Wide receivers another area of concern

Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey's (knee) injury problems continue, and he most likely won't play Sunday. With Chris Cole questionable for the contest against the Ravens, the Broncos' wide receiver depleted wide receiver corps is another concern for a team already riddled by key injuries. Read more in today's news reports.

Defensive drought dogging Broncos - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, October 24, 2003 - It might have seemed the dry spell was quenched in Week 1 when the Broncos intercepted Cincinnati quarterback Jon Kitna twice and recovered two Bengals fumbles in a 30-10 Denver victory. When linebacker Ian Gold returned an interception for a touchdown on that opening Sunday, it seemed to forecast a virtual blizzard of opponents' turnovers was headed Denver's direction. The storm hasn't arrived.

Gold buoyed by Shanahan - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Friday, October 24, 2003 - While recovering from surgery on a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, Broncos linebacker Ian Gold said the process has been helped immeasurably by knowing there will be a spot waiting for him when he's ready to take the field.

More involvement set for rookie WR Madise - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Friday, October 24, 2003 - Having gotten his feet wet and his first NFL reception last week in Minnesota, Adrian Madise may be playing a bigger role Sunday vs. Baltimore. Furthermore, the rookie wide receiver may not be alone in being asked to step up, with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan saying Thursday the team may activate a wide receiver from its practice squad.

O'Neal aches for a return to grace - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 24, 2003 - Deltha O'Neal has made the precipitous dip from the beach to the bench in just two short seasons. A Pro Bowl selection in 2001, the cornerback has lost his starting job with the Denver Broncos not once, but twice in the past 10 months. First, Tyrone Poole replaced him in December, then, just a few weeks ago, Kelly Herndon, pushed him back into a nickel-back role.

Sykes sets his sights - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 24, 2003 - It took considerably more than Ian Gold's season-ending injury to get Jashon Sykes into the Denver Broncos starting lineup. It took perseverance, returning from a college neck injury at the University of Colorado and cracking an NFL roster after going undrafted in 2002.

Receiver pool turns shallow - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 24, 2003 - If Danny Kanell's first starting assignment for the Denver Broncos weren't tough enough, he might be down to three healthy receivers. Popular veteran Ed McCaffrey was downgraded to doubtful Thursday and likely will miss his second consecutive game Sunday at Baltimore because of what coach Mike Shanahan referred to as a "chronic" condition in his right knee.

Broncos' contract hint consoles anxious Gold - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 24, 2003 - The uncertainty Denver Broncos linebacker Ian Gold felt after tearing up his right knee 12 days ago has been replaced by peace of mind. First, doctors told him his surgery Oct. 17 went perfectly. Equally important was a recent conversation he had with coach Mike Shanahan. Gold said Shanahan, knowing he was in a contract year, told him the injury wouldn't have any impact on his new deal.

How the Broncos and Ravens match up - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 24, 2003 - Denver had won 20 consecutive games in which it had a 100-yard rusher through last November. But in Portis' past eight games reaching triple digits, the Broncos have gone 4-4, including losses to Kansas City and Minnesota this month.

Broncos report, October 2 - Rocky Mountain News
October 24, 2003 - Broncos injuries - Out: QB Steve Beuerlein (finger-IR), DE Bryant McNeal (back), QB Jake Plummer (foot), T Ephraim Salaam (knee). - Questionable: WR Chris Cole (ankle), WR Ed McCaffrey (knee), C Tom Nalen (ankle). - Probable: LB Keith Burns (knee), RB Reuben Droughns (shoulder), DT Mario Fatafehi (knee), S Nick Ferguson (knee), DT Daryl Gardener (wrist), TE Patrick Hape (concussion), S Kenoy Kennedy (ankle), TE Shannon Sharpe (knee). Ravens injuries - Questionable: QB Kyle Boller (shoulder), CB Tommy Knight

Shanahan: Gold a keeper - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 24, 2003 - No one thought Jason Elam was going to be here this year, including Jason Elam. But the money kicker was finally shown the money by coach Mike Shanahan. When it came time for Trevor Pryce and John Mobley to think about shopping their services elsewhere, owner Pat Bowlen was told to make them very rich men.

Ravens can thrive without a top QB - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 24, 2003 - Trent Dilfer, Elvis Grbac and Chris Redman. These are three backup or former NFL quarterbacks who: A. Weren't selected in your fantasy football draft. B. Have tainted Brian Billick's reputation as an offensive genius. C. Led Baltimore to a victory over Denver in the last three years. The answer is actually D — all of the above.

Ward to get chance at punt returns - Baltimore Sun - Jamison Hensley
October 24, 2003 - Ravens coach Brian Billick confirmed that Dedric Ward will run back some punts Sunday, but there has been speculation that the recent free-agent addition will replace Lamont Brightful as the primary return specialist. Ward, who signed with the Ravens nearly three weeks ago, averaged 10.6 yards on 16 punt returns with the Miami Dolphins last season. During yesterday's special teams practice, he fielded a majority of the punts.

Thursday Notebook: Broncos Battling Injury Bug at Receiver, Too - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 23, 2003 - The quarterback position isn't the only place where the Broncos are enduring an injury epidemic. Neither Ed McCaffrey nor Chris Cole managed to complete practice on Thursday afternoon. Both wideouts have been listed as questionable on the injury report during each of the past two days, but Head Coach Mike Shanahan indicated that McCaffrey will be downgraded to "doubtful" for the final report of the week.

Gold: 'I Feel Like I'll Be Back Within Four Months' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 23, 2003 - Six days following surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, linebacker Ian Gold was back in the Broncos' locker room on Thursday afternoon. His gait was uncertain, as he moved around via the assistance of crutches. His words, however were not.

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