Portis - Good and bad news

The Broncos breathed a sigh of relief when running back Clinton Portis' MRI came back negative on Monday. Portis won't require surgery for a high ankle sprain suffered in Sunday's game against Cleveland, but his status for the upcoming Colts' game is highly questionable due to the nature of the injury. Read more about Portis as well as Jake Plummer's emergence as a dominant player in today's news reports.

Portis more sore than serious - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - When Broncos coach Mike Shan- ahan looked at Clinton Portis on Sunday night, he suddenly saw a season as tattered as the running back's knee. "I thought he was definitely out and it might have been surgery," Shanahan admitted Monday. But when Shanahan learned the results of the magnetic resonance imaging exam on Portis' right knee and right ankle Monday, he saw hope. For him and his franchise running back.

Shanahan puts 'big future' in Plummer - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - Fourteen games into this season, before the Broncos' playoff fate has been decided, coach Mike Shanahan has reached a verdict on his quarterback, Jake Plummer. Shanahan believes he has a worthy successor to No. 7.

Peers pass mastermind of Broncos - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - Mike Shanahan has let his certification as a mastermind lapse. Once upon a time, his every word on Sunday was considered gospel, suitable for etching in stone. Now, all of us look at him roaming the sideline and sometimes have to wonder: The headphones are on, but is anyone home?

Three-way tie in favor of Denver - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - At this point, the Broncos can't be sure whether they're rooting for the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. This much is certain: Should they finish the regular season with the same record as Miami and Baltimore, the Broncos would win the three-team tiebreaker that would send them to the playoffs, NFL spokesman Steve Alic confirmed Monday.

Honor flatters Chacon, Lelie - Denver Post - Irv Moss
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - It was short and sweet, kind of like his NFL career so far in not quite two seasons. But the message delivered by Broncos running back Clinton Portis received undivided attention Monday night at the Denver Sports Fans Choice Awards banquet at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Portis on hold - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 16, 2003 - Clinton Portis felt a lot better Monday than he did Sunday, when he left Invesco Field at Mile High on crutches. And as a result, so did Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who has been taking heat for his decision to keep running the ball in overtime rather than immediately kick the field goal that led to a 23-20 victory against the Cleveland Browns. But just because Portis won't require surgery on his right knee as initially feared doesn't mean he'll be able to play Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

Shanahan: Plummer better all the time - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 16, 2003 - Mike Shanahan is sold on Jake Plummer. Ten games into Plummer's tenure as his starting quarterback, the Denver Broncos coach stated emphatically Monday that he believes he has found the player to build his offense around, despite a passing game that currently ranks only 21st in the NFL.

Raiders victory could hurt - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 16, 2003 - Though Denver swept Oakland this season, the Raiders took a little jab at the Broncos' playoff chances with a win against Baltimore on Sunday. The Ravens' loss gave Cincinnati the lead in the AFC North. If both the Bengals and Ravens win their final two games, the Bengals would win the division.

Adams: New 'conductor' answers prayers - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 16, 2003 - It was almost like old times for the Denver Broncos when they pulled out a comeback win Sunday - except it was a new stadium and a new quarterback. Jake Plummer took the field with 71 seconds left on the clock and his team's playoff hopes a long way from the Cleveland Browns end zone.

Krieger: Shanahan's replies require decoder - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 16, 2003 - In case footballese is not your first language, we provide the following translation of Mike Shanahan's announcement on the health of Clinton Portis. We would also like to mention we are available to translate politicalese, diplomaticese and Stengelese, and we are working on the code for Sonny Lubickese.

Portis not ruled out for Indy ... yet - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 16, 2003 - Mike Shanahan exhaled on Monday morning. Then he took a deep breath and started thinking about how to keep up with Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James on the scoreboard at the RCA Dome without his super scoring star, Clinton Portis.

Walls questions interference - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 16, 2003 - With the game on the line, the officials didn't hesitate to throw a flag at Lenny Walls for pass interference. The replay on his fourth-quarter foul call seemed to indicate that Walls and Cleveland receiver Quincy Morgan were both making a play on the ball when the Denver defender batted it down.

Colts regain their edge with James - Indianapolis Star - Phil Richards
December 16, 2003 - With a playoff slot on the line Sunday at the RCA Dome, the Indianapolis Colts played with singular urgency while battering Atlanta 38-7. No one played harder than running back Edgerrin James. Opportunities, he recognized early, were going to be limited. "I'm glad I got some good runs in the first half," James said, "because the second half, the way Peyton was putting it in the end zone, I knew I was going to have to sit down."

Lelie Validates His Team's Faith in Him - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 15, 2003 - Give the Broncos credit for having a little faith. Give Ashley Lelie credit for justifying it. Lelie's second NFL season hasn't been of the caliber he believed it would be during the preseason.

Portis' Diagnosis: Sprained Knee and Ankle - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 15, 2003 - It's not good. But it could have been much worse. Monday, the Broncos learned that running back Clinton Portis suffered a high ankle sprain and a sprained knee during overtime of the Broncos' win over the Cleveland Browns. An MRI examination revealed that was the extent of the injury, with no significant ligament damage. Head Coach Mike Shanahan said that Portis was questionable to play on Sunday night at Indianapolis.

Broncos Included in Playoff Scenarios for Week 16 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 15, 2003 - Most know of the cultural rites of December -- jammed malls and shopping centers, chilly weather, the shortest days of the year. In the NFL, there's another tradition: the weekly dissemination of playoff scenarios. For the first time in 2003, the Broncos showed up on the league's press release regarding playoff scenarios. And yes, there are circumstances by which the Broncos could clinch a playoff slot in the coming weekend.

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