Mobley may have to sit out

The neck injury that Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley suffered last season has still not healed as revealed in recent X-rays. Mobley has been advised to sit out the season and his career could be at an end. Read about Mobley and other news from the Broncos' three day camp now underway.

Neck specialist advises Mobley to sit out 2004 - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, June 10, 2004 - Linebacker John Mobley made one of the biggest plays in Broncos history, but it appears doubtful he will make any plays in 2004. He might never play football again.

Mobley down, likely out - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
June 10, 2004 - A spinal-cord specialist has told John Mobley not to play this season, casting further doubt on whether the Denver Broncos linebacker will play again. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday tests this week showed Mobley still has a contusion in the neck area, 71/2 months after suffering a frightening injury on the field.

Mobley may miss season - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 10, 2004 - The revolving door at Dove Valley was the topic of conversation as the Denver Broncos opened a three-day minicamp on Wednesday. As Al Wilson came off the field he talked about some of the comings — Champ Bailey, John Lynch, D.J. Williams. A few feet away at the podium, Mike Shanahan talked about some of the goings — John Mobley, Marco Coleman.

'Wait and See' for Mobley - DenverBroncos.com- Andrew Mason
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 - It wasn't news that Denver began its final three days of organized team activites in the offseason without linebacker John Mobley; he hasn't donned a practice jersey since suffering a spinal-cord contusion last October in a loss at Baltimore. But Head Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Wednesday that if Mobley's condition remains unchanged upon further examination later in the summer, then medical personnel will advise him to sit out the 2004 season.

Bronco 'D' continues to make impression - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 10, 2004 - The Denver Broncos, as expected, are having a hard time with the running game right now. Do they miss Clinton Portis? Of course. Advertisement Had Mr. Portis not been traded to Washington, however, he would probably be having a hard time right now, too. That's because Larry Coyer's defense, which was respectable during the 2003 regular season, appears to be vastly improved with the additions of Champ Bailey and John Lynch to the secondary. The Broncos are getting a closer look at their latest additions at a minicamp this week, which began Wednesday.

Catching heat - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, June 10, 2004 - First Broncos coach Mike Shanahan roasted him, then former tight end Shannon Sharpe challenged him. Now it's Ashley Lelie's turn to respond. "It's definitely all on me, but I'll come through," Lelie, a third-year wide receiver, said Wednesday after the Broncos' team camp practice.

Johnson puts best foot forward - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
June 10, 2004 - Raylee Johnson did more than celebrate his 34th birthday last week. The Denver Broncos free-agent defensive end also marked his return to the playing field, receiving perhaps his best gift of all. A sprained left foot had dogged Johnson for months. He missed the final eight games last season with the San Diego Chargers because of the injury.

Mobley's return to Broncos looking unlikely - The Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Wed, Jun. 09, 2004 - The chances of linebacker John Mobley playing for the Denver Broncos again appear slimmer with each new medical report. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said on Wednesday after a minicamp practice that an X-ray on Mobley's neck still showed a spot where bruising remained. Shanahan said Dr. Robert Watkins recommended to Mobley, who was taken off on a cart during a game last Oct. 26 at Baltimore with a spinal cord contusion, that he should sit out this season if the spot remains on the X-ray. "The doctor recommends he not play this year," Shanahan said. "He'll go back here (for another X-ray) in a month or two months, but the doctors really don't think it'll change."

Rookie Broncos quarterback looks past detractors - The Mercury News
Wed, Jun. 09, 2004 - Bradlee Van Pelt was told so many times in college that he wasn't cut out to be a quarterback that he's not surprised to hear it now in the Denver Broncos' minicamp. "I can't tell you how many times I heard it in college," Van Pelt said Wednesday. Van Pelt, who threw for 6,169 yards in three seasons at Colorado State, was the last of the Broncos' three seventh-round draft picks this year.

Elway Through the Years: 1990 - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 - During John Elway's illustrious 16-year career, the Hall of Fame quarterback only suffered through two losing season; none worse than the 1990 campaign endured by the Denver Broncos. On the heels of their third Super Bowl loss in four years, a 45-point defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, it came as no surprise when Elway and the defending AFC Champions fell on hard times.

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