Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, Mar. 17

Denver Broncos cornerback Kelly Herndon has signed an offer sheet with the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, guard Cooper Carlisle backed out of a deal with Baltimore and will remain with the Broncos.

Broncos sway Carlisle back - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, March 17, 2005 - The Denver Broncos' Cooper CarlisleThe Broncos retained an offensive lineman, but might have lost a cornerback. Guard Cooper Carlisle - who three days ago agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens - reversed his field and agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with the Broncos, which includes a $500,000 signing bonus. Restricted free-agent cornerback Kelly Herndon signed an offer sheet with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, agent Peter Schaffer confirmed.

Cut block under review - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, March 17, 2005 - The Broncos still can cut block, but they might have to be more careful how they go about it. At next week's NFL owners meetings in Hawaii, the league's competition committee will recommend that the league broaden its interpretation of its unnecessary roughness rule. It will recommend that blind-side plays on "unsuspecting" players be outlawed. All rule changes must be approved by two-thirds of the owners in the 32-team league.

Foster's block in spotlight - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold And Lee Rasizer
March 17, 2005 - A block by Denver Broncos tackle George Foster, which was caught by the Monday Night Football cameras last season, has become a flash point for a potential rules change at the NFL's annual March meetings next week. Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay, who co-chairs the competition committee with Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, said Wednesday that Foster's block against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 25 "are the types of plays we'd like not to have in the game, that have no place in the game, and quite frankly, the players themselves . . . they emphasized the point to us."

Colts, Niners Come to Denver; Broncos Travel to Houston, Arizona - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - A nationally televised home contest with the Indianapolis Colts highlights the Broncos' preseason schedule, which was released Wednesday. The Broncos also hit the road to face the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, while the San Francisco 49ers will also pay the Broncos a visit to INVESCO Field at Mile High. The exact dates and times for three of the games are still to be determined. Because CBS will broadcast the Colts game nationally, the date and time for that contest are already set -- Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. MDT. Denver opens the summer slate at Houston sometime between Aug. 11 and 15. This will be the third consecutive year in which the Broncos and Texans have met in the preseason; the two teams dueled in Houston in 2003 and then played in Denver last summer on an unusually chilly 54-degree August night. Denver is 2-0 against the Texans in the preseason.

Injury Update: B.J. Johnson - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - As the Broncos' season wore on, one big name after another succumbed to a season-ending injury. Lenny Walls -- gone. Former first-round pick Willie Middlebrooks, making plays on defense -- gone. Luther Elliss -- gone. Mike Anderson -- gone. It was far too easy to forget about B.J. Johnson, whose season ended with an ankle injury incurred just days after training camp began. First of all, he was undrafted, joining the Broncos one day after seven rounds of the NFL Draft passed without his name being called. Then, his season ended on Aug. 5, before he even had the chance to play for the Broncos in a preseason game, crashing to the FieldTurf at the Broncos facility in a non-contact drill during training camp. Johnson lost balance as he cut while running a pass route by himself.

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