Training Camp News Briefs - Monday, August 2

Former and present Denver Broncos tight end Byron Chamberlain believes he is the one to replace departed Shannon Sharpe. Read about Chamberlain in today's news reports. Also - Tatum Bell undergoes surgery.

Shaking Sharpe's shadow - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 02, 2004 - From 1995-99, tight end Byron Chamberlain played in Shannon Sharpe's shadow. Now Chamberlain is ready to cast some shadows of his own. "I envision being the guy," Chamberlain said last week as Broncos training camp got underway. "I came into camp ready and in the best shape of my career, so I feel that I want to be the guy."

Bell's status uncertain after surgery - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 02, 2004 - Tatum Bell's rookie season got rockier Sunday when he underwent surgery to repair a fractured finger. The Broncos running back had two pins inserted into the middle finger on his right hand. Team trainer Steve Antonopulos said the pins were placed to stabilize the fracture. Bell's hand will be immobilized for a few days before he begins rehabilitation. He was injured during Saturday afternoon's special-teams practice. Antonopulos said Bell was doing well but didn't know how long he will be out until the finger is examined a few days from now.

Time for end to get mean - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 2, 2004 - Reggie Hayward is not Bertrand Berry. The Broncos know this, and right now they're OK with it. The Broncos also know Berry is no longer at defensive end. They know Berry took his 11.5 sacks from 2003 to the free-agent gold rush (five years, $25 million) waiting with the Arizona Cardinals. They know Hayward will have to fill some of the gap left behind.

Group of receivers trying to catch on - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 2, 2004 - The franchise that once gave the NFL the "Three Amigos" at wide receiver now features "Nine Relative Strangers." Or as Rod Smith, one of the few recognizable figures at the position on the Denver Broncos roster outside that anonymous group, called the current mishmash of players, "A bunch of hungry dogs." Whether these dogs can hunt is one of the biggest unfolding stories during this summer's training camp.

No timetable for Bell's return - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 2, 2004 - As he whittled away the days and hours during the contract impasse that kept him out of the first three days of training camp, rookie running back Tatum Bell said it "killed" him not be on the field. His newly repaired finger won't make him feel any better the next few weeks. Bell underwent surgery Sunday to repair a fracture in his right middle finger, which he injured in his second practice with the team Saturday. The fracture is through the middle of the finger.

Broncos camp report, August 2 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 2, 2004 - The Broncos players had their first day away from the practice field in this training camp on Sunday. They will practice six of the next seven days before traveling to Canton, Ohio, Sunday for John Elway's enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Elway once again cover boy for 'SI' - Rocky Mountain News
August 2, 2004 - A special collector's issue of Sports Illustrated, commemorating the careers of John Elway, Barry Sanders, Carl Eller and Bob Brown upon their enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, hits newsstands today. The 85-page magazine will be sold at a cover price of $6.99. The issue features two different covers, with Elway appearing on copies in Colorado and Sanders on those in Michigan.

Saunders: 'BS 4' sending 10 to Elway induction - Rocky Mountain News - Dusty Saunders
August 2, 2004 - Will Jim Benemann wear a No. 7 jersey when he anchors the news? In case you haven't heard, KCNC-Channel 4 or News 4 or CBS 4 or whatever you want to call the station, is, in reality, the "Broncos Station" (BS 4), taking over that mantle from 9News, which had a nine-year run of covering - and promoting - Colorado's most popular team. And BS 4 is promoting.

Chamberlain confident he'll fill Sharpe's shoes - Daily Camera - Kyle Ringo
August 2, 2004 - When Shannon Sharpe hears what Byron Chamberlain has to say, he might rethink retirement and life in television just to prove a point. It wouldn't take much to reverse course now. Sharpe has been in the team's weight room at 5 a.m. most mornings since training camp began last week working out hard. At the very least, Chamberlain will have some explaining to do. Chamberlain returned to the Denver Broncos as a free agent this summer after spending the past three seasons in Minnesota and Washington. He rejoins the Broncos on the heels of Sharpe's decision to enter the broadcast booth, ending his career as a Hall-of-Fame caliber tight end.

Bell Undergoes Surgery on Finger - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, August 1, 2004 - Tatum Bell underwent surgery on his fractured right middle finger Sunday, one day after injuring the digit during the Broncos' Saturday afternoon special teams practice at Dove Valley. The procedure involved placing two pins through the middle of Bell's injured finger in order to stabilize it. The finger will be immobilized for a few days, after which Bell will begin rehabilitation. The team does not know when he will be able to return, but will know more when rehab work commences.

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