Bad luck continues to haunt Bronco QBs

Jake Plummer discovered his broken foot when he stood up after sitting on a couch in his home. Read more in today's reports about the bizarre circumstances which will keep Plummer out of action for the next three games.

Quarterback to miss at least three games - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - Jake Plummer's injured right shoulder will get all the rest it needs - while he recovers from a fractured left foot. For at least the next four weeks - three games and the Broncos Nov. 9 bye - Plummer's chief concern will be his foot, not football. He will spend the next week in a boot - the ultimate Denver boot that hinders his team's offense and changes the dynamics of this season - before starting a rehab program next week.

Ashton, is that you? - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - Travel comes with complications that are just as impossible to predict as they are to avoid. Take this past week, for instance. ESPN's "Sports Reporters Primetime" called to see if I could do the show Monday in New York.

Signal-callers must fix what's broken, and soon - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - Insert your own joke here about the Broncos' couch potato interrupting his Cheetofest and getting up during the Monday night game to walk Brian Griese's dog down Terrell Davis' driveway when, surprisingly attacked by the man who smashed Daryl Gardener's hand with his face, he tripped, fell and broke his third metatarsal.

Plummer's injury moves Kanell closer to playing - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - Danny Kanell opened this season as a volunteer high school football coach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For the next month, Kanell is slated to be the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback, one injury away from regaining a starting job he has not held since the 1998 season with the New York Giants.

Return of Culpepper more pain for Denver - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - The football gods are playing some strange tricks on the Broncos this week as they prepare to face the undefeated Minnesota Vikings. It began Monday when the Vikings announced Daunte Culpepper, their 6-foot-4, 264-pound quarterback disguised as a Sherman tank, has recovered from his back injury and is ready to try to roll over the Broncos on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Young enough to know better - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - Boston Red Sox 29-year-old general manager Theo Epstein is baseball's Wonder Boy, but football has its version, too. Minnesota vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski is 33, a year younger than Vikings linebacker Greg Biekert and the chief architect of a three-year plan that has helped his team to a 5-0 start this season.

Plummer's left foot goes pop - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 16, 2003 - For the record, there was no dog involved, no trip down the stairs. But even Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer had to admit his foot injury - which will sideline him at least four weeks - is about as freakish as they get. "I'm still shocked," Plummer said Wednesday, his broken left foot in a protective boot. "It's weird. You know how the body works . . ."

No joke - it's Beuerlein - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 16, 2003 - Steve Beuerlein is used to the teasing. Given his advanced age for an NFL player, the kidding outside of game day rarely ceases - material like using fossils instead of X-rays to diagnose his injuries; or his needing reading glasses to view the playbook.

Culpepper offers Plummer advice - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
October 16, 2003 - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper knows better than anybody what it's like to miss time because of injury. So what's his advice to Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, who will miss 4-5 weeks because of a broken foot?

Adams: Coyer blows some smoke, gets results - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 16, 2003 - Call Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer "Puff Daddy." Why? Well, Coyer loves to smoke a pipe. That, and he has made a remix of the Broncos defense, which ranks No. 2 in the NFL after six games. Last season, the Broncos defense started strongly - but not as good as this year's unit.

Krieger: Return of Jake Leg no cause for alarm - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 16, 2003 - The history of modern medicine features only one malady first diagnosed by blues musicians. It was called Jake Leg. The Mississippi Sheiks recorded their Jake Leg Blues in 1930. The Allen Brothers recorded The Jake Walk Blues that same year. Among the lyrics: I can't eat, I can't talk, Been drinkin' mean jake, Lord, now can't walk.

Plummer out 4 weeks with broken foot - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 16, 2003 - October in Boston means blaming the curse of the Bambino, or cursing at Bill Buckner for not fielding that easy grounder in Game 6 in 1986. October in Chicago means blaming the curse of the billy goat, or cursing at the goat (Steve Bartman) who deflected the foul ball in Game 6.

Beuerlein welcomes chance to lead team - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 16, 2003 - When Steve Beuerlein, the backup quarterback, arrived at work on Wednesday morning he had no idea that Jake Plummer's left foot was broken. So why would a Denver Broncos' practice-squad player be in the loop?

Russell deflects talk of streak - St. Paul Pioneer Press - Bill Williamson
Thu, Oct. 16, 2003 - It has become almost as ritualistic as the streak itself. After each game this season, Brian Russell tries to deflect the glory. He nearly apologizes for each interception. The Vikings free safety, enjoying a remarkable breakout season that has created early Pro Bowl buzz, has an interception in all five of the Vikings' games this season.

Vikings will face Beuerlein, not Plummer - St. Paul Pioneer Press - Bill Williamson
Thu, Oct. 16, 2003 - A freak break for Jake Plummer could turn out to be a good break for the Vikings. The Denver Broncos said Wednesday their quarterback suffered a fractured foot Monday night while getting off his couch. He will be out three to five weeks. The first game he will miss is Sunday's showdown with the Vikings at the Metrodome.

Beuerlein: 'I Really Thought It Was a Practical Joke' - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - As he strolled into the Broncos' practice facility on Wednesday morning, the idea of starting a second consecutive game was miles away from Steve Beuerlein's mind. It was so far distant that when he first received word from his teammates of Jake Plummer's injury, the 17-year veteran quarterback thought that he was the subject of a comedy routine. "I really thought it was a practical joke, that they were trying to see if they could get me worked up a little bit," he said.

Foot Injury Knocks Plummer Out of Lineup - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - The Broncos' wait for Jake Plummer's return just got longer. Wednesday, the team announced that Plummer is out for this week's game against the Minnesota Vikings -- as well as the next two games. Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos believes that Plummer will be out until after the bye week, which comes on Nov. 9, following the Broncos' Week 9 game against the New England Patriots.

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