Spotlight now on Kanell

Quarterbacks, or lack of, headlined the Broncos news on Monday. Danny Kanell was named the starter for Sunday's game against the Ravens, being the only healthy quarterback on the roster. Steve Beuerlein's future and who the Broncos will bring in to back up Kanell are the hot topics in today's news reports.

Comeback kid - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - More than 10 years after Denver invested a first-round pick in him, Tommy Maddox finally is contributing to the Broncos at quarterback. Only it is not in the way anyone, former Broncos coach Dan Reeves included, ever imagined. Maddox is one of the primary individuals responsible for helping resuscitate the once-strangled NFL career of Danny Kanell, Denver's new starting quarterback.

Newark, no work, new QB - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - Danny Kanell is No. 13 in your program, No. 50 in Broncos history and No. 1 in your hearts for the next two games. The quarterback expected to hold the rope until Jake Plummer returns is no garden-variety neophyte. He previously started for the Giants, the Falcons, the Bears and the Dragons. Puffthemagic Dragons? No, the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.

Denver looks at Jackson - Denver Post - Adam Schefter and Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan spent part of Monday talking with quarterback Steve Beuerlein, and will spend part of today talking with former Broncos quarterback Jarious Jackson. The Broncos are deciding whether to keep Beuerlein on the active roster or place him on injured reserve, while trying to find room to possibly re-sign Jackson, whom Denver released last summer.

Offensive line under pressure - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - When new Broncos starting quarterback Danny Kanell sets up in the pocket Sunday in Baltimore, will he be protected by a stone wall or a picket fence? Judging by events in the Broncos' 28-20 loss Sunday in Minnesota, and with the knowledge that starting left tackle Ephraim Salaam will miss the next two games because of knee problems, a picket fence seems more accurate.

Needed: A new identity, and fast - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 21, 2003 - It wasn't on Mike Shanahan's half-page list of Denver Broncos injuries Monday, but the diagnosis is in: His 5-2 team is enduring a serious case of split personality. They're the team that's a Super Bowl contender with Jake Plummer at the helm, averaging 372 yards a game and a nearly 40 percent conversion rate on third downs.

Salaam will have surgery, miss 3 weeks - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 21, 2003 - Ephraim Salaam knows his body pretty well, and the Denver Broncos left tackle knew something was wrong with his right knee Sunday. A magnetic resonance imaging test Monday confirmed his suspicions - cartilage damage that will sideline him for three weeks.

Beuerlein hopes it's not end - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 21, 2003 - After 17 seasons with six teams, nine operations and 332 sacks, will Steve Beuerlein's career end because of a broken pinky? He certainly hopes that isn't the case, but he at least acknowledged the possibility Monday and said he would be "at peace" with the decision.

Adams: Broncos' QB roll call long, growing - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 21, 2003 - The Denver Broncos have put seven different starting quarterbacks on the field in their past 79 regular-season games. Danny Kanell - or whoever else might start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens - will be starter No. 8. The list of quarterbacks who have started regular-season games for the Broncos since Nov. 16, 1998, consists of John Elway, Bubby Brister, Brian Griese, Chris Miller, Gus Frerotte, Steve Beuerlein and Jake Plummer.

Struggling O-line remains quiet - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2003 - Members of Denver's offensive line decided to remain mute after Sunday's 28-20 loss in Minnesota, even though they are subject to possible fines for refusing to speak with members of the media after games. But their play said it all: The job didn't get done up front.

Musical chairs: Now it's Kanell's turn at the helm - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2003 - Mike Shanahan wanted to carry two quarterbacks this season. Now he has to decide if he has room for four of them on Denver's 53-man roster. The Bronco boss' top two choices — Jake Plummer (broken foot) and Steve Beuerlein (broken finger) — are too injured to play for at least three weeks.

Moss' play leaves Broncos in shock - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 20, 2003 - Randy Moss describes himself as a super freak, and it's probably the best way to sum up the game- and head-turning move he made on the first half's final play Sunday at the Metrodome. At that moment the Broncos, despite the early struggles of quarterback Steve Beuerlein, had the momentum.

Ravens feel pain of Boller and J. Lewis - Baltimore Sun - Jamison Hensley
October 21, 2003 - A day after the Ravens' painful 34-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Kyle Boller and running back Jamal Lewis were still feeling the sting. Both are dealing with mild sprained shoulders sustained late in the fourth quarter in Cincinnati and are expected to be the two most prominent names on the Ravens' injury report tomorrow. Lewis indicated he will be able to play through the pain in his right shoulder, but team officials admitted that the NFL's leading rusher probably will not be at full strength for the rest of the season.

J. Lewis' wear won't totally tear up offense - Baltimore Sun - Mike Preston
Oct 21, 2003 - The offensive identity of the Ravens may have to change again. The smash-mouth style is still in, but the team will have to make some adjustments because star running back Jamal Lewis can no longer shoulder the load alone. It's no longer just the Jamal Lewis Show, but Jamal Lewis and Friends. Lewis, who re-injured his sprained right shoulder Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, but he won't be 100 percent on game day, or for the rest of the year.

Weaver breaks through sack barrier - Baltimore Sun - Brent Jones
October 21, 2003 - In recording the first multi-sack game of his career, Ravens defensive end Tony Weaver provided himself with a little relief. Weaver had been close on a number of plays this season, but either the quarterback would deliver the pass right after the hit or find a way to break out of the pocket. But Weaver's drought ended Sunday in the Ravens' 34-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals when he brought down quarterback Jon Kitna twice in the second quarter.

Monday Notebook: Broncos Search for QB - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 20, 2003 - Head Coach Mike Shanahan plans to bring in a fourth quarterback to serve as a backup to Danny Kanell, and even knows whom he&rsquod prefer to sign. But until those terms are finalized, he didn't want to reveal who his quarterbacking choice would be.

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