Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Sunday, Oct. 8

A couple of longtime Broncos will return home on Monday night. Defensive end Trevor Pryce, who spent nine seasons with the Denver Broncos and made four Pro Bowls, and running back Mike Anderson, who had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos, come back to Denver with the Ravens this week.

Denver cut both players in a salary-cap purge in March. Pryce and Anderson were both past 30 years old and due big salaries, so the Broncos decided it was time to move on.

"The salary cap has a lot to do with those things," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "You would like to have a lot of guys on your team for the length of their career, but sometimes it just doesn't work out."

Both players have been replaced pretty easily. Tatum Bell has taken over as Denver's running back and is on pace for 1,000 yards. Denver put Ebenezer Ekuban, who played a lot as a backup last year, into the lineup to replace Pryce. The Broncos' line has gotten decent pressure on the quarterback this season.

The Broncos' players are looking forward to seeing their old teammates this week. They also expect to face two players with a little something to prove.

"I'm pretty sure those guys are going to be fired up," linebacker Al Wilson said. "I know Trevor's going to be fired up, Mike as well. Those guys are going to have a little extra motivation coming into this game."

PLAYER NOTES

--DE Courtney Brown (knee) didn't participate at all in practice Thursday after doing some drills Wednesday. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan refused to call it a setback, but Brown is doubtful for this week's game, and his return has not been set.

--DE Kenard Lang will continue to fill in for DE Courtney Brown (knee) while he is out. Lang has played well and was a smart offseason acquisition by Denver behind the injury-prone Brown.

--RB Tatum Bell might not match up very well with Baltimore's defense. Bell's strength is his speed -- he's one of the best in the NFL at attacking the perimeter. The Ravens defense is very fast, so there probably won't be many outside lanes for the Broncos.

--LB Ian Gold leads the Broncos in tackles this season. He is being kept on the weak side full time and has made many plays. He has nine more tackles than anyone else on the team.

--WR Quincy Morgan should be more comfortable with the Broncos' special teams scheme. He has been with the team two weeks, having signed before the game at New England. The Broncos need Morgan to give their special teams a spark as a kickoff returner.


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