Broncos News Briefs - Wednesday, Oct. 27

Read about the reaction to Denver Broncos tackle George Foster's block that ended Bengals defensive lineman Tony Williams' season. Also today, Reuben Droughns is a survivor and Quentin Griffin's season comes to an end.

NFL grumbles grow in wake of cut block - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - Another low blow by an offensive lineman has put the Broncos in the middle of a controversy. In Denver's 23-10 loss Monday night at Cincinnati, right tackle George Foster employed a cut block on defensive tackle Tony Williams. The block broke Williams' left ankle and likely ended his season. He is scheduled to have surgery this morning. Although an NFL spokesman said Foster's block was within the rules, a number of Bengals labeled Foster's block a cheap shot. And Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who saw the play on television, said the block was out of bounds.

Vick losing his grip on reputation - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - In 2004, the Michael Vick experience has been one bumpy ride. The thrill-a-minute, "what will he possibly do next?" Atlanta Falcons quarterback, the player who seemed determined to single-handedly keep Madison Avenue afloat, has been almost invisible through seven weeks of the season. A regular on the weekly highlight reels for lighting up opposing defenses like, well, one of the video games he pushes, Vick has hit a glitch this year. Running the West Coast offense instituted by new coach Jim Mora Jr., Vick's quarterback rating of 72.6 ranks 23rd in the NFL, behind the likes of Josh McCown and Tim Rattay.

Griffin's season comes to end - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - Quentin Griffin's strange season came to an end Tuesday when the Broncos' worst concerns were realized. Further tests confirmed Griffin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee Monday night during the Broncos' 23-10 loss at Cincinnati. He is expected to be put on the injured reserve list today and will have surgery next week.

Ex-Falcon fits in - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - Ellis Johnson doesn't necessarily want to have the game of his life Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons to upstage former teammates. However, Johnson wouldn't mind a big game at Invesco Field at Mile High to show Falcons management a thing or two. "This is a big game for me," said the defensive tackle, whom the Broncos obtained last month in a trade with Atlanta. "But I have a lot of friends there who I respect. But management is different. "I'm just going to go out and play hard."

Thriving after his great escape - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 27, 2004 - There's the smile and there's the story. The two seem incongruous. Move around like a nomad, three to five times a year, each place worse than the next, and see if you're still smiling. Come home to a refrigerator with maybe a pitcher of water inside and some cereal in the pantry and determine if you're grinning or merely bearing it. But Denver Broncos running back Reuben Droughns always smiled, whether his oldest half brother was in jail again because he was mixed up in gangs, his mother lost another job or the latest apartment manager evicted the family. Droughns was going to be a survivor.

Wednesday Morning Quarterback: Broncos lose more ground in home-field chase - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 27, 2004 - It will be the red-faced bowl. The Atlanta Falcons will visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday in a meeting of teams that will spend much of this week sweeping up the pieces of road losses that shoved the ol' playoff express off the tracks. The Falcons went into their game at Kansas City on Sunday with a 5-1 record, in first place in the NFC South and with a chance to put some distance between themselves and a struggling group below them. Instead, the Chiefs slapped an NFL-record eight rushing touchdowns on the Atlanta defense in a 56-10 mauling. The Broncos went into their game in Cincinnati on Monday at, yes, 5-1, in first place in the AFC West and with a chance to put some distance between themselves and a struggling group below them. Instead, the Bengals romped to a 23-10 victory with most of football America watching - at least for a little while, anyway.

'MNF' ratings in Denver fall from last year - Rocky Mountain News
October 27, 2004 - Local audience ratings for the Denver Broncos-Cincinnati Bengals game on Monday Night Football were lower than the two MNF appearances by the Broncos last season. Overnight Nielsen audience ratings show the contest, aired on KMGH-Channel 7, registered a 36.2 rating and 50 audience share. On Sept. 22, 2003, the Oakland-Denver game recorded a 44.1 rating and 61 share locally, while the Nov. 3 Broncos-Patriots game had a 41.9 rating and a 59 share. Both were played at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Down-and-out Falcons try to get back to basics - Rocky Mountain News
October 26, 2004 - On the day after one of the worst losses in Atlanta Falcons history, coach Jim Mora used jokes and compassion as medicine for his players' wounded psyches. At the same time Mora met with reporters, his assistants were meeting with players to review their 56-10 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. "I've had to take all sharp objects out of the meeting rooms," Mora said Monday. "But we're going to be OK."

Bruised Broncos now turn focus to Falcons - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 27, 2004 - A month ago a season-ending knee injury to Quentin Griffin would have been big news in Bronco Nation. On Tuesday, in the aftermath of Denver's 23-10 loss at Cincinnati, all was quiet on sports talk radio when it came to the expected loss of Q. The initial diagnosis is that Griffin, who began the season with 156 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the new starting tailback, tore an anterior cruciate ligament returning a kickoff against the Bengals in the second half.

Fantasy Review: Week 7 - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Reuben Droughns went over 100 yards for the third consecutive game, pushing his three-game starter's total to 479 yards -- an average of 159.7 yards per game. But for the first time since becoming a starter, he did not find the end zone.

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