McCaffrey okay, should play

Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey was one of the few offensive standouts to play on Sunday, but paid a price. McCaffrey absorbed a concussion during the second quarter, but CT scans Monday came back negative and he should be able to play against the Colts. Read more about McCaffrey in today's reports.

No. 7 not available for No. 6 - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - One of Denver's most celebrated sports achievements was its Jan. 1, 1978, AFC championship victory over the Oakland Raiders. It also represents the last time the Broncos won a playoff game without soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee John Elway.

Says here Broncos play Pats - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - Bless him father, for Mike Shanahan has sinned: He didn't take it one game at a time Sunday. He overlooked the Green Bay Packers, for which I hereby sentence him to 30 days of watching the Raiders' 2003 highlight film.

Closer look at McCaffrey - Denver Post - Adam Schefter and Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - Before reaching any playoff test, Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey needed to undergo a battery of tests on his battered brain. McCaffrey had a CT scan and a magnetic resonance imaging test Monday, and the Broncos said the results were "normal."

It's personal with Portis - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - Clinton Portis already has proclaimed himself the best running back in the NFL. The second-year Bronco did it with flair three weeks ago after rushing for 218 yards against Kansas City - outshining super Chief Priest Holmes in the process. That day Portis strapped on a gold heavyweight championship belt and strutted on the sideline like Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden.

Lackluster play concerns Dungy - Denver Post - Michael Marot, Associated Press
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy watched the Indianapolis Colts stagger, stumble and make a multitude of errors against Houston. If they're not corrected by Sunday's first-round playoff game against the Broncos, Dungy knows the Colts could have another early postseason exit.

Broncos vs. Colts: Battle of wits, part II - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 30, 2003 - The way Jimmy Spencer sees it, the Denver Broncos simply gave Peyton Manning a little taste of his own medicine. For so long, Spencer and his teammates had watched Indianapolis' cerebral quarterback step to the line with the intent to confound and confuse. "Sometimes he checks (off). Sometimes he has dummy calls," the Broncos player-coach said Monday of all the commotion before a Colts snap.

Colts humbled by Lelie once . . . and again? - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 30, 2003 - The first Indianapolis-Denver game, on Dec. 21, looked like a rout from the very start. For the Colts. When Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer's first pass attempt was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, the RCA Dome crowd went into a frenzy. But Denver receiver Ashley Lelie then made perhaps the game-altering play, a career-long, 60-yard catch on a stutter-go route through the Colts' three-deep zone.

McCaffrey eager to play after tests show he's OK - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 30, 2003 - Ed McCaffrey's second concussion in three games had him feeling groggy and in some pain. But the popular Denver Broncos veteran remained hopeful he would return soon to the field.

Adams: Something's got to give at RCA Dome - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 30, 2003 - One franchise has not won a home playoff game since the 1970 NFL season. The other has not won a postseason game played indoors. Something will give way Sunday, when the Denver Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts in the RCA Dome.

Broncos take aim at repeat against Colts - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 30, 2003 - The Indianapolis Colts were hoping to meet Denver in the playoffs two weeks after a humbling 31-17 loss to the Broncos. At least that's what they were saying with smiling faces after wrapping up the AFC South title and No. 3 seed on Sunday.

McCaffrey being scrutinized - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 30, 2003 - When Ed McCaffrey is asked about concussions — How many have you had? When did this one happen? — the Broncos wide receiver usually uses the same joke to answer the questions. "I don't remember."

Once again, Colts squeak into playoffs - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
December 30, 2003 - The prelude to the Indianapolis Colts' next playoff appearance seems strikingly similar to their most recent postseason misadventure. In this instance, coach Tony Dungy said looks can be deceiving. "I think every year is different," he said Monday. "We're looking forward to starting the second season. "As we told the team (Sunday), you've got 12 teams left that are zero-and-zero."

Turnover turnaround helps - Indianapolis Star - Phil Richards
December 30, 2003 - Despite a lost fumble and an interception Sunday during their 20-17 victory at Houston, the Indianapolis Colts (12-4) finished plus-10 in takeaway-giveaway ratio this season to rank No. 6 in the NFL. There goes tradition.

Monday Notebook: McCaffrey's Scans Come Up Normal - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 29, 2003 - Resting six starters against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday didn't keep the Broncos from absorbing a serious injury when wide receiver Ed McCaffrey absorbed a concussion during the second quarter of the 31-3 defeat. A day later, McCaffrey was in the midst of a series of medical examinations.

Focus Quickly Shifts to Colts - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 29, 2003 - A team-sports athlete is often implored to "forget about it" by a knowing coach after giving up a big play to an opponent, be it a long pass in football, a slam dunk on a fast break or a three-run homer. The same philosophy carries over to games, so between the 28-point loss and the fact that most offensive starters were inactive Sunday, that's precisely what the Broncos did.

Bronco Dan's First Annual Fantasy Awards - Bronco Dan
Monday, December 29, 2003 - Now that the NFL regular season has come to a close, it's time to pass off the end of the year fantasy awards. They go in no particular order, much like the ebb and flow of a fantasy season, but provide a look back at some of 2003's biggest surprises and disappointments:

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