Training camp news briefs - Friday, July 30

The Denver Broncos continued training camp on Thursday with a couple of spirited workouts, but suffered the first significant injury of the preseason. Also - rookie running back Tatum Bell continues to hold out.

Lynch, Sykes stick their necks out after injuries - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, July 30, 2004 - To remain one of the NFL's most effective enforcers, new Broncos strong safety John Lynch has to put his neck on the line. Lynch is well aware of that fact. Should he ever forget, the white scar on the back of his neck reminds him.

Hearst never can be counted out - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, July 30, 2004 - Only one Denver running back has racked up four 1,000-plus-yard rushing seasons - three more than the rest of the Broncos' backfield combined. He is the same back who has been voted to the Pro Bowl twice - two more times than the rest of the Broncos' backfield. Should anyone doubt running back Garrison Hearst might be able climb Denver's depth chart, it should be pointed out that he also is the only player in NFL history to win the comeback player of the year award twice. Counting him out never has been a very good idea.

CB Walls will undergo foot surgery - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, July 30, 2004 - Training camp's first practice in full pads will be conducted this morning. But already the Broncos have incurred the type of injuries that usually accompany outright hitting. A magnetic resonance imaging test revealed starting cornerback Lenny Walls has torn cartilage in his right foot that will require surgery today, coach Mike Shanahan said. Walls is expected to be out about three weeks, meaning he could be sidelined for half the preseason.

Bell holds out hope - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 30, 2004 - Tatum Bell wanted to be viewed as No. 1 this summer in the eyes of Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. The situation in which the rookie running back finds himself wasn't exactly what he had in mind. "I'm the first cat to hold out in all of coach Shanahan's years," Bell said Thursday. "But, hopefully, it'll come to an end real soon." That might be wishful thinking, unless the sides have a sudden change of heart, as both appear hunkered down. Bell has been waiting in his new Denver home, champing at the bit to get into training camp but also gritting his teeth and holding his ground as he tries to secure what he believes is a market-value first NFL contract.

Broncos may get their backs into the job - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 30, 2004 - For much of Mike Shanahan's tenure as Denver Broncos coach, one has been the magic number in the team's running game. One back, making one cut, running one way. The result? Usually, at least one thousand yards. "It's their system," said running back Garrison Hearst, who is entering his 12th NFL season but his first with the Broncos. "You make the cut and you get up field. That's it. You haven't got time to be dancing around. (Running) north and south gets you yards."

Walls to undergo surgery for cartilage tear - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 30, 2004 - The Broncos certainly kept their medical staff busy Wednesday. Cornerback Lenny Walls, expected to start on the defensive right side this season, went for a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his right ankle and a small cartilage tear was discovered that will require surgery. Walls will undergo arthroscopic surgery today, use in a protective walking boot for two days and could return to the field in three weeks. "And I'm glad we had the MRI done quickly - we could have waited a couple days," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

Broncos camp report, July 29 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
July 30, 2004 - The Broncos normally start the morning practice with individual position drills. But on Thursday, coach Mike Shanahan opted to make up for time lost when the afternoon practice Wednesday was cut short by rain. The team immediately went into full team drills after stretching, working its nickel defense for the first time in shorts and shells. Rookie RB Bell's holdout leaves Shanahan unhappy - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
July 30, 2004 - Mike Shanahan's perfect record of avoiding rookie contract holdouts is over, and he's a little irritated about it. The Denver Broncos' coach blamed the agent for second-round draft pick Tatum Bell on Thursday for creating a situation that is hurting his client.

Optimism reigns on defensive line - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
July 30, 2004 - Trevor Pryce might have had a hard time believing he'd feel so good about his unit along the defensive line after watching friend and former teammate Bertrand Berry bolt for the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason. But the Denver Broncos defensive end says he is sure after two days of training camp that the defensive front is as deep as it has been in his eight years with the team, despite the loss of Berry, the team's leader in quarterback sacks last season.

Broncos' hard hitters blessing, curse for defense - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
July 30, 2004 - Denver Broncos safety Kenoy Kennedy nearly salivates at the thought. An NFL receiver is going over the middle ready to catch a pass against the Denver Broncos and there, lying in wait, is Kennedy and newly acquired safety John Lynch. "I'm excited, but I don't think the receivers are too excited," Kennedy said. "We are both on the same team so you can't run away from one of us or the other. If you run from one, you have got to watch the backside for the other one." That's a thought that could have all Denver Broncos coaches and fans frothing at the mouth. Lynch, the five-time Pro Bowl selection who signed as a free agent this offseason

Broncos finally have coveted shutdown corner - - John Clayton
Thursday, July 29, 2004 - Outside of Dove Valley, year-round home of the Denver Broncos, critics view the Clinton Portis trade to Washington as the steal of the new century. "Are you kidding me?" critics chime. Give Joe Gibbs a 1,500-yard back like Portis and let the Super Bowl begin. At Broncos camp, the trade was a no-brainer, advantage Denver. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan looked no further than the first name of his main acquisition, Champ Bailey, to understand why he made the trade. Coverage cornerbacks mean championships. To further solidify the deal, Shanahan received an additional second-round choice who just happens to be a running back, Tatum Bell.

Training Camp Day 2: Afternoon Update - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 29, 2004 - Less than two days into training camp, the Broncos must face their first significant injury. An MRI exam performed on cornerback Lenny Walls revealed torn cartilage in his right ankle, an injury that will necessitate arthroscopic surgery. "He should be able to go in about three weeks," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We're glad we had the MRI done quickly. We could wait a couple of days, but talking to the doctor, he says, 'It has to be done, or it would be a nagging injury throughout the season.' "

Training Camp Day 2: Spragan Aids Williams' Learning Curve - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 29, 2004 - D.J. Williams didn't have to search very long for a player to whom he could turn for advice and counsel. All he had to do was look at the 2003 depth chart to see who manned his position. From mini-camp to the offseason workouts to Williams' arrival at Dove Valley on Wednesday afternoon, the rookie linebacker turns to Donnie Spragan, the Broncos' incumbent weakside linebacker. And in spite of the fact that Spragan hopes to hold fast to his starting slot, he refuses to act in a territorial manner, thinking of the team and how Williams could help.

Brandon Miree's Rookie Camp Journal -
Thursday, July 29, 2004 - "I'm a professional now... this is what we get paid to do." When Bronco rookie running back Brandon Miree arrived at Dove Valley for training camp, he wasn't intimidated by the altitude of the Mile High City, or of jockeying for position in a Denver backfield loaded with potential. Sure, the thin air of Denver gave him a harder time than the oxygen-rich atmosphere of Pennsylvania, where Miree played some of his college ball at the University of Pittsburgh. However, he doesn't see his longer recovery time as a real problem.

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