Healthy Culpepper to face Broncos

Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 264 pounds, Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper presents big problems for the Broncos as he returns to game action for the first time since suffering a back injury earlier in the season. Read more in today's news reports.

Moss tall order for Broncos - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, October 17, 2003 - The closest thing the NFL has to Superman wears No. 84 on his purple chest and sports Nordic horns on his helmet. He's able to outleap cornerbacks in a single bound and turn an ordinary catch into a spectacular touchdown. He is the Minnesota Vikings' Randy Moss, a 6-foot-4 jumping jack with flypaper hands.

Gardener's new date for full recovery, impact: 'Next year' - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, October 17, 2003 - Those waiting for Daryl Gardener to explode into enemy backfields, to dominate the way he did last season, to be the player the Broncos expected to be acquiring for a $5 million signing bonus, should employ the Chicago Cubs' seemingly eternal motto. Wait until next year.

Culpepper's comeback - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin,
October 17, 2003 - At 6-foot-4, 264 pounds, Daunte Culpepper doesn't shy away from much. But there came a point last year when the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback, benched for the first time in his life, didn't want to leave his house.

Minnesota secondary still comes on strong - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 17, 2003 - Denver wide receiver Rod Smith was asked this week what he remembered most about Denard Walker, a Broncos teammate for two seasons. "He used to wear some tight suits," Smith joked.

How the Broncos and Vikings match up - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 17, 2003 - The Broncos have struggled the past two weeks to run the ball, and, with Jake Plummer out of the lineup, could find the going fairly tough against a much-improved Minnesota defense.

Broncos report, October 17 - Rocky Mountain News
October 17, 2003 - 9 teams in the NFL have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season, including the Broncos and Vikings, who meet Sunday at the Metrodome. 5-0 start for Minnesota for the sixth time in franchise history. The five other times (1973, '74, '75, '98 and 2000) the Vikings went on to win their division title.

NFL injury report - Rocky Mountain News
October 17, 2003 - NFL injury report

Inside the AFC West - Rocky Mountain News
October 17, 2003 - Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce is tied with Paul Smith (55 sacks) for sixth place on Denver's all-time sacks list. He needs 10 sacks to pass Lyle Alzado (64.5) for fifth-place all time.

Denver managed just 77 yards against Steelers - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 17, 2003 - Denver rushed for 77 yards as a team last Sunday, including 26 yards by wide receiver Rod Smith on a reverse. The opponent, Pittsburgh, has the NFL's No. 1 rush defense. The numbers, however, had as much to do with the Broncos' approach to the game as anything the Steelers did.

Michael Bennett is ready for pads -- but goalie pads? - Minneapolis Star Tribune - Pat Borzi
October 17, 2003 - The cast and the protective boot are long gone. Michael Bennett walked smartly through the Vikings locker room Thursday afternoon without a trace of a limp, and his mood was so upbeat he happily talked about something close to his heart: Hockey.

Walls, Herndon Ready for the Moss Challenge - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 16, 2003 - The Broncos haven't faced a wide receiver quite like the Minnesota Vikings' Randy Moss this year. But Moss hasn't had to deal with a cornerback like Denver's Lenny Walls. Physically, Walls is the only cornerback in the NFL who can see eye-to-eye with Moss, as both are listed at 6-feet-4.

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