Why is this man laughing?

Things got so bad for the Denver Broncos quarterbacking situation that it is almost comical. Third stringer Danny Kanell came down with the flu and fourth string Jarious Jackson has a cold. But it won't be a laughing matter on Sunday when the Broncos face linebacker Ray Lewis and the Ravens with a severely depleted lineup. Read about it in today's reports.

It goes from bad to worse - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Saturday, October 25, 2003 - There's no truth to the rumor the Broncos are going to sign 43-year-old John Elway as their new quarterback. Then again, considering the current state of the Broncos' quarterback corps, maybe that's not such a farfetched idea.

Kanell's flu ill-timed - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 25, 2003 - Maybe Clinton Portis had it all wrong. The way things are going for Broncos quarterbacks, Denver might wind up running the ball 99 times and throwing it once Sunday, a farcical scenario presented and dismissed by the running back earlier this week.

Of late, Ravens 'D' isn't grade A - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 25, 2003 - Rest assured, Ray Lewis will dance and strut and intimidate, and when he does, Clinton Portis will feel the chill bumps run through his entire body. It happened last year during pregame introductions, and though the Baltimore Ravens have a new defensive coordinator (Mike Nolan instead of Marvin Lewis), a new scheme (three down linemen, not four) and plenty of new faces this year, they still have the best linebacker in the game.

Long and short of it? So-so - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
October 25, 2003 - The Denver Broncos special teams have been mostly an all-or-nothing proposition this season. There are high points. Micah Knorr's 46.1-yard punting average is fourth in the league. His kickoffs are traveling inside the 5-yard line, with six touchbacks. And Jason Elam is tied for the NFL lead in points (64) and has missed only one field-goal attempt. But the return game has been virtually nonexistent. Kanell's flu compounds Bronco woes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 25, 2003 - Rod Smith frowns when someone jokes with him about being forced to play quarterback for the Broncos. Maybe because Denver's situation at the position is that serious. And bizarre. The latest scene in this signal-calling soap opera occurred on Friday when Danny Kanell — who went from No. 3 to No. 1 after injuries to Jake Plummer and Steve Beuerlein — was unable to practice due to a violently bad case of the flu.

Lewis back to his old self - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 25, 2003 - Everyone wanted to talk about how amazing it was to watch Randy Moss and how agonizing it was to watch Steve Beuerlein. But after Denver's 28-20 loss at the Metrodome six days ago, Minnesota head coach Mike Tice had something else on his mind as he opened the post-game press conference.

O. Brown accepts sharing spot - Baltimore Sun - Brent Jones
October 25, 2003 - Tackle Orlando Brown was visibly frustrated after the Ravens' 34-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and it was not entirely because of the score. Brown came out for a series for the second straight game in place of Ethan Brooks, though Brown is physically capable of playing the entire game.

Broncos-Ravens Capsule & Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Saturday, October 25, 2003 - Denver and Baltimore meet for the third consecutive year with the Broncos having fallen to the AFC North club in each of those meetings. This year the teams are smarting from Week 7 losses and will rely on their big backs to get them a win. When it comes to the running game, both teams are evenly matched.

Flu Bug Bites Kanell - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 24, 2003 - Seeing quarterbacks' names on the Broncos' injury report has become an unfortunate routine for the Broncos this season. Seeing them there for sickness is not. Friday morning, quarterback Danny Kanell's name popped up on the injury report due to the flu. He remains listed as probable for Sunday's game at Baltimore, but the illness is yet another bit of physical misfortune to befall a position that has endured foot, shoulder and finger injuries to the first two passers on the roster, Jake Plummer and Steve Beuerlein.

Broncology: Three and Out - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 24, 2003 - For the past three decades, several occasional opponents have had the Broncos' number, building winning streaks that were short in volume of games but long in chronological length. But with just one exception, the Broncos have managed to halt their skids at three games.

Nick Ferguson Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 24, 2003 - When Kenoy Kennedy went down with a sprained ankle in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, it was Nick Ferguson to the rescue. The veteran safety stepped in and has started the past four games at the position providing solid play as well as remaining a contributor on special teams. His best effort saw him make 10 solo and 12 total tackles in the club's 17-14 victory over Pittsburgh. He has proven to be a leader on special teams as well as his nine tackles leads the team in that category.

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