Denver Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Oct. 8

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey practiced again on Friday and it's hoped that he may be ready for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Read more about Bailey in today's news reports.

Bailey practices, "good chance" he'll suit up - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/08/2005 - The Broncos ended practice Friday with coach Mike Shanahan saying he was optimistic left cornerback Champ Bailey will play Sunday against his former team, the Washington Redskins. Bailey, who suffered a left hamstring injury Sept. 26 against Kansas City, practiced for a third straight day. The injury kept him out of the Jacksonville game and snapped a 99 consecutive-game streak, longest in the NFL for a cornerback. Shanahan said if Bailey doesn't have any setbacks he'll play Sunday. "There's a good chance I'll play," Bailey said.

Win might go a long way - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 8, 2005 - The Denver Broncos could double dip Sunday. Beat Washington and they'll retain their spot atop the AFC West with a 4-1 record. At the same time, a side benefit is that one of the No. 1 picks they've stockpiled for next spring also would increase in value. Denver traded the 25th overall selection to the Redskins on April 19 in a predraft deal that netted Washington's first- and fourth-round picks in 2006 and a third-round pick this year.

Terrell has been receptive to biding his time - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 8, 2005 - He was a consensus All-American at Michigan. A first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears. So David Terrell never really has had to wait this long to play. Until now, that is. "I'm very itchy right now," Terrell said. "Just keep doing what coach is asking me to do, that's all I can do as a player." Terrell was signed by the Denver Broncos in the days before the regular-season opener to fill the roster spot that became available when Jerry Rice retired. Terrell had spent training camp with the New England Patriots after his release by the Bears earlier this year. The Broncos briefly released Terrell before the opener in a clerical move so his salary would not be guaranteed for the year, and he has been deactivated in the three games since.

Back in his old stomping grounds - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 8, 2005 - ASHBURN, Va. - It was deemed the most staggering playoff upset in three decades, one that Shannon Sharpe predicted would take the Denver Broncos 10 years to get over. At the time, how else could one dissect a game that left 75,000 fans exiting Mile High Stadium in stunned silence and at least one Broncos assistant crying as he left the locker room. "That was a low point in Denver history," former Broncos backup quarterback Bill Musgrave said. For then-Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell, the divisional playoff game Jan. 4, 1997, was the opposite, one to carve out his legacy, to show up, at least on one winter day, a future Hall of Famer.

Even in D.C., Portis still 'fly' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 8, 2005 — Last season's struggles in Washington really humbled Clinton Portis. "I'm still fresh," Portis reported this week during a conference call with members of the Denver media. "I'm still the flyest guy on the planet." During his days with the Broncos, Portis was comfortable enough in his own skin to accessorize his wardrobe with diamond-studded earrings and women's hats (even pink ones). And even as a rookie he wasn't afraid to talk a little smack in the locker room with veterans like Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith.

Brunell steadies 'Skins - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
10/8/2005 — Show respect for your elders, or so the old adage goes. But in this particular instance, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey failed to do so. When asked if Washington quarterback Mark Brunell was the key to stopping the Redskins on Sunday, Bailey chuckled. "No," Bailey said. "You've got to stop their running game. That's where it all starts." Sure, the 35-year-old Brunell won't beat you with his legs anymore. He's not as fleet of foot as he once was. And Brunell's arm isn't as laser precise as in seasons long since past. However, he's still savvy, and proper respect should be shown.

Unbeaten 'Skins travel to dangerous Broncos - MSNBC.com
Oct. 8, 2005 - In the salary-cap era, the blockbuster trade is pretty much a thing of the past. The Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos were an exception, though, when they got together for a swap of Pro Bowl players Clinton Portis and Champ Bailey. Over the ensuing 19 months, hardly a week has passed during which one or the other hasn't been asked the question: Who won and who lost? And now, a month into their second season with their new teams, maybe it's safe to say that both teams came out ahead. Each has three wins coming into the second weekend of October.

At A Glance: Washington Redskins - DenverBroncos.com - Jennifer Tavlian
Saturday, October 8, 2005 – Until March 2004, the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins were best known for their Super Bowl XXII clash. Now, people are anxious to see the matchup between running back Clinton Portis, who was traded to Washington in 2004, and cornerback Champ Bailey, who arrived in Denver by the same trade. The Redskins come to INVESCO Field at Mile High with a 3-1 record and possession of first place in the NFC East. After losing in Week 1 to Miami, the Broncos are on a three-game winning streak and looking to extend it as they sit atop the AFC West.

This Week in Gameday: Oct. 9, 2005 - DenverBroncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Saturday, October 8, 2005 - Ever sense his children were old enough to work a VCR, Steve Atwater has been reliving one of the most spectacular moments of his football career. Sometimes he'll walk in the door from work to the sound of a 15-year old football game blaring out of the television. Then he hears the signature ‘pop' and the sound of more than 75,000 people roaring in approval. On the screen is a younger Atwater, standing over Chiefs running back Christian Okoye. Good try, baby. Atwater was already a Pro-Bowl caliber player before that Monday Night Football showdown with the Chiefs – a 24-23 Broncos win. But something about the power and grace in which the safety lowered his shoulder into the Nigerian's chops elevated him to near gladiatorial status.

Atwater: In Company of Greatness - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, October 8, 2005 - Steve Atwater will become a part of the Ring of Fame on Sunday afternoon. But the Ring of Fame has been a part of him since the first time he stood for the national anthem in a game at Mile High Stadium. As he paused, he glanced up at the names on the facade; feelings of inspiration and awe settled in his mind as he mentally ramped up for the upcoming kickoff. It was Atwater's ritual. "Every game," he said. "Every single game. The national anthem singing, looking up at the names, I said, 'Man, it's amazing. These guys have gone before us and paved the way. They had to earn the right to get their names up there.'" Doing the same barely entered Atwater's mind.

'Good Chance' for Bailey to Play - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 7, 2005 - Saying he had a "good chance" to play Sunday, cornerback Champ Bailey practiced for a third consecutive day during Friday afternoon's practice session, but remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. However, the Pro Bowl cornerback declined to put a percentage on his chances to return to action after missing a game for the first time in his seven-season pro career when his left hamstring injury relegated him to the inactive list against the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend. "Who knows? I can't really put a number on it," Bailey said. "It's a good chance, but I'm always very optimistic about my chances to play." Ultimately, the Broncos and Bailey will know more as game time nears.

Jason Elam Answers Your Questions - Denver Broncos.com
Friday, October 7, 2005 - Everyone wants to be the kicker…until Sunday. The thought that four quarters of hard-fought football could come down to one man is always in the back of the team's mind. Jason Elam knows that pressure. Just a couple of weeks ago in the Broncos home opener to the San Diego Chargers, Elam was the one the team looked upon to win the game. Tied at 17 with just five tics left on the clock, he booted through a 41-yard field goal to win the game. Who else would the Broncos count on after 13 seasons of performances such as that?



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