Anderson must sit out four games

Just when things were looking up as quarterback Jake Plummer returned to practice, the Broncos received word from the league office that fullback Mike Anderson will be suspended for violation of the substance-abuse policy. Read about in today's news reports.

Plummer returns to practice - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer looked good Monday in his first day back at practice. There was no limp on the left foot he injured at Kansas City on Oct. 5. And the shoulder he sprained Sept. 14 at San Diego and reinjured against the Chiefs last month didn't stop him from throwing three consecutive passes of 35 to 40 yards in a live 11-on-11 drill.

Broncos lose Anderson - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - Before embarking on one last postseason push, the Broncos will suffer a setback today when the NFL suspends veteran fullback Mike Anderson four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

McNeil in fold to vie for time at cornerback - Denver Post - Adam Schefter and Joseph Sanchez
Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - In the week they are playing the Chargers, the Broncos will sign San Diego's former Pro Bowl cornerback Ryan McNeil to a one-year contract today. McNeil will take John Mobley's roster spot, but he might wind up taking Deltha O'Neal's playing time.

Anderson is out - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 11, 2003 - Just when things were looking up for the Denver Broncos, with quarterback Jake Plummer and his left tackle back on the practice field, bad news arrived Monday via the NFL office. Monday's personnel notice indicated that fullback Mike Anderson is being suspended by the league.

Wednesday's test day for hopeful Elam - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 11, 2003 - Jason Elam shagged balls and served as a holder Monday but didn't test his pulled groin with any kicks during the Denver Broncos' first practice after the bye weekend. The plan is for Elam to go through his usual kicking routine Wednesday and, if all goes well, proceed as normal the remainder of the week.

Plummer ready to shoulder the load - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 11, 2003 - As expected, all eyes were on Jake Plummer, from the moment he walked on to the practice field until his final snap. In the middle of his first practice in more than a month, the Denver Broncos' quarterback stopped and — gasp! — changed shoes.

Shanahan mum on injuries - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 11, 2003 - Mike Shanahan announced on Monday that he will no longer be discussing injuries or practice participation with members of the media. The Denver Broncos' head coach, who would be perfect behind an NHL bench, will let the team's league-required injury report do all of the talking for him.

Plummer Returns to Practice Field - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 10, 2003 - As the Broncos returned from the bye week, the most significant return of all was that of their quarterback, Jake Plummer. Pronouncing that his healing foot "felt all right," Plummer came back to the field Monday for the first time since fracturing a metatarsal bone in his foot on Oct. 13, and his return immediately gave a boost to a team that has lost three consecutive games since, descending from a 5-1 perch to a spot at 5-4 that has them mixed in with the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and several others in a fight for the playoffs.

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