Tuesday, December 3, Story Links

Both quarterback Brian Griese and tight end Shannon Sharpe are expected to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Read about it in today's story links.

Broncos' playoff run starts now - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - Not one to make guarantees, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan served up two Monday. He guaranteed an 11-5 record - a mark the Broncos could achieve only by winning their final four games - will be good enough to qualify for this season's playoffs.

Griese, Sharpe likely to play against Jets - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - Quarterback Brian Griese, who has missed two games with a knee injury, should practice Wednesday and be ready Sunday. Same thing for tight end Shannon Sharpe, who has missed three games because of a dislocated elbow.

Broncos realize the time is now - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 3, 2002 - After two consecutive overtime losses, Mike Shanahan sounded more like former Colts coach Jim Mora than Giants coach Jim Fassel. Instead of guaranteeing his team would run the table like Fassel did two years ago, the Broncos coach seemed more worried about winning another game. Mora took a similar stance when asked about Indianapolis' playoff chances after a poor outing last season.

Division tiebreakers - Rocky Mountain News
December 3, 2002 - Rules to break a tie within the division.

Relief replaces fear for 'thankful' Montgomery - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 3, 2002 - Scottie Montgomery did have significant feeling as trainers tended to his limp body on the field Sunday, just not in the right places.

Middlebrooks was lost in Pacific time - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
December 3, 2002 - Clock management problems usually are confined to coaches or quarterbacks. Safety Willie Middlebrooks had a huge issue with it Sunday. Problems converting to the West Coast time zone spurred his late arrival for the Chargers game and subsequent deactivation.

"We Have to Win This Week"- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 2, 2002 By Andrew Mason - No matter what the result on Sunday, it is on Monday that the past game must be expunged from the focus, whether it's the most savory of wins or the most pungent of defeats.

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