Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - Without playing a down the past three weeks, Jake Plummer's approval rating has skyrocketed. Without dressing for a game since Oct. 5, Plummer's popularity has soared higher than his quarterback rating.
LB bruises spinal cord - Denver Post
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - It's too early to tell when, or if, Broncos linebacker John Mobley will return to the football field. But middle linebacker Al Wilson, one of Mobley's best friends, said Monday it would not surprise him if Mobley didn't play again this season. "No, not really," Wilson said. "That's a serious injury, man. When you start messing with the neck and the spinal cord and all of that, that's tough. You definitely don't want to put your life in danger, or in jeopardy, for a game."
Crossing fingers - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin,
October 28, 2003 - John Mobley returned to Denver on Monday, talking and walking, which is all Denver Broncos teammate Al Wilson cared about. "If he didn't come back (to play) the rest of the season, it wouldn't matter to me," Wilson said, "because his health and his family are most important."
Broncos' field rage fails to rile Shanahan - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 28, 2003 - After the ejections of two key offensive players in the past six weeks, perhaps the Denver Broncos should watch Anger Management along with the game film this week. Rod Smith was kicked out of the Sept. 22 game against Oakland and fined $20,000 for inadvertently striking a game official. Right tackle Matt Lepsis got the heave-ho Sunday and probably will take a financial hit. Lepsis was engaged in a war of words with Baltimore's Ray Lewis in the second quarter of Denver's 26-6 loss to the Ravens and forcefully extricated himself from the grasp of Ravens players. He shoved field judge Greg Gau- treaux's hands away in the process.
Prescription for slump: Play hard, don't panic - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 28, 2003 - Considering the injury bug that has hit the Denver Broncos, one half expected coach Mike Shanahan to say Monday that Danny Kanell's index finger was broken. But X-rays were negative, indicating the injury to the Broncos' latest starting quarterback is only a sprain. After viewing tape of Denver's 26-6 loss in Baltimore on Sunday, Shanahan offered a comparable diagnosis for his struggling offense, insisting it isn't broken.
Adversity puts Broncos to the test - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 28, 2003 - The quarterback couldn't get his offense into the end zone on Sunday. Two key wide receivers are hurt. The offensive line is thin, especially at tackle. Linebackers are dropping like flies. And the schedule doesn't get any easier this week.
Signs 'very good' regarding Mobley - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 28, 2003 - John Mobley returned to Denver on Monday — and walked through the airport — but the Broncos aren't sure when he will be able to get back on a football field. Mobley sustained a spinal cord contusion during Sunday's 26-6 loss in Baltimore. The linebacker will see specialists before an official timetable is placed on him playing again.
Griese shines on prime-time stage - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 28, 2003 - TEMPE, Ariz. — With their home stadium being used as an evacuation center and the nearby hills in flames, the San Diego Chargers moved their long-awaited Monday night game 365 miles to the east — and fell flat. Brian Griese, the former Denver Bronco who was making his first start for Miami, completed 20 of 29 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns and the Dolphins intercepted Drew Brees three times in a 26-10 win over the Chargers.
This defense pulling rank - Boston Globe - Michael Smith
10/28/2003 - Remember this day. Mark it down as the day you read the New England Patriots' defense mentioned in the same sentence with Miami's and Tampa Bay's celebrated units. Go ahead. Refer to them in the same breath among your pals. You won't get laughter or weird looks if they've been paying attention. New England is 6-2 and leading the AFC East primarily because, despite a rash of injuries and a dependence on rookies, it ranks third in the NFL in average points allowed, surrendering 16.1 per game.
Monday Notebook: Mobley Heads Home, Kanell Sprains Finger - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Linebacker John Mobley was expected to return to Denver on Monday evening, one day after suffering a spinal-cord contusion that necessitated an overnight stay at a Baltimore hospital. "After talking to Greek (head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos), the signs are very good right now," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "There is swelling around the spinal column. All the tests are very positive right now, we'll just have to wait and see."
Broncos Hit Midseason Battered By Injuries - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Every Monday following a game, Head Coach Mike Shanahan begins his press conference by reading the list of injured players. Ordinarily, this process takes a few seconds; a typical injury report lists no more than six or seven players.
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