Denver Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, Sept. 28

Quick healing artist Champ Bailey is at it again. An MRI on Bailey's injured hamstring was negative. Read more about Bailey and the Denver Broncos in today's news reports.

Defense showing it's jelling - Denver Post - Bill Briggs
09/28/2005 - Great defenses earn grim nicknames: Doomsday, Killer B's, Purple People Eaters. Good defenses get nothing. By that definition - and by Trevor Pryce's own growling appraisal - Denver's "D" is good, not great. Not yet anyway. Just ask the four-time Pro Bowl player if it's time to slap the Broncos' defense with a pet name. "No!" Pryce shouted at the question. "No, don't start that!"

Walls has endured worse - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/28/2005 - Lenny Walls said he has dealt with difficultly all his life. Being benched as a starter by the Broncos? That he can handle. "I'm disappointed, but what am I going to do?" Walls said Monday night after the Broncos beat Kansas City 30-10 and after he was benched as the starting right cornerback for rookie Darrent Williams. "I'm going to deal with it because there's nothing I can do about it," Walls said. "I dealt with losing my dad at 5 years old because I couldn't do anything about it. I dealt with being shot at, in my younger days, because I couldn't do anything about it. I've had adversity all my life. I'll just deal with this."

Bailey nursing sore, not torn, hamstring - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/28/2005 - For the second time in two weeks, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey received good news after undergoing an MRI. And for the second time in two weeks, the Bailey watch is on the clock. The MRI results came back negative, showing that Bailey's left hamstring was not torn Monday night during Denver's 30-10 victory over visiting Kansas City. Bailey left the game in the second quarter after aggravating an injury that kept him out the entire preseason. Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, said it has not been determined how long Bailey will miss, but it is likely the veteran starter could miss some time.

Monday's victory has long-lasting benefits - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
09/28/2005 - Although each win only counts as one tally in the "W" column, some victories are just more substantial than others. The fashion in which we win, the caliber of team we defeat, and the size of the stage are factors that determine how any one game can have more significance than others. On Monday night, all the factors were met. Our team was able to win in convincing fashion. We won all phases of the game. Our offense was able to sustain long drives that ended with points and convert key third downs against the Chiefs' revamped defense.

Rushin' front fortified - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 28, 2005 - The public-relations folks affiliated with ABC on Monday night orchestrated a pregame blue-and-orange wave in the stands. It had nothing on the one the Broncos defense pulled off at Invesco Field at Mile High once the game started, with Denver rolling in defensive linemen and repeatedly rocking Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green in a 30-10 demolition in prime time. The Broncos (2-1) have come back from the dead since an opening loss against the Miami Dolphins. And no one exemplifies that resurrection better than the player who applied much of the beat-down on Green, Trevor Pryce.

Legwold: Shanahan looks for rays of hope in Sunshine State - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 28, 2005 - Lots of folks go to Florida to retire; Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan just seems to go there for the gray hair. Fresh off a confetti-toss win Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos awoke Tuesday to the sobering thought that their travel plans now take them to the land of the Early Bird Special. They make another trip Sunday to Florida, this time to Jacksonville. And for those keeping score, Shanahan has gone 0-3 in Miami in regular-season games as a coach and 0-2 in Jacksonville, and that not-so-robust total includes a 34-10 loss against the Dolphins in the Sept. 11 opener that incited the end-is-near panic in the orange-colored streets. His only win in either city was in Miami in Super Bowl XXXIII to finish the 1998 season, and all he needed to do it was a Hall of Fame quarterback, a 2,000-yard rusher and a night game.

Vermeil in no mood for Bailey's lip service - Rocky Mountain News
September 28, 2005 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With the help of Champ Bailey and Monday Night Football microphones, the Kansas City Chiefs should be well motivated for their next game against the Denver Broncos. First, the Chiefs (2-1) were embarrassed 30-10 on Monday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. Then they found out that while the rout was taking place, Bailey, a Broncos cornerback, accused them on national television of not playing hard. "The way they played up there in Kansas City, it ain't the same, though," said Bailey, who was miked by ABC. Speaking with teammates on the Denver bench after the Broncos had taken control of the game in the first half, Bailey clearly was heard to say, "They're playing a little different. They're not playing as hard. I ain't going to relax, though."

Williams Ascends, But Learning Continues - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - When a rookie makes the first start of his NFL career, he must not only prepare for the blessing and burden of additional playing time. He must be prepared to hear advice from all sides. Monday night, Darrent Williams welcomed every word. Of course, it didn't hurt that he had Rod Smith and John Lynch looking out for him. Prior to Monday's 30-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith sought out the second-round pick and offered advice that had little to do with the quality of his play and everything to do with savoring the moment

Bailey fast healing like a Champ - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Sep. 27, 2005 - Champ Bailey got some positive news Tuesday when a magnetic resonance imaging test on the Denver Broncos cornerback's injured left hamstring showed no major damage. Bailey's agent Jack Reale said the test didn't show any tears. Bailey's status for Sunday's game against Jacksonville is up in the air. Reale said he didn't know if Bailey, who was hurt making a tackle Monday against Kansas City, would play, but the test results were very encouraging. "It'll depend on healing," Reale said about Bailey's status for Sunday's game.The Broncos have already seen Bailey come back quickly from one injury this year. He was supposed to miss a game or two with a dislocated left shoulder suffered in the season opener but missed only one practice. Bailey has never missed a game in his NFL career: Monday was his 99th. "He's got tremendous healing powers, as we've all seen," safety John Lynch said.

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