Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - Like a compelling movie, Sunday night's season-opening showdown between the Broncos and Chiefs supplied overnight pondering material. Opening night featured stunning debuts for Quentin Griffin and Champ Bailey, but there was more to consume from this production. The underlying plot of the Broncos' 34-24 thriller was the role of key supporting players.
Portis, Gibbs enjoy coming out party - Denver Posts - Anthony Cotton
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - After gaining a win and a dazzling touchdown run in his first game as a Washington Redskin, many observers were quick to offer congratulations to Clinton Portis for his debut. "I never envision a game like that," he said. "I envision less than 20 carries with 200 yards and three or four touchdowns, and me sitting on the sidelines waiting for the end of the game." To be sure, his 64-yard touchdown run on his first touch of the day in the 16-10 victory was spectacular, but in reality, the diminutive running back had put in a grueling day of work.
Q's stock rating tops predecessors - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - There's something you need to know about Quentin Griffin. He's short, not small. Fact is, Griffin is stockier than Terrell Davis or Clinton Portis, who preceded him as the Broncos' starting tailback. If he were, say, 6-feet-1 instead of 5-7, he'd outweigh both of them. How strong is he? Let's put it this way. William Perry could go on a month-long Big Mac binge and Griffin could still bench-press him.
Walls could miss month with injury - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - Lenny Walls' tough early-season luck continued Monday when an MRI exam confirmed a shoulder dislocation. The right cornerback will miss up to four weeks. Walls was injured Sunday night in the fourth quarter of the Broncos' 34-24 victory over Kansas City. Coach Mike Shanahan said he is hopeful Walls could return sooner.
CB Walls is out, but worries are muted - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 14, 2004 - The next month for the Denver Broncos secondary figures to be remarkably similar to the last one, only the games count. In August, the team made do without cornerback Lenny Walls after the third-year player went down during the opening practice of training camp with an ankle problem that necessitated surgery. Walls was slowly working his way back into the starting lineup when he was injured again during Sunday night's 34-24 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Most disappointing from the Broncos' vantage point is Walls is expected to miss about four weeks with a right shoulder dislocation, the club announced.
Return to the fold - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold And Lee Rasizer
September 14, 2004 - With defensive tackle Luther Elliss still trying to recover from a chest injury that kept him out of Sunday night's game against Kansas City and Trevor Pryce visiting a doctor Monday for a pain-killing injection in his back, the Broncos quickly re-signed defensive tackle Darius Holland. Holland, who had been told Saturday he would be waived for the Chiefs game so the Broncos could elevate linebacker Louis Green from the practice squad for special teams duty, might be in the rotation Sunday in Jacksonville.
Jaguars in no rush to give up yardage - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 14, 2004 - It is now, for the Denver Broncos, a question of can and can't. The Kansas City Chiefs can't defend the run. The Jacksonville Jaguars can. The Chiefs were 30th in the league in rushing defense last season, elected to keep the same personnel on the field this season and hoped defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham could wring a little more out. And that is why the Broncos officially christened the K.C. defense Sunday night with 202 rushing yards.
Walls out 4 weeks with shoulder injury - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 14, 2004 -This was supposed to be a very busy season for Lenny Walls on the field. The second-year cornerback was looking forward to having a lot of passes thrown his way playing opposite Champ Bailey. But so far Walls is keeping Steve Antonopulos very busy in the training room. During the second half of Denver's 34-24 victory over Kansas City on Sunday night at Invesco Field, Walls had his shoulder dislocated. After a magnetic resonance imaging procedure on Monday, Antonopulos, the Broncos' longtime head trainer, told coach Mike Shanahan that Walls could be out for four weeks.
Versatility does the trick - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 14, 2004 - The most common word used to describe today's NFL is parity. With a hard salary cap, free agency and 53-man rosters, it's not uncommon to see teams go from worst to first or Super Bowl to bust. The Denver Broncos are trying to counter parity with versatility in their quest to get back on top of the league following five seasons wothout a playoff victory. A number of players, ranging from stars to subs, are having an impact filling roles outside their regular positions.
Walls Could Miss Four Weeks With Dislocated Shoulder - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 13, 2004 - The Broncos emerged victorious on Sunday night, but came out of the 34-24 win anything but unscathed. Cornerback Lenny Walls could miss as many as four weeks due to the dislocated shoulder he incurred during the fourth quarter of the triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs. The injury came just 10 days after Walls returned to game action following ankle surgery. Walls could not play until the final preseason game after tearing ankle cartilage while in one-on-one drills against rookie Darius Watts on July 28 -- the first day of training camp. Walls underwent an MRI exam Monday morning, confirming the diagnosis. But Head Coach Mike Shanahan noted that Walls could possibly return sooner than the four-week timetable.
Voice your opinion on our Broncos Hardcore Message Board