Broncos News Briefs - Tuesday, August 31

Read about the impact of Mike Anderson's season ending injury in today's news reports.

Broncos take big hit with injury - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - The most experienced running back in the Broncos' system has been lost for the season. Mike Anderson's groin injury reached the worst-case scenario Monday when a specialist concluded Anderson will need at least three months to recover from two left groin muscles torn off the bone. Anderson was hurt while playing on punt coverage with 1:56 to go in the Broncos' preseason game Friday night against the Houston Texans. He was in the game, coach Mike Shanahan said, only because other players were injured.

Walls awaits only preseason work - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - The vast majority of the Broncos' starting lineup will make a cameo appearance at best in the fifth and final preseason game Thursday night. The game against the Arizona Cardinals at Invesco Field at Mile High is a necessary evil of the schedule. For the most part, the game is a time to rest starters and avoid injury on the eve of the regular season. However, for Lenny Walls, the game is much more than the final game of a long, tedious preseason.

Sykes to play despite nursing left knee sprain - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - If things had gone as planned, Broncos strongside linebacker Jashon Sykes would have been an interested bystander for most of Thursday night's preseason finale against Arizona. Now he figures to be an active participant. "I'm ready to knock off some rust and get after it, and get ready for the season," the former Colorado star said Monday.

Bet on CU-CSU game dividing Broncos' Sykes, Van Pelt - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - The annual CU-CSU showdown in football has increased interest in the Broncos' locker room this year with rookie quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt on the team. The former CSU star played a big role in the escalating Buffs-Rams rivalry. "There's a bet out there," Van Pelt said Monday. "I'm going to be there for a little while watching it, trying to stay under the radar. I think I'm going to win the bet, if you ask me. They're (CSU) going to be smoking, especially after last year." CU edged CSU 42-35 a year ago in Denver.

Summer schooling - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 31, 2004 - Sporting Rod Smith's No. 80 jersey instead of his own after completing his work in Friday's game, Denver Broncos receiver Ashley Lelie turned heads everywhere he went. It's a reaction he has yet to generate with his play this preseason. While rookie teammate Darius Watts is August's flavor of the month and the NFL's second- leading receiver in the-games-don't-count phase of the schedule in catches and yards, Lelie's summer can best be described as vanilla.

Season is over for Anderson - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 31, 2004 - It easily was a 1,000-word picture of sadness and frustration. But when Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson limped to his SUV on Monday afternoon, he carried the unfulfilled expectations of his season as well as the word that his season was over before it had even begun. Anderson, who visited a specialist Monday morning, will need at least three months to recover from the severe groin pull suffered in the closing minutes of Denver's 31-17 preseason win against the Houston Texans on Friday night. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Anderson will spend the season on injured reserve.

Johnson is on team, he's not, he is - for now - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 31, 2004 - Not that he stared at the clock or anything, but Denver Broncos fullback Kyle Johnson knows he was not on the team for exactly three hours Saturday. Johnson, who had three different stints on the Broncos' practice squad last season, initially was advised of an eventual release by team officials Saturday, a move intended to become official when the Broncos submitted their roster moves to the NFL this morning.

MIA: Plummer vs. ex-team - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 31, 2004 - Jake Plummer vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Should be quite an exciting night at Invesco Field. Or not. Plummer, in his second season as the Denver Broncos quarterback, won't even take a snap against his former team in the exhibition finale on Thursday (7 p.m., Channel 4). Nice try though, NFL schedule-makers.

Anderson done for the season - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 31, 2004 - The meaningless game was over when the ex-Marine instinctively grabbed his helmet and ran out onto the field to cover a punt for a teammate who had been injured. Just like that, Mike Anderson's season is lost. The Denver Broncos confirmed the worst-case scenario on Monday — Anderson will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a severely torn groin with 1:43 remaining in last Friday's exhibition game against Houston.

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.

Groin Injury Ends Anderson's Season - - Andrew Mason
Monday, August 30, 2004 - A second opinion from a specialist signaled a death knell to Mike Anderson's 2004 season. A Monday examination revealed that the groin injury Anderson sustained late in the Broncos' 31-17 win over the Houston Texans three days earlier was so severe that it will keep him out for what Head Coach Mike Shanahan said would be "three months or possibly longer." The Broncos will put Anderson on injured reserve, from which he cannot be recalled to the active roster during the upcoming regular season and postseason.

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