Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - After an unexpected overnight stay in Southern California, Broncos star defensive end Trevor Pryce has gone from dealing with missing his first start in five years to having to cope with the reality of missing a significant part of the season. Pryce will have surgery today in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. Dr. Robert Watkins, who has worked with several NFL players on similar injuries, will perform the surgery. The decision to operate came after Tuesday's exam. Pryce was concerned the worst-case scenario would mean he would miss three games. He likely will be out up to double that time.
Tomlinson pushes on to rank as elite runner - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - There's something you need to know about LaDainian Tomlinson. Those claims in his bio that he's from Waco, Texas? Not true. He played high school football there, but grew up in Marlin. "Like the fish," Tomlinson said. Compared to Marlin, Waco is New York City. Marlin is about 30 miles southeast of the Baylor campus, out in the sticks, beyond the sagebrush, a hop, skip and a jump from the middle of nowhere.
Bailey relishes double duty - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - When Champ Bailey came to the Broncos and it was broached that he may play offense, the star cornerback had no idea exactly how much offense he would play. After two games, Bailey is pleasantly surprised by how frequently he is doing double duty. Bailey unofficially has been on the field for 19 plays in the two games.
Surgery will keep Pryce out 6 weeks - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 22, 2004 - Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce now knows what was causing his right leg to buckle when he tried to run, but he also knows the surgery to repair it will keep him out of the next six games. Pryce will undergo surgery this morning in Los Angeles to remove a "disc fragment" from his lower back - a procedure known as a micro-lumbar discectomy. He likely will then spend a day in the hospital before returning to Denver to begin his rehabilitation with the team's medical staff.
Phillips continues on fix-a-defense tour - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 22, 2004 - It has been nine years since Wade Phillips returned to Denver as an opposing coach, nearly 10 since he left town to chants of "Wade Must Go" as the Broncos' head coach. But don't expect the 57-year-old Son of a Bum to get emotional Sunday when his newest team, the San Diego Chargers, visits the Broncos. "I've been with so many teams, seven different teams, if I got emotional about every one, I think I'd be crying every week," Phillips said recently. Maybe so, but some might say his latest challenge - he is defensive coordinator of the talent-poor Chargers - is enough to make a grown man cry.
Pryce to have surgery - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 22, 2004 - Trevor Pryce admitted to his boss that he didn't have the strength to get the job done last Sunday. "When Trevor says something like that," Denver head coach Mike Shanahan said after holding Pryce out of the 7-6 loss at Jacksonville, "there is something wrong."
Pryce Out Four to Six Weeks - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - For defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, surgery is now necessary. The eighth-year veteran will undergo a procedure Wednesday to remove a disc fragment from his lower back. Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the surgery in Los Angeles. Pryce is expected to miss four to six weeks. The surgery caps a two-day period in which Pryce first underwent an MRI examination on his lower back, then flew to California for further tests on Tuesday.
Fantasy Review: Week 2 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - From a fantasy perspective, only a shutout loss could have been worse. No touchdowns and only two field goals. Unless you had the Broncos' defense in this week's fantasy action -- which permitted just 156 yards, one touchdown and notched the game's only two sacks -- Denver's players were something of a wash from a fantasy perspective as the offense struggled on third downs and couldn't turn over 37 minutes of possession time into points. As for this week, Quentin Griffin could be the flashpoint for the Broncos -- if he can match the pace set by Clinton Portis the past two years.
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