Anderson injury still haunts Broncos

Running back Mike Anderson was not even supposed to be on the field when he suffered a groin injury late in the Denver Broncos win over the Houston Texans. Read more about injuries to Anderson and defensive tackle Luther Elliss in today's news reports.

Resilient Hearst could plug hole - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - Running back Garrison Hearst has been knocked down, counted out and overlooked. But he has always bounced back. The Broncos are thankful for that, especially after Mike Anderson went down because of what could be a serious groin injury Friday night in Denver's 31-17 preseason victory over Houston.

Junior training camp fun for kids, Broncos - Denver Post - Will Shanley
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - Broncos receiver Ashley Lelie and former Broncos running back Steve Sewell attended.Denver Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie swapped his shoulder pads for a coach's notebook Saturday, leading more than 100 participants in Colorado's Big Brothers Big Sisters program through a variety of mock football drills at Falcon Park in Highlands Ranch.

Anderson, Elliss hurt - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - The Broncos' injury situation became alarming Friday night with injuries to tailback Mike Anderson and right defensive tackle Luther Elliss. The team had no update Saturday on the injuries and is expected to release details of the injuries and diagnosis today. However, there were indications Saturday that both players likely will miss some time.

Defense struggles - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - The Broncos' first-team defense had its worst outing of the preseason against the Texans. It allowed 214 yards of offense in the first half. Most alarming, for the players, was the broken tackles Houston running backs Domanick Davis and Tony Hollings managed.

Anderson: Camaraderie counts - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - If it weren't painfully obvious before, it is now that he's hurt: Mike Anderson isn't going to be the Broncos' starting tailback. Despite Anderson's best efforts, despite being in the best shape of his career, despite walking the straight and narrow and buying into the company line, he never was going to beat out Quentin Griffin. Just so you know, he's cool with it. Anderson is a team guy. Having been in the Marines, he doesn't know any other way. Elliss, Watts also injured - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 29, 2004 - Mike Anderson's groin injury wasn't the only potentially damaging medical news for the Broncos in the aftermath of the 31-17 victory over Houston on Friday night at Invesco Field. Denver's impressive new starting defensive tackle, Luther Elliss, injured his right shoulder in the first quarter and did not return. In 2003 with Detroit he missed the first nine weeks of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Anderson's injury unsettling - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 29, 2004 - How important is a punt in the final two minutes of the fourth preseason game? Not important enough for Micah Knorr, the Denver Broncos punter, to be on the field. But the not-so special teams play — a 39-yard punt by backup Hayden Epstein, which was returned 7 yards by Houston's Albert Johnson in a meaningless 31-17 Denver victory — could turn out to be a very costly one for the Broncos this season. Mike Anderson, who appeared to be returning to his rookie-of-the-year form, suffered what is believed to be a serious groin injury on the punt coverage team.

Injured Anderson the victim of a freak accident - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sat, Aug. 28, 2004 - Injuries to running back Mike Anderson and defensive tackle Luther Elliss could force the Denver Broncos to shuffle things on both sides of the ball. Anderson suffered what appeared to be a serious left groin injury with less than two minutes left in Friday's exhibition game against Houston. Elliss injured his right shoulder in the first quarter and didn't return. The Broncos did not release any medical updates Saturday.

Broncos-Texans Notebook: Offense to the End Zone - DenverBroncos.com - 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 - DenverBroncos.com - 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 - DenverBroncos.com - 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' - DenverBroncos.com - 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."

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