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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Despite dropping four of their last five games, three members of the Denver Broncos defense got some well deserved recognition as Champ Bailey, Al Wilson and John Lynch were named to the 2007 Pro Bowl squad.
For Bailey, whose grabbed eight interceptions this season, it marks the seventh consecutive honor, three straight as a member of the Broncos. Lynch grabs his seventh trip to Hawaii and Al Wilson pulls down his fifth. Both Bailey and Wilson were named as starters, while Lynch will be the alternate.
Snow continues to fall in the Denver area and there's a strong possibility that practice will be canceled tomorrow. Earlier today the Denver Nuggets - Phoenix Suns game scheduled for the Pepsi Center was canceled and Denver International Airport has officially been closed until further notice. While the storm may disrupt practice the next few days, it is unlikely it will have any affect on Sunday's game, based on the latest forecasts.
"Honestly, we got in here early this morning and the weather wans't too bad, except going over to that bubble," said Mike Shanan. "I haven't had to fight it like you (reporters). We had a good practice today. We were in the bubble, and we got a lot of things done. Thank God for that bubble. I heard we are going to get a lot of snow tonight so it might be tough getting to work in the morning, but I am sure that we will deal with it."
As hard as the snow continues to fall, don't be surprised to see many members of the Broncos coaching staff actually spending the night at Dove Valley - including Shanan, who admitted that it's a possibility.
"It all depends on what the weather is like. We don't leave here until late, so we are not dealing with the crowd that people are dealing with now with all of the cars on the road and people broken down and some of the main highways."
Jay Cutler's performance last week against the Cardinals was enough to grab a nomination for Rookie of the Week honors. Cutler finished the third game of his NFL career completing 21 of 31 passes for 261-yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Vote for Rookie of the Week
Speaking of Cutler, who happens to hail from Santa Clause, Indiana, today's blizzard was unlike anything he'd seen before - "Nothing like this. I'vie played in some cold weather. I'vie played in some snow, but it's a little ridiculous out there right now. I'vie got my jacket in the locker room. I'll be all right."
Weather also forced rookie Mike Bell to postpone his inaugural "Christmas Bell" campaign, originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The campaign is a toy drive launched by the Mike Bell Foundation to provide needy and under-privileged children in the Denver area toys and gifts for the holiday season.
"In the spirit of this event and what we as a foundation hope to accomplish, it's best for us to move the original date with the hope that we are giving people the best opportunity to donate money and toys to the children," said Bell. Alternate dates will be announced soon.
The team released its official injury report today, with the following players all categorized as Probable - Stephen Alexander (Ribs), Steve Cargile (Ankle), Jason Elam (Left Hamstring), Quentin Harris (Finger), Adam Meadows (Hamstring), Karl Paymah (Ankle), Javon Walker (Shoulder), Darrent Williams (Toe), and Al Wilson (Thumb).
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