Denver Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Sept. 17

The Denver Broncos two star players who were injured in the Miami game, running back Mike Anderson and cornerback Champ Bailey, both practiced on Friday and were upgraded to probable for the Chargers game. Read more in today's news reports.

Bailey, Anderson a go for Sunday - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/16/2005 - Though it appeared unlikely earlier in the week, injured Broncos Champ Bailey and Mike Anderson are both expected to play in Sunday's crucial AFC West game against San Diego, coach Mike Shanahan said today. While Bailey's fortune began to turn Thursday, Anderson's chances of playing increased today after he took several snaps in practice. Anderson hurt his ribs in the second series of the Broncos 34-10 loss at Miami on Sunday and did not return. The running back was listed as questionable on the injury report.

Full speed ahead - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
9/17/2005 — With a plate full of pizza and fried chicken, Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson took off for a meeting. He didn't have time to stop and chat about the injury to his ribs. After all, he had food to eat. However, Denver coach Mike Shanahan pronounced Anderson fit for Sunday's game against San Diego (2:15 p.m., Ch. 4). Anderson went full speed at Friday's practice, and that was reason for optimism. "Mike looked pretty good out there," Shanahan said. "Unless there's a setback, he should be ready to go." Shanahan has given that line before. He said the exact thing about defensive lineman Courtney Brown last Friday, and then Brown didn't play. Shanahan may be fibbing, but the injury report doesn't lie. Anderson, who separated rib cartilage against Miami, has been upgraded from questionable to probable for this game. That's a good sign he'll be ready. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey has been upgraded as well. He's playing, sore shoulder and all.

Lelie is still the go-to guy - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 17, 2005 - It was hard to tell if Ashley Lelie was more open during or after Sunday's difficult loss in Miami. "My worst game ever, I'll tell you that much," the Denver Broncos receiver said in the wake of his team's 34-10 embarrassment. Lelie caught only two passes for 17 yards. It wasn't because he lacked opportunities. The fourth-year pro was targeted 14 times by quarterback Jake Plummer, more than any other Denver player. Lelie possibly left three touchdowns on the field in those chances.

Lelie hand-ling horrible game - Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald - Pat Graham
9/16/2005 — Ashley Lelie unconsciously stared at his hands like they were guilty of mutiny. The Denver Broncos receiver still felt betrayed by his hands after his performance in Sunday's 34-10 loss to Miami. Lelie could've had a sensational season opener had his hands not been guilty of insubordination.Lelie caught two passes and dropped seven, including a pair of touchdowns. In defense, Lelie's hands worked just fine pushing off as he was whistled for a pair of offensive pass interference calls. After the game, Lelie put the blame squarely on his shoulder pads. He was his toughest critic.

There's no need for introductions - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jay Posner
September 17, 2005 - To most people, it is one of the NFL's jewels, a spectacular 4-year-old stadium located just west of downtown Denver and known by the long-winded name of Invesco Field at Mile High. To the Chargers, it is something else. Something unprintable. The stadium's corporate sponsor bills itself as "one of the world's leading independent investment managers," but it's hard to imagine any of the Chargers using its services. If they had as much luck investing as they have playing inside the stadium, they'd all need second jobs. Four times the Chargers and Broncos have met at Invesco Field, and each time San Diego has looked from the start as though it would rather be anyplace else.

San Diego secondary struggled in opener - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 17, 2005 — Drew Brees. LaDainian Tomlinson. Antonio Gates. The San Diego Chargers rode their seemingly unstoppable offensive superstars to a 12-4 record and the AFC West championship last season. But do you remember the no-name on defense who turned the tide against the Denver Broncos? That would be Jerry Wilson. During the Dec. 5, 2004, meeting between the teams at Qualcomm Stadium, Wilson intercepted a lazy fourth-quarter pass intended for Rod Smith in the end zone after it was deflected by cornerback Drayton Florence. not do a very good job on offense."

Friday Notebook: Unhindered By a Harness - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 16, 2005 - A second consecutive day of work on the practice field allowed the Broncos to upgrade cornerback Champ Bailey to probable on Friday, and the seventh-year cornerback reported "no setbacks" as he continued his work just five days after dislocating his left shoulder. "Every day is a step in the right direction," Bailey said. "I'm ready to go." Added Head Coach Mike Shanahan: "He had a good practice today. He's definitely full go." But it doesn't mean that Bailey will get his shoulder back to where it was before last weekend -- at least, not this season.

The Challenge of Gates - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 16, 2005 - By the standard of numbers, the Broncos had extraordinary success in muzzling San Diego's Pro Bowl tight end, Antonio Gates, during last year's pair of games, holding him to 30 yards on four receptions and 31 on three in September and December contests, respectively. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers limited Gates to fewer yards during any one game last year. That doesn't mean the Broncos have the 6-foot-4, 260-pound tight end completely deciphered. Some of the Broncos' success against Gates last year was due to factors outside of their control.

Nick Ferguson Answers Your Week 2 Questions - Denver
Friday, September 16, 2005 - He waited eight years to go back to college at Georgia Tech, completing his degree this off season in management. He spent three years in the Canadian Football League with Winnipeg and Saskatchewan and played two years with NFL Europe's Rhein Fire before making an NFL active roster for the first time in November of 2000. Ferguson joined the Broncos as a free agent in 2003 and became a regular starter at safety by the fourth week of the regular season. In the 15 games in which he appeared during the season, he made 72 tackles, including 58 solo shots, to rank fourth on the team in total tackles. This season, the safety in his sixth pro year will be looked upon for his leadership and hard hits.

Bolts, Broncos, Desperate to Avoid 0-2 - Sports Network
Friday, September 16, 2005 - In 2004, an ultra-competitive AFC West yielded two postseason entries, the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Two weeks into the 2005 season, barring the unlikely event of the NFL's first tie in four seasons, one of those playoff participants will be 0-2. Trying to avoid that fate at Invesco Field at Mile High this Sunday will be the Chargers and Broncos, who battled for division supremacy late into the 2004 campaign and are now simply attempting to avoid falling behind.

Broncos juggle choice at running back - Mercury News - Eddie Pells, AP
Wed, Sep. 14, 2005 - When the Denver Broncos needed a big back to get the ball in from near the goal line last week, Ron Dayne was there - in street clothes on the sideline. Inactive for his first game with the Broncos, Dayne figures to dress this week with Mike Anderson's status in question because of a rib injury. Anderson practiced Wednesday, although coach Mike Shanahan said he wouldn't be able to speak about his status for the San Diego game until Friday. If Anderson can't go, it means Dayne or maybe Tatum Bell are in the best position to be the next star-of-the-week runner for the Broncos. "I was ready last week," Dayne said. "I'm going to stay ready. I'll just do what I have to do in case something like that happens."

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