Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - For two seasons, Southern rapper Pastor Troy would grill Broncos running back Clinton Portis with a question that would have grown increasingly annoying had it come from reporters. "I'd ask him all the time, 'Who is the best back in the league,"' Pastor Troy said Monday from Portis' crib in Denver.
Cliches seem central to Broncos' hopes - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - Repeated often enough, over a long enough period of time, there comes a point when a cliche evolves into something beyond inanity, when the words actually approach the truth. So it is for the Broncos, who, having weathered early-season difficulties ("there's still a lot of football left") and later-year mishaps ("anybody can beat anybody on any given Sunday"), find themselves approaching their final three regular-season games secure in the knowledge they "control their own destiny."
Anderson set to return just in time - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - For the past four weeks, Broncos coaches have been banned from having any contact with suspended fullback Mike Anderson. Denver fullback Reuben Droughns isn't. Droughns spoke with Anderson on Sunday night and heard words that should comfort Denver's coaches.
Thanks to trusty line, Portis excels - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 9, 2003 - If Holes hadn't already been used by Hollywood, it would have been a fitting title for Sunday's Denver Broncos game film. Running back Clinton Portis deservedly was lauded for his 218-yard, five-touchdown per-formance against Kansas City with his combination of patience, moves and speed. But some of the openings he was running through technically qualified as chasms during the 45-27 win.
Portis tops in Class of 2002 - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 9, 2003 - The tattoo grabs one's attention much like the gaudy statistics Clinton Portis has put up in recent weeks. But those who know the Denver Broncos' star running back weren't surprised to see a second set of eyes, in indelible ink, staring out from between his broad shoulders.
Gardener shelved for season - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
December 9, 2003 - Mike Shanahan wouldn't rule out bringing Daryl Gardener back next year, but said he would evaluate the situation after the season. The Denver Broncos on Monday placed the controversial defensive tackle on injured reserve for a "non- football illness."
Adams: Portis takes advice - and runs with it - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 9, 2003 - Denver Broncos running back Clinton Portis should be so lucky to have two big brothers like Rod Smith and Shannon Sharpe watching over him. We've seen what the brash, cocky, 22-year-old Portis can do on the football field. But what everyone doesn't see is the guidance he gets from Smith and Sharpe. Those two see greatness in Portis. In a game in which one fumble can turn a confident strut into a stumble, Sharpe and Smith seem intent on making sure Portis stays grounded.
Droughns overlooked as offensive star vs. K.C. - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 9, 2003 - Lost in the blur of Clinton Portis speeding through Kansas City's defense was an effort by Reuben Droughns that was just as impressive to the Denver coaching staff. All Droughns contributed during Sunday's 45-27 victory over the Chiefs was:
Often-missing Gardener done for year - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 9, 2003 - What are you going to miss most about Daryl Gardener? His work ethic? His 10 tackles? His insubordination? The only thing team owner Pat Bowlen will be longing for are the millions of dollars he gave Gardener to be an important piece to the puzzling Denver Broncos. On Monday, head coach Mike Shanahan announced that Gardener will be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list, officially ending a season that got off on the wrong fist in July when the defensive tackle seriously injured his wrist during a fight outside a pancake house.
Monday Notebook: Cole's Injury All That Ails Broncos - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - Reuben Droughns' joyful disposition is so indefatigable that he was smiling and laughing as he entered the Broncos' media room on crutches Monday afternoon. Not even a painful high left ankle sprain could make his mood as gray as the clouds that gathered outside with the approach of a snowstorm. A day earlier, he'd turned in a performance that Head Coach Mike Shanahan deemed worthy of a game ball, preventing Dante Hall from scoring a touchdown by hauling him down on a 61-yard kickoff return and later scoring the touchdown that gave the Broncos the lead for good.
Monday Notebook: Gardener Done for Year - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 8, 2003 - Daryl Gardener's season is over. The defensive tackle's two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team ends this week. But Head Coach Mike Shanahanannounced that due to a "non-football illness," Gardener will not return to the Broncos this year, closing the door on the offseason acquisition's first year with the Broncos. "He's got a non-football illness," Shanahan said. "Right now he's seeking treatment on some personal issues, so he won't be with us for the rest of the season."
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