Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, Dec. 13

Denver Broncos' cornerback Darrent Williams' injury is causing the most concern this week as the team prepares to travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. Read about the plans to replace Williams in today's news reports.

Denver horsepower taking hit - Denver Post - Mike Klis
12/14/2005 - As chairman of the Broncos' renowned running back committee, Mike Anderson is responsible for handling the tough questions. What's wrong with the Broncos' running game? Have opposing defenses adjusted to the Broncos' running scheme? Has the emergence of Ron Dayne inadvertently pushed the vaunted tandem of Anderson and Tatum Bell into a three's-a-crowd conundrum?

Rookie cornerback confident of return - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
12/14/2005 - At 5-feet-8, Darrent Williams is used to the odds stacking against his diminutive frame. A day after learning the remaining portion of his rookie season with the Broncos could be in jeopardy, Williams on Tuesday went back to his confident, beat-the-odds roots. "Don't ever count me out," the right cornerback and return man said. "It's not for sure over for me. I'm a fast healer. They're telling me four to six weeks, but we'll see. Hopefully, it's a quick turnaround." Williams suffered a serious groin injury Sunday against Baltimore. Denver coach Mike Shanahan said he is hoping Williams can come back in four weeks through an aggressive rehabilitation. If so, Williams would be able to make Denver's first playoff game.

It's no time to blow their cover - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 14, 2005 - There were times when losing a key member of the secondary might have made Larry Coyer shudder, say, any time during the AFC wild-card playoff game in January in Indianapolis. "We did not have enough ammo to cover the gaps," Coyer said. But the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator appeared ready Tuesday to lock and load for the dash to the postseason with the players he has despite news cornerback Darrent Williams will miss at least four weeks because of a right groin injury he suffered Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Williams has played well above his status as a rookie, but so has Domonique Foxworth, who will move into the starting lineup in place of Williams.

It's a happy return for Moulds - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 14, 2005 - The Denver Broncos won't have the same luxury as the New England Patriots. The Patriots got to play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday without receiver Eric Moulds. The Broncos won't be that fortunate. After suspending Moulds for one week because of "conduct detrimental to the team," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday that Moulds will play Saturday night against the Broncos. Shanahan made fine impression

Bills' Mularkey got some early lessons from Broncos coach - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 14, 2005 - Denver Broncos players often have talked about the look, the "high beams," as defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban calls it. That wood-burning glare from coach Mike Shanahan when something didn't go as planned. Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey has been there, done that - before many of the current Broncos were born. "Oh, yes, I've seen that before," said Mularkey, who is part of a coaching tree that contains some sturdy branches. From three Hall of Famers - Bill Walsh, Bud Grant and Chuck Noll - to Sam Wyche, who gave Mularkey his first chance, and Bill Cowher, who made him a coordinator for the first time, Mularkey has been around, seen some things. But the first name on the list is Shanahan's.

Broncos downplaying poor play of Bills' QB - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 14, 2005 — Kyle Boller is the least effective quarterback in the AFC with a passer rating of 63.0. Anyone who watched Baltimore's starter last Sunday at Invesco Field could have guessed that. But can you name the conference's second-worst statistical signal-caller? That would be Buffalo's J.P. Losman, who owns a passer rating of 64.9 entering Saturday night's game against Denver at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Broncos, of course, still found a way to talk about Losman as if he were part of the Manning family on Tuesday.

Williams' injury has Broncos a bit wary - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 14, 2005 — Eleven months ago at the RCA Dome the Denver Broncos were essentially outcoached by the opposing quarterback. Peyton Manning, well aware of the fact that Lenny Walls was out of the lineup with an injury, consistently found cornerback Roc Alexander at the line of scrimmage and found ways to get Reggie Wayne matched up one-on-one with the undrafted rookie. Wayne finished Indianapolis' 49-24 victory with 221 of Manning's 458 passing yards and two touchdowns as the Colts had their way with a shorthanded Broncos' secondary for the second consecutive postseason.

Familiar Face, Familiar Place - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - Tuesday afternoon, John Lynch was rattling off the names of defensive backs who would be asked to play more with Darrent Williams sidelined for the next few weeks with a pulled groin. But at first, he didn't utter the name of Domonique Foxworth, who drew the first-string assignment when Williams went to the sidelines in the opening moments of Sunday's 12-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens. There was good reason for the omission, though.

Victory relieves Broncos - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
12/13/2005 — The Denver Broncos are living a charmed life. How else do you explain this run of good fortune? On a day when the Broncos weren't at their best, they still found a way to squeak out a 12-10 win over the hapless Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. If that wasn't enough, the Broncos (10-3) also gained ground on Kansas City (8-5) and San Diego (8-5) in the AFC West race. Not only that, but Denver still has a lead on Cincinnati (10-3) for the second seed by virtue of a better record against AFC teams. This day could've just as easily turned disastrous.

Broncos' ugly win still counts - Sports Network - Dan Di Sciullo
12/13/2005 - The Denver Broncos have played much better this season than they did this past Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, but you won't hear them complaining. The Broncos (10-3) pulled out a 12-10 win over the Ravens at Invesco Field at Mile High, and the victory had huge implications. Both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers were handed losses Sunday, allowing Denver to extend its lead in the AFC West to two games over both teams. "We could be on the other end like (the Chiefs and Chargers), but we're not," Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said. "We're on the 'W' side, and it's a big win for us." It is a big win for the Broncos and it makes sense for them to not look a gift horse in the mouth in this situation. It just wouldn't make sense to complain about your team's play after winning a game at this stage of the season.

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