Broncos News Briefs - Tuesday, September 7

Read more about the seven players added to the Denver Broncos practice squad in today's reports. Also - wide receiver Adrian Madise blames a vitamin supplement as the cause of his prohibited substance suspension.

Van Pelt added to practice squad - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - When Bradlee Van Pelt departed the Broncos' facility Saturday, minutes before the majority of the final 53-man roster was about to begin preparing for the regular season, he had a feeling he'd be back. "This is a business, but I think I'll be back on the practice squad," Van Pelt said. "I knew this is the route I was going to take." The quarterback's route to the Broncos' practice squad was completed Monday when he was signed after he was not claimed off waivers. The signing means the former Colorado State player will be able to practice and attend team meetings as he tries to develop into an NFL quarterback.

Sharpe criticism for Chiefs' defense - Denver Posts - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - What's the best thing about Shannon Sharpe being in the broadcast booth instead of the Broncos' huddle? Simple. Now he can really talk some trash. And what better time to start than during Chiefs week? Sharpe says even Gunther Cunningham can't save the Chiefs' defense, which ranked 29th in the league last season - 30th against the run, 20th vs. the pass.

Chukwurah glad to be working Sundays with Broncos - Denver Posts - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - Last fall, Patrick Chukwurah experienced conflicting emotions depending which Sunday afternoon it was. Some NFL game days, Chukwurah would plant himself in front of the television in his Dallas home and force himself to watch former teammates and friends. Other Sundays, though, Chukwurah couldn't bring himself to watch games. For a young man who couldn't imagine doing anything else for a living, the reality of being home instead of in a locker room was too much.

Morton could play vs. Bronco - Denver Posts
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - Chiefs wide receiver Johnnie Morton practiced Monday for the first time since July and could be ready for Kansas City's season opener at Denver. It would be a huge lift for the Chiefs' injury-depleted receiver corps if Morton can overcome his sore Achilles tendon and contribute during Sunday night's game.

An early bird special - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 7, 2004 - It's simple. The winner Sunday night between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs gets the head start, the winner gets the game in hand, the winner gets the first chance to run on the rail in the AFC West race. It is a fitting way to open the new football season because both teams have defenses that were retooled for the same reason - the Indianapolis Colts.

Madise blames vitamin - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 7, 2004 - A multivitamin taken on the advice of a chiropractor led to Adrian Madise's league-imposed, four-game suspension, the Denver Broncos receiver said Monday. Madise maintained his dietary habits had included too much pizza, hamburgers and junk food and his chiropractor suggested he supplement his diet for better health. The second-year receiver began taking the product "maybe two days" before a July 28 drug test and was informed at about the midway point of training camp that he faced a possible suspension for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

AFC West preview: Opener could be good indicator - Sportsline.com - Clark Judge
Sept. 6, 2004 - This is a two-team race, and Denver and Kansas City are the two teams. So which has the edge? Keeping quarterback Jake Plummer out of harm's way will be a key for the Broncos.Tune in Sept. 12 when they meet in their season opener at Denver. It's a perfect way to get a lowdown on both. The Chiefs see if they're better stopping the run than the last time Clinton Portis savaged them for a couple thousand acres, and the Broncos see what, if anything, they lost with Portis' departure.

Receivers may hold the key - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 7, 2004 - Mike Shanahan and Dick Vermeil have coached some of the most productive offenses in recent NFL history and combined to win three of the last seven Super Bowls. With John Elway passing to Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey, and handing off to Terrell Davis, Shanahan's Denver Broncos won back-to-back championships in 1997-98.

Chamberlain among Bronco cuts - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 6, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe finished his career as the NFL's all-time leader in receptions (815), yards (10,060) and touchdowns (62) for tight ends. And the man who will replace the future Hall of Famer for the Denver Broncos? Well, Jeb Putzier has four catches, 34 yards and no touchdowns. But lack of experience didn't stop Putzier from outplaying veterans Byron Chamberlain and Jed Weaver — who were both officially waived on Sunday, along with 18 other players — during the preseason to win the job.

Van Pelt Among Seven Added to Practice Squad - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 6, 2004 - The glow of scoring a touchdown on his first professional drive had barely faded for Bradlee Van Pelt when he faced the media in the late-evening hours Thursday. Even with his performance Thursday, he knew the odds of making the 53-man roster weren't promising, considering that he didn't make it onto the field until the last quarter of the final preseason contest. But staying with the Broncos in some capacity was exactly what Van Pelt wanted.

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