Training Camp News Briefs - Wednesday, Aug. 10

The Denver Broncos are now in Houston to spend a few days of practice on the field with the Texans before their preseason game this weekend. Read the latest from training camp in today's news reports.

Elway now stranger to Broncos - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - The early bird gets the note. ... It doesn't seem possible, but it's true. Seven years have passed since John Elway's last training camp with the Broncos. If any of the Broncos' younger players are reading this, Elway used to play quarterback around here.

Pryce geared for game - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - Trevor Pryce has practiced for nearly two weeks. He's ready for a game. The next two days of lining up against the Texans in Houston won't qualify as the next step for Pryce, whose surgically repaired back has held up well during Broncos training camp. He wants it to be game time.

Field position fix - Denver Post - Mike Klis
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - When looking at the big picture of their 2005 season, the Broncos left vivid imaginations to artists. All the Broncos could see was a 100-yard football field. They saw the 20-yard line, the 50, the other side's 30. Those 10-yard end zones always look the same: pretty on one side, ugly on the other. Every time the Broncos thought of how they would climb up from their first-round-and-out playoff rut, their brain waves went linear. They had to do something about that 100-yard field.

Rookie's shining moment short-lived - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - In last week's introductory journal I expressed how as an NFL rookie I understand and accept my role on this team. I recognized that as one of the newest Broncos I am an honest worker making tiny pushes, wishing for an opportunity to prove I have the ability to make a more significant contribution.

Broncos keep Clarett home - Denver Post - Mike Klis
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - Maurice Clarett hasn't officially run with the football for more than two years. It appears his wait likely will be extended to two years and at least one preseason game. Bothered by a sore groin, Clarett is unlikely to play in the Broncos' preseason opener Saturday night against the Houston Texans.

Shanahan wants policy to know when to bolt - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - With the Denver Broncos having had to vacate their practice field during this training camp because of stormy weather, coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday he would support some kind of uniform policy from the NFL about lightning.

Injured Clarett stays in Denver - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - Running back Maurice Clarett was not on the Broncos' charter flight to Houston on Tuesday. He remained in Denver for a magnetic resonance imaging exam to check his right groin. Clarett was held out of two practices Monday as well as Tuesday. He has been troubled by the injury since the beginning of camp and reaggravated it last week.

Broncos camp report, August 10 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005 - The Broncos will practice twice in Houston against the Texans. The first workout at the Texans' Reliant Stadium complex will be at 7:45 a.m. MDT, the second at 6:05 p.m.

Giving almost more than all - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - There's an expression people sometimes use to describe how badly they covet something. "I'd give my left pinky to . . ." For Dorsett Davis, these weren't just words last summer. It was nearly a choice the Denver Broncos defensive tackle made in an attempt to secure a job on the team's final roster.

Waiting in vain for a chance - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
8/10/2005 — He'd complain if he thought it would do any good. But it wouldn't help his cause. Denver Broncos middle linebacker Terry Pierce has the misfortune of backing up Al Wilson. Since Wilson never gets hurt, that means precious little playing time for Pierce. Wilson hasn't missed a game due to injury since Pierce was drafted with the 51st pick in the 2003 draft. Wilson has also been to three Pro Bowls. Pierce, on the other hand, gets to play special teams. Occasionally, he'll spell Wilson at middle linebacker, but not often. Maybe once the lack of field time would've frustrated him. But he's come to terms with it. He's had to for sanity's sake.

Day 11 Notebook: Smith the Teacher - Denver - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - The Broncos' coaching staff is one of the deepest in the NFL, particularly in former players, which includes four members of the Broncos' teams of the 1980s that went to three Super Bowls in four years. But having an active-roster player like Rod Smith contributing to the development of the younger players at his position is always a nice bonus. When his fellow receivers get a respite, Smith is the first to seek them out, to offer the counsel that comes with 11 seasons in the NFL, including one as a practice-squad player.

Trading Places - Denver - J. Michael Moore
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - Imagine being right handed, but asked to learn to write with your left hand. Or swing a bat from the left side of the plate, even though you're more comfortable on the right. Broncos linebacker Terry Pierce knows that discombobulated feeling better than some. He was drafted as a middle linebacker, played there for the last two seasons, but is now being asked to play both outside linebacker slots as well. On paper the switch is easy.

Two-Step to Texas - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - For some, the conditions in Houston aren't conducive to work -- at least not at this time of year. The temperature rockets into the mid-90s daily; humidity gives the air the thick consistency of tepid broth; frequent thunderstorms are a constant threat to any outdoor activity. But the Broncos' hosts for the next three days have a full-field indoor facility on which to practice when threatening weather looms. Just one of the teams' three practices on Wednesday and Thursday will be held during the middle of the afternoon, with morning and evening practices defining the club's activity on Wednesday. Even the morning practice will give the Broncos enough to take advantage of some hot-weather preparation -- work which will help for trips to Miami and Jacksonville in the first four weeks of the regular season.

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