Griffin questionable, but Bell ready

Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam (in photo) was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Tampa Bay last weekend. In other news - running back Quentin Griffin did not practice and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, but Tatum Bell appears ready to go.

Broncos primed to stop pass - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, October 07, 2004 - Kenoy Kennedy is a much calmer player on Sundays this season. In the past, Kennedy said he had his head on a swivel awaiting a problem. Now, the Broncos safety is just sort of cruising, enjoying the show. "I can just kind of patrol things out there, looking to see if I can help," Kennedy said. "It used to be that I'd have to worry about trying to make a touchdown-saving tackle or something. "Things are much more in control. It's lovely."

The big hurt - Denver Post - Adrian Dater
Thursday, October 07, 2004 - As long as muscle-bound men run into each other at full speed, injuries will continue to be a fact of life in the NFL. Not in recent history, however, has there been such a rate of season-ending injuries - up 62 percent through the first quarter of the season.

Surprise: Discipline in NFL works - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Thursday, October 07, 2004 - The deadline for this column was Wednesday night at 7 - and it was filed with a whole five minutes to spare. But if I toiled for Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants, rather than the benevolent Denver Newspaper Agency, I would be fined - not that there would be much to dock from my mere pittance of a paycheck (Note to self: lobby the benevolent DNA for a raise!). Recently, much was made of Coughlin's decision to move the clocks at the team's practice facility ahead and fine players for not being early enough, a minimum of 10 minutes, to team meetings.

Foster making big strides - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, October 07, 2004 - George Foster hasn't exactly been eased into his role as a starting right tackle in the NFL. In recent weeks, Foster has faced one strong defensive front after another. Sunday, though, may be the headliner when the Carolina Panthers visit the Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Rookie ready to answer Bell - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, October 07, 2004 - With Quentin Griffin questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina, Broncos rookie running back Tatum Bell says he's ready and willing to step in and carry the load. Whether he gets that chance is another matter. The Broncos could turn to fullback Reuben Droughns, or even veteran Garrison Hearst, before they ring for Bell. Regardless, the rookie said he's preparing as if he's a starter.

Carolina's backs are double trouble - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, October 07, 2004 - Last season's late-game heroics made Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme a star as he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl. But it's the Panthers' two- headed running attack featuring Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster that caught Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey's attention this week.

This D.J. imparts big hits - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 7, 2004 - D.J. Williams missed a blitz call early in the game against Tampa Bay on Sunday, the kind of error one might expect from a rookie NFL starter. But the Denver Broncos linebacker then spent the rest of the afternoon making sure Tampa Bay's offense paid for that mistake. "He got a burr in his butt and got after them - big time," Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said Wednesday.

Talent is plentiful behind Griffin - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 7, 2004 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan likes all of his running backs just fine, it's just that he hasn't been able to see them during the same practice for quite some time. Quentin Griffin (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday as the team went to a nearby indoor facility because of rain. Griffin, who sprained his left ankle on his final carry of a 16-13 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, leads the Broncos in rushing this season with 295 yards.

Krieger: A big game? It's not even up for debate - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 7, 2004 - First came the presidential debate, which was pretty good, then the vice-presidential debate, which was a tad tedious. Now comes the Jake debate, which I guarantee will be more tedious still, quarterbacks not being particularly good debaters, and neither Jake having gone to a retreat to practice in mock debates, like those other guys. Nevertheless, this is the issue of the week. Jake vs. Jake. Pick a Jake. Just as it is your civic duty to listen to the presidential candidates, so you should listen to the quarterback candidates in order to be . . . well . . . jake.

NFL injury report, October 7 - Rocky Mountain News
October 7, 2004 - NFL injury report, October 7

Griffin sits out practice; Stephen Davis works out - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 7, 2004 - The starting running backs for Denver and Carolina are both listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday's game. Quentin Griffin did not practice on Wednesday as he continues to recover from an ankle injury sustained on his final carry in the Broncos' 16-13 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Carolina's Stephen Davis practiced on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a knee injury three weeks ago.

Other Jake struggling in '04 - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 7, 2004 - It was a tale of two Jakes. Before the 2003 season, both the Broncos and Panthers were looking for a new starting quarterback on the free-agent market. Denver targeted Jake Plummer, a collegiate star at Arizona State who had struggled with the Arizona Cardinals. Plummer was 9-2 last year during the regular season, but was outlasted by Peyton Manning during Indianapolis' first-round playoff romp over the Broncos. Carolina went with Jack Delhomme, a backup in New Orleans that most football fans west of the Mississippi had never heard of. Delhomme led the Panthers to 10 wins during the regular season before outplaying Donovan McNabb in the NFC Championship at Philadelphia.

Broncos say Griffin questionable for Panthers - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Posted on Wed, Oct. 06, 2004 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan barely hesitated when he said Monday that he thought running back Quentin Griffin would play Sunday despite a sprained ankle, but his actions Wednesday cast a little doubt. The Broncos listed Griffin as questionable on their injury report, meaning he officially has a 50-50 chance to play Sunday against Carolina. Shanahan said Wednesday he thought Griffin would play, but he didn't know for sure. Griffin did not practice at all Wednesday because he was sore, but Shanahan said he expected Griffin to practice Thursday.

Elam Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week -
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 - Another week, another honor for a member of the Broncos' special teams. Wednesday, the league named kicker Jason Elam as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, tapping him with the award for his 10-point performance during Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he hit field goals of 23, 49 and 50 yards and drilled an extra point to provide 62.5 percent of Denver's points in the 16-13 win. Elam's 23-yard field goal with 9:03 left in the game was his 17th game-saving or game-winning field goal in his 12-season Broncos career.

Nate Jackson's Jounal - The Heat is On -
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 - No matter how tough you think you are, mother nature can always make you feel like a little punk. She did it to me without even trying during our win in Tampa Bay on Sunday. She could have easily dropped a hurricane or a tornado on me, or struck me with a lightning bolt, or had a bird crap on me or something. But all she did was make it Florida. The game was hot and humid. Nothing mind-numbing though. Just mildly uncomfortable and annoying, or as my receiver coach obliged to inform me..."un-friggin-believably hot." A slight exaggeration, but you get the picture.

Countdown to Kickoff: Plummer's Pregame Ritual Catches Visa's Attention -
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 – There are thousands of ways football fans, players, and coaches get ready for a game, but Jake Plummer's pregame ritual was so unique, Visa decided to feature it on their NFL "Get ready for the Game" Web site - Before every game, Plummer buys a pack of Bazooka bubble gum, then grabs the opposing team's program and heads for the hot tub. After a soak, he's got to have a bowl of oatmeal and some Bob Marley playing in the background.

Wednesday Notebook: For Whom The Bell Tolls - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 - For the first time in his initial professional campaign, running back Tatum Bell is at 100 percent. "This is about the healthiest I've been since I've been here," the rookie runner said Wednesday as he prepared for practice. A fractured right middle finger incurred on his first day of practice in July kept him out for nearly two weeks and forced pins to be inserted in the digit until September. Torn rib cartilage then hampered him for the last two weeks; he hasn't had a carry since the Jacksonville game on Sept. 19 as a result.

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