Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Friday, Nov. 11

Even though Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss is not healthy, the Denver Broncos won't overlook him. Moss plays his first game in the Broncos-Raiders rivalry this week, but he has been bothered by groin, pelvis and rib injuries. Read more about Moss in today's edition of "Hot Topics."

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HOT TOPIC

Even though Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss is not healthy, the Denver Broncos won't overlook him.

Moss plays his first game in the Broncos-Raiders rivalry this week, but he has been bothered by groin, pelvis and rib injuries.

"I'm not sure if he's 100 percent healthy or not, but at whatever, let's say he's 95 percent, he's still a dangerous weapon," Broncos defensive backs coach Bob Slowik said.

In fact, Slowik - who was a Packers assistant from 2000-2004 and prepared to defend Moss twice a season - said that he thinks when Moss seems to take it easy on a play, he might be setting the cornerback up to beat him deep.

"I'm not sure he doesn't do it purposely, a cagey veteran move," Slowik said. "He'll kind of pace himself of some routes and all of a sudden you'll think, 'Oh, shoot.' He'll lull you to sleep and all of a sudden he'll take off and go."

Sunday's game will be the first career meeting between Moss and Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, and it should be the first of many matchups between the two now that they are the marquee players on rival AFC West teams.

"He's definitely one of the best in the game, has been for a while," Bailey said. "It's going to be a challenge."

PLAYER NOTES

--CB Champ Bailey practiced again on Thursday and appears to be as healthy as he has been in a while. Bailey's injured hamstring seemed to improve over the bye week.

--TE Mike Leach, Denver's long-snapper, has a broken pinkie finger. But he is listed as probable on the injury report, has been practicing and won't miss any time.

--S Sam Brandon made it through a full week of practice and appears to be ready to return to the lineup this weekend. Brandon has a partially torn pectoral muscle.

--WR Todd Devoe missed practice Thursday after his father was killed in Florida, according to Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. Devoe's status for this weekend's game is uncertain.

--WR Darius Watts could be activated this weekend, depending on Todd Devoe's status for this week's game. Watts has been inactive for two straight games.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Terrell Owens' options keep dwindling. Even the Houston Texans, who are tied for the worst record in the NFL, aren't interested in his talented but divisive services.

During a break in preparations for Sunday's game at unbeaten Indianapolis, Texans owner Bob McNair was asked if he would consider signing Owens once Philadelphia has washed its hands of him.

"He's almost dismantled the Eagles; why would you wish that on us?" McNair said with a laugh. "I've already got enough problems."

The Texans are 1-7 and in need of help at a lot of positions, but McNair said he wouldn't consider the controversial Owens, who has been suspended for four games by the Eagles and was placed on the reserve/suspended list Wednesday.

Owens is hoping an independent arbitrator will rule that he can play this season - if not for the Eagles then for another team.

"Some things can overcome talent, and he's figured out how to do that," McNair said. "Football's a team sport, and when a player thinks he's more important than the team, it's just not going to work."

Rather than add a receiver such as Owens to the roster, McNair wants his group of Andre Johnson, Jabar Gaffney, Corey Bradford, Jerome Mathis and Derick Armstrong to get healthy the second half of the season.

"We're going through tough times right now, but we're going to work through it," McNair said. "We've got players that are committed to helping us get through this. We don't need a disruptive influence like that."



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