Kanell ready to shoulder load

As he prepares for a starting role against the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos backup quarterback Danny Kanell hopes to silence his critics. Also in today's news reports - more on the aftermath of Mike Anderson's season ending injury.

Resilient Kanell grabs, holds backup QB spot - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - Danny Kanell has heard the critics and second-guessers who question why he remains the Broncos' top backup quarterback heading into their season opener Sept. 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He is aware a lasting image from the 2003 season is the costly fourth-quarter interception he threw in Baltimore. A flu- stricken Kanell dropped back, looked for wide receiver Rod Smith downfield, but instead floated the ball into the arms of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who returned it 37 yards to set up a touchdown. That play turned a close game into a 26-6 Ravens rout. But Kanell says he has a game plan to answer the critics and justify coach Mike Shanahan's faith in him.

Anderson becomes teacher - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - Often, when a player is lost for the season, he goes home to rehabilitate. Mike Anderson isn't going to be one of those players. "I'm staying right here and helping out as much as I can," said Anderson, who suffered a season-ending groin injury in a preseason game Friday night against the Houston Texans. "I don't want to go home. I'm going to work with the other running backs and give them any help and knowledge I can."

'Freak accident' stops Anderson - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 1, 2004 - Mike Anderson heard a pop Friday night and thought he had broken his leg. The possibility he had torn groin muscles never entered his mind as he was lying on the field. He hadn't endured that type of injury before. And he was able to move OK on the field. In hindsight, though, the only sound that turned out to be worse was doctors telling the Denver Broncos running back his season was over. "It's a tough pill to swallow," Anderson said Tuesday. "I'm still trying to come to grips with it."

Kanell enters season with new mindset - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 1, 2004 - The facts are these: 1. Jake Plummer was 9-2 as a starter last season. 2. Danny Kanell was 0-2 as a starter last season. 3. The Denver Broncos made the playoffs, but at 10-6 were forced to travel to Indianapolis in the first round as a wild card. Which leads to this hypothetical: What if Plummer plays against Baltimore or New England in the middle of the season? Perhaps Denver is 12-4 and Mike Shanahan doesn't have to answer questions about not winning a single playoff game since John Elway retired.

Anderson simply was a good soldier - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 1, 2004 - Mike Anderson was just following his own orders. The Broncos running back, who suffered a season-ending groin injury covering a punt during last week's preseason game, put himself in on special teams during the final two minutes of Denver's 31-17 win over Houston. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Anderson wasn't supposed to be on the field at that point, but an injury to another player left the punt coverage unit short-handed.

Broncos Trim Roster; Quinn, Santiago, Turner Among Those Released - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - As quarterback Mike Quinn prepared to begin his first offseason camp as a member of the Broncos in May, his initial aspirations were simple. "With this situation, I think I'll be able to get some reps and have a chance to compete," Quinn said on May 6. "That's all you can ask for." Quinn had that chance, but in a competition with an established starter, a markedly improved backup and two drafted rookies, it didn't pan out into a roster spot. Twenty-two days after Quinn threw a touchdown pass and a game-tying two-point conversion in the final minutes of an eventual preseason loss to the Washington Redskins, the Broncos released the peripatetic veteran quarterback.

In the Aftermath - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - When Mike Anderson emerged from the main building at the team's facility late Tuesday morning, he didn't walk -- or talk -- like a player who'd just suffered a season-ending injury four days earlier. He walked without a limp or a hitch, and considering the situation, he was in the "good spirits" of which teammate Al Wilson spoke Monday afternoon. But tough days are still to come for Anderson, as he was officially relegated to the sidelines Tuesday as the Broncos formally placed him on the injured reserve list, joining wide receiver B.J. Johnson, cornerback Jermaine Chatman, fullback Brandon Miree and defensive tackle Dorsett Davis among Broncos to see their 2004 seasons end before September's dawn.

Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club Celebrates First Year - DenverBroncos.com
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - Hundreds of lives have been touched and forever changed by the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club in Montbello. The club boasts a capacity 1,400 members and has had an extremely positive impact on its Montbello community—all within its first year. On Wednesday August 25, the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club celebrated its one year anniversary along side Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen, a number of Broncos players including John Lynch, Donnie Spragan, and Kenoy Kennedy, and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Highlights of the day included honoring member's achievements and the presentation of a $50,000 check from Verizon Super Pages for the technology room at the club. The celebration continued throughout the afternoon with cake and punch as the club opened its door for tours.

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