Sharpe's last game in Denver?

When Broncos' tight end Shannon Sharpe takes the field against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, will it be the last time in Denver? Read about it in today's reports. Also, an apologetic Mike Anderson returns to play.

Sharpe's last stand in Denver? - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, December 11, 2003 - So many Mile High memories: Flexing in front of an Incredible Hulk sign in the south end zone at the old Mile High Stadium. Prancing around the locker room with that ridiculous foam Broncos horse head on his noggin. Making a sliding catch of a John Elway pass in the fourth quarter to beat the Chiefs 35-31 in 1998.

Hindsight focus on Portis, Davis - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 11, 2003 - Cleveland's and Denver's draft links go beyond LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. They extend to the 2002 NFL draft, when Browns coach Butch Davis bypassed a player he coached at the University of Miami and the running back now carrying the Broncos toward the playoffs. Instead of picking Clinton Portis in the first round, the Browns drafted Boston College running back William Green with the 16th overall selection.

Anderson back in brotherhood - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, December 11, 2003 - Remorseful about his behavior and determined to help the Broncos in their playoff run, fullback Mike Anderson rejoined the team Wednesday at practice. The former U.S. Marine sat out four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy after testing positive for marijuana.

Hollywood squares - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 11, 2003 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on through the 2003 NFL season.

Exit, Sharpe-ly: Is it Shay's last curtain? - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 11, 2003 - "I'm at peace with myself. I really am. There's really not a whole lot of thought with this anymore. No matter what happens this season, I've already taken that out of the equation. Now I'm just letting the season play out." - Shannon Sharpe, on Nov. 16, about the possibility of retirement. Take a good look, Denver. If the end to an illustrious career is indeed drawing near, then Shannon Sharpe's last home game with the Denver Broncos is at hand.

Muddy thinking helps Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 11, 2003 - When Butch Davis made the decision to draft William Green instead of Clinton Portis 20 months ago, he wasn't thinking about those sunny days in Miami but the dreary weather in Cleveland. "The division was predominantly played in really rainy, muddy, sloppy weather," Davis explained Wednesday. "You were looking for somebody (with) size, (who) might be more durable over the long run."

Contrite Anderson ready to go - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 11, 2003 - An apologetic Mike Anderson rejoined his teammates Wednesday after serving a four-game substance-abuse suspension, and talked openly about the blemish that will forever be on his record. "It's something that I will always have to live with," Anderson said. "And even when I'm done playing the game, it's something I'm going to have to explain to my kids as they get older - what daddy did and what happened.

Adams: Elway, East grad Cheadle in TV ads - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 11, 2003 - Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway has gone Hollywood with actor Don Cheadle. Elway is featured in one of several NFL playoff commercials, filmed at the Los Angeles Coliseum, that will begin airing Sunday. Cheadle, who was born in Kansas City, Mo., but graduated from Denver's East High School, directed the ads and also will appear in them.

Anderson shoulders burden for mistake - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 11, 2003 - This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. Mike Anderson was reminded of many things over the last four weeks as he served a suspension by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy. Among them, what it means to live by the creed of a U.S. Marine, which he did before moving on to the world of professional football.

Shanahan marvels at Reeves' longevity - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 11, 2003 - Of his 201 victories, the sixth-most in NFL history, Dan Reeves won 110 of them during his 12 years as Denver's head coach. On Wednesday, Atlanta fired Reeves and replaced him with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, just as the Broncos did 11 years ago.

Browns go with '2' for one - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
12/11/03 - Tim Couch has been reinstated as the Browns starting quarterback - at least for Sunday's game in Denver - and he said yesterday he'd be willing to restructure his contract to stay with the team. Couch is set to make $7.6 million next year and $8 million in 2005. Browns President Carmen Policy has said Couch might have a future with the team but would probably have to redo his deal.

Scouting the Broncos - Cleveland Plain Dealer
12/11/03 - Two division wins a row have them back on track for an AFC playoff spot. They are the No. 6 seed at present, owning the tie-breaker over Miami, and finish with road games at Indianapolis and Green Bay.

Suggs eager to show off talent - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Burt Graeff
12/11/03 - Rookie running back Lee Suggs is a patient guy. He's waited much of the season for the opportunity to show NFL talent evaluators that he should have been a first-round pick in the 2003 draft, not a fourth-rounder. Suggs, a 6-0, 205-pounder from Virginia Tech, watched his stock plummet after suffering a shoulder injury in December and reinjuring it while lifting weights in January. He underwent right shoulder surgery and was the 115th pick in the draft.

'Truly Sorry' Anderson Returns to Broncos - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - Mike Anderson didn't return to the Broncos' facility on Wednesday brandishing a chip on his shoulder. Rather, his shoulders bore the weight of apology, contrition and regret for the four games he missed as a result of his league-mandated suspension. "I don't feel like it's off my shoulder. I feel like it's something I'm always going to have to live with," Anderson said.

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