Coach Spencer hangs up cleats

The Denver Broncos player-coach Jimmy Spencer will now just be a coach. After a meeting with coach Mike Shanahan during the weekend, defensive back Spencer has decided to retire from playing. Read about Spencer and an update on injuries and potential roster cuts in today's news reports.

Broncos' health mixed blessing - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Monday, August 30, 2004 - The Broncos received mixed injury news Sunday with more developments to come today as they try to figure their overall health heading into the Sept. 12 season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos got good news regarding starting right defensive tackle Luther Elliss but will have to wait until today to find out the extent of the injury to backup tailback Mike Anderson.

"Coach" ends career of veteran "corner" - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 30, 2004 - "Coach Jimmy," as his Broncos teammates dubbed him, is now 100 percent coach. Jimmy Spencer, who last season doubled as a cornerback and assistant defensive backs coach, is hanging up his jersey. Spencer stepped aside with grace and an eye toward the future.

Feeling more pain - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 30, 2004 - For the Denver Broncos, running back Mike Anderson's leg injury will be a bad news, worse news situation. Anderson, who suffered a severe groin pull in the waning minutes of the 31-17 preseason win against the Houston Texans on Friday night, will visit a specialist today for a second opinion on the severity of the injury.

This time, Elliss won't be out long - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 30, 2004 - The qualifier when it comes to Luther Elliss in recent seasons always has been that he can be a disruptive force - if he remains healthy. The Denver Broncos now know that firsthand. Elliss, a starter at the "three-technique" tackle spot who earlier in training camp missed time because of a hamstring strain, suffered a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle during Friday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. His availability for the Sept. 12 season opener is now a goal rather than a certainty, because the prognosis is for Elliss to be sidelined two weeks.

No more double duty for Spencer - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold and Lee Rasizer
August 30, 2004 - No, Jimmy Spencer didn't have to fire himself. But the NFL's first player/coach since 1970 will solely concentrate on headset duties while hanging up his helmet after a 13-year career spanning 171 games for four teams. Spencer was part of Denver's roster cutdown this weekend. He was informed of his release during a meeting with coach Mike Shanahan on Saturday.

Krieger: Exhibit(ion) A: At least defense prepared - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
August 30, 2004 - On the bright side, somebody actually beat out a starter in training camp, which is quite a novelty these days. If Darius Watts isn't the Broncos' No. 2 receiver 13 days from now in the opener against Kansas City, you'll know Florida voting machines determined the depth chart. That will about do it for the bright side.

Absences allude to Broncos cuts - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 30, 2004 - The deadline for NFL team's to trim rosters from 90 down to 65 players is 2 p.m. Tuesday. Mike Shanahan probably won't tip his hand with an official cuts list until then, but it was obvious during the Denver Broncos practice on Sunday that some players had already moved on.

No news not good news - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 30, 2004 - It was a painful night for the two Utes. Broncos running back Mike Anderson and starting defensive tackle Luther Elliss, who both played collegiately at Utah, are out indefinitely with injuries sustained during Denver's preseason game last Friday against Houston. Anderson sustained a serious groin injury covering a punt with 1:43 left in the 31-17 win over Houston at Invesco Field. Coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday that the former rookie of the year was seeking a second opinion and an official diagnosis from the Broncos medical staff would not be made public until today.

Broncos' Anderson to see specialist for groin injury - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sun, Aug. 29, 2004 - Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson will see a specialist on Monday for another opinion on his groin injury coach Mike Shanahan said, but it appears Anderson will be out awhile. Anderson could miss anywhere from two months to the entire season. Shanahan said the team won't know how long Anderson will be out until after he sees the specialist. Luther Elliss has a partially torn right pectoral muscle and he could be out two weeks. Elliss, who completely tore the same muscle last year, said he hopes to play in Denver's season opener against Kansas City on Sept.12.

Anderson Injury Update - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - The first news on running back Mike Anderson's groin injury was not promising. Preliminary examinations on Anderson indicate that the fifth-year running back could be out for an extended period of time. But Head Coach Mike Shanahan emphasized that the Broncos expect to know more on Monday, after he undergoes further tests. "I can't tell you for sure until (Monday), because he's going to see a specialist," Shanahan said. Anderson injured the groin late in Friday night's preseason win over the Houston Texans, when he fell to the ground during a punt-protection scenario inside the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter.

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