Travis Henry Passes Shanahan's Test

Although his NFL appeal has yet to be heard, Travis Henry has passed several tests, including a hair sample test, to try and prove he didn't smoke marijuana.

Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry will have an appeal on Friday to battle his one-year suspension for a positive marijuana test, and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan hopes Henry will be cleared.

Shanahan met with Henry right after news of Henry's positive test came to light. Henry promised him he hadn't smoked marijuana. Shanahan said further tests, including a hair sample, have come out negative.

"If Travis took a test and we knew he was positive after what he promised me, he wouldn't be with our football team," Shanahan said.

Henry will likely be available for Denver's next game, Monday night against Tennessee. Henry's status will probably be determined shortly after.

Shanahan also said that he thinks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will treat Henry fairly in the appeal.

"The commissioner is going to give him a fair shake," Shanahan said. "He's going to listen to all the facts, survey it and make a decision. Knowing our commissioner, he'll definitely give him a fair shake."

Henry missed Sunday's game against Kansas City with an injured knee. Shanahan said there is some swelling in the knee and Henry will have an MRI as a precaution.

--Quarterback Jay Cutler gave the Broncos a scare late in the second quarter Sunday when he limped off the field and had to be replaced by Patrick Ramsey. Cutler took a shot in his bruised leg, but after three plays he came back in the game.

"I had to come out for a little bit and after that it was a little sore, I knew it was going to be, but nothing dramatic," Cutler said.

--Nick Ferguson didn't want to talk about his demotion after Sunday's game. Hamza Abdullah played the entire game against Kansas City in place of Ferguson. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said it was based on matchup issues against Kansas City -- Abdullah has more range in pass defense -- but it didn't appear like a temporary move.

Abdullah led the Broncos in tackles, got his hands on two interceptions and forced a fumble.

"Hopefully I did all right," Abdullah said.

--WR Javon Walker is a longshot to play this week against Tennessee, Shanahan said. Walker has a knee injury. However, Walker could return to practice this week.

--TE Tony Scheffler suffered a chest injury on a hard hit against Kansas City, but returned to the game. Shanahan didn't think it would keep Scheffler out of practice.

--DE Josh Mallard played most of the game for the Broncos, five days after being signed. The Broncos used Mallard at tackle and end during the game.

--RB Andre Hall only had nine yards on five carries against Kansas City. However, most of his carries came late in the game when the Chiefs knew Denver would run. The Broncos like Hall's ability to run between the tackles.

--CB Champ Bailey intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter against Kansas City. Bailey, who tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions last year, has two interceptions this season.

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