Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, June 9

Today's news focuses on a couple of Denver Broncos players coming off surgery - cornerback Lenny Walls and defensive tackle Luther Elliss.

Walls hoping injury cycle broken - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
June 9, 2005 - Denver Broncos cornerback Lenny Walls has his grip on a starting spot again. Yet, he has been down this road before, and this time, Walls is hoping his surgically repaired right shoulder allows him to hang on to his spot in the secondary. "Shoulder's doing great, I'm not even worried about it right now," he said Wednesday during the Broncos' mini-camp. "Obviously when the pads come on I'll really be able to test it, but doing stuff like this, I don't even have to worry about it. It's strong, it's stable. I'm just ready to go." Walls entered the Broncos' 2004 training camp as their starter at right cornerback, but then he suffered an ankle injury that required surgery and kept him out of much of the remainder of training camp.

Team Camp Day 5: Elliss Works His Way Back - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 - One day late last fall, defensive tackle Luther Elliss' two years of assorted injuries took their most unexpected -- and worst -- turn. "My left leg was numb," Elliss said, recalling the moment he knew his season was in jeopardy after he'd managed to overcome a partially torn pectoral muscle incurred in the preseason. "You could have stuck a pin in there and I couldn't have felt it. I couldn't feel it. I couldn't control it. I couldn't lift it up." Just weeks earlier, fellow defensive lineman Trevor Pryce had endured the same kind of discomfort and undergone subsequent surgery to remove disc fragments from his back. He would only play part of one game the rest of the season, as he spent most of the fall in what was ultimately a futile effort to return to health and get back to the starting lineup. So Elliss sought out Pryce. Immediately afterward, Elliss sought help.

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