Wednesday, December 4, Story Links

Check out today's story links as the Broncos prepare to face the New York Jets next Sunday.

Little things hold key - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - The gospel according to coach Mike Shanahan proclaims you play like you practice. The Denver Broncos coach preaches the concept over and over. But veteran tight end Shannon Sharpe isn't sure everyone quite gets it.

Portis becoming regal rookie - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - At the Denver Broncos' minicamp in May, first-round draft pick Ashley Lelie watched second-round pick Clinton Portis slash and dash past defenders. After one practice, Lelie knew the Broncos were on to something the rest of the league was not.

Hayward's season ended by injury - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - Two injuries Sunday will necessitate two roster moves the Denver Broncos will make official today. Defensive end Reggie Hayward, who suffered a fractured hand during the 30-27 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers, will go on the season-ending injured reserve list, a disappointing end to a disappointing season.

Penalties Broncos' undoing - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 4, 2002 - The Denver Broncos are caught in a recurring game of flag football. During their current 1-3 stretch, the team has accrued 32 penalties. Only four teams - Oakland (40), Minnesota (40), New Orleans (38) and St. Louis (34) - have more during that span.

Broncos can still rectify situation - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 4, 2002 - Jason Elam and the Denver Broncos are only guranteed four more games together. His 10-year run with the organization will almost certainly come to an end when the team's season does.

Herm tells Jets to keep nose up - New York Daily News - Hank Gola
December 4, 2002 - Herm Edwards insists Jets have come too far to stop now. Herm Edwards can take one thing out of Monday night's loss to the Raiders. He's got fewer problems than the other 6-6 coach in town. And he sounds like it.

Denver Broncos at New York Jets -
December 4, 2002 - Denver lost its second straight game Sunday --- a 30-27 overtime defeat at San Diego, which was also the Broncos' second straight overtime loss. Denver was clipped 23-20 the week before at home against Indianapolis. In addition, it was the first time the franchise has dropped back-to-back overtime games. Denver will look to get back on track Sunday, but will have to do it on the road.

Three Broncos nominated for Hall of Fame -
Dec. 3, 2002 - For the first time in the 42-year history of the Denver Broncos Football Club, three former Broncos are on the preliminary list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2003. Offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman, and linebackers Randy Gradishar and Karl Mecklenburg are three of the 74 former players, coaches and contributors named in the preliminary list.

Portis nominated for rookie award -
Dec. 3, 2002 - Denver's Clinton Portis rushed for a career-high 159 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Broncos' 30-27 overtime loss to San Diego.

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