Denver Broncos News Blogs - Tuesday, Nov. 8

The Denver Broncos returned to practice on Monday after their bye week and began preparations for the Oakland Raiders and Randy Moss.

Zero interest - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
11/8/2005 — Putting up with Terrell Owens would mean a coach would have to turn the other cheek from time to time. It also could mean that coach could lose the respect of the rest of the team. That would be a steep price to pay for any team that acquired the volatile Philadelphia Eagles receiver, who will probably never wear an Eagles uniform again after continuous infighting with teammates. Some pundits believe Owens could find a new home with the Denver Broncos. With receiver Rod Smith's advancing age and Ashley Lelie's struggles right now, there's no question Denver could use help at the position. But help could come at a high cost. Owens' mere presence in the locker room could leave Owens right back where he started — rankling teammates. For that reason, many Broncos vetoed the very notion of acquiring him.

All business for Raiders Week - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/08/2005 - It's early in the week, but so far not one Broncos player has been seen punching himself in the helmet or slamming his head into his locker room stall. Those menacing, John Matuszak stares into worlds unknown are not yet evident. Either the Broncos have become much more mature in their approach to Raiders Week, or they have become more adept at disguising their hostility. "The first thing is you have a job to do," defensive end Trevor Pryce said. "You can hate them later." The way the Broncos acted on their first day back to work Monday after their bye week, they seemed more intent on beating the Raiders on Sunday at Oakland's McAfee Stadium for the sake of maintaining their AFC West lead than for the mere sake of beating the Raiders.

Field position of dreams - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
11/08/2005 - Hidden yardage, Mike Shanahan calls it. It doesn't get as much run as its big brothers, passing yardage and rushing yardage, but it has been a huge factor in the Broncos' season. Loosely defined, it's yardage that determines field position. The Broncos had been crushed in the hidden-yardage game in recent years before the acquisition of punter Todd Sauerbrun.

Bailey says it's full speed ahead on sore hamstring - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/08/2005 - Champ Bailey can't remember looking forward to a practice as much as he is looking forward to Wednesday's workout. The plan is to go full speed. For Bailey, that is a novel approach to this injury-riddled season. "Full speed, it's a big deal," Bailey said Monday. "It's different, that's for sure. I haven't been able to go full speed in a long time." Bailey said going full speed Wednesday doesn't mean he will be out of the woods from a nagging left hamstring injury as he prepares for his first meeting against Oakland's Randy Moss.

Carswell vows his career's not over - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/08/2005 - Less than two weeks after a harrowing car crash left him with season-ending injuries, Broncos offensive guard Dwayne Carswell shuffled slowly but unaided to the passenger side of a waiting vehicle. Although he moved deliberately to shake hands Monday, Carswell smiled easily and spoke softly. The accident might have affected his immediate life, but he said it won't be the life-changing moment some people might think. He vows to make a comeback next season at age 34.

Match may bring sparks - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
11/08/2005 - Arguably the NFL's top cornerback and most dangerous receiver never have met on the field of play. And when Champ Bailey and Randy Moss finally do cross paths Sunday, how much they live up to those lofty pronouncements might depend on what each can muster from their battered bodies. Bailey, a Denver Broncos cornerback, sat out Monday's 75-minute practice as he continues to heal from a nagging left hamstring pull that has been problematic since Sept. 26.

Denver, San Diego still have to play at raucous Arrowhead - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
11/08/2005 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Maybe it was the win talking, a heady tonic of last-minute heroics. But while the Kansas City Chiefs might be one game behind Denver this morning in the AFC West race, they still believe they have the Broncos right where they want them. "Denver, San Diego, they have to come in here and play us now," Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson said. "That definitely gives us an advantage." The Chiefs kept themselves within hoping distance of the Broncos with a 27-23 victory Sunday against the Oakland Raiders that came on the game's final play, a 1-yard touchdown run by Larry Johnson. And with that run, the Chiefs moved one game behind the Broncos with a Dec. 4 meeting at Arrowhead Stadium still to be played. Some of the optimism from Richardson and his teammates might come from the fact the Broncos are 1-14 all time in Kansas City in December, 0-4 in coach Mike Shanahan's tenure. The Chiefs also have the San Diego Chargers, who improved to 5-4 with a victory Sunday against the New York Jets, at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 24.

Broncos taking nothing for granted - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 8, 2005 — Some players got out of town for brief vacations. Others couldn't get out of driving the kids to school or raking leaves. After returning to work on Monday, most of the Denver Broncos admitted to spending part of the bye week doing a little scoreboard watching. Kansas City 27, Oakland 23. San Diego 31, New York Jets 26. Despite the Broncos posting an impressive 6-2 record during the first half of the season, there is obviously still a long road ahead in the AFC West.

Broncos chime in on Owens saga - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 8, 2005 — On Oct. 30, the Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers in the same game. As it turns out, the fans who attended Denver's 49-21 victory over Philadelphia were also eyewitnesses to another piece of history — Terrell Owens' final game in an Eagles uniform. The talented/tumultuous wide receiver was suspended for four games by the Eagles before Sunday's loss at Washington for conduct detrimental to the team. If Owens finds a way to play again this season it will not be for Philadelphia as the Eagles plan to de-activate him for the rest of the season after the suspension.

Notebook: Brandon Continues Working Back - Denver - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - Sam Brandon watched the last two games from the sideline because of a slight tear to his pectoral muscle. He arrived back from the bye weekend hoping his streak on the sidelines wouldn't extend to a third. "I want to play," Brandon said. "It's tough to say right now but hopefully later on in the week we'll get a good day of hitting in and we'll be able to see where I am with it." Brandon hasn't played since injuring the muscle during the 28-20 win over the New England Patriots on Oct. 16, but the recovery process has proceeded on schedule.

Back to Work? - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 7, 2005 - A half-hour had passed since Monday's post-bye weekend practice session concluded, and Ebenezer Ekuban's head was still spinning from the grueling work in which he'd just participated. "Today's practice was brutal, man," Ekuban said, occasionally coughing as he caught his breath from the intense, nearly-90 minute session that greeted the Broncos upon their return Monday. "Just taking all those days off and coming back and practicing a little bit -- especially with the pads on, it definitely wakes the body up." The work was as vocal as it was physical.

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