Denver Broncos News Briefs - Monday, Aug. 8

The Denver Broncos held a scrimmage on Saturday and came out of it with a couple of key injuries. Read about the prognosis in today's news reports.

Rookie role consuming Clarett Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/08/2005 - Maurice Clarett was standing in a hallway at his new sanctuary, minding his business and eating cookies when Broncos defensive end Marco Coleman - who entered the NFL when Clarett was 8 years old and free of any controversial clouds - busted through the door. Coleman introduced Clarett to his 8-year-old son, Kenneth. "Don't mind him," Coleman said to his son. "He's just a rookie."

Anderson hard to keep out of goal-line gear Denver Post – Jim Armstrong
08/08/2005 - Whether or not Mike Anderson holds onto the No. 1 running back job, it's becoming evident there will be a place for the veteran in the Broncos' offense. Anderson, who looked solid while holding off second-year pro Tatum Bell for the starting job during the first week of training camp, has excelled in the short-yardage game. In several goal-line situations, Anderson has waltzed into the end zone. The Broncos missed that red-zone element last year. Anderson would have had the job but was lost for the season with a groin injury during the final preseason game.

Broncos tight ends loom large - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 8, 2005 - In their search for more touchdowns, the Broncos have looked within. As in down inside, where the skirmishes get ugly. Down inside where the big guys also have been freed by the rules book. "You put a safety in there, or a linebacker, it's a mismatch on a tight end almost any way you look at it," Broncos tight end Stephen Alexander said. "Hopefully, we create some problems for other people, and the name of the game is putting points on the board." When the NFL's arm of the law decided it was time to strictly enforce the downfield contact rules last season (no contact after 5 yards) between receivers and defensive players, the thought was wide receivers would run wild.

Saunders: Madden predicts a year of transition for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Dusty Saunders
August 8, 2005 - A telephone conference call with John Madden is always a communications adventure. While his co-partners in such events are in urban offices or studios around the country, Madden is usually riding along, talking on the telephone in the "Madden Cruiser," somewhere out west driving from the San Francisco area. He was near Rawlings, Wyo., en route to Canton, Ohio, for tonight's Hall of Fame Game on ABC's Monday Night Football when I asked his opinion about the 2005 Broncos. Silence. That tough a question? Is Denver really a thought-provoking team? His response initially was lost for several minutes in the wilds of Wyoming.

Broncos camp report, August 8 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 8, 2005 - The Broncos players were given Sunday off, their first full day off since training camp began. Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak were scheduled to attend Steve Young's induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Shanahan was Young's offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers from 1992-94 while Kubiak was the 49ers quarterback coach in 1994.

Record crowd watches tired bunch of Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 7, 2005 — About 2,000 fans showed up to watch the Denver Broncos practice on Saturday, which was believed to be the largest crowd for a training camp session since the team moved the annual preseason rite of passage from Greeley to its Dove Valley facility. What they saw, for the most part, was a group of tired players daydreaming about getting some sleep. The Broncos were off during the afternoon and will enjoy a scheduled day off today after practicing 17 times in nine days.

Plummer hurts knee, says it's not serious - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 7, 2005 — You couldn't hear it, but an alarm went off during the Denver Broncos' practice on Saturday. An early test of the emergency quarterback system. Jake Plummer's left knee, on which the starter had arthroscopic surgery during the offseason, was hurting after he got tangled up with some big bodies at the line of scrimmage.

Training Camp Day 9 Notebook: Ups and Downs - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 6, 2005 - Saturday was a half-day for the Broncos. A chance to take an afternoon respite, to venture away from the confines of Dove Valley for a little of 24 hours, to rest and recuperate before reconvening Sunday night and returning to the practice field Monday morning. But in one session of work, the offense endured all the frustration it could handle -- more than enough for a full day or even two of them -- as the Broncos spent much of the morning in goal-line and red-zone simulations.

Plummer Unbothered By Knee - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 6, 2005 - The heavy contact that goes with a full practice in pads took a slight toll on Jake Plummer -- but it's not something that he believes will have any lasting effects. Saturday morning, pain struck Plummer in the knee on which he underwent minor offseason surgery, but he continued to practice for a while before opting out. "He just felt that there's something a little different in there and got it operated on (in the offseason)," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's had no problems. I think he got it hit or (incurred) a little jolt. Hopefully it's just a little scar tissue."

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