Griese sacked by man's best friend

Throughout his illustrious career as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback Brian Griese has had his share of ups and downs, both on and off the field.

DENVER, Colo. - Throughout his illustrious career as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback Brian Griese has had his share of ups and downs, both on and off the field.

Unfortunately it's those off the field mishaps that generate the most publicity.

He tripped while walking down teammate Terrell Davis' driveway and was knocked unconscious, he's wrecked his truck by crashing into a funeral procession and he's been arrested for driving while intoxicated.

His latest mishap however, is perhaps the most bizarre.

On Wednesday, Griese was upended by man's best friend, leaving his status for this week's game against the Ravens uncertain.

"I was walking down the stairs and my dog came barreling down the stairs after me and clipped me, and I kind of twisted my ankle on the stairs," Griese said. "These things happen. Unfortunately, it happened to me.

The injury was serious enough that the team took full x-ray's to make sure that there was no fracture.

"With a sprained ankle, I don't think you really know," head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters. "Sometimes it's two weeks, other times you can come back in a day or two. I'm not exactly sure how serious it is, but it's bad enough that he didn't practice Thursday.

Should Griese be unable to play, veteran Steve Beuerlein would take over the starting position when the undefeated Broncos take to the road against the Baltimore Ravens for a Monday night matchup.

Griese will continue receive treatment on his left ankle throughout the week. He is currently listed as probable on the teams' official injury report.

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