Patriots MVP was almost a Bronco

Safety Rodney Harrison was scheduled to visit the Broncos after he was released from San Diego and Denver was the team he wanted to play for. The visit never happened and now Harrison, the New England Patriots' mid-season MVP will be the adversary on Monday night. Read more in today' reports.

Quiet Nalen central to Broncos' meeting - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - A season on the brink has led to the Broncos' most notable players-only meeting since Denver's Super Bowl season in 1997. One day after Denver's second consecutive loss, wide receiver Rod Smith, middle linebacker Al Wilson and tight end Shannon Sharpe summoned teammates to deliver motivational messages they hoped would spur their team's recovery.

Defensive mysteries await - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - Broncos quarterback Danny Kanell picked a heck of a time to try to re-establish himself as an NFL quarterback. Last week, in his first start in nearly three years, he faced Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens' defense. The result was a meager 194 yards of total offense for the Broncos in a 26-6 defeat.

Mobley must wait week before MRI - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - The Broncos do not expect to know John Mobley's playing status until Wednesday, when the injured linebacker undergoes a magnetic resonance imaging test on his neck. "The reason they're doing it Wednesday is they want the swelling to go down," coach Mike Shanahan said. "The doctors feel they can get a good read on it then, not before then. To make assessments before then, I think would be a mistake. It would strictly be a guess."

Redefining 'Pop' music - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - October trips to Kansas City, New York, Minnesota and Baltimore meant more than just a heavy dose of frequent-flier mileage. They also meant way too much time listening to United Airlines' music rotation.

Enough cause found to throw up hands - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 30, 2003 - Look into Ed McCaffrey's eyes and it's easy to see the jumble of emotions. There's disappointment, anger, frustration and uncertainty. Hear him talk and it's obvious how unbearable the mental anguish has been. "I've been sick to my stomach the last two weeks standing on the sidelines," the veteran Denver Broncos wide receiver said Wednesday. "It's been unbelievably frustrating." And there's no guarantee when the frustration will end.

Sore Mobley pays visit to teammates - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
October 30, 2003 - John Mobley was back at Dove Valley on Wednesday, visiting with some of his Denver Broncos teammates. But, as expected, he has been ruled out for their game Monday night against New England because of a bruised spinal cord.

Spragan, Sykes aim to plug gaps - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 30, 2003 - John Mobley had been carted off the field on a backboard with a frightening neck injury only moments earlier. The clock was ticking down before halftime Sunday, and the Baltimore Ravens were 1 yard from their first touchdown. If there was a moment for the Denver Broncos' defense to cave, this might be it.

Sykes aims to make most of opportunity - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 30, 2003 - Jashon Sykes can only shake his head and smile. His storybook season is filled with irony. On Monday night, Sykes will make his first Invesco Field start for the Denver Broncos on national television. It has been a long journey for the former Colorado star, who sustained a neck injury in 2001 that required a delicate fusion procedure and kept him from being drafted.

Mobley will get update on Wednesday - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 30, 2003 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he won't know when, or if, linebacker John Mobley is going to play again until at least next week. Mobley, who was seen walking around team headquarters on Wednesday, will have an MRI on his spinal cord contusion next Wednesday.

Safety had no escape route - Boston Globe - Michael Smith
10/30/2003 - Just think. The Patriots could be going to Denver this week to face Rodney Harrison's Broncos. The Chargers released Harrison, the Patriots' cocaptain and arguably their most valuable player on defense for the first eight games, on Feb. 27, and the two-time Pro Bowl safety was to visit Denver after he left New England. He never got there, and on March 12 signed a six-year, $14 million deal with the Patriots. The Broncos were talking pretty much the same dollars, and Harrison loved the idea of playing for Denver coach Mike Shanahan. So that must have been some sales pitch by Bill Belichick and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli.

Broncos a pain in neck despite all the injuries - Boston Globe - Michael Smith
10/30/2003 - It's smart to learn from your mistakes. It's even wiser to learn from the mistakes of others. The Denver Broncos have lost three of their last four games. Their starting quarterback, Jake Plummer, is out with a broken left foot. His backup, Steve Beuerlein, is on injured reserve with a broken right little finger. His backup, Danny Kanell, was coaching his high school alma mater's team in Florida last month after having been out of football for two years, during which he played first base for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League then quarterback for the Arena Football League's New York Dragons.

First half worth 2nd look: Harrison MVP at season's midpoint - Boston Herald - Michael Felger
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - FOXBORO -The Patriots [stats, news] players have said if they're going to take a second to reflect on what they've accomplished so far this season, it will come during the bye next week. We can't wait that long. Here's a look back at the first half. MVP: Rodney Harrison [news]. A tough call, but given where the Pats were mentally following the release of Lawyer Milloy and the debacle in Buffalo, Harrison's impact can't be overstated.

Bull's eye on Kanell: Patriots target third-string QB - Boston Herald - Michael Felger
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - FOXBORO - There's a reason Danny Kanell spent much of 2000 playing baseball for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League. There's a reason he spent 2001 playing football for the New York Dragons of the Arena League. There's a reason he spent most of September coaching, and playing scout team, for Westminster Academy high school in Fort Lauderdale. The reason? No NFL team wanted him.

Negative developments a concern - Boston Herald - Michael Felger
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - FOXBORO - First place in the AFC East? Four-game winning streak? Six wins in their first eight games? Those were not the topics of conversation for Bill Belichick yesterday morning when he convened his players for their weekly Wednesday meeting. Instead, Belichick offered a frank assessment of the way the team has played recen

Wednesday Notebook: McCaffrey's Injury 'Unbelievably Frustrating' - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - For wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, the frustrations of battling a quadricep injury continue to mount. The first injury report of the week listed the 13-season veteran wide receiver as questionable. However, McCaffrey tested the injured leg earlier in the week, with results that confirmed that the problem has yet to abate.

Turner Touched By California Fires - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - Ordinarily, four sets of goalposts and a couple of camera towers are the only things that loom over the Broncos as they go through the work and routines of in-season practice. Wednesday, something loomed larger -- gray-orange clouds of smoke, originating from a brush fire about 10 miles away in Douglas County. Meanwhile, on the field, cornerback Scott Turner went through his work, continuing to assimilate the Broncos' schemes in his third full week with the club. But the sight -- and occasional scent -- of smoke served as a stark reminder of what Turner's nearest and dearest faced just days earlier in Southern California.

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