Portis, Neil, Herndon will sit out game

With little riding on the game, coach Mike Shanahan will give starters Clinton Portis, Dan Neil and Kelly Herndon the day off when the Broncos face the Green Bay Packers. All three are coming off injuries and will use the extra week to return to top form for the playoffs. There will be several other lineup changes also. Read about it in today's reports.

Lights, camera, accident - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 25, 2003 - I don't know if the Packers are even remotely worried that the Broncos and their traveling party are coming to town. But Vince Lombardi's Steakhouse in Appleton, Wis., should be.

Broncos saving strength - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 25, 2003 - With an eye on the Broncos' wild-card game, coach Mike Shanahan is exercising caution for Sunday's regular-season finale. At Wednesday's team meeting, Shanahan informed his players that running back Clinton Portis and guard Daniel Neil will not play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Each is nursing a high ankle sprain.

Brandon eager to ride to rescue - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, December 25, 2003 - Sam Brandon will take the place of the injured Nick Ferguson and start for the Broncos at free safety Sunday at Green Bay.Sam Brandon's second chance began with a bang. It came early in the third quarter of the Broncos' 31-17 victory Sunday over Indianapolis. Starting free safety Nick Ferguson, the hard-hitting hustler who had replaced Brandon in the starting lineup in the 10th game of the season, had just gone down with a broken wrist.

NFL hits Kennedy for $30,000 - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders and Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 25, 2003 - Merry Christmas, Kenoy Kennedy. Just in time for the holidays, the Broncos' starting strong safety was informed he has been fined $30,000 for his hit on Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne in Sunday's game.

Pulling his punches - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 25, 2003 - Trying to strike a balance between his team staying sharp for the playoffs and keeping it healthy, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan announced Wednesday he will sit at least three nicked-up starters for Sunday's regular-season finale in Green Bay.

Kennedy fined $30,000 for hit - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
December 25, 2003 - A lump of coal would have been better than the early Christmas present Kenoy Kennedy received Wednesday. The Denver Broncos strong safety got official word that his late hit on defenseless Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne will cost him $30,000.

Coach Spencer eager to start vs. Pack - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 25, 2003 - Green tea and ranch-flavored sunflower seeds kept Jimmy Spencer going this week when he was nodding off from exhaustion. But the Denver Broncos' assistant coach and veteran cornerback won't need much to get him jazzed up about his first NFL start since Dec. 30, 2001.

Adams: Rockies exec had ties to Favre's dad - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 25, 2003 - Colorado Rockies managing general partner Dick Monfort remembers the last time he saw Irvin Favre, late father of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. "I was at the Chicago game (in Green Bay), on Dec. 7. He looked good, like he always did," Monfort said Wednesday of Irvin Favre, 58, who died of a heart attack or stroke while driving near his Mississippi home.

Favre, neighbors pay tribute to dad - Rocky Mountain News
December 25, 2003 - PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. - A somber Brett Favre was surrounded by family and friends on Wednesday as he said goodbye to the man they called "Big Irv." Hundreds gathered on a crisp, sunny day at a church on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for funeral services for Irvin Favre, who died Sunday. Some waited on line for as much as an hour.

Chukwurah can celebrate - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 25, 2003 - Patrick Chukwurah is celebrating the fact that he is alive and starting a new job doing what he loves most. Merry Christmas, indeed. Chukwurah, whose life and season nearly came to an end in Houston earlier this year, was signed by Denver on Wednesday in time for the gift of playoffs future.

Portis, Neil won't play Sunday - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 25, 2003 - The Denver Broncos say they will do their best to win on Sunday, but without Clinton Portis and some other injured starters. Portis and right guard Dan Neil, who both watched Denver's playoff-clinching win over Indianapolis in street clothes due to high ankle sprains, will be held out of the regular-season finale at Green Bay.

Late season seems to be Packers' time to shine - Green Bay Post-Gazette - Pat Dougherty
Dec. 25, 2003 - One of the hallmarks of Mike Holmgren's Green Bay Packers teams was their strong regular-season finishes. Mike Sherman not only has upheld his mentor's record in that regard, he's so far surpassed him. In regular-season games in December and January, Sherman is 16-2 overall in three-plus years as coach. Holmgren, on the other hand, was 22-6 in his seven seasons as the Packers' coach.

Keep an eye on Jake Plummer, Denver Broncos - Green Bay Post Gazette
Posted Dec. 25, 2003 - What to watch for: Plummer has started 11 of 15 games, missing one game due to a shoulder injury and three games due to a broken left foot. The Broncos are 5-1 since his return. Plummer ranks fifth in the NFL with a passer rating of 91.2 and ranks seventh in the AFC in touchdown passes despite missing four games.

Four keys to beating the Denver Broncos - Green Bay Post Gazette - Dylan B. Tomlinson
Dec. 25, 2003 - If the Green Bay Packers play like they did during Monday night's win over the Oakland Raiders, in which quarterback Brett Favre didn't throw a single interception and running back Ahman Green is able to hang on to the ball, the Packers should be virtually guaranteed a win. While the Packers won't have to be turnover-free to win, they likely will have to take the ball away from Denver more times than the Broncos take it away from them.

Wednesday Notebook: Portis, Neil to Sit Out - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - The Broncos may be entering Week 17 locked into their status as a wild-card team, being forced to play on the road on the opening weekend of the playoffs. But that doesn't mean that Head Coach Mike Shanahan plans to treat Sunday's game at Green Bay like a preseason game, resting starters en masse in order to avoid injury. Keep an eye on Jake Plummer, Denver Broncos

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