Broncos down to two quarterbacks

The Denver Broncos are now in a situation similar to last season with only two quarterbacks - Jake Plummer and Danny Kanell - on the roster. The team cut QB Matt Mauck to make room for defensive end Anton Palepoi on Wednesday. Read about it in today's news reports.

D-line must step it up - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, September 23, 2004 - Marco Coleman, an NFL veteran of 13 seasons, has a simple bit of advice for himself and the rest of the Broncos' defensive line in the absence of anchor Trevor Pryce. "We just have to maintain and not mess it up," Coleman said. "We just have to keep it going."

Mauck's release leaves two QBs - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 23, 2004 - There's no charm in being the Broncos' third quarterback. Rookie Matt Mauck discovered that Wednesday when he was cut to make room on the 53-man roster for defensive end Anton Palepoi. The Broncos signed Palepoi to shore up their line after losing end Trevor Pryce four to six weeks with a back injury. Pryce had surgery Wednesday to repair an injured disc. Mauck, a seventh-round draft choice from Louisiana State, could rejoin the team as a practice-squad player if he clears waivers today.

Tomlinson carrying confidence - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 23, 2004 - San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson doesn't scare easily. Despite the Chargers' long- running horror show in Denver, Tomlinson said Wednesday he is sure his team will challenge the Broncos on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High. "We're obviously confident in our football team," said Tomlinson, the running back whom Broncos coach Mike Shanahan calls the best in the NFL.

Broncos resigned to doing without - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 23, 2004 - Whether Trevor Pryce actually will be missed in the coming weeks is all a matter of perspective. San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson, for example, won't be losing any sleep that he won't face the Denver Broncos defensive lineman Sunday because of the back surgery Pryce underwent Wednesday. "I mean, that guy has caused us a lot of headaches," Tomlinson said. "Obviously, I hope he recovers very quickly, but I'm not at all sad that he's not playing."

To add a defensive end, Broncos subtract one QB - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 23, 2004 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan previously has taken the risk of carrying only two quarterbacks on his 53-man roster and now will do it again. To make room for defensive end Anton Palepoi, a former second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks signed by the Broncos on Wednesday, Denver released No. 3 quarterback Matt Mauck.

Biggest hurdle is smallest kind - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 23, 2004 - For the Denver Broncos offense, it has easily been the longest yard, that 36-inch span that has been left to scale on third down. In its first two games this season, Denver has faced six third-and-1 situations and has converted only two of them. But most troubling for the run-conscious Broncos is that they have gone only 1-for-5 when they've handed off the ball and tried to run for those third-and-1s.

NFL injury report, September 23 - Rocky Mountain News
September 23, 2004 - NFL injury report, September 23

Shanahan rolls dice again - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 23, 2004 - Danny Kanell was cut just before the start of the 2003 season as coach Mike Shanahan rolled the dice by deciding to carry only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster of the Denver Broncos. Down went Jake Plummer. Down went Steve Beuerlein. And by Week 8 Kanell had gone from the waiver wire to starting at quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

Johnson set to make an impact - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 23, 2004 - It's time for Plan B on the Denver Broncos' defensive line again. Denver was counting on Luther Elliss to dominate on the inside and free up Trevor Pryce more on the outside, but both Pro Bowl players have already missed time during the regular season with injuries. Elliss is easing his way back from a partially torn pectoral muscle, and Pryce on Wednesday underwent successful back surgery that will keep him out four to six weeks.

Johnson, Palepoi Arrive; Mauck Released - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - On the same day the Broncos welcomed two new defensive linemen to Dove Valley, the team was forced to waive another player in order to make room. Defensive end Anton Palepoi signed Wednesday and went through the paces of his first Broncos practice, while defensive tackle Ellis Johnson watched the final 45 minutes of the session from the sidelines.

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