Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Nov. 5

Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was released from the hospital on Friday. Read about Carswell and more looks at where the Broncos stand at mid-season in today's news reports.

Broncos only halfway there - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 5, 2005 - The Broncos will get their day in court. Actually, they'll get their eight days in the NFL's court of public opinion. One-half of a season down, one-half to go when the Broncos return to work Monday, and the Broncos still seem to think more of themselves than the world at large. "Thing is, potential is a funny word, I guess," Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith said. "The guys in this room like what this team is about. But the bottom line is, it's about performance, you know what I'm saying? We have to go out and perform and prove what type of team we do have." The Broncos stand 6-2 at the halfway mark of their season, leading the AFC West with wins already in hand against the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.

Squeeze play - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 5, 2005 - It's about pressure. About seeing it, feeling it and, most of all, dealing with it. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has said the second half of the team's season will be about its mental toughness, about how it copes with getting itself into a legitimate stretch run. "There's always pressure," Shanahan said. "That's the business. We'll see how we deal with it."

Carswell released from hospital - Daily Camera
November 5, 2005 — Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was released from the hospital Friday, a week after he was critically injured in a car crash. Carswell suffered rib fractures, a ruptured diaphragm, a ruptured spleen and internal injuries in the Oct. 27 crash and is out for the season. He underwent a five-hour operation to remove his spleen and repair internal organ damage hours after the collision. Carswell, 33, was on his way to Broncos headquarters in suburban Denver when two other cars collided and hit his 1994 Chevrolet sedan and other vehicles.

Broncos at the Bye: Plummer's Proficiency - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 4, 2005 - To appreciate where the Broncos are at midseason -- and the role their starting quarterback has played in getting them there -- one must understand where the Broncos were just seven weeks ago. By the time a tipped Jake Jake Plummer pass had found its way into the hands of San Diego's Bhwaoh Jue late in the third quarter of a Sept. 18 game, Plummer had been tagged for 12 interceptions in his past seven regular-season games dating back to a four-interception day against those same Chargers last December. In that same span, Plummer had thrown just six touchdown passes. It wasn't that Plummer couldn't have a solid performance in the touchdown/interception measurement, a crucial statistic of a passer's proficiency. He had a better than two-to-one ratio in his first 22 regular-season starts in orange and blue, tossing 37 touchdowns against only 18 picks. So as Plummer flourished in the past month, one can forgive General Manager Ted Sundquist for not piching himself. Plummer's recent success is no newsflash to him.

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