Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - The NFL delivered one of its high-profile stars one of the biggest on-field fines in league history. Broncos leader and Pro Bowl safety John Lynch was fined $75,000 by the league Tuesday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark during the Broncos' 33-14, playoff-clinching victory Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Broncos need brakes to stop Freeney - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - While Broncos fans fret about how to slow down Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts' offense, they also should remember that the lightning-fast field at the RCA Dome works both ways. Which means they should block out a little time to worry about the Broncos being able to block Dwight Freeney during the teams' playoff game Sunday.
Disrupting Colts mission possible - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - The Greatest Show on Turf now plays in Indianapolis under a big top known as the RCA Dome. All the Colts have done there this season is score 36.1 points per game, win by an average of 13.8 points and turn their home games into pyrotechnic offensive displays. The Broncos' mission Sunday in their AFC wild-card game is to disrupt the Colts' three-ring circus that includes quarterback Peyton Manning, running back Edgerrin James and a trio of 1,000-yard receivers.
Broncos counting on Bell to exact his toll on Colts - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 5, 2005 - The Denver Broncos know for whom the Bell toils. The Broncos also know that if rookie running back Tatum Bell toils just enough Sunday, their chances of leaving the RCA Dome with a victory in an AFC wild-card game will improve dramatically. Because when the Broncos take the field against the high-flying Indianapolis Colts (11 a.m. MST, CBS 4 News), the game clock will be friend or foe, depending on how long the Denver offense can play keep away with the ball.
Lynch absorbs $75,000 hit - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 5, 2005 - Broncos safety John Lynch earned the first fine of the season in September and Tuesday he earned the first one of the new year when the NFL fined Lynch $75,000 for his hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark on Sunday, according to a league spokesman. Lynch was fined $7,500 in September for a hit on Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dante Hall.
Lynch hit with $75,000 fine - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 5, 2005 - Was John Lynch's hit on Dallas Clark in the regular-season finale worse than the hit the Broncos safety put on Dante Hall in the opener? According to the NFL — which fined Lynch $75,000 on Tuesday for the helmet-to-helmet hit on the Indianapolis tight end during Denver's 33-14 win on Sunday at Invesco Field — it was 10 times more serious. Lynch was fined $7,500 for hitting a "defenseless" Hall in a 34-24 win over Kansas City on Sept. 12.
Lynch ready to play despite broken thumb - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 4, 2005 - Will John Lynch be able to play Sunday at Indianapolis? Thumb's up. The Denver Broncos new Pro Bowl safety fractured his thumb on the first play of Sunday's 33-14 victory over the Colts at Invesco Field but played the entire game. Lynch, who is expected to be fined by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Dallas Clark, finished with three tackles and a pass defended.
Intensity kicks into high gear at playoff time - Indianapolis Star - Phillip B. Wilson
January 5, 2005 - Cato June can still picture the scene, snowflakes falling on Gillette Stadium, a sellout crowd abuzz for last January's AFC Championship game at New England. The Indianapolis Colts linebacker was a rookie special teams player then. And he was just taking the field for warm-ups. "I could feel that energy in the building," June said. If he learned anything from his initial playoff experience, it's that these games demand a rush of intensity seldom seen in a laborious 16-game regular season. Now a starter at weak-side linebacker, June will play a more prominent playoff role when the Colts (12-4) host the Denver Broncos (10-6) in Sunday's AFC wild-card game at the RCA Dome.
Memory Balance - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 - There exists an ancient Russian proverb that maintains, "Dwell on the past and you'll lose an eye; forget the past and you'll lose both eyes." Unappetizing options either way. But one can remember the past without wallowing in it; so the Broncos hope to use the 41-10 playoff loss at Indianapolis last January as extra motivation without being so overwhelmed that one's play is affected -- to strike the balance of remembering without dwelling. "We're going to remember that game for (what they did) to us," safety Kenoy Kennedy said. "At the same time, we forget about it." Head Coach Mike Shanahan hasn't forgotten the loss, but doesn't plan to make it a recurring theme of the week, either.
Rod Smith to Appear on Wheel of Fortune - DenverBroncos.com - Luke Sacks
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 - NFL Players Week on Wheel of Fortune will take place from Monday, January 3, 2005 through Friday, January 7, 2005. Rod Smith will be appear on the show on Thursday, January 6, 2005 along with Oakland's Robert Gallery and San Diego's Drew Brees. Rod will be playing for The Rod Smith Foundation. Preparation is paramount to being a successful NFL football player. When you take the field on Sunday, you need a game plan, a strategy and a few contingency thoughts in case things don't go exactly as you hoped. Players spend hours in classrooms and watching film in order to gain as much knowledge as possible about opponents. So it's no surprise that when 15 NFL players traveled to Los Angeles to compete on Wheel of Fortune for their favorite charities, they had done their research and were ready to compete.
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