Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Saturday, Dec. 10

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch wasn't fined by the NFL for his hit on Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison. Lynch, who was penalized 15 yards Sunday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Kennison, has been fined by the NFL four times since 2001 for improper use of his helmet. Read about Lynch in today's edition of "Hot Topics."

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Denver Broncos safety John Lynch wasn't fined by the NFL for his hit on Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison.

Lynch, who was penalized 15 yards Sunday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Kennison, has been fined by the NFL four times since 2001 for improper use of his helmet. A league spokesman said the NFL wasn't admitting a blown call during the game, but only that the hit didn't deserve a fine.

"It's good news," Lynch said. "I'm obviously pleased with the league's assessment of the play."

Lynch was upset when the league fined him $75,000 last year for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark. Lynch flew to New York to appeal the fine in the off-season, but was unsuccessful.

"I think I'm due," Lynch said. "It gives me some faith in the process, that they're actually looking at things and the specifics of each situation."

Monday, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan showed the media a freeze frame of the television replay of the hit, showing Lynch hit Kennison with his shoulder and not his helmet.

"It doesn't surprise me," Shanahan said about Lynch not getting fined.

PLAYER NOTES

--DE Courtney Brown returned to practice on Thursday. He is nursing a sore knee. Coach Mike Shanahan said he looked good in practice, and it appears Brown will be available for Sunday's game.

--CB Antwaun Rogers was signed to the Broncos' practice squad. Rogers is a rookie who played at Purdue.

--LB Keith Burns has practiced all week and should be ready to play against Baltimore this week. Burns missed last week's game against Kansas City with a knee injury.

--T Cornell Green should be ready to return from a separated shoulder. The Broncos have an interesting decision to make if he is healthy. RT George Foster, with whom Green was rotating, is coming off his best game of the season, so the Broncos might not resume the rotation.

--LB Ian Gold has been a big asset to the Broncos in the run game this season. Gold is undersized for an outside linebacker, but he is tough and can run down just about any back in the league. He showed off his quickness when he stuffed Chiefs WR Dante Hall on a reverse last week.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:
Amid the circus of wide receiver Eric Moulds' suspension for arguing with an assistant coach during last Sunday's 24-23 meltdown in Miami, the Buffalo Bills have to get ready for a game this weekend that could officially eliminate them from the playoff race.

Buffalo (4-8) hosts the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (7-5), who can clinch in the AFC East title for the fourth time in five seasons with a victory coupled with a loss by Miami (5-7) at San Diego.

If the Bills can pull off the upset -- New England has won nine of the past 10 games in the series -- they then face another tough test against Denver (9-3) at home, then comes a road game at Cincinnati (9-3).

After a meeting with Moulds and coach Mike Mularkey on Thursday, Bills owner Ralph Wilson announced that Moulds was suspended without pay for Sunday's game, a sanction that apparently stemmed from Moulds' incident with receivers coach Tyke Tolbert on the sideline last Sunday. Moulds' adviser, Greg Johnson, told the Associated Press that Moulds will accept the suspension and will watch this week's game as "a fan" and "cheer on" the Bills.

Earlier Thursday, television crews were staked out at the stadium on what is normally a slow day. Sports talk shows debated who's to blame for Buffalo's current state. One newspaper ran a poll asking whom Wilson should fire: general manager Tom Donahoe, Mularkey or Moulds. Donahoe was leading with 66 percent.

"There's a lot of chaos," running back Willis McGahee said. "You don't know what to expect right now at this point."

"There are always ebbs and flows in a season, good stuff and some bad stuff," defensive tackle Justin Bannan added. "The main thing is sticking together as a team and getting through the rough times and enjoying the good times."

Bannan said that as players, the Bills can't lose their focus worrying about Moulds' fate.

"I just want to take care of what I've got to take care of," he said. "We do that on this team, we should be OK. We all have to look in the mirror and try and do better, because were not cutting it right now."



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