Tuesday, November 02, 2004 - As the Broncos hope to learn more about the return of one standout defensive player this week, they will have to deal with the loss of another defensive leader. Safety John Lynch will miss two to four weeks with a stress fracture in his sacrum, the group of five fused vertebrae located just below the lumbar vertebrae of the lower back that is just above the tailbone. It is possible Lynch, 33, could miss only one game since the Broncos have a bye after hosting Houston on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High. The Broncos come out of their bye Nov. 21 at New Orleans and hope to have injured defensive lineman Trevor Pryce back by the Saints game.
Broncos know mistakes make them beatable - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, November 02, 2004 - The day after didn't bring panic or chaos to Dove Valley. For a team that suddenly has lost its composure and efficiency along with a healthy division lead, the Broncos' mood was remarkably calm. There are no magic solutions or mysterious overtones. The Broncos know why they lost two consecutive winnable games. They know how to fix it. Penalties and turnovers. If those problems are not corrected, the Broncos will continue to struggle. It's as simple as that, as was the case Sunday in Denver's 41-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Big Ben can take Jake to school - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, November 02, 2004 - Like so many other players in today's NFL, where the end-zone dance seems more important than the touchdown that preceded it, Ben Roethlisberger needs to start acting his age. The kid's a rookie, for crying out loud. Twenty-three is supposed to be his age and his football IQ. He's supposed to be carrying a clipboard and buying doughnuts for the veterans, not snapping a winning streak for the ages.
Ferguson gets ready to step in - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, November 02, 2004 - Nick Ferguson has played this role before, and played it well. That's why he is confident he will be able to step in for injured safety John Lynch to help the Broncos' defense emerge from a two-game slump. "This is nothing new to me; this is the way my career has been," Ferguson said Monday. "So it's not unexpected to me. Now I just go and do what I did last year and keep it going." Lynch suffered a stress fracture in his lower back Sunday in Denver's 41-28 loss to Atlanta. A five-time Pro Bowl safety with Tampa Bay, Lynch signed with the Broncos during the offseason.
Losing a safety net - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 2, 2004 - Nick Ferguson is taking a been-there, done-that approach to his new starting assignment. "This is nothing new to me," the Denver Broncos safety said Monday. "This is the way my career has been." Ferguson, a fifth-year veteran, will be pressed into action for the next two to four weeks while teammate John Lynch recovers from a stress fracture of the sacrum - the heavy, triangular-shaped bone at the base of the spine attached to the tailbone.
Broncos in the wrong kind of holding pattern for Shanahan's liking - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 2, 2004 - After further review, Denver coach Mike Shanahan said the Broncos have to clean up their handwork in the offensive line. After picking through a 41-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Shanahan said some of the team's holding penalties Sunday were a result of shaky technique, in particular players who put their hands on the outside of the defenders' shoulders. "Hand placement, sometimes you might not be holding a guy, but your hands are on the perimeter of someone and all of a sudden you get holding . . . ," Shanahan said Monday. "You can't put your hand on the outside of the shoulder pad. If you do, you're going to get called for holding. You don't necessarily have to hold, but you've got to put your hands in the right position." Right tackle George Foster, left tackle Matt Lepsis, guard Ben Hamilton and receiver Rod Smith were penalized for holding.
Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Broncos have taken wrong turn on road to success - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 2, 2004 - When the Denver Broncos left Oakland two weeks ago, they had a four-game winning streak and a two-game lead in the AFC West race. But, two losses and 64 points allowed later, Denver has discovered what every morning commuter already knows: Objects in the rearview mirror are now closer than they appear. A lot closer. As in inches. As in, the Broncos, after Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick was finished carving them, had a 5-3 record, as did San Diego. And that doesn't even factor in that the Kansas City Chiefs (3-4) suddenly have resurrected their offense and have slapped a steady diet of PlayStation numbers on Atlanta (6-2) and Indianapolis (4-3) in successive games.
Smith lets his actions do his talking - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 2, 2004 - Rod Smith could have given up on the dream 10 years ago when his name was never called on draft day. Instead, the free agent from Missouri Southern signed with the Denver Broncos as a long shot hell-bent on making the practice squad. A decade later, Smith has more than 9,000 career receiving yards, the first undrafted player in the history of the league to reach that milestone. On Sunday against Atlanta, Smith added to his legacy, catching nine passes for a career-high 208 yards, including a career-long 80-yard touchdown that mirrored his touchdown against the Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.
Lynch injury a pain in rear to Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 2, 2004 - Mike Shanahan got up from his chair and prepared to show the assembled media the location of John Lynch's injury, which will keep the Broncos' safety out of the lineup between two and four weeks. Fortunately, Denver's head coach thought better of it. Lynch, it turns out, does not have a bruised hip as originally diagnosed, but a stress fracture of his sacrum, a heavy triangular-shaped bone at the base of the spine that's attached to the tailbone. In other words, it's a pain in the backside — a feeling Shanahan can relate to after watching his team drop a 41-28 home game to Atlanta on Sunday a second time during an uncomfortable session in the film room.
Monday Notebook: Lynch Sidelined 2-4 Weeks - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 1, 2004 - Denver will have to make do without John Lynch for the next two to four weeks. At his Monday afternoon press conference, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced that Lynch incurred a stress fracture in his sacrum. The sacrum is defined by the medical glossary in the Denver Broncos Media Guide as the "group of five fused vertebrae located just below the lumbar vertebrae of the low back." Lynch played through a neck injury last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had offseason surgery. This year's injury is at the opposite end of the vertebrae. Click here for a diagram of the sacrum. The injury occured when Lynch was hit by Brian Finneran early in the second quarter of Denver's 41-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Falcons scored their first touchdown three plays after Lynch's departure, beginning a 31-0 run that allowed them to take control of the contest. Safety Nick Ferguson thought the hit bordered on being inappropriate.
Emblem Displayed at Stadium in Memory of Pat Tillman - DenverBroncos.com - Mike Sarro and Andrew Mason
Monday, November 1, 2004 - As the Broncos and Falcons took the field on Sunday, INVESCO Field at Mile High displayed a new image for all to see. In a joint effort, the National Football League, the Broncos and Jake Plummer came to an agreement that would allow Plummer to continue to pay tribute to his friend and former teammate, Pat Tillman and raise awareness for the Pat Tillman Foundation. An enlarged version of the No. 40 emblem that was worn by all NFL players as a sticker on their helmets during Week 2 was displayed in the north end zone next to the play clock for all to see inside the stadium.
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