Broncos News Blogs - Friday, Oct. 14

Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis paid a visit to practice on Thursday. Read what Davis thinks about the current Broncos team in today's news reports.

Repaired, rejuvenated Pryce playing best ball - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/14/2005 - A year ago, defensive end Trevor Pryce was recovering from the first major surgery of his life, shuttling back and forth between Denver and Los Angeles. He was seeing a back specialist while trying to find a way back into the Broncos' defensive plans. The resumption of his career was not guaranteed. However, two days before the Broncos host New England at Invesco Field at Mile High, Pryce is enjoying a career resurgence as a pivotal piece of one of the NFL's most dominant defenses this season. A year after dealing with the unknown, Pryce is a main cog in a new-look defensive front that is preparing to stop Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Bailey working to play Sunday - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/14/2005 - They are up there in punting average, turnover margin and combined rushing yardage from the tailback committee. Among their impressive statistics, however, this may be the most impressive: The Broncos are 2-0 when star cornerback Champ Bailey doesn't play. They made it look easy while beating Byron Leftwich and the Jacksonville Jaguars without Bailey, who was sidelined with a pulled hamstring. They found it considerably tougher to beat Mark Brunell and the Washington Redskins last week without Bailey. But can they beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots without Bailey? There's a good chance Bailey will not play Sunday.

Romo juiced while a Bronco - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/14/2005 - No longer can Broncos fans dismiss the transgressions of Bill Romanowski as those of an aging linebacker who didn't cheat until he started playing with the Oakland Raiders. Baring his soul during a "60 Minutes" interview, Romanowski said he first started using steroids during his final season with the Denver Broncos in 2001. In an interview that will air Sunday night on CBS, Romanowski said he took illegal steroids from the spring of 2001 to the fall of 2003.

O-line haughty? Hardly - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/14/2005 - I hate to throw a wet towel on so-called "tradition," but the refusal of Broncos offensive linemen to at least introduce themselves on "Monday Night Football," in my opinion, smacks of haughty elitism. I can understand them not wishing to talk to the media, but to refuse this simple act turns me (and other fans I know) off, despite their good play so far this season. Thoughts?

Romanowski: I took growth hormone, steroids as a Bronco - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 14, 2005 - Former Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski, who hinted at steroids use in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News earlier this year, admits to using steroids and human growth hormone during the final three years of his career in an interview to be broadcast Sunday. Romanowski told CBS' 60 Minutes he "compromised my morality to get ahead, to play another year, to play two more years, to win another Super Bowl." The interview, which comes alongside the release of his book Romo, My Life on the Edge, will be shown on CBS 4 just after the conclusion of the Broncos-Patriots game and a local newscast. In the interview, Romanowski admits he took steroids and human growth hormone from spring 2001 to fall 2003.

Bill of rights - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 14, 2005 - FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Some dubbed it the Mile High Miracle. To New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, this was no miracle. It was simple preparation, as much a Belichick trademark as that bland personality and ratty sweat shirt.

Slowik on rookie roller-coaster ride - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 14, 2005 - If you've ever reached into a cabinet for a dish and it slipped out of your hands and hit the counter without breaking, then you might get a sense of the spectrum of emotions Bob Slowik has experienced this season. The Denver Broncos' defensive backs coach has inserted three rookies into the lineup at cornerback at critical junctures. And while Slowik knew each was talented and bright by working with them through minicamps into the summer, he also has 14 years as an NFL assistant to draw upon, and his practical side knew things, well, might come crashing down at some point.

Davis rushes in to offer a thumbs-up - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 14, 2005 - The Denver Broncos had a familiar face in the huddle Thursday at practice. Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis stopped by the Dove Valley complex, spending some time in the locker room and briefly appearing on the field with the team before practice. "It was just good to come back out here and see the guys . . . ," Davis said. "I told (coach) Mike (Shanahan) I might put some pads on and go through 9-on-7 one last time."

Bailey still questionable - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 14, 2005 — Champ Bailey remains patient. Denver's Pro Bowl cornerback aches to play on Sunday against New England. Thoughts of covering reigning Super Bowl most valuable player Deion Branch get the competitive juices flowing. But Bailey knows his body better than the training staff. And he believes that if his strained hamstring is pushed prematurely, Broncos fans could have to get used to seeing two rookie cornerbacks in the starting lineup. "You don't want to make it worse," Bailey said before practicing with caution on Thursday. "This thing could definitely be worse, and I could be out for the season."

Patriots focus on Broncos' run attack - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 14, 2005 — John Elway was more than happy to hand the ball off to Terrell Davis at the end of his Hall of Fame career if it meant leaving the NFL as a two-time Super Bowl champion. So don't feel too sorry for Jake Plummer for sacrificing prolific passing numbers — including interceptions thrown — for victories this season. When Denver hosts New England on Sunday at Invesco Field, the Snake knows he's not the focus of the Patriots' plan to beat them. And that's fine, as long as the 4-1 Broncos keep winning.

Thursday Notebook: TD Pays a Visit - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 13, 2005 - It's been more than three years after Terrell Davis' last game in a Broncos uniform, but he remains a part of the Broncos family. Davis showed up at Dove Valley on Thursday and went from merely taking in the Broncos' afternoon practice to being called onto the field by linebacker Al Wilson to lead the pre-calisthenic breakdown at the start of the session. The entire team then came together to give the team's all-time leading rusher a rousing round of applause. "(Wilson) caught me by surprise," Davis said. "I should have known. I should have prepared for that one." Davis didn't offer any words to the team as a whole, but his presence was enough.

Defense is Broncos' horsepower - USA TODAY - Tom Weir
10/13/2005 — For a fourth consecutive season, the Denver Broncos are off to a 4-1 start. But none of the previous three 4-1 teams won a playoff game or finished with a record better than 10-6. The best indication of whether this is a different Denver team that can avoid a late-season slide perhaps will come Sunday, when the Broncos host the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. But Denver already is showing it's unlike most Broncos teams during head coach Mike Shanahan's tenure. Though Shanahan helped pioneer the West Coast offense, Denver quarterback Jake Plummer is averaging only 175.8 passing yards a game and the Broncos often have resorted to offensive sets with two and three tight ends.

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