Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - It's doubtful Marvin Harrison ever has shaken a pompom on an NFL field, and if he has a cellphone, chances are he never has used a goalpost as a handy-dandy carrying case. And even though the idea of calling out an offensive coordinator along the sideline during a game probably never has occurred to him, somehow, the spotlight has managed to find the Indianapolis Colts' wide receiver. Perhaps it's his quaint, old-school notion of production over self-promotion.
Shanahan puts 'big future' in Plummer - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - The dirty little secret the bosses don't want the players to know - and they're too dumb to figure it out on their own - is: In all probability, in the real world, the Broncos will make the playoffs without winning either of their final two games. Furthermore, the Broncos will be better off in the postseason if they lose to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. (Strange, but true.)
Portis 'feeling good' about return - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - Clinton Portis cruised up to the door of the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club in Montbello on Tuesday in a bright red Corvette. But whether the injured running back will be cruising Sunday night in Indianapolis remains to be seen. Portis, dressed in a Santa hat and a throwback San Francisco 49ers jersey, was greeted by a mob of excited children, some of whom sat next to Portis and competed against him in a race car video game he is promoting.
Need for speed lures Portis - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 17, 2003 - Clinton Portis was able to accelerate with power and speed Tuesday, but it was at the controls of a video car-racing game, not off his injured right leg. When he'll be able to exhibit the same qualities on the football field remains anyone's guess.
Lincicome: Ties sure to bind NFL playoff system - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
December 17, 2003 - Destiny does not come with handles, alas, which makes it slippery to control, no matter how often the Broncos might state the case simply. When they say they are in control of their destiny, this is as reliable as saying the check is in the mail.Advantage (HFA), that being da concern of the next opponent, the ambitious Colts of Indianapolis, who will get to practice their control Sunday evening against the Broncos.
Portis mum on condition of leg injury - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 17, 2003 - Clinton Portis broke some arm-tackles and hearts on Tuesday. In doing so, the young running back looked as fast and elusive as ever. And, after getting some practice in on his off day, Portis will be ready and more than willing to play games with his teammates on Sunday in Indianapolis.
Colts' Stokley starts to fit in - Indianapolis Star - Phillip B. Wilson
December 17, 2003 - It's beginning to look a lot like 2000 for Indianapolis Colts receiver Brandon Stokley. He was an unproven and anxious second-year Baltimore Raven then, sitting out seven of the first eight games. When finally called upon, he showed that he wasn't too slow or just a possession receiver. The Ravens won 11 in a row. Stokley, their second-leading receiver in the playoffs, started Super Bowl XXXV and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in earning a ring.
Conference offensive honor goes to Manning - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
December 17, 2003 - Peyton Manning wasn't perfect, but he was good enough. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after completing 25-of-30 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns in Sunday's 38-7 victory over Atlanta.
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.
Elam Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - Few placekickers are willing to admit nervousness prior to a big kick. The Broncos' Jason Elam confesses to that -- and to being unsettled before even the most innocuous of kicks. "I'm nervous on a preseason extra point," he said. But being nervous has rarely had an adverse effect on his play. Sunday, he delivered in the clutch once again, nailing a 36-yard field goal to tie the game and a 25-yarder to win it in overtime. Those kicks, along with his 51-yarder in the first half, earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for Week 15.
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