Pro Bowl snub questioned

Although the Broncos were pleased to have placed Clinton Portis and Tom Nalen in the Pro Bowl, they were irked at the exclusion of Shannon Sharpe, Al Wilson and Trevor Pryce, who were all named as alternates. Read more about the Pro Bowl selections and the latest Clinton Portis status report in today's news.

Portis, Nalen to Pro Bowl - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, December 19, 2003 - Broncos running back Clinton Portis did not practice Thursday and remains questionable for Sunday's game.When Denver coach Mike Shanahan gathered together his team Thursday, he announced two Broncos had been selected to this season's Pro Bowl.

Portis improving, remains questionable - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, December 19, 2003 - Relieved, realistic and hopeful described Clinton Portis' demeanor Thursday. A high-ankle sprain prevented the Broncos' running back from practicing for a second straight day, and he is still listed as questionable for Sunday night's game at Indianapolis. Whether he'll play remains in doubt.

Portis isn't yet out of the running - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 19, 2003 - At his current pace, Clinton Portis appears on track to play for the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. That supposition isn't based as much on the running back's recovery from a pair of sprains as it is on events of the week.

Pro Bowl vote has Broncos crying foul - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 19, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe and Al Wilson tried to be diplomatic about being left off the Pro Bowl team, but Rod Smith wasn't about to bite his tongue. "It's bull," the Denver Broncos wide receiver said Thursday. "My homeboy (Sharpe) didn't make the Pro Bowl? He's the best tight end in the game. His stats are better than everybody. He's got more credentials than everybody.

Manning is facing tough cover-age - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 19, 2003 - Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson grabbed Sports Illustrated and laughed. There, on the cover, was Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.

He's good, and he'll let you know it - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 19, 2003 - Defensive end Trevor Pryce remembers the indignant wink before a seemingly impossible kick last November. Denver Broncos linebacker Ian Gold, meanwhile, thinks back to those cold, steely eyes that matched the ice water in Mike Vanderjagt's veins.

Perfect harmony - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
Perfect harmony December 19, 2003 - Peyton Manning strolled to the line of scrimmage, glanced at the defense, and screamed: "San Diego 99."

Portis key to Broncos' success - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 19, 2003 - Four days earlier, Clinton Portis was lying in agony on a cold football field in Denver pondering the end of his brilliant but brief career with the Broncos as it flashed before his eyes. On Thursday, the NFL's hottest running back was talking about trying to get back on the practice field today, possibly playing against Indianapolis on Sunday and making his first trip to Honolulu as a member of the AFC Pro Bowl team in February.

Portis, Nalen named to Pro Bowl - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 19, 2003 - During the Broncos' team meeting on Thursday morning, Mike Shanahan informed his players that two of them had been selected to the Pro Bowl. Most assumed it was the deserving Denver defensive duo of Al Wilson and Trevor Pryce, or at least one of them and tight end Shannon Sharpe.

Manning's yards are final step for Colts to reach rare trifecta - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
December 19, 2003 - Peyton Manning admits he has an appreciation for how the Indianapolis Colts offense keeps hitting the mark with a unique statistical trifecta. Manning needs 99 passing yards Sunday night against Denver to extend his NFL record of at least 4,000 yards to five consecutive seasons.

Scouting the Broncos offense - Indianapolis Star
December 19, 2003 - Offensive trends: RB Clinton Portis has rushed for 1,591 yards, an NFL-best 5.5 yards a carry and 14 touchdowns, and the Broncos lead the league in rushing (163.4 yards a game). Portis suffered high ankle and knee sprains Sunday against Cleveland and his status is uncertain this week, but a Colts defense that has been vulnerable to the run expects no change in approach. "They'll do what they do," Colts coach Tony Dungy said. "Denver's got a style, an attack "

Scouting the Broncos defense - Indianapolis Star
December 19, 2003 - Defensive trends: First-year coordinator Larry Coyer must have some secrets. His defense ranks fourth in yardage allowed at 277.4 per game despite losing two of its best players, LBs John Mobley and Ian Gold, to season-ending injuries. The Broncos are second in the league in stopping foes on third down at 28.6 percent. They're seventh in points allowed at 18.1 per game.

Portis, Nalen Honolulu-Bound - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, December 18, 2003 - For the second consecutive year, two Broncos were named to the AFC's All-Star roster for the Pro Bowl. Running back Clinton Portis and center Tom Nalen will be headed to Honolulu for the league's annual all-star game on Feb. 8. It will be the first appearance for Portis and the fifth for Nalen, who hasn't been selected since the 2000 season, the last of his four consecutive selections to the game.

Thursday Notebook: Portis Progresses, Hopes to Be Ready for Sunday - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, December 18, 2003 - Thursday passed with no change in Clinton Portis' status for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. He remained questionable, as he was on the official injury report Wednesday and in Head Coach Mike Shanahan's assessment on Monday. "We'll take a look at him tomorrow," Shanahan said. "He's feeling better, and we'll get a chance to evaluate that tomorrow. If he can't go tomorrow, hopefully he can get a few reps in Saturday."

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