Thursday, August 12, 2004 - As safety Nick Ferguson and running back Quentin Griffin ate dinner Saturday night in the Broncos' cafeteria, the large-screen TV in front of them replayed highlights of Hall of Fame inductee Barry Sanders. "Dude," Ferguson told Griffin, as they watched Sanders pinball off helpless defenders, "that looks like you."
Bell eases way back into drills - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, August 12, 2004 - This is how much of a mark Broncos second-round pick Tatum Bell made on Wednesday's practice, his first since suffering a fractured finger on his right hand during the opening weekend of training camp. "I didn't even know he was out there," quarterback Jake Plummer said. Bell participated in only one drill and gradually will build up to where he can handle more. Coach Mike Shanahan said Bell will not play Sunday night against Buffalo, but is expected to play Aug. 21 at Seattle.
Dove Valley Days - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, August 12, 2004 - After a day off Tuesday following their 20-17 preseason loss Monday night to the Washington Redskins, the Broncos were back on the field Wednesday afternoon. And much to coach Mike Shanahan's chagrin, they were making the same mental mistakes that plagued them Monday night. Wide receiver Nate Jackson felt Shana- han's wrath when he jumped the snap count, but Jackson made up for it with two excellent end zone catches during red-zone drills.
Sharpe's battery charges dismissed - Denver Post
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - Atlanta - Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe had misdemeanor battery charges against him dismissed today. The charges were dropped against the former Denver Broncos star after three hours of mediation. Erika Evans, of Austell, Ga., filed the charges after an altercation on June 29 in which Sharpe asked Evans to leave his home, then picked her up and removed her from the house, said Sharpe's attorney, Craig Gillen.
Broncos seeking steady returns - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 12, 2004 - The job description is fairly simple: They punt, you catch the punt. Ah, but you have to catch it every time. You have to catch it in the rain, wind, snow and the heat of the playoffs. That's what the Denver Broncos, or any other NFL team, want from a punt returner. And that's exactly why it is so difficult to find one.
Bell's back, impatiently - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 12, 2004 - Tatum Bell dressed in full uniform Wednesday but still felt almost like a spectator. The Denver Broncos rookie running back, coming off surgery to repair a fractured right middle finger, took limited practice repetitions for the first time since July 31. He wore a splint and taped his middle and ring fingers together.
Adams: Hayward a standout on disappointing night for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
August 12, 2004 - There was not much that stood out, to these eyes, in the Denver Broncos' first game of the preseason, against the Washington Redskins. However, the play of defensive end Reggie Hayward did not go unnoticed. Hayward seemed to be very active on the Broncos defensive line, coming close to sacking Redskins quarterbacks Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey on a couple of occasions. The weight Hayward has added to his frame over the past two seasons to reach 270 pounds doesn't appear to have diminished his quickness.
Broncos camp report, August 12 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 12, 2004 - The Broncos practiced once Wednesday but made it count, going for a bit more than 2 hours. They got a slight surprise as practice began when they discovered cornerback Reggie Stephens was not in uniform. In fact, Stephens, who had attended the team's morning meetings, had cleaned out his room at the hotel where the team's younger players are staying without telling team officials.
RBs Bell, Hearst, Sapp all return to Broncos workout - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 12, 2004 - Quentin Griffin, who entered the game No. 1 on the depth chart, averaged 7.7 yards a carry during Denver's first exhibition game against Washington. So it wasn't a surprise two days later when Tatum Bell, Garrison Hearst and Cecil Sapp — all unable to play in the 20-17 loss to Clinton Portis' Redskins — were back on the practice field trying to catch up.
Broncos search for specialists - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 12, 2004 - The Broncos have a lot of special players to find replacements for — Shannon Sharpe, Ed McCaffrey, Clinton Portis. They also have some key special teams players missing from recent seasons — Keith Burns, Ian Gold, Deltha O'Neal.
Training Camp Day 11: Bell Gets Some Work In; Watts Sits Out - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - Tatum Bell says the pins in his right middle finger will not come out for "probably four to five weeks." But the rookie running back returned to the practice field for limited duty Wednesday afternoon, 11 days after his first on-field day of training camp ended when he fractured the digit in a special-teams drill. Bell did not participate in team or seven-on-seven drills, and did not take any handoffs. On plays that were designed for handoffs, the ball was placed in his hands prior to the snap so he could simulate the action.
Brandon Miree's Rookie Journal: Week 3 - DenverBroncos.com
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - It was a great experience, playing in my first NFL game. Well, not all of it was that great. I got a wakeup call at 4:55 Sunday, along with the rest of the rookies, to get up and get to the airport. When I was there, it was my job to get food for all the running backs. I grabbed everything I could- hash browns, burgers, breakfasts sandwiches, whatever I could find. Everything seemed to be going great, and I thought I was going to have enough to go around, so I gave a sandwich to fellow rookie Santonio Beard. I was sweating bullets just minutes later, though, when I found out that Reuben Droughns hadn't gotten anything.
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