Minicamp Day 3

The Denver Broncos received a surprise on Friday morning when coach Mike Shanahan told the team that they were going to the bowling alley instead of the practice field on the final day of minicamp. Also in today's news - updates on defensive end Courtney Brown and quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt (in photo).

A cleaned slate - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
July 9, 2005 - Courtney Brown's football fortunes always have been connected to his knee bones. Or foot ligaments. Or a mangled tendon. Or even the searing pain that vaulted from his neck and roared down his arms. Yes, so much of Brown's NFL career has been spent at the intersection of potential - so much potential, in fact, that he was the first player selected in the 2000 draft - and various injuries that have kept him out of 33 games during the past four seasons. "There have been some tough times, but you're going to have obstacles in this game," Brown said. "I want to look forward to the future." When Brown was released by the Cleveland Browns on March 15, most teams knew the potential, knew what they had seen five years ago when they put the 6-foot-4, 285-pound former Penn State defensive end on top of the draft boards.

Pride and grooming help - Rocky Mountain News
July 9, 2005 - Bradlee Van Pelt believes he's coming along as a practice player. Later this summer, during preseason games, the quarterback will see if he can take the next step and work his way up the Denver Broncos depth chart and become a legitimate contender to make the 53-player squad. The former Colorado State star's athleticism and running skills have not been in doubt since Denver drafted him with the last of three seventh-round picks in April 2004. His ability to throw with accuracy and assimilate the offense is what he had to prove to coaches. And at least in the media's limited access to Broncos practices this off-season, Van Pelt seems sharper with his passes. He said he has been far from perfect but has been more consistent with his arm, which he attributes to increased practice repetitions - and confidence. He said his feeling heading into his second season, put alongside his first, is "uncomparable."

Mini-Camp Day 3: A Morning Audible - - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 8, 2005 - The Broncos arrived at team headquarters Friday morning prepared for the final practice of the offseason, a two-hour practice to cap off the team's three-day mini-camp and conclude the run of sessions that began with the start of quarterback camp May 16. What they got was the best kind of surprise imaginable. Head Coach Mike Shanahan gathered the players Friday morning and called off the final mini-camp practice. Instead, the Broncos ambled onto a quartet of awaiting buses and were whisked three and a half miles to the Arapahoe Bowling Center, where cleats were exchanged for bowling shoes and play sheets were replaced by electronic scoring machines. "To say the least, they were a little excited," Shanahan said.

Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos' Answers -
Friday, July 8, 2005 - This week was your chance to ask questions of the man who keeps the Broncos physically ready to play every Sunday. That man is head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos. A veteran of Denver's football operations department, Antonopulos and his staff are charged with everything from wrapping ankles before kickoff to overseeing players' rehab. This can take just a few days or an entire offseason of work and dedication. In close to 30 years with the club, "Greek" has worked with many injured players to help them return to action on the field. Antonopulos is took time this week to answer your questions.

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