Training Camp News Briefs - Thursday, Aug. 11

The Denver Broncos continue practicing in Houston with the Texans. Read the latest news in today's reports.

Broncos seek Gold standard - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON - When the doors to free agency opened in the off-season, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had a checkbook in one hand and his shopping list in the other. And, of all the players from all the places he could have had, Shanahan's first choice wasn't to fill a position of need, it wasn't to shore up some glaring roster weakness. It was Ian Gold. "I like the way he played, I liked the way he handles himself, I like the way he competes . . . ," Shanahan said. "A true pro. I couldn't think of anybody I would want back more than Ian Gold. I was really sick when he did leave and I'm very excited that he's back."

Broncos' Brown skips pity party - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Jeff Legwold
August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON - It's no small feat that Courtney Brown can find a bright side to getting hurt. But that's how Brown is approaching his latest injury, a dislocated left elbow he suffered while trying to make a tackle during an Aug. 4 drill. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, the oft-injured Denver Broncos defensive end was pleased he will miss only three to four weeks instead of the possible alternative. "Thank God I didn't need surgery," he said.

Despite small size, corner Williams coming up big - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON - A certain levelheadedness is needed to excel as a cornerback in the NFL. One must avoid being mesmerized by the skills of the opposing receiver. One must trust technique and make plays accordingly. Denver Broncos secondary coach Bob Slowik has recognized such an even-keeled approach in Darrent Williams - despite the rookie's outward cockiness. As Slowik put it, Williams isn't "caught up in names yet" of opposing receivers; his focus is on improving.

Clarett's treatment for injury intensive - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON - Rookie running back Maurice Clarett might have peace and quiet in the Broncos' Dove Valley complex for the rest of the week, but that doesn't mean he's getting any rest. "Oh, no," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's got plenty to do so we can get him back on the field. We'll keep him busy back there."

Broncos camp report, August 11 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 11, 2005 - The Broncos worked twice against the Texans, in the morning, then at night at the Reliant Stadium complex. The pace quickened as expected with the Broncos facing another team instead of themselves with several quality one-on-one battles in pass-rush drills and between cornerbacks and receivers. There was also the air of two businesslike teams going to work. There were no fights and only one near skirmish as the teams went about their business. "That stuff has no place in the game, fighting, it's not good now and it probably costs you a game if you do it in a game," Texans coach Dom Capers said.

Clarett behind in work, workplace - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/11/2005 - Houston - After missing the past two football seasons mired in NCAA red tape and controversy, Maurice Clarett will miss his first NFL chance. But Clarett isn't getting the next few days off. The Broncos' rookie running back from Ohio State will be working harder in Denver than he would if he were in Texas with his teammates. A pulled groin will keep Clarett from playing in Denver's preseason opener Saturday night against the Houston Texans, but the Broncos may be sending him a message by leaving him behind to work with an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Dove Valley headquarters. Coach Mike Shanahan said Clarett is "picked on" by media and critics because of his past notoriety. Shanahan also said that "like all rookies, Clarett needs to learn to work through things."

Injuries may force trio to sit vs. Texans - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/11/2005 - Houston - Maurice Clarett may not be the only high-profile Bronco to miss the preseason opener Saturday night. Star cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring) and defensive tackle Gerard Warren (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Jerry Rice (plantar fasciitis) skipped the morning practice but was on the field Wednesday night. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Rice came out of the evening practice healthy. Shanahan said it was too early to determine whether any of those players will miss Saturday's game against the Houston Texans.

Rice says Owens' way wrong - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/11/2005 - Houston - If it were possible, Broncos wide receiver Jerry Rice might have reached out to the white stucco estate in Moorestown, N.J., on Wednesday and bopped an old teammate across the back of the head. Luckily for Terrell Owens, Rice is a leader not a fighter. If Rice could say anything to the embattled Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and former San Francisco 49er, it would be that Terrell Owens is not nearly as important as Terrell Owens thinks. "T.O. is a great, great football player," Rice said Wednesday night after the Broncos' controlled scrimmages against the Houston Texans, "but I don't feel like you're bigger than the team."

Broncos slowed by injuries to some key players - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON — Before the practice sessions began here on the fields adjacent to Reliant Stadium, Houston Texans head coach Dom Capers said he was looking forward to measuring his players against an AFC playoff team. He's still waiting. The Broncos showed up on Wednesday ready to compete. Except for many of the new guys who are supposed to make a big difference for Denver.

Rice drawing plenty of attention - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON — Jerry Rice wasn't on the field or wearing his famous No. 80 during Wednesday's morning practice session between the Texans and Broncos. That doesn't mean the legendary receiver's presence wasn't felt. Houston's Andre Johnson, who already graces the cover of the team's media guide entering his third NFL season, was doing his best to represent the standard the former San Francisco treat and current No. 4 receiver for Denver has set at the position.

Broncos, Texans get chance to assess talent in joint practices - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Wed, Aug. 10, 2005 - HOUSTON - (KRT) - The Denver Broncos will spend a lot of time during training camp evaluating their players, preparing for roster cuts. This week the Broncos' personnel department will spend some time watching the Houston Texans, maybe preparing for the Texans' roster cuts. The Broncos and Texans practiced against each other twice Wednesday and will have another joint practice Thursday before playing each other in a preseason game Saturday. Coaches like the practices because they can see how their young players react in a competitive environment and players are excited to hit someone other than their teammates. Another benefit is the chance to extensively scout the other team.

A quiet time for Sauerbrun - Charlotte Observer - Charles Chandler
Thu, Aug. 11, 2005 - HOUSTON - Todd Sauerbrun looked straight ahead and walked briskly off the practice field, declining an interview. "I'm just happy to be here, man," he said. "I don't talk to media." That's been his policy since joining the Denver Broncos in May via trade from the Carolina Panthers. None of the print or broadcast reporters who cover the Broncos are known to have interviewed him -- a drastic change for a player who once said it was "cleansing" to air his thoughts publicly. "That's his decision. I don't ask anybody not to talk," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said after Wednesday's practice with the Houston Texans. "What he wants to do is let his play do the talking."

Griffin doesn't have a lot of room to develop in Broncos RB machine - Houston Chronicle - Alisha J. Ricardi
Aug. 10, 2005 - Training in Houston with the Texans this week is more of a homecoming than a field trip for Denver Broncos running back Quentin Griffin. But while the former Nimitz High School star said he was excited to return to his hometown, he was more focused on regaining the starting spot he lost midway through last season. When Mike Anderson suffered two torn groin muscles in an August preseason game against the Texans last year, Griffin got an opportunity to move out front. But he had his breakout season cut short in October when he injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on a kickoff return against Cincinnati.

Takeaways After Dark - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, August 11, 2005 - HOUSTON -- It was another step forward for a defense looking to fix the one single thing that ailed it in two seasons of ranking in the league's top five. An offseason and summer of work on finding ways to become more opportunistic showed another sign of bearing regular-season fruit on Wednesday night, as Denver's defense scuttled two Houston Texans drives with interceptions to close out the teams' joint prime-time practice at Reliant Park.

Day 12 Notebook: Business As Usual - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - HOUSTON -- It was just another day at the office.Sure, the venue had changed, with muggy, soup-thick air and distant skyscrapers replacing high-altitude, thin air and the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop for the Broncos' practice tableau. So too had the conditions of the practice; instead of grappling amongst themselves, the Broncos faced off with the Houston Texans for the first of three practice sessions. But on Wednesday morning at Reliant Park in south Houston, the work went on as it had for nearly two weeks in Broncos training camp. Installation of plays and schemes continued. Preparation for the first preseason game of 2005 rolled onward.

Rice: Mentoring a New Generation of Receivers - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - HOUSTON -- One's been around long enough to where he regularly faces cornerbacks who were sleeping in their cribs when he began his NFL career. The other is in only his third NFL training camp and has barely begun to discover just how good he can be. One has caught 197 touchdown passes in 20 seasons. The other has 10 in two. But both were No. 1 draft picks. Both have been to the Pro Bowl. And both have worn No. 80. Jerry Rice doesn't wear No. 80 right now. But Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson does -- and it's all because of the example Rice set.

Darrent Williams' Rookie Journal - Denver - Darrent Williams
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - I'm anxious and ready to go to Houston. I'm from Texas so I have a lot of family and friends coming down to the game to see me. A lot of people in the stands who are behind me will be great to have. It's going to give me a real football feeling, the real NFL feeling for the first time. I'm really excited about this game, but I'm also very focused on what I need to do for the team. I think I've had a pretty good camp so far. Picking off passes and breaking up some passes don't hurt your chances of making the team.

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