Anderson injury dampens win

The Denver Broncos showed life on offense in a 31-17 win over the Houston Texans, but a possibly severe groin injury late in the game to running back Mike Anderson put a damper on the win. Read about Friday night's contest in today's news reports.

Broncos' offense finally awakens - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Saturday, August 28, 2004 - Jake Plummer ran to the goal line, a foreign place for the Broncos' first-unit offense this summer, in pursuit of Quentin Griffin and for, long last, the goal line. As Plummer peered down at Griffin, the officials added a little more drama by extending Denver's scoreless drought. Finally, after several anxious seconds for the Broncos a referee raised his hands high in the air for the first time with the Denver offensive first team on the field in four preseason games.

Broncos' first-team defense plays like a second-rate unit - Denver Post - Brad Byler
August 28, 2004 - They went into the fourth preseason game Friday night seeking a simple tune-up, just a finishing touch on a dominating preseason that the Denver first-team defensive unit could ride into the season opener in two weeks. Instead, the starting defenders let the Houston Texans tear through them. After surrendering only nine first downs, four of those by penalty, and 172 yards rushing in the first three preseason games, the Broncos allowed the Texans to rush 15 times for 110 yards in the first half, an average of 7.3 yards a carry.

Time is relative for Bell, Hearst - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
August 28, 2004 - Garrison Hearst and Tatum Bell have been shipmates on a similar boat, both waiting for their chances to showcase their running skills in the Denver Broncos offense. Yet while both backs have been eager to get more playing time during the preseason, each player has endured the wait because of health issues - a knee rehabilitation for Hearst, a finger injury for Bell.

'We knew we had to step it up' - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 28, 2004 - The Denver Broncos' starting offense put an end to its version of stall ball Friday night. Having moved the ball well between the 20-yard-lines before giving way to kicker Jason Elam this preseason, the end zone finally became a final destination for the No. 1 offensive unit. Running back Quentin Griffin broke a 51/2-quarter scoreless streak by the starters through the first three games with a second-quarter score, and quarterback Jake Plummer reached pay dirt on a 1-yard bootleg on the ensuing possession during Denver's 31-17 preseason victory against the Houston Texans at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Injury late in fourth quarter claims Anderson - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold and Lee Rasizer
August 28, 2004 - Friday night's fourth quarter, with a preseason game no longer in doubt, turned out to be a potentially painful one for the Denver Broncos. In the 31-17 victory against the Houston Texans at Invesco Field, running back Mike Anderson and wide receiver Triandos Luke were injured in the final quarter. And while Luke said his injury wasn't serious, Anderson could miss some significant time because of a severe groin pull.

Bronco win proves costly - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 28, 2004 - Jason Elam was the cover boy for the Broncos' first "Gameday" magazine of the season, a program fans could purchase for $5 at Invesco Field during Friday night's tilt with Houston. And the three-time Pro Bowl place-kicker deserved the extra publicity as Denver's best offensive player through the first three exhibition games. "I hate our kicker," a jealous but joking Rod Smith said earlier in the week when asked about the first-string offense's failure to score a touchdown, one of the main reasons why Elam was 9-for-9 on field goal attempts entering the unofficial home opener.

Watts proving to be electric for Broncos - Daily Camera - Dave Southorn
August 28, 2004 - Darius Watts' high school teammates in Atlanta called him "Spider." If the preseason is any indication of his abilities, then opposing defenses might want to start making some calls to the Orkin man. The rookie wide receiver out of Marshall has used his lanky 6-2, 190-pound frame that gave him his nickname and his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed to become one of Denver's more exciting players during the preseason. He continued his strong play Friday night in making two receptions — both for huge gains.

Anderson injury 'a freak accident' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 28, 2004 - It looks like Mike Anderson will be staying with the Broncos. Possibly on the injured reserve list. The former rookie of the year had played like a starting running back again this preseason. And considering the fact that Anderson is currently a backup in Denver, speculation was that he could be dealt before the start of the regular season.

Broncos go on the offensive - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sat, Aug. 28, 2004 - The Denver Broncos showed some life on offense and some cracks on defense in their last true test before the regular season begins. The Broncos' starters played a little more than two quarters of a 31-17 win against Houston in front of 60,071 fans at Invesco Field at Mile High. The Broncos are 2-2 in the exhibition season with one game remaining Thursday against Arizona. Many of Denver's starters will probably be held out of that game to make sure they are healthy for the regular-season opener against Kansas City on Sept. 12.

Broncos-Texans Notebook: Offense to the End Zone - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 28, 2004 - Heading into Friday night's preseason game, the first-team offense had a goal -- to not just score one touchdown, but to find the end zone on multiple occasions. Said wide receiver Rod Smith on Tuesday: "We definitely want to build on what we had last week and definitely find a way to put the ball in the end zone several times -- not just one time, just to break some old jinx or something like that." Mission accomplished. It wasn't perfect. But after the officials raised their arms for Quentin Griffin's 6-yard scoring run 1:37 into the second quarter, the Denver offense rolled.

Anderson's Injury Casts Pall Over Preseason Win - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 28, 2004 - The damp, gray day was dark. The night was darker. But what transpired with just a minute and 56 seconds remaining in the Broncos' 31-17 win over the Houston Texans was darkest of all for the Broncos. Running back Mike Anderson was in on punt protection as Hayden Epstein fielded a high snap and fired a 39-yard punt downfield. Anderson began moving upfield and then collapsed to the ground in a heap, lying on the grass while the action took place about 30 yards away.

Watts: A Rookie Learning Fast - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 28, 2004 - Throughout the preseason, Darius Watts has made the kinds of savvy adjustments and smooth receptions that one would expect of a wide receiver possessing five years of NFL starting experience. He's looked less like an unvarnished rookie and more like a polished veteran. But he doesn't feel like a veteran. "Not yet. I've still got to carry helmets and shoulder pads," Watts said with a laugh following Denver's 31-17 preseason win over the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on a chilly Friday evening. "So I don't feel like a veteran yet." But the play he made on a 45-yard catch in the second quarter was one that any veteran receiver would love to make. Quarterback Jake Plummer's throw arched through the sky, and Watts had to adjust around Texans rookie cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Lynch: Defensive Performance is 'Average at Best' - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 28, 2004 - The first possession the Broncos' defense faced saw the Houston Texans rampage through it for a 10-play, 76-yard touchdown march. The first turnover Denver's defense forced was called back on account of an illegal-contact penalty. And the Texans' first-teamers averaged 7.3 yards per carry, while quarterback David Carr carved the Broncos' defense for a touchdown pass and a 115.5 passer rating. As Denver's defenders admitted after the 31-17 win, it was not the best night for a first-team defense that entered the game having allowed just nine points on three field goals in approximately a full game's worth of work. "To be special, you've got to do it week in and week out," safety John Lynch said. "Today I think we were average at best."

Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans -
Friday, August 27, 2004 - The Broncos opened the preseason portion of their schedule tonight under overcast skies and a temperature of 54 degrees, a new record for the lowest temperature at kickoff for a Broncos preseason home game. Out of action for Denver were B.J. Johnson, Scott Turner, Lenny Walls, Jashon Sykes and Terry Pierce. Houston won the coin toss and received the opening kickoff.

Dwayne Carswell Answers Your Questions! -
Friday, August 27, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Broncos offensive tackle Dwayne Carswell. After 10 seasons of being a quality blocking tight end, Carswell will make the shift to the offensive line this year. After a decade of quality performances, Carswell has emerged as one of the most effective Broncos on both offense and special teams. In 2001, Carswell made a huge personal jump by earning his way to his first Pro Bowl after being selected as an alternate. In that season, Carswell brought in 49 catches for 495 yards and 3 scores. Carswell also made his mark on Denver's special teams, becoming the captain of the unit in 1997.

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