Friday, November 21, 2003 - Daryl Gardener's season continued to go awry Thursday when the Broncos suspended him one game without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. Leading to the suspension was a series of transgressions, the latest of which was an overt lack of hustle.
Finally, Shanahan done waffling on sticky issue - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Friday, November 21, 2003 - Daryl "IHOPalong Cassidy" Gardener babbled when he signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Broncos on March 6: "If I'm not playing the way I am supposed to be playing, get rid of me. Kick me to the curb." The pancake cowboy is a step closer to the gutter today.
Recycled defense - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, November 21, 2003 - Once they were eight men out - out of work, out of football, running out of hope. Now they are eight of Denver's 11 defensive starters, spearheading what, improbably, is the NFL's second-ranked defense.
Gardener penalized - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 21, 2003 - Daryl Gardener, whose July fracas at an Aurora pancake house sidelined him for two months, was suspended for a week by the Denver Broncos on Thursday for "conduct detrimental to the team." The defensive tackle was not available for comment, and his agent, Neil Schwartz, wouldn't discuss the reason for the suspension. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan issued a two-sentence statement merely confirming the punishment.
Opening an evolving door - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
November 21, 2003 - Dick Butkus often said a football field was his battlefield, but for his opponents it seemed more like a prison. For nine years, the Chicago Bears middle linebacker bit, kicked and terrorized some of the meanest souls who ever wore a football uniform.
Hits keep on coming for these two - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 21, 2003 - Al Wilson has much of what Brian Urlacher possesses. They both play middle linebacker with abandon and are considered the centerpiece of their respective defenses: Wilson for the Denver Broncos, Urlacher for the Chicago Bears. Urlacher has been to the Pro Bowl three years running, Wilson for two. Both were first-round draft picks - Wilson in 1999; Urlacher in 2000. But the similarities end there.
Monsters of the middle - Rocky Mountain News
November 21, 2003 - In the NFL, middle linebacker long has been one of the glamour positions. Among the best, in the chronological order of their NFL careers-
Broncos suspend Gardener - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 21, 2003 - The Denver Broncos gave Daryl Gardener a $5 million signing bonus for agreeing to be an important part of their defense. So far, that's $500,000 per tackle. Gardener, who missed the first five games of the season due to a wrist injury sustained in the infamous pre-training camp fracas outside an Aurora flapjack house, was suspended by the Broncos for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team."
Broncos put Smith at risk - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 21, 2003 - When the starter and backup went down with injuries, Rod Smith was not amused by questions about him being the emergency quarterback of the Denver Broncos. "That's not my job," he growled. And Smith was right. His job is carrying the load at wide receiver for the injured Ed McCaffrey and inconsistent Ashley Lelie. The real question is: Why is Jake Plummer's No. 1 target moonlighting as a punt return man? The rewards, like Smith's 65-yard touchdown last week, don't seem to be worth the risk.
Azumah not keen on playing RB, but you never know - Chicago Sun-Times - Brad Biggs
November 21, 2003 - A coy look spread across the face of offensive coordinator John Shoop when asked if Jerry Azumah's success as a kick returner has intrigued him. ''We'll see,'' Shoop said. ''There are some good athletes on defense and some guys maybe that can help us score some points.''
Overlooked Haynes getting the hang of it - Chicago Sun-Times - Brad Biggs
November 21, 2003 - Michael Haynes did not have to ask college buddy Jimmy Kennedy how life in the NFL is going for him last Sunday at Soldier Field. The numbers, or in Kennedy's case the number, tells how much he is struggling. Kennedy, the 12th overall selection and a tackle the Bears were considering, has one tackle and hardly sees the field. In comparison, Haynes' rookie season -- with 18 tackles, seven of which have come in the last two games, and two sacks -- has been dynamite.
Thursday Notebook: Gardener Suspended By Team for One Game - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - The Broncos will be without another defensive player against the Chicago Bears on Sunday -- but it is not due to injury. Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener was suspended for one game by the club on Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team. It will mark the first game that Gardener has missed in a month and the sixth in which he will not play in the season to date.
Fantasy Focus: On the Defensive - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - When the league's statistical rankings arrived Tuesday morning, they revealed that Denver's defense is No. 2 in the NFL and tops in the AFC. League-wide, only the Dallas Cowboys -- yielding a mere 237.9 total yards per game -- stand ahead of the Broncos, whose per-game yards-allowed averaged plummeted to 268.6 after they permitted the San Diego Chargers just 96 yards last Sunday.
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