Denver Broncos News Blogs - Friday, July 7

Denver Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun has been suspended for the first month of the season after testing positive for the banned supplement ephedra, according to reports in today's news blogs. Also today, wide receiver Javon Walker runs his first routes with the Broncos.

Sauerbrun fails test- Denver Post – Bill Williamson
07/07/2006 - Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun recently tested positive for the supplement ephedra and will be suspended for four games, a source close to the situation confirmed Thursday. The suspension would be served in the first four regular-season games, if appeals don't cause a delay. Before joining the Broncos in May 2005, Sauerbrun had had his troubles. He was implicated in a Carolina Panthers' steroid scandal and was arrested in December 2004 for drunken driving. NFL spokesman Steve Alic said Thursday night the league had "no news to report" regarding Sauerbrun.

No guts, no glory, no Lelie- Denver Post – Mark Kiszla
07/07/2006 - There is a cold, hard reason why Broncos receiver Ashley "AWOL" Lelie will never be the football player that graying Rod Smith is at age 36, the same reason Denver absolutely needs Smith to reach the Super Bowl, while Lelie could sit out this entire NFL season on a beach in Hawaii and nobody would care if he sent a postcard. Lelie does not have the guts to take the hard route. He is a prima donna in shoulder pads. AWOL Ashley dances and spins for the pretty touchdown catch, but prefers not to get dirt under his nails when the going gets tough.

Walker almost up to speed- Denver Post – Adrian Dater
07/07/2006 - Javon Walker was just about able to match his fellow Broncos receivers on the practice field Thursday. In other words, it was an encouraging start for the former Pro Bowl on the first day of minicamp at Dove Valley. After missing most of 2005 with a torn ACL in his right knee, Walker went through a full practice with his new teammates and emerged with a smile on his face.

RB Cobbs eager to show he can play- Denver Post – Adrian Dater
07/07/2006 - Cedric Cobbs is a running back looking to fulfill untapped potential. He is wearing the right uniform for such a quest. If not the next Terrell Davis, Cobbs is hoping to become the latest in a long succession of unheralded runners who found success playing in coach Mike Shanahan's system with the Broncos. "If you come day-in, day-out and work your butt off and do everything they want you to do, then you definitely have a great chance of making the ball team here," Cobbs said Thursday, after the first day of the Broncos' three-day minicamp at Dove Valley. "If you listen to them, then you will definitely become a better player. Here, you'll get your chance. I feel fortunate to come here and learn a lot more than I knew when I came to the NFL."

Time to pass muster- Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
By Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News July 7, 2006 - Jay Cutler, welcome to the deep end of the NFL pool. "Oh, I think I understand, I know Denver is just crazy about quarterbacks," Cutler said. "With John (Elway) setting the bar so high, people expect huge things from the quarterback, they expect a huge leader, they expect the Super Bowl every year. I knew getting into it how it was going to be." And how it's going to be for the linchpin of the Broncos' 2006 draft class.

No walker for Walker in running routes- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
July 7, 2006 - Pleased with the progress of his surgically repaired right knee, Javon Walker was unexpectedly given medical clearance to run routes in individual and team drills Thursday at the Broncos' minicamp. Walker, a former Pro Bowl player obtained in April for a second-round draft pick, did not go one on one against defenders. But his participation, even in a reduced capacity, is the clearest sign yet his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament is on target. The receiver said there are some plants he has yet to make on his leg that he'll need to make in the coming weeks but that he's feeling mentally strong.

Broncos' Sauerbrun said to be suspended for a month- Rocky Mountain News – Arnie Stapleton, AP
July 7, 2006 - Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun was suspended for the first month of the season after testing positive for the banned supplement ephedra, a person close to the player said Friday. Sauerbrun will miss the first four regular-season games if his expected appeal is denied, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the NFL has not announced the suspension. Sauerbrun was brought in from Carolina before last season and is attending Denver's three-day minicamp this week. He was not immediately available for comment.

Police say deal made to Plummer- Rocky Mountain News
July 7, 2006 - Englewood police said a plea deal was offered to Jake Plummer in his road-rage case Thursday, but the attorney for the Broncos quarterback said that was news to him. "They had a pretrial conference today, and there was a plea deal that was offered to his attorney," said investigator John Hoeler, spokesman for Englewood police. "Jake was not present at the time, so it's something that his attorney would have to discuss with him." Hoeler said he did not know specifics of the offer. But Harvey Steinberg, Plummer's attorney, told CBS 4 News on Thursday that no plea deal was offered or discussed at the brief conference.

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