MRI okay, but Wilson still hurting

An MRI revealed no further damage to linebacker 'Al Wilson's neck beyond a pinched nerve. But he describes himself as "very tentative," and his availability for the game against the Raiders is in doubt. Read about the latest injury to fell one of the Broncos linebackers in today's news reports.

Decision time for Broncos - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - Before the Broncos suspended defensive tackle Daryl Gardener last week, they sent him a letter spelling out what they perceived to be his violations of team conduct. Those violations were extensive in the Broncos' opinion, petty in Gardener's. Judgment day comes today, when Gardener will meet with coach Mike Shanahan and is expected to learn how Denver intends to deal with him.

Wilson ponders his pain - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - Though the MRI on his neck came back negative, Broncos Pro Bowl middle linebacker Al Wilson is positive something is wrong. "Only I know how I feel," Wilson said Monday. "I know it's going to hurt me every time I hit unless I get something done about it. How I feel throughout the week will determine what I do on Sunday."

Weighing his future - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 25, 2003 - Forget test results that show no structural damage. Al Wilson knows in his heart something is wrong with his neck. The stinging sensation running through the Denver Broncos linebacker's left arm, which has only worsened over the past five games, tells him so - loud and clear.

Reaching rock bottom - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 25, 2003 - It resembled one of those late-night talk show moments, where the audience screams out, 'How bad was it,' and the punch line immediately follows. But Mike Shanahan's answer to that query about his special teams at Monday's news conference was decidedly unfunny - at least to him. "I thought our special teams, our kickoff coverage and our punting game, was probably as bad as it has been since I've been here," the Denver Broncos coach remarked after watching tape of Sunday's 19-10 loss against Chicago.

Adams: Players tuning out Shanahan? Maybe - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 25, 2003 - The tenure of a head coach in the NFL does not last too long these days. Mike Shanahan is a rare exception, having lasted nine seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Bill Cowher has lasted 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jeff Fisher is in his 10th season with the Tennessee Titans. Those are the longest active tenures in the NFL for coaches with the same team.

Neck injury has Wilson concerned - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 25, 2003 - The only four-letter word in an NFL locker room is fear. Al Wilson isn't scared of any man, but right now this Bronco is worried about seeing the middle linebacker in the mirror make another spine-jolting tackle.

Four more wins appear to be the magic number - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 25, 2003 - Do the Broncos still have a postseason pulse? Well, four out of five doctors agree: Denver must win four of its last five games to avoid missing the playoffs in four out of the last five years.

Monday Notebook: Sharpe Has Separated Rib Cartilage - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 24, 2003 - For tight end Shannon Sharpe, the news could have been worse -- but it still wasn't entirely good. A further examination of Sharpe's ribs on Monday revealed what Head Coach Mike Shanahan termed "some rib cartilage separation," the result of a crunching hit the tight end absorbed while making a 28-yard reception from Jake Plummer during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Injury Epidemic at Linebacker Fells Al Wilson - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 24, 2003 - At linebacker, the Broncos are no longer dealing with a mere injury bug. It is an epidemic. A Monday MRI revealed no further damage in Pro Bowl middle linebacker 'Al Wilson's neck beyond a pinched nerve. But after enduring a game in which he described himself as "very tentative," the fifth-year veteran doesn't feel he could play at full speed if he was asked to do so.

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