Pryce will be out longer than expected

After visiting a specialist on Friday, Denver Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce learned he could miss another four weeks while he recovers from back surgery. Also in today's news - safety John Lynch will have to miss the Houston Texans game on Sunday.

Pryce's return is put on hold - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 6, 2004 - Denver Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce, who has played in only one game this season because of a back injury, now could miss as much as another four weeks. Pryce visited Dr. Robert Watkins at the Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute on Friday to gauge his recovery from Sept. 22 surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back that was putting pressure on a nerve and causing weakness in his leg. After the exam, Watkins informed the Broncos that Pryce was not ready to return to practice and should continue with his rehabilitation program. Pryce had hoped to return for the Broncos' Nov. 21 game at New Orleans after the team's bye week. If he misses another month before returning to practice, the Dec. 12 game against -Miami might be the soonest he could return. Pryce is scheduled to be re-examined in a month. He will not return to practice or play in a game without clearance from Watkins.

Broncos are in a battleground state - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 6, 2004 - They're neither red nor blue. They're not left or right. The Denver Broncos, after eight games, still are undecided. Halfway home in the 2004 season, they still don't know if their playoff glass is half empty or half full. Yes, undecided it is. "It does feel like a little Groundhog Day every once in a while," running back Reuben Droughns said. "We start pretty fast and then have a couple tough games. . . . But now it comes down to the second half of the season. You've just got to be stronger in the second half of the season than you were in the first half." The second half of the Broncos season begins Sunday against the Houston Texans in Invesco Field at Mile High.

Smith on verge of grabbing record - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 6, 2004 - Two more receptions, and Rod Smith will have made the longest of trips into Denver Broncos history. With two catches, he will have gone from an undrafted player simply hoping to hold on to his practice-squad spot to the Broncos' all-time leading receiver. "He's such a pro," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's been everything you'd ever want as a coach, and then some." Smith, now in his 10th season, has 674 career receptions and needs one to tie former tight end Shannon Sharpe as the franchise's all-time leading receiver and two catches to set the mark.

Adams: Broncos 'D' needs to turn over a new leaf - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 6, 2004 - The Denver Broncos rank among the NFL's top five in total offense and total defense, yet rank among the league's worst five teams in turnover margin. Perhaps this is why some fans are slightly leery about the Broncos' chances in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at Invesco Field at Mile High. Denver's offense ranks No. 5 in the league, and its defense ranks No. 4 overall. This is where the numbers get fuzzy - the Broncos are tied with the Dallas Cowboys in takeaway/giveaway, both at minus-7. Only four teams are worse in takeaway/giveaway - Miami and Oakland (each at minus-14), San Francisco (minus-11) and Green Bay (minus-10).

Lincicome: Broncos waning while Houston, others gaining - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
November 6, 2004 - A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of not only little minds, but also masterminds. There is an eerie sense of déjà phew all over again with the Broncos. The difference between this time last year and whatever happens Sunday is that Jake Plummer is the quarterback instead of Danny Kanell. This must still be considered a good thing. Otherwise, there yawns the awful prospect of a week off to consider just how dreadful the Broncos have suddenly become. Either that or the great relief in knowing that blood clots. The Broncos must stop the bleeding or fall into that pit of afterthoughts who from now until January will be shouting at empty air. Ambition will be reduced to hoping the playoffs save them a seat, and not at home, while Philadelphia and New England aim at each other in the big one.

Lynch to miss Texans game - Denver Post
Saturday, November 06, 2004 - Broncos safety John Lynch will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a broken bone above his tailbone. "John Lynch is getting better, but we won't play him this weekend," coach Mike Shana- han said Friday. "Hopefully, with the bye week and a little recovery time, he will be ready to go against New Orleans." Denver has its bye week Nov. 14, then plays at New Orleans on Nov. 21. Lynch was injured when he was blocked by Atlanta wide receiver Brian Finneran 30 yards from the play during last Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

Parity keeps Broncos on their toes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 6, 2004 - The 1972 Miami Dolphins don't really have much to worry about, do they? Last weekend, the New England Patriots' bid for a perfect season ended when their record 21-game win streak — dating back to the 2003 regular season — was snapped in Pittsburgh. Philadelphia is suddenly the only unbeaten team left in the NFL. But most fans believe that over the course of the next nine weeks, perhaps even this Sunday when the Eagles play the surprising Steelers, someone is going to rise up and shut Terrell Owens' mouth. Parity has made it easier for Don Shula's dominant '72 roster to party, which members of the league's only perfect team do every season when the final unbeaten is beaten.

Texans want more from ground game - Houston Chronicle - Joseph Duarte
Nov. 6, 2004 - The Texans' magic number is 4.0. Right now, they're at 3.3, which is acceptable if you're talking college grade-point averages or interest rates. Instead, it's among the worst yards-per-carry averages in the NFL. "We don't do excuses around here," said left guard Chester Pitts. "We know that's not good enough. We're not there yet." The Texans, who rank 25th in the league in rushing entering Sunday's game at Denver, are tied with Detroit for the second-worst yards-per-carry average in the league, just ahead of Miami's 3.2. Ideally, the Texans want to average a minimum of 4.0 yards per carry. By comparison, the NFL average is 4.2.

Friday Notebook: Bye Far from Broncos' Minds - - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 5, 2004 - Last week is gone ... "I ain't talking about last week," wide receiver Rod Smith offered when the subject of Sunday's loss to Atlanta arose. ... but next week, the bye, isn't yet here. The Broncos are among the last quartet of teams to take a weekend sojourn away from the game, and Sunday's clash with the Houston Texans will end nearly 16 weeks of an unremitting string of practices, games and road trips.

Head of the Class - - James Merilatt
Friday, November 5, 2004 - Ask any longtime Denver Broncos fan to name the greatest offensive players in the franchise's 44-year history and the list of responses will be varied. Depending on what era is top of mind, the candidates will be diverse with a couple of major groups. From the most recent teams, John Elway's name will come up, a few hundred times. Shannon Sharpe will undoubtedly get a few mentions, as will Ed McCaffrey and Terrell Davis – being a part of back-to-back Super Bowl teams that were offensive juggernauts left fond memories in the minds of fans. And for those that appreciate the work done in the trenches, Gary Zimmerman will probably earn a few mentions.

Nate Jackson: The Snow Man -
Friday, November 5, 2004 - I usually submit this journal on Tuesday night. Now it's Thursday night, so Mr. Sharp Pain in my skull has subsided a bit. He's still around though. He always hangs around after a tough loss, until Mr. Thrill of Victory comes along and chases him out of town. We're working hard to get the little things right and get back on track. Fewer mistakes. You know how it is. You watch ESPN. You watch the news. They know more about our team than we do.

Donnie Spragan Answers Your Questions -
Friday, November 5, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Broncos' linebacker Donnie Spragan. Spragan has been solid as Denver's starting strongside linebacker for all eight of its games this season. One of Spragan's best performances of the season came when he sparkled on Monday Night Football, making five tackles against the Cincinnati Bengals and recorded his first career sack. He's recorded four or more tackles in five of the Broncos' seven games this season, helping the defense to become one of the premier units in the NFL.

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