Broncos News Blogs - Tuesday, Nov. 29

As the Denver Broncos prepare for their game against the Chiefs, they are faced with the fact that they are 1-14 against Kansas City in the month of December at Arrowhead Stadium. Also in today's news - cornerback Lenny Walls is waived.

K.C. chills December foes - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/29/2005 - A full-blown furnace in July might provide more comfort. Some kid screaming on a crowded airplane would frazzle fewer nerves. Ever been to Arrowhead Stadium in December? To Kansas City Chiefs opponents, there's not a tougher place to play. "One of the most electric places in the league," said Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun, who played for the Chiefs in 2000. "To go in their house and come out with a victory is going to be very big for us. I think they're playing very well on offense, from what I hear. So it's not going to be like it was last time. It's going to be a lot harder."

Green battles through tragedy with eminence - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
11/29/2005 - Throughout his 12-season NFL career, Trent Green says he has developed a weekly pregame routine, one that allows him to maintain an even keel, whether the upcoming opponent is the lowly Houston Texans, the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, or, as will be the case Sunday, the AFC West-leading Broncos. "It's worked pretty well for me," the quarterback said after the Kansas City Chiefs' 26-16 win over New England last weekend.

K.C. displays Will-power - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
11/29/2005 - Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce, on the prospect of facing two players who will be mentioned for the Hall of Fame, Chiefs guard Will Shields and tackle Willie Roaf: "They won't be mentioned, they'll go. Who's going to mention them? They're going to the Hall of Fame. Will and Will, both of them are going to go." Pryce, when asked if beating the Chiefs would make the Broncos a Super Bowl-caliber team: "I think we'll be a Super Bowl-caliber team if we get to the Super Bowl."

Burns' injured knee better - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/29/2005 - Keith Burns' injured knee has continued to improve and on Monday the Broncos' special- teams leader said he is hoping to play Sunday against Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium. Burns likely will be listed as questionable on the injury report, and if he doesn't play, he likely won't miss more than two weeks. The Broncos initially feared Burns' season might be over when he was hurt in the first quarter at Dallas on Thursday. However, an MRI showed a second-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament and a stretch in his posterior cruciate ligament.

Bailey thinks Chiefs will be ready - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 29, 2005 - Champ Bailey will be jacked up Sunday, but he probably won't be miked up for a return engagement against the Kansas City Chiefs. It's only because he hasn't been asked by CBS. "I won't turn it down," he said with a smile. The Denver Broncos cornerback miffed Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil when, during the Sept. 26 game between the teams, Bailey questioned Kansas City's effort during a 30-10 Broncos victory while wearing a microphone for ABC's nationally televised broadcast. Vermeil shot back the next day that none of his players doubted Bailey when the Chiefs beat the Broncos 45-17 in December at Arrowhead Stadium, to which Bailey said he stood by his comments and that "I was kicking their (butt), so I just said it."

Broncos up to date? - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 29, 2005 - They are the little-joy, hard-luck club. Because when it comes to the almost regular convergence of a Broncos trip to Kansas City, Mo., and a calendar page with December across the top, they are the threesome who have played through it. Of all the Broncos on the current 53-player roster, only kicker Jason Elam, center Tom Nalen and linebacker Keith Burns have been in a Denver uniform for a Broncos victory at Arrowhead Stadium in December. "Really?" Elam said. "That's it? Believe me, this team isn't thinking about that. But I had no idea. None." That's probably a good thing. After all, the Broncos players head to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday knowing that the Dec. 4, 1994, victory is the only December win in Kansas City in Broncos history. That works out to a 1-14 record, 0-4 in Mike Shanahan's tenure as coach, with the only bit of good Broncos karma being this year's game is the only other time the teams will have played on Dec. 4.

Their record in K.C. leaves Broncos cold - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 29, 2005 — The television reporter meant well but had his statistics mixed up when he asked coach Mike Shanahan about the Broncos losing 14 of their last 15 games at Arrowhead Stadium. "Get your facts straight, would you?" Shanahan said with a smile after thinking about those numbers for a second. "You've got me scared. I didn't even want to go out there. I was going to quit." Denver has actually fared a little better than that in Kansas City recently. In fact, Shanahan has won there three times since taking over as the head coach in 1995 — a 14-10 playoff victory in 1997, a 30-7 victory in 1998 and a 37-34 overtime victory in 2002. The Broncos, however, are 1-14 in Kansas City in the month of December. Brrrrrrr.

Broncos' depth makes Walls expendable - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 29, 2005 — A lack of depth in the secondary has cost the Broncos in back-to-back playoff losses at Indianapolis. Despite Champ Bailey's injury problems, Denver has been very strong at cornerback this season with the emergence of rookies Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth. John Lynch and Nick Ferguson have played well and remained healthy at the safety positions. And Sam Brandon and Curome Cox have proven to be versatile backups. The odd man out was Lenny Walls, who was waived on Monday after being placed on the reserve/injured list Nov. 1 with a groin injury that has since healed. The fourth-year cornerback — who began the season as the starter opposite Bailey before getting beaten out by Williams — is free to sign with another team.

Home field means everything in Chiefs-Broncos rivalry - Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Tue, Nov. 29, 2005 - The nature of the rivalry between the Chiefs and Broncos is, on the surface, hardly unusual. The home team almost always wins. But Kansas City and Denver have taken that to an extreme during the Dick Vermeil era. The home team doesn't just win. It usually exerts its will and renders the visitors helpless. The Chiefs desperately need form to hold Sunday when the first-place Broncos come to Arrowhead Stadium. Denver can take a big step toward clinching the AFC West championship. The Broncos with a win would be 10-2, three games ahead of the Chiefs and at least two up on the Chargers. The Chiefs with a victory would climb to 8-4 and within a game of the Broncos, signaling the ignition of what could be a three-team race.

Broncos' Dayne Delivers, Then Waits - Los Angleles Times - Eddie Pells, AP
November 28, 2005 - There's a chance Ron Dayne could fall back to the back of the bench again next week. There's also a chance he might help the Denver Broncos win their next game. Either way, he's fine with it. As most football fans know, he's been through worse. "I'm good with whatever I get," Dayne said Monday. "Whenever I get an opportunity to play, I'll do whatever." Last Thursday in Dallas, Dayne was the key backup for Mike Anderson because Tatum Bell was held out with a bruised chest. Dayne broke a 55-yard run on the second play of overtime to set up the winning field goal. It was his first major contribution since Week 2, when he ran for 38 yards in Denver's winning drive against San Diego. In between, he has practiced and waited, tried to stay involved even though he has been inactive some weeks and barely played during others.

Running game vital for Broncos in playoff hunt - Pueblo Chieftan - Mike Spence
For the Denver Broncos and their fans, turkey dinner on Thanksgiving probably never tasted so good. It was, indeed, a happy holiday for those who bleed orange and blue. The Broncos won a game many figured they would lose, and they did it after a short week, on the road against a physically imposing Dallas team that may be the class of the NFC. The way Denver accomplished the deed was impressive, too. For much of the game, the Broncos were outplayed by the Cowboys. However, Denver continued to battle and scratched out a victory under circumstances that almost certainly would have spelled defeat in other seasons of the post-Elway era. Now, the Broncos have a week and a half to rest and prepare for one of the key challenges of their stretch run - Sunday's game at AFC West archrival Kansas City.

Cornerback squeeze hastens Walls' exit - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
11/29/2005 — Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey walked into the locker room following Monday's practice and noticed the stall next to his was cleared out. No note, no goodbye and no forwarding address — the person was just gone. Even the nameplate above the locker had been removed. The tenant used to be cornerback Lenny Walls, but he was evicted Monday as the Broncos waived him from the injured/reserve list. Walls is now free to search for a new team. "We knew it was going to happen," Bailey said. "I just didn't know he was already gone. I wish him the best."

Notebook: Respite Comes at Perfect Time - Denver - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - The time away from football this past weekend didn't merely represent a chance for the Broncos to relax and reflect upon the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a needed opportunity for many Broncos to recover from injuries incurred both in the 24-21 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys and in games before. For Darrent Williams, the timing was fortuitous. After being hindered by an ankle injury in the fourth quarter, he took advantage of the weekend to begin the healing process.

Broncos Waive Walls - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 28, 2005 - It was with a removal of a locker-room nameplate that Lenny Walls' four-season Broncos career ended Monday. The Broncos waived the former starting cornerback from the injured reserve list, dropping the curtain on a roller-coaster quartet of seasons for the Boston College product, who arrived at Dove Valley as an undrafted free agent. Walls had been on injured reserve for a day shy of four weeks, and his teammates didn't know that the release would come Monday until they walked back into the locker room following a chilly afternoon practice session and saw Walls' stall cleared out.

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