Plummer fined $5,000 by NFL

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for the obscene gesture he directed towards a fan during the Miami Dolphins game last Sunday. In other news - safety Kennoy Kennedy has come into his own this season, just in time for free agency.

Help for the Line - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, December 18, 2004 - The Broncos took a step to replenish the depth on their defensive line Saturday, signing defensive tackle Demetrin Veal off of the Ravens' practice squad. Veal, a second-year product of the University of Tennessee, has three NFL games to his name, participating in three contests last year while with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in Round 7 of the 2003 NFL Draft. Veal notched four tackles in that trio of games.

Jason Baker: The Business of Kicking - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, December 18, 2004 - Imagine being dumped by your signifcant other in the most public fashion imaginable, then being asked three weeks later to temporarily resume the role of romantic companion. You'd say "No," perhaps with extreme prejudice and maybe an obscenity or two, and then walk away, right? Then imagine if issues of financial and personal security forced you to say "yes" -- to gulping and perhaps choking on one's pride, out of nothing more than pure necessity. Now you have an idea of what Jason Baker had to do when the Kansas City Chiefs called him in late September, three weeks into the season. Steve Cheek, the punter the team kept to replace Baker, was struggling and injured. The Chiefs called. They needed Baker's help.

Chiefs At a Glance - - Tucker Gilmore
Saturday, December 18, 2004 - Sunday's game will mark the final AFC West test for the 8-5 Broncos. Standing in the way of the Broncos playoff hopes this week are the Kansas City Chiefs, who are the Broncos' opposite at 5-8. Historically, Arrowhead Stadium has not been kind to the Broncos, especially in the winter months. Denver is 1-13 all-time in Kansas City in the month of December. Although the record is not promising for Denver fans, the Broncos have fought valiantly in their recent meetings in Kansas City. Last season, Dante Hall returned a punt 93 yards with just over eight minutes remaining in the game to put the Broncos away, 24-23. In 2002, Denver stormed into Arrowhead Stadium and came away with a 37-34 overtime victory. Once again, in 2001, the Broncos came up just short in overtime, losing 26-23.

Broncos-Chiefs Capsule and Notes -
Saturday, December 18, 2004 - With playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Denver Broncos travel to Kansas City this Sunday to face to face the Chiefs if in a crucial December matchup. Though the Broncos won the first game between the two teams, a 34-24 victory to open the 2004 season that sent the clubs in opposite directions, Denver's success at Arrowhead Stadium has been limited in the month of December. The Broncos have won only one out of fourteen games played there in the final month of the year.

NFL fines Plummer for finger - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, December 17, 2004 - Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer in a Dec. 15 photo.The NFL today fined Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer for giving a fan an obscene gesture that was captured by television cameras after throwing an interception at Sunday's game. The league's decision didn't come to a surprise, especially to the Broncos quarterback. "I expected it," Plummer said today after learning he was fined $5,000 for a public display of obscenity.

Kennedy rises to elite notch - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 18, 2004 - There's no one in the NFL more familiar with the importance of timing than Kenoy Kennedy. It's a characteristic that defines his job as a strong safety. Arrive too late, and a receiver is racing past a cornerback for an easy touchdown. Appear just as the ball is being caught or thrown, and it's nap time for a receiver or quarterback . A similar principle can be applied to free agency, where timing also is key - if there is a significant amount of talent attached. So it is for Kennedy, a starter for 57 of 61 games since the 2001 season in Denver.

Same old song: Elliss scratched (bad disk) - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold and Lee Rasizer
December 18, 2004 - As Denver Broncos defensive tackle Luther Elliss struggled to get dressed at his locker this week, he said he was "just hoping for the best" about his increasingly sore back. Elliss did not get the news he was looking for from a magnetic resonance imaging exam. He has a herniated disk and will require surgery to repair it. The Broncos placed Elliss on injured reserve Friday afternoon, and he will miss the remainder of the season. Elliss will visit Dr. Robert Watkins at the Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute next week and is expected to undergo surgery after the examination. Watkins performed similar surgery on Broncos defensive end/tackle Trevor Pryce on Sept. 22.

NFL injury report, December 18 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 18, 2004 - NFL injury report, December 18

Plummer fingered for $5,000 by NFL - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 18, 2004 - That's fine? Jake Plummer expected to be mailing a check to the NFL offices for making an inappropriate gesture to a fan during Denver's 20-17 victory over Miami last Sunday. The league confirmed on Friday that the Broncos quarterback was punished with a $5,000 fine for the "public display of obscenity" caught by a CBS camera at Invesco Field. The dollar amount was typical for a first-time offense. Whether it was high enough is subject for debate.

Elliss Out for Rest of Season - - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 17, 2004 - Luther Elliss' season is over. The Broncos announced Friday morning that the veteran defensive tackle would miss the rest of the 2004 season with a herniated disc in his lower back. The team placed him on injured reserve later in the afternoon. Broncos Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos said in a release that Elliss' injury is similar to the one incurred by fellow defensive lineman Trevor Pryce. Pryce underwent back surgery in late September and has not played since, having now missed 12 consecutive games. He only returned to practice last week. "According to Greek (Antonopulos), it's a little bit worse than Trevor," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's a herniated disc. He's going to see Dr. (Robert) Watkins next week sometime and obviously, the surgery should be shortly thereafter."

D.J. Williams Answers Your Questions -
Friday, December 17, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Broncos' linebacker D.J. Williams. Selected by Denver in the first round of the 2004 draft, Williams has made an immediate impact on the defense. Williams has played some of the best football of any rookie in the National Football League, and he's on pace to be the first rookie in the Mike Shanahan era to lead the team in tackles. He's had several brilliant performances this year, including one against Oakland where he recorded seven tackles, a pass breakup, and a special-teams stop. In his first Monday Night Football appearance, Williams sparkled with seven tackles, a pass deflection, and three special teams tackles.

Broncology: Broncos, Chiefs Propelled By Ground Games - - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 17, 2004 - With gusty winds of up to 30 miles per hour expected to blast their way across and through Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon, a productive running game could be the key to victory for either the Broncos or the Kansas City Chiefs. In recent years, both clubs have roused their running game for some big days against each other. The teams have combined for nine 100-yard individual rushing performances against each other since Dick Vermeil assumed control of the Chiefs in 2001.

Triandos Luke: Learning Fast - - Brady Smith
Friday, December 17, 2004 - It was the second day of the 2004 NFL Draft and speedy wide receiver Triandos Luke was anxiously awaiting a call from a franchise informing him that he had been drafted. It was getting a bit late, and a feeling of apprehensiveness began to set in. Just the day before, the University of Alabama alumnus had gathered with a slew of friends and family in anticipation of being selected in the first or second rounds. But on this day, just he and his parents sat quietly in the living room of his Phenix City, Ala., home, pondering if he would get the one call that he had dreamt of since he was a boy -- the one that could change his life immediately.

Rookies Get Ready - - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 17, 2004 - For most of the season, Roc Alexander and Jeff Shoate could gradually grow into playing defense in the NFL. Neither had to start. Both went through lengthy stretches without seeing as much as a defensive snap, although Alexander has been active for all 13 games this year in part due to his duties on kickoff returns. The play of Lenny Walls and Willie Middlebrooks afforded Alexander and Shoate the benefit of a relatively gentle transition to the professional ranks. That changes Sunday. With Walls on injured reserve and Middlebrooks set to head there after suffering a knee injury against Miami, only starters Champ Bailey and Kelly Herndon sit ahead of the rookie pair.

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