Denver Broncos News Blogs - Tuesday, Sept. 13

The Denver Broncos received a bit of good news on Monday when it was learned that cornerback Champ Bailey and running back Mike Anderson were not as severely injured during the Miami game as first thought. Read the latest on the two in today's news reports.

Broncos aching to compete - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/13/2005 - While the game film didn't offer the Broncos any consolation, the medical charts did Monday in the aftermath of a stunning 34-10 season-opening loss at Miami. Making the sting of Sunday's throttling feel worse was the prospect of having to play extensive time without star left cornerback Champ Bailey and starting tailback Mike Anderson, as they did for much of the defeat. However, MRI results for both players revealed good news. Bailey, who was hurt on the first play of the second half, has a dislocated left shoulder instead of a separated shoulder, as was first feared. He is a longshot to play against the Chargers on Sunday at Invesco Field and could miss up to two games. Anderson, perhaps the team's best scoring threat, was hurt in the first quarter with some separation in his ribs, but suffered no major damage. Denver coach Mike Shanahan said Anderson's availability Sunday will depend on his pain tolerance.

0-2 more like oh, no to hopes - Denver Post - Thomas George
09/13/2005 - The fickle thing about the Broncos' season-opening experience in this inferno is everything twists in late December when they play at Buffalo. Sweat pouring off your nose here. Icicles hanging from your nose there. Still, it is football. And winning football requires much better execution and stamina in the expansive hot-and-cold season to make it a special one. The Broncos certainly know this. What are they going to do about it, starting against San Diego on Sunday? It would be a smart move to show quick improvement.

Rotten taste of reality - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
09/13/2005 - Following a prelude that ranged from the tragic - the death of Thomas Herrion and Hurricane Katrina - to the absurd, see Owens, Terrell, the NFL finally managed to do what it does best, playing 16 games over the past five days. "It's nice to get back on the field and focus on what you're supposed to be doing," New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said after the 2005 season's initial game, a 30-20 victory over Oakland. "The Thomas Herrion thing was so disappointing to everyone, and the Katrina thing has been unbelievable. Every time you go into a locker room, everyone's watching CNN. "It's been tough. It was almost a relief to play the game because it's a way to take your mind off everything." After arguably the most tumultuous offseason in league history, the NFL was certainly relieved that Randy Moss, Owens, Jamal Lewis, et al., were back to making headlines with their play, rather than their assorted criminal cases, money grabs and general inanities.

Inept offense drives defense to exhaustion - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/13/2005 - To fully comprehend the gravity of the comment, some background must be reviewed. Mike Shanahan is an offensive-minded coach who helped Steve Young win two NFL most valuable player awards and a Super Bowl in three years at San Francisco. Later, as the Broncos' head coach, Shanahan helped John Elway win Super Bowls in his final two years as quarterback. This suggests Shanahan's offensive standards are higher than most. Now for his comment regarding the Broncos' offensive performance in their season-opening 34-10 loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins.

Broncos' O-line lacking horsepower - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
09/13/2005 - Forget struggling in the red zone. Forget not being able to score inside the 20. The Broncos couldn't so much as gain a yard Sunday when they got near the goal line. In the end, that was the scary part. Their undersized offensive line couldn't push the pile, and Tatum Bell couldn't find a hole. "It's strange," tight end Jeb Putzier said. "We have the talent up there. We've got big loads who can move the line of scrimmage, but it's just not getting done." No matter what happens from here on out, know this: There are major changes coming on the offensive line after this season.

Going to great pains - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 13, 2005 - It's the feel-good story of the summer, or at least the aftermath of a Week 1 that was nothing of the sort for the Denver Broncos. Cornerback Champ Bailey and running back Mike Anderson still were experiencing discomfort one day after getting knocked out of the Broncos' opener because of injuries. But both players said Monday the pain had dissipated. Neither is remotely a sure thing to play Sunday in Denver's home opener against the San Diego Chargers (2:15 p.m., CBS 4). Bailey could miss one to two weeks because of a dislocated left shoulder; Anderson is day to day because of a rib-cartilage separation.

Broncos in damage-control mode - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
9/13/2005 - Although Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey doesn't have a board-certified medical degree, he sounded well-versed in the area of shoulders Monday in the team locker room. Bailey was asked the difference between a separated and dislocated shoulder, and he gave a clinical response. "Dislocation is when the shoulder bone comes out, and separated has got something to do with the collarbone. It's more of a muscular thing," Bailey said. Good enough. Give that cornerback an honorary medical degree. So which one does he have? "Dislocated," he said. Is that good? "It's good as far as damage," Bailey said. "There's no concern about damage right now."

Wide Receivers Make Big Catches - Denver - Jennifer Tavlian
Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - Kids can say the darnedest things. When one child met wide receiver Todd Devoe on Sept. 6, the first chance he had to meet a Denver Bronco, he asked the rookie if he liked to drink Shirley Temples as they stood by a bar at Dave and Busters. "I do," the kid immediately followed in a matter-of-fact tone. "I drink them all the time." Devoe laughed with his new friend who came to him by way of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and fellow wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Lelie, Devoe, Rod Smith, Darius Watts and Charlie Adams are partnering with BBBS this season and while each will donate money for every touchdown they make, they will walk away with something valuable: the friendship of a child and a chance to make an impact on their lives. And the impression was immediately felt during the first meeting at Dave and Busters on the corner of Colorado Blvd. and I-25.

Notebook: Coping With Pain the Issue for Anderson - - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 12, 2005 - Whether Mike Anderson can make a rapid return to action after suffering separated rib cartilage on Sunday depends on his tolerance for pain. "It's just me being comfortable with it," Anderson said Monday. "I've had bruised ribs, broken ribs and played. That's a day-to-day thing. You just play through it. It's really dealing with the pain," Head Coach Mike Shanahan added. "It was quite sore during the game. That will be determined later." Anderson said that the injury was treated with ice and anti-inflammatory medication, but he still "tossed and turned" throughout the night and was unable to sleep soundly, but was confident the injury wouldn't cause any long-term issues.

Notebook: Bailey's Shoulder Dislocated - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 12, 2005 - A day after a humbling season-opening loss that represented the franchise's worst opening-day result since 1966, some good news arrived for the Broncos with the word that Champ Bailey's left-shoulder injury was not as severe as initially feared. After initially believing that Bailey had separated his shoulder early in the third quarter Sunday, subsequent examination Monday morning revealed that it was merely a dislocation, leading Head Coach Mike Shanahan to say there was even an "outside chance" that the Pro Bowl cornerback could return in time for the Week 2 game against the San Diego Chargers. "(Head Athletic Trainer) Steve (Antonopulos) thought initially it was separated, very similar to what Lenny (Walls) had (in 2004)," Shanahan said. "Then after the MRI and talking to him after the game, it's dislocated, which means it pops out of the joint, so it's still quite sore." Whether Bailey can play will depend on his pain tolerance, Shanahan said.

Season-opening rout cramps Broncos style - - Eddie Pells, AP
Monday, September 12, 2005 - The Denver Broncos hadn't lost a season opener by that much since 1966. Back then, it might have been expected. In 2005, it took a lot of people by surprise. "It was ugly. It was humid. I was tired," cornerback Lenny Walls said, succinctly wrapping up Denver's 34-10 loss to Miami. The Broncos looked overmatched, unprepared and out of shape Sunday in their worst season-opening loss since a 45-7 defeat to Houston nearly 40 years ago, which turned out to be the second-to-last game of the less-than-illustrious Mac Speedie coaching era in Denver. Denver's current coach, Mike Shanahan, watched replays of Sunday's loss on the long flight home - talk about a bad in-flight movie - and gave an unflinching critique of his team, mostly his offense, on Monday.

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