Broncos face Cardinals tonight

The Denver Broncos will meet the Arizona Cardinals in the final preseason tune-up game tonight. This game is not so much about winning or losing, but seeing who will make the final roster. Read about potential cuts looming in today's news reports.

Arizona key to resolving final roster - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, September 02, 2004 - With most of the starting lineup on the bench tonight in the Broncos' preseason finale against Arizona at Invesco Field at Mile High, the intrigue will be regarding the battles for the final roster spots. For the next three days, before the team earnestly begins preparations for the season opener against visiting Kansas City on Sept. 12, the focus for the Broncos' coaching staff and front office will be finalizing the 53-man roster. Tonight's game is the final chance for many players to make their case. The team must trim 22 players by Sunday afternoon.

Extra-special teamer - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 2, 2004 - The Arizona Cardinals will be in town for a preseason game tonight. And when Denver Broncos assistant strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith peers across the field, he'll be able to recall when he once wore the Cardinals colors as a player. Smith has gotten a lot of reminders of those days in recent months. Pat Tillman's death in combat in Afghanistan has seen to that. On April 22, Tillman, also a former Cardinals member, became the first NFL player killed in combat since the Vietnam War.

Trying to avoid 'bubble' trouble - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 2, 2004 - Call it "bubble" math, the fact the Denver Broncos' 75-player roster must be trimmed to 53 players in the next four days with only one preseason game remaining in which players can make one final impression. "That's about it," Broncos running back Ahmaad Galloway said. "You can't worry about it, though. Coaches make those decisions upstairs. All you can do is go out and play on the field."

Familiar look for Plummer - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 2, 2004 - While Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer likely won't take a snap in tonight's preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals, he still will have plenty of folks to talk to before the game. Before signing with the Broncos in free agency in 2003, Plummer spent six years with the Cardinals. He started 82 games at quarterback and played in Arizona's last playoff games, in the 1998 season.

PREVIEW: Cardinals (0-3) AT Broncos(2-2) - Daily Camera
September 2, 2004 - KEY MATCHUP: Mike Shanahan vs. The Injury Bug. After watching Lenny Walls, Jashon Sykes, Terry Pierce, Luther Elliss and Mike Anderson go down with injuries this preseason the Bronco head coach just wants everyone to walk off the field after this one.

Backups set to take center stage - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 2, 2004 - This should be one of the fastest games in NFL history. Lots of running plays. Few called timeouts. And hopefully no more injuries. Advertisement Sure, Mike Shanahan and Dennis Green will take a serious look at players trying to make their respective rosters as reserves. But don't expect to see many, if any, of the starters during tonight's preseason finale between the Denver Broncos (2-2) and Arizona Cardinals (0-3) at Invesco Field.

At Quarterback ... - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, September 2, 2004 - Four years ago, Brian Griese stepped into the Broncos' huddle at what was then known as 3Com Park in San Francisco, completed two pass attempts for 25 yards, and led his team on a 5-play, 57-yard march that culminated in an 8-yard touchdown run by Terrell Davis. Griese then took a seat to watch the Broncos' understudies eventually earn a 28-24 win over the 49ers. That drive helped the Broncos to close their 2000 preseason at 4-0. It was also the last time a Broncos first-string quarterback commandeered the offense during the last preseason game of the year.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - - James Merilatt
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - The sport of football teaches life lessons unlike any other athletic activity. It's the consummate team game, as 11 players have to work in coordinated cooperation in order for the team to succeed. If one player misses a block, drops a pass or fumbles the snap, the hard work and effort of the other 10 team members on the field goes for naught. As a result, the game teaches the importance of carrying one's own weight, as well as helping others to do their part.

This Week in Gameday: Sept. 2 Issue -
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - What do you hope to get out of preseason games? "Just to get the feel for each other and play as a group – getting the camaraderie and learning to fuel yourself off other guys." - Willie Middlebrooks

Luther Elliss: There's No Place Like Home - - Doug Collins
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - From the moment of his signing with the Denver Broncos was announced, Luther Elliss has stood in a small shadow in the Mile High City. He was a footnote in the same announcement as the penning of John Lynch, and thus few seemed to notice that the two-time Pro Bowler had signed with the Broncos. With the addition of two other quality veteran lineman, Elliss often became a sidebar instead of a headline.

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