Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - On the day the Broncos decided to send star defensive lineman Trevor Pryce out west to see a specialist for a nagging back injury, the team called down south for reinforcements. The Broncos acquired contract holdout Ellis Johnson on Monday from Atlanta for a conditional 2005 draft pick. After a two-week exemption, he will join the defensive line rotation. Johnson had eight sacks last season, which led interior linemen in the NFL. He is expected to play a major role in the interior rotation.
Griffin takes blame for loss - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - Quentin Griffin sat at his locker Monday and faced a media mass, one day after his fumble deep in Jacksonville territory with 37 seconds remaining stopped the Broncos from attempting a game-winning field goal. For the extremely shy Griffin, facing the horde was probably as difficult as coping with the fumble. However, Griffin, who did not address the fumble after the game, patiently answered questions and was clear whom he blamed for the 7-6 defeat.
Offense shouldn't be trusted - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - Upon further review, the block that broke Jacksonville defensive end Paul Spicer's right leg during Sunday's game - and likely ended his season - was not a cheap shot. That verdict came down Monday, shared by Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. "It did not appear to be a deliberate attempt to hurt him," Del Rio told the Jacksonville media Monday. "This is a violent sport, and unfortunately things like that happen. It probably will be fined, but I don't think it was a deliberate attempt."
Brees says he'll play vs. Denver - Denver Post
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - Drew Brees managed to stay in Sunday's game for 12 plays after suffering a mild concussion, so it figures that he expects to be back as the San Diego Chargers' starting quarterback this weekend against the Broncos. "At this point I'm looking great for Sunday," Brees said Monday, 24 hours after he was hurt in a 34-28 loss to the New York Jets. "I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday after the game and last night. Things are coming back. I should be ready to go by Wednesday."
Mis-Q fallout mounts - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 21, 2004 - Playing just down the street from a Maxwell House coffee plant Sunday in downtown Jacksonville, the Denver Broncos offense wasn't very good even before the last drop. Even so, running back Quentin Griffin's fumble - or mis-Q, as perhaps it now should be called - is the most scrutinized play in the wake of his team's 7-6 defeat at the hands of the Jaguars.
Broncos add depth as Pryce seeks help - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 21, 2004 - When the Broncos return to the practice field Wednesday, they will have a new face on the defensive line and hope to have some new answers about defensive end Trevor Pryce's back. Pryce will visit noted neck and spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins at the Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute today to get another opinion on lower back pain that has sapped the strength from his right leg.
Krieger: Smith is Broncos only go-to guy in pass offense, so why risk him as return man? - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 21, 2004 - I say this now so it won't be hindsight when Rod Smith - not to mention the Broncos season - goes down in a heap: Stop asking your best offensive player to return punts. Before it's too late.
Yes, it's early, but flaws stare Broncos in face - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 21, 2004 - The Broncos might have just used their mulligan. And, after the pieces of their 7-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Alltel Stadium were swept up Sunday, there was plenty of talk about the "long" season that remains. Talk that it's no time to panic. That it's just September and all. Well, true enough, considering there are four pages to flip in the NFL calendar this season, but the Broncos still have stepped squarely into their trouble spot with the loss to the Jaguars.
Broncos hope tests pinpoint Pryce's ailment - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 21, 2004 - Trevor Pryce has been arguably the Denver Broncos' best defensive player for years, dominating on the end or at tackle despite consistent double-teams from opposing offensive lines. Now that the four-time Pro Bowl selection has more help he hasn't been able to enjoy being a part of a potentially dominant unit due to severe lower-back pain. Pryce sat out Sunday's 7-6 loss at Jacksonville and had a magnetic resonance imaging procedure done on Monday to see if there is something more serious than soreness going on.
Broncos' offense wasn't alone in Sunday struggles - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 21, 2004 - Jacksonville 7, Denver 6. What was that? "I call it Buc Ball," new Broncos strong safety John Lynch said after Sunday's head-scratching loss to the Jaguars. It was obvious that Mike Shanahan, after five seasons without a playoff win, got defensive during the offseason. The head coach traded Clinton Portis, one of only three players to begin an NFL career with back-to-back 1,500-yard rushing seasons, for cornerback Champ Bailey. Defensive tackle Luther Elliss and Lynch were the marquee free-agent signings. And the team's first-round draft pick was used on linebacker D.J. Williams.
Monday Notebook: Broncos Add Ellis Johnson - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 20, 2004 - The Broncos shuffled their roster Monday, acquiring defensive tackle Ellis Johnson from the Atlanta Falcons. The Broncos picked up the 10-year veteran in exchange for a conditional selection in next year's NFL Draft. Upon joining the Broncos, Johnson moves to the exempt/commissioner's permission list, where he can remain for up to two weeks. He can then be activated to the 53-man roster at any point within that two-week period.
Pryce Waits, Wonders About Back Injury - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 20, 2004 - After undergoing an MRI examination on Monday, defensive lineman Trevor Pryce said that he intends to head to California on Tuesday to see a specialist in an attempt to remedy the lower back pain that forced him to miss Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. "The MRI is ... to find out exactly how serious it is, and to get the doctors and specialists how bad it is," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We'll just have to see what's wrong when we get the MRI back." In the meantime, between waiting for the results of the MRI and venturing to California for another examination, all Pryce can do is wait.
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