Broncos, McCaffrey to face Bears

The Broncos received some good news when Ed McCaffrey was activated prior to today's game against the Chicago Bears. Read about the matchup in today's news reports.

Out pattern - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - It was a full week before Kordell Stewart's return to Colorado, and already his phones were going crazy, which he enthusiastically embraced. Come on, he said, how could he not appreciate the drive northwest, from Denver to Boulder, where so many precious memories reside? The majestic mountains, the clean, fresh air ...

A vote for this top trio - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - What are the odds that the three Broncos (John Elway, Gary Zimmerman and Randy Gradishar) will all make it into Canton this year? Will they all get your vote?

Broncos aim to justify high praise - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - Calling Kansas City. Attention Tennessee. Notifying New England. A potent playoff contender could be waiting in ambush, according to football's journalistic mastermind. A Hall of Fame selector, an author of four football books, a reporter who has covered pro football since way back in 1939, a man Broncos coach Mike Shanahan calls "one of the smartest guys around," Los Angeles Times venerable football writer Bob Oates typed one sentence last week that stood out like a Super Bowl contender.

Knorr masters long and short of it - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - Every NFL punter needs a thunderfoot and a tenderfoot. Which he uses depends on the situation. Broncos punter Micah Knorr has boomed a lot of punts this season, and he has babied a few, too. In the Broncos' victory over Pittsburgh in Week 6, he averaged 52.8 yards on six punts. It was the best long-punting day of his career.

Bears-Broncos scouting report - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, November 21, 2003 - The Bears' offensive line averages just less than 333 pounds per man, and it's an effective run-blocking unit. Third-year running back Anthony Thomas is neither elusive nor exceptionally fast, but he's powerful and can break tackles.

AFC notes - Denver Post - Adam Schefer
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - During the two seasons the Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls, their starters missed 30 games because of injury. Already this season, starters have missed 31 games because of injury, and they will miss at least 59.

Bears, Broncos collide today - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 23, 2003 - Don't forget about our tough guy. Daryl Gardener? Well, the Broncos are already trying to erase him from their memories as he serves a one-game suspension for being a bad teammate. No, the person the Broncos would like to see get more ink and air-time is Al Wilson, the heart and soul of the defense. Especially after hearing about how great his counterpart, the Bears' Brian Urlacher, is leading up to today's Denver-Chicago game at Invseco Field.

Broncos-Bears preview - Daily Camera
November 23, 2003 - Clinton Portis has rushed for 100-plus yards in four of the last five games. The only game during that stretch in which he was slowed down was at Baltimore, where running backs have a nasty habit of running into Ray Lewis. Urlacher, who has 31 more tackles than anyone else on the Bears' defense, is the next best thing to Lewis at the middle linebacker position.

Bears can learn a lot from Broncos' attitude - Chicago Sun-Times - Brad Biggs
November 23, 2003 - The grumblings coming out of the Mile High City in February were somewhat amusing to Bears tight end Desmond Clark. Clark began his career with the Denver Broncos in 1999, one season after their last Super Bowl title. The post-John Elway era featured bumps in the road, and when the Broncos lost four of their final six games last season to finish 9-7, the heat was turned up on coach Mike Shanahan, who has been to the playoffs only once in the last four seasons. Some thought Shanahan was nearing a win-or-else situation.

Broncos-Bears Notebook: McCaffrey Back In the Lineup - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - An hour and a half before kickoff, the Broncos announced that Ed McCaffrey will be on the Broncos' active roster for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. This means he will play in his first game in six weeks, since he saw action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 12.

Broncology: The Century Mark - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, November 22, 2003 - For running back Clinton Portis, the primary lesson of his rookie season wasn't a hard one to learn. But after being a part of perhaps the finest college football team in a generation while at the University of Miami in 2001, it was necessary to be reminded of how hollow individual success can be when team triumph doesn't follow.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Corner - Week 12 - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Saturday, November 22, 2003 - If your fantasy league is like most around the country, you are currently entering the stretch drive of your season. The playoffs are just around the corner, and teams are vying for postseason berths and first-round byes. As the pressure mounts, many owners fall victim to the building tension. They crumble under the strain, making poor decisions that cost their team a chance at championship glory.

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