Denver Broncos News Blogs - 8/10/06

More on the arrest of former Bronco Maurice Clarett, DE Courtney Brown goes under the knife and safety John Lynch is still ready to hit at 35 years old. Check out all the latest on the team in our Broncos News Blogs.

Lions won't tip hand vs. Broncos- The Detroit News – Mike O'Hara
8/10/06 – There might be a scene or two that looks familiar, but the first showing of the Detroit production of "The Greatest Show on Turf" won't be a remake of the original. Expect a no-frills offense from the Lions in Friday night's exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.

Brown's preseason ends with surgery- Denver Post – Bill Willimson
8/10/06 – For the past several days, the Broncos' brass had a feeling Courtney Brown would need surgery. Wednesday, the worries became reality. However, the team was relieved that the best-case scenario developed as Brown had arthroscopic surgery to alleviate inflammation in his surgically repaired knees.

Lynch longtime power hitter in NFL- Denver Post – Jim Armstrong
8/10/06e – He's pushing 35, an age when most NFL defensive backs are hitting Titleists, not tailbacks. But then, the Broncos' John Lynch isn't like most NFL defensive backs. Never has been, for that matter.

Punters' performances will keep Sauerbrun in suspense- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
8/10/06 – The situation Todd Sauerbrun has created for himself is one the Denver Broncos punter calls "double-edged." He doesn't want the players vying for his job on a temporary basis to perform so well they make him an afterthought once his four-game regular-season suspension for ephedra use is over.

Some rookies learn hard way knowledge of playbook is key- Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
8/10/06 – Headlights. Deer. Do the math. "That's the look," Broncos tight end Mike Leach said. "Then you know. That's the biggest mistake some guys make when they're trying to make the team. They don't study enough. "And it's a numbers deal. If in the back of your mind you know you didn't prepare the way you should have then you're nervous about screwing up and looking stupid on tape . . . then you play tentative and the guys who play tentative don't make it."

Clarett was pretty withdrawn n Denver- MSNBC – AP
8/10/06 – Broncos safety Nick Ferguson tried to reach out to Maurice Clarett during last year's training camp, but the former Ohio State running back turned a cold shoulder. Clarett, taken in the third round of the 2005 draft, wouldn't let any of his teammates get to know him. That's one of the reasons the Broncos cut Clarett before he even played a down in the NFL.

Loaded guns trigger latest arrest- Denver Post – AP
8/10/06 – When police ran into Maurice Clarett this time, officers said he was driving erratically and carrying an arsenal that included three semi-automatic handguns and an AK-47-type assault rifle in the front seat - all loaded. A highway chase ensued, then ended in the early hours Wednesday when police spiked the former Ohio State star running back's tires.

Broncos hope best for Clarett - Denver Post – Irv Moss
8/10/06 – Coach Mike Shanahan and the Broncos reflected back Wednesday on their experiences with Maurice Clarett at training camp last year. Most of the team had heard about Clarett's latest arrest since the Broncos released him last summer. Clarett was arrested Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, where police found four loaded guns in his vehicle after a highway chase.

Broncos show concern for troubled Clarett- – AP
Aug. 9, 2006 - Broncos safety Nick Ferguson tried to reach out to Maurice Clarett during training camp last year, but the former Ohio State running back turned a cold shoulder. Clarett, taken in the third round of the 2005 draft, wouldn't let any of his teammates get to know him. That's one of the reasons the Broncos cut Clarett before he even played a down in the NFL. "He was pretty withdrawn, which is really hard to be being around guys like this in the organization," Ferguson said. "If you can't gel with guys on this team, there's a problem."

Dove Valley Days, Aug. 9- Denver Post – Bill Williamson
08/09/2006 - Denver worked on some plays for Friday's preseason opener at Detroit, including some goal-line work. Coach Mike Shanahan said the team has watched film of the Lions and is preparing for what it has seen from Detroit personnel in recent seasons. As for the highlights, it was a good day for the defensive backs. Backup safety Curome Cox continued an outstanding training camp by being aggressive and knocking away a few balls. Rookie undrafted player Tyler Everett continued to open eyes with an interception of starter Jake Plummer. Cornerback Domonique Foxworth also had an impressive day.

Tatum Bell upset about depth chart- Denver Post – Bill Williamson
08/09/2006 - Tatum Bell believes he has been pigeonholed, but the Broncos running back is determined not to allow Monday's stunning promotion of undrafted rookie Mike Bell to deter him. "The coaching staff thinks I'm just a 10-, 15-carry back," Tatum Bell said Tuesday. "I don't know if they think I can be anything more. ... I don't think they trust me. I've been doing everything I can in this camp to earn that trust and I will continue to do so." He went into training camp No. 2 behind Ron Dayne on the depth chart. But coach Mike Shanahan has moved Mike Bell to No. 1 and named him the starter for Friday night's preseason opener at Detroit. Tatum Bell, a second-round pick in 2004, remains No. 2. Dayne slid to No. 3.

Clarett arrested again in Ohio- Denver Post – Andy Resnik, AP
08/09/2006 - Columbus, Ohio - Maurice Clarett was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a highway chase early Wednesday that ended with police using Mace on the former Ohio State running back and finding four loaded guns in his sport utility vehicle, police said. Officers used Mace to subdue Clarett after a stun gun was ineffective because the former Buckeyes star was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, Sgt. Michael Woods said. "It took several officers to get him handcuffed," Woods said. Tatum tantrum- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
August 9, 2006 - Frustrated by Mike Bell's sudden move to No. 1 on the depth chart, backup running back Tatum Bell wondered Tuesday whether he ever will ascend to the starting job in the Broncos backfield after the latest in a series of disappointments. "They don't think I can be the man, period," he said flatly. "They don't think I can do 25 carries." In Bell's opinion, the organization only has faith in him to be a back that logs 10 to 12 attempts a game, nothing more. "They don't trust me," he said, adding he is unsure whether that person is coach Mike Shanahan, running backs coach Bobby Turner or someone else making decisions in the front office.

Broncos Terrell wants chance to play- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
August 9, 2006 - David Terrell admittedly had grander designs during the offseason than trying to scrape his way onto the Broncos roster. But with the first preseason game Friday, Terrell finds himself just trying to stick around. At best, he's running sixth on the receiver depth chart, a far cry from challenging for the No. 3 spot that seemed available a few months back. "I know what I can do and I know how I feel and how I look. It's on the coaches to choose who they want to be out there," Terrell said. "I'm confident in myself. I know I can start in this league anywhere. I know that for a fact. Maybe it's me getting on the right team and doing the right things." Not that Terrell wants a one-way ticket out of town, necessarily.

CSU's loss became Arizona's top gainer- Rocky Mountain News – Randy Holtz
August 9, 2006 - FORT COLLINS - Long before Mike Shanahan laid impressed eyes on him, Mike Bell nearly came to Colorado. Bell, surprisingly elevated to the top of the Broncos' running backs pecking order Monday, was recruited hard by Colorado State when he was a high school star in Arizona. His decision came down to the Rams and the University of Arizona, and after several painstaking months of deliberation, he chose to stay close to home. Later, he thought about transferring to CSU before deciding to stay put in Tucson, where he started for four years.

Dove Valley Dispatches- – Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - For an encaspulation of the ups and downs a player can endure through training camp, one need look no further than a sequence of plays Todd Devoe experienced during red-zone work Wednesday morning. He began by successfully executing a 12-yard reverse, sprinting around right end and into the end zone for a touchdown. Two plays later, he successfully lunged for a short, sharply thrown Jay Cutler pass, getting just inside of Karl Paymah for the reception. He would later find the end zone later in red-zone work. But between the reverse and catch from Cutler, he found himself on the losing end of a taut tug-of-war with Domonique Foxworth -- which was one of a slew of turnovers forced by the defense during the morning's two-hour practice.

Team Reacts to News About Clarett- – Andrew Mason
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - At this time last summer, Maurice Clarett was in the midst of an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to make the Broncos roster. Wednesday morning, as the Broncos rolled onward in this year's training camp, Clarett found himself in an Ohio jail, arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon following an overnight car chase. Two time zones away, the status of the one-time Bronco was a topic of discussion among players as they went through the work of their 12th day of this year's training camp.

A Reversal of Fortune- – J. Michael Moore
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - David Terrell's 2006 training camp has been quite the improvement from the one he battled through a season ago. Terrell, a six-year veteran at wide receiver and the eighth overall pick by the Chicago Bears in 2001, spent summer workouts with New England last season but missed most of camp with a staph infection in his leg. For a guy who was eager for a fresh start with a new team, it was the hardest of setbacks. The Patriots cut him Sept. 3, 2006. "It was bad," Terrell said. "That was one of the worst times in my life. Just my exit from Chicago, I didn't like it. I felt like I had something to prove... Then to have that taken away by a staph infection set me back a little bit. It's just something I had to deal with."

Receiver Marshall has veterans noticing his ability- Colorado Springs Gazette – Frank Schwab
8/09/06 - When asked about the Denver Broncos' young players Tuesday, one name stood out for safety John Lynch. "Brandon Marshall is a guy who continues to show up," Lynch said, referring to the rookie receiver. A few minutes later, safety Nick Ferguson was asked if there was a rookie, aside from quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Mike Bell, he was looking forward to watching in Denver's first exhibition game Friday night at Detroit. "Yes," Ferguson said. "Brandon Marshall." Lynch, Ferguson and all other interested parties should see a lot of Marshall on Friday. Coach Mike Shanahan said Javon Walker and Rod Smith won't play, so Marshall and Darius Watts will likely start at receiver. Watts is the third receiver behind Smith and Walker. Marshall, a fourthround pick, has been impressive since the offseason minicamps and will compete for the third receiver job.

Backfield's in motion- Denver Post – Bill Williamson
08/08/2006 - When Mike Bell hired agents Josh Luchs and Steve Feldman - the men who tried to keep Maurice Clarett's career afloat in Denver - the running back from Arizona had one directive: Get me to Denver. Today, Bell is the story of the city, the state and the NFL, after making the rare jump from undrafted rookie to No. 1 on the Broncos' depth chart. In a stunning move, coach Mike Shana- han announced in a team meeting Sunday night Bell had bypassed Ron Dayne and Tatum Bell and would be running with the starters. Shanahan said Monday Mike Bell will start the Broncos' preseason opener Friday night in Detroit. Bell is the only rookie tailback in the NFL atop his team's depth chart.

Cutler new No. 2 in arms race- Denver Post – Mike Klis
08/08/2006 - In time, the hardly astonishing ascent of rookie Jay Cutler to No. 2 Broncos quarterback will blend into the other old-news events at Dove Valley. Even if Cutler whipped past Bradlee Van Pelt four preseason games and three or four regular-season games earlier than expected, the eventuality of the move was no less certain than dark clouds during The International week. "I've always been keen into this," Van Pelt said. "I'm not saying I knew it was coming, but I knew it easily could happen and how I reacted to it could dictate how my year goes and the rest of my career goes." Now that Cutler is firmly implanted at No. 2, is it too soon to wonder about his next promotion?

Dove Valley Days: Aug. 7- Denver Post – Bill Williamson
08/07/2006 - Training camp begins with veterans looking down on rookies. Then comes the release of the first depth chart and order is turned upside down. Veterans Ron Dayne and Bradlee Van Pelt are way down, if not out. In rookies Mike Bell and Jay Cutler, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan proves he does not discriminate. Bell is an undrafted free agent. Cutler is a first-round bonus baby. Each received promotions Monday. After jumping from fourth-string running back past third-stringer Cedric Cobbs in the first week of training camp, Bell made the quantum leap Monday from third-stringer to No. 1. Tatum Bell remains at No. 2, while Dayne fell from No. 1 to No. 3. No, there was not an ulterior motive behind the switch such as giving a wake-up call to Tatum Bell, who rushed for 921 yards last year. "To the contrary, Tatum has never worked harder," Shanahan said. Cutler moved ahead of Van Pelt to No. 2 quarterback, behind Jake Plummer.

New Bell of the ball for Broncos- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
August 8, 2006 - It wasn't the ice in the cold tub that made rookie Mike Bell freeze up suddenly Sunday. It was the news he was being summoned to coach Mike Shanahan's office for a little training camp chitchat that provided an unpleasant adrenaline rush. "I was thinking the worst," Bell said. Getting cut might have been shocking, given Bell's performance during the Broncos' first nine days of on-field workouts. But what Bell then heard was equally as startling. The undrafted rookie free agent was informed by Shanahan that he was being elevated to No. 1 on the depth chart at tailback, ahead of Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne, who are second and third in the pecking order. That kind of sudden ascension is heady stuff for any young player bypassed in the draft, never mind one who failed to register a single 1,000-yard season during four years as a starter with the University of Arizona. This was wildest-dream territory.

Broncos Meadows has hope despite injury- Denver Post – Jeff Legwold
August 8, 2006 - Of all the aches and pains Adam Meadows has had to deal with during his eight-year NFL career, he now has one he didn't expect. A strained left hamstring kept him out of Broncos practice Monday. "I certainly didn't think it would happen," Meadows said. "It's never happened to me before. I've never had a problem with a hamstring before. Other things, but never a hamstring." Meadows suffered the injury during Saturday morning's practice. With the players having had Sunday off, he said he felt better and still hoped there was an outside chance he would be able to play at least some during Friday night's preseason opener against the Lions in Detroit.

So Far, First-Rate - – Andrew Mason
Monday, August 7, 2006 - Mike Bell heard those words Sunday night and felt a tidal wave of fear wash over him. He wasn't thinking about how his first nine days of training-camp practice had witnessed his ascension into some second-team repetitions. He wasn't recalling how his cutback runs and bursts through the offensive line had made the lifelong Broncos fan a favorite of his fellow Broncos followers. He simply felt as though he was at the precipice of disaster, believing the worst was in store.

Camp Day 10: Cutler Moves to Second Team- – Andrew Mason
Monday, August 7, 2006 - It's time for Jay Cutler to stare into the jaws of one of the NFL's stingiest defenses. The rookie quarterback moved up onto the the second team Monday, and the most jarring immediate effect of the promotion is the fact that he will lead the second unit against the first-team defense every day in practice when the team goes into its "move-the-ball" game-condition simulations at the end of each session. Goodbye, third-team defense. Hello, Pro Bowlers Champ Bailey, John Lynch and Al Wilson.

Dove Valley Dispatches- – Andrew Mason
Monday, August 7, 2006 - The first depth chart of the 2006 campaign was issued Monday afternoon, although the news that Mike Bell was on the first team and Jay Cutler was with the second unit had long since broken with the end of the morning session. Among the more notable items on the chart: Rookies abound on the second team. In addition to Cutler, the No. 2 unit includes tight end Tony Scheffler, right guard Chris Kuper, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and undrafted free agents Antwon Burton at defensive tackle and Cameron Vaughn at linebacker. Mike Bell is also the first-team kickoff returner. David Kircus, Brian Clark, Charlie Adams, Cedric Cobbs and Cecil Sapp are liste as his backups, in that order. Darrent Williams is also the first-team punt returner in addition to its right cornerback. Bell, Kircus, Marshall and Adams are his backups there.

What, no love for running backs?- Denver Post – Mike Klis
8/6/06 – People have it wrong at Dove Valley. When the subject of running back is brought up, the question should not be whether Ron Dayne or Tatum Bell will emerge as the Broncos' starter. The question should be: What difference does it make? A relatively high risk of injury, financial considerations, continued evolution of the passing game and a comparatively short learning curve have turned running backs into, if not football's most dispensable commodity, at least the most interchangeable.

Toe injury sidelines Broncos' Warren- Denver Post – Bill Willimson
8/6/06 – Gerard Warren's vivid, echoing pain instantly sobered the most attended training camp practice in Dove Valley history as the Broncos suffered their first significant injury of preseason.

Dove Valley Days: Aug. 5- Denver Post – Bill Willimson
8/6/06 – The idea was to have a quick, efficient morning practice. Coach Mike Shanahan gave the team Saturday afternoon off, and the team has only meetings tonight before resuming two-a-day workouts Monday. Everything went as planned, other than the scary left big toe injury suffered by defensive tackle Gerard Warren.

Warren injures toe, out two to four weeks- Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwoldn
8/6/06 – The Broncos best-laid plans on defense this season were almost shoved off the drawing board Saturday morning. Defensive tackle Gerard Warren, who is the key component to the Broncos blueprint this year having signed a $36 million contract in the offseason, dislocated his left big toe in team drills.

Broncos star struggles with league's rules- Greeley Tribune – Matt Shuman
8/6/06 – Denver Broncos safety John Lynch usually has his head in the game, but sometimes he isn't sure where that head should be. With all the NFL rule changes that have been made in his 14-year career to protect offensive players, especially the quarterback, Lynch doesn't always know whether he should keep his head up or his chin down.

Former Ram makes move for Broncos- Greeley Tribune – Matt Shuman
8/6/06 – Little did Cecil Sapp know that a change of position would be a career altering move that would change his fortunes with the Denver Broncos. The fourth-year pro out of Colorado State University has moved from an undrafted free agent tailback trying to hang onto a job on the practice squad as a rookie to potentially the starting fullback for the Broncos this season.

Tackle Gerard Warren down at camp- Denver Post – Mike Klis
8/5/06 – The Broncos' suffered their first serious injury of training camp Saturday when defensive tackle Gerard Warren when down in agony with a dislocated big left toe during the team's "live" full-pad, goal line scrimmage.

Earning their special places- Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
8/5/06 – A little less than a year ago, coach Mike Shanahan stood in the Broncos team meeting room and called Jerry Rice "the greatest player to ever play the game." And then Shanahan explained how he had told Rice, who was trying to stave off the end of a glorious career, he could not guarantee Rice would be in uniform for games because he did not play special teams.

Undrafted Clark hopes he'll be able to catch on- Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
8/5/06 – Talk about camouflage. For Broncos rookie wide receiver Brian Clark, the draft had a whole different look. He watched three of his former North Carolina State teammates get selected in the first round in April, all from the 7-5 team's defense (defensive end Mario Williams, defensive end Manny Lawson and defensive tackle John McCargo).

Danger afield for Broncos Elam- Rocky Mountain News – Lee Rasizer
8/5/06 – His wife has jokingly referred to him as Indiana Jones. But while a certain local NFL kicker wears many hats (helmets?), a fedora may not be one of them. Jason Elam. Jason Bourne. That's more like it. Globetrotting the world, escaping danger.

Dove Valley Days: Aug. 4- Denver Post – Bill Williamson
8/5/06 – What stood out about the morning session - other than an overall sloppy performance by the offense - was the steady but slight upward movement shown by tailback Tatum Bell and quarterback Jay Cutler.

Injury report starts to be sore subject- Denver Post – Mike Klis
8/5/06 – Lucky for the Broncos, no games were scheduled for Aug. 3. The dings, twists, strains and bruises started to become at least a minor concern Thursday as the Broncos continued two-a-day workouts at training camp.

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