Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - Fallout over Jake Plummer's decision to defy NFL policy and honor a friend continued Monday. Supporters wanting to help pay a potential fine lit up the phone lines at Plummer's marketing office and the Pat Tillman Foundation, which is at the center of Plummer's controversial tribute. Plummer's decision to keep Tillman's No. 40 decal on the back of his helmet was the topic of national sports shows. Locally, there have been efforts by a radio station to pick up the tab for Plummer's potential fine.
Contrast suits Broncos' backs - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - Reuben Droughns stepped to the podium Sunday evening, surveyed the television cameras and a sea of reporters, then playfully hid from view. "This feels weird," he said, then released a laugh. It's bound to get weirder, because the Broncos' former fullback is smack in the middle of a running back controversy.
Ex-Bronco Griese expected to start against Rams - Denver Post - Fred Goodall, Associated Press
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - He fell out of favor in Denver and didn't quite feel at home in his native Miami, but the 29-year-old quarterback is determined to make the most of an opportunity to rekindle his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I've been through quite a bit in my career," Griese said after learning he will make his first start for the Bucs on Monday night against the St. Louis Rams, replacing injured Chris Simms. "The one thing you come to expect is the unexpected.
Hamstring hampers Middlebrooks again - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - Cornerback Willie Middlebrooks finally was putting his injuries behind him, showing signs of having a productive NFL career. But the former first-round pick again will miss significant time. Middlebrooks suffered a partially torn left hamstring in the Broncos' 20-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and will miss about four weeks. Middlebrooks has emerged as a key role player this season, playing well as the Broncos' nickel cornerback and was a standout on special teams. Denver's top pick in 2001 missed eight games as a rookie.
Backs questionable vs. Broncos - Denver Post
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - Oakland Raiders running backs Tyrone Wheatley and Justin Fargas are questionable for Sunday's home game against the Broncos, coach Norv Turner said Monday. Wheatley (shoulder) is making progress, Turner said, but not enough to have a realistic shot at playing Sunday. Fargas' turf toe injury has improved. Now, it's a lower leg injury that is affecting Fargas.
A time-share problem - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 12, 2004 - Reuben Droughns is effusive and gregarious. Quentin Griffin is shy and quiet. Pretty soon, this odd couple could be sharing the Denver Broncos' running-back duties. It'd be perfect: The "Grin and Bear It" backfield. "That's nice," Droughns said with a hearty laugh Monday. "I like that." By virtue of a 193-yard breakout rushing performance against Carolina on Sunday, Droughns has, at the least, bulled his way into Denver's ball-carrying plans.
Pryce seeks Halloween treat - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer And Jeff Legwold
October 12, 2004 - Trevor Pryce has big plans for the end of the month. "Somebody said, 'What are you going to be for Halloween?' " Pryce joked Monday after rehabilitation on his surgically repaired back. "I said, 'I think I'm going to be a Bronco, dress up in a Bronco uniform and pretend I'm playing football or something.' " Perhaps by then Pryce might actually suit up for real.
Plummer could be in for sticker shock - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 12, 2004 - Few with the Denver Broncos or the NFL want to talk about what has Colorado football fans buzzing these days - the "40" decal Denver quarterback Jake Plummer stuck to his helmet Sunday, despite the threat of a league fine, to honor former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Pat Tillman. Tillman and Plummer were teammates at Arizona State University and with the Cardinals. Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in the spring while serving with the U.S. Army Rangers.
Adams: Broncos following familiar 4-1 script - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 12, 2004 - It must feel like déjà vu at Dove Valley. The Denver Broncos have started 4-1 for the third consecutive season. Denver's lone loss last year in its first five games was by one point (24-23) on the road (at Kansas City). This season, the Broncos' only loss in its first five games also occurred on the road (at Jacksonville) by one point (7-6). The Broncos' quick start in '03 was followed by an injury to Jake Plummer and losses in three of the next four games. Still, the team made the playoffs. So what's different about this year's Broncos team?
All hate all the time - must be Raiders Week - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 12, 2004 - Even in the they-all-count-the-same life of the NFL, some weeks still carry a name. Those weeks count a little more. In Buffalo, they have Dolphins Week. In Chicago, it's Packers Week. In Nashville, they've had Steelers Week, a rivalry that was packed up with the Oilers when the team moved from Houston to Tennessee. And in Denver, the Broncos have Raiders Week, which is on tap at Oakland on Sunday.
Pryce targets Halloween - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 12, 2004 - Trevor Pryce already has his costume picked out. A funny-looking blue and orange outfit that doubles as his work clothes. "Somebody said, 'What are you going to be for Halloween?'" Pryce said after working out on Monday at team headquarters. "I said, 'I think I'm going to be a Bronco. Dress up in a Bronco uniform and pretend I'm playing football or something.' "
Droughns gives Shanahan options - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 12, 2004 - Reuben Droughns, what took so long? "Hi, Marty Mornhinweg," the Denver Broncos' new star running back said after blistering Carolina's defense for 193 yards during Sunday's 20-17 victory. Mornhinweg was the head coach who gave up on Droughns, a third-round pick, in Detroit three years ago. He's the same genius who deferred in an overtime game, allowing the rival Chicago Bears to get the ball first and win on the first possession. Now some are wondering if Mike Shanahan, an NFL head coach with two Super Bowl victories on his rsume, is going to stick with Droughns as the Broncos' starting running back or give the ball back to Quentin Griffin.
Pryce: Working Back to Playing Shape - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - For defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, perhaps the most unexpected ancillary effect of his back injury was boredom. In the week and a half immediately after undergoing surgery on Sept. 22, Pryce couldn't exercise, couldn't lift weights -- and really, couldn't do much of anything. As his teammates continued practicing and playing, Pryce had to rest -- which was the only way which he could begin recovery. Pryce is now back at Dove Valley, working on his conditioning with the hopes he can return in three weeks. But for a while, he couldn't even get up and go for a jog, per doctor's orders.
Monday Notebook: As One Cornerback Returns, Another Goes Down - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 11, 2004 - Just as Willie Middlebrooks was finally healthy and showing the promise that caused the Broncos to select him with a first-round pick in 2001, another cruel punch of fate struck the fourth-year veteran. The hamstring injury that Middlebrooks incurred during Sunday's will keep him sidelined for "about four weeks," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. Middlebrooks suffered a partial tear of his hamstring during the first half of Sunday's game -- just seven days after he posted the best defensive game of his career at Tampa Bay, when he recovered a fumble and notched a sack of Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson.
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