

For Broncos, 'O-line Lite' - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac
Saturday, October 11, 2003 - When the Steelers play the Denver Broncos tomorrow at Invesco Field, they will discover the air in Denver isn't the only thing that's rarified. The Broncos offensive line is a little thin, too. And, like the mile-high altitude, it might make you a little woozy. In an era when offensive lineman look more like buildings than blockers, the Broncos won't have a starter on the offensive line weighing more than 295 pounds.

The Sack Attack - - James Merilatt
Saturday, October 11, 2003 - Back when the Denver Broncos were winning Super Bowls in the late 1990s, the team's offense received most of the headlines. With marquee names like John Elway, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith in a starting lineup that seemed to score 30 points or more every week, it was easy for casual observers to become blinded by the lights. They were five bigger-than-life stars, each of whom attracted the attention of an adoring public and the spotlight of an eager media.

Broncos-Steelers Capsule and Notes -
Saturday, October 11, 2003 - When the Broncos host the Steelers on Sunday afternoon no doubt many fans will be licking their chops to see the return of Tommy Maddox. A 1992 draft choice of the club, Maddox's tenure was brief as the Elway legend continued. Now, at the helm of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, Maddox looks to lead his team to victory after a tough defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns last Sunday night.

Al Wilson Answers Your Week 6 Questions -
Friday, October 10, 2003 - After suffering their first defeat of 2003, the Broncos are anxious to get back to their winning ways this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Al Wilson, one of the leaders of Denver's defense, knows this will not be an easy task. "They're going to come into our place fired up and they're definitely going to think they can do some things to us that we haven't seen before," said the middle linebacker of Pittsburgh. "We're definitely going to have to be prepared."

Broncology: It's What You Make of the Numbers - - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 10, 2003 - Even though numbers and trends are the sole reasons for Broncology's existence, we're willing to admit that one of the more wonderful aspects of statistics is the fact that they often can be researched and categorized to where they can prove virtually anything. But sometimes, they can prove nothing. Sometimes, one trend contradicts the other -- and when they apply for an upcoming game, it's assured that one of them will be in the wastebasket by the conclusion of Sunday afternoon. This week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers involves one such instance.

Friday Notes: Plummer 'Feeling a Lot Better' - - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 10, 2003 - As the Broncos wrapped up their Friday afternoon practice at Dove Valley, Head Coach Mike Shanahan expressed optimism about Jake Plummer's recovery from the shoulder injury that he aggravated during Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. "Jake's feeling a lot better today, so that's a good sign," Shanahan said. "Unless there's a setback, he'll be ready to go."

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