Saturday, December 28, 2002 - The road back from his injury has been a grueling one, his lengthy rehabilitation made more difficult by nagging doubts about whether he would ever recover fully. But Ed McCaffrey has responded with a productive season for the Denver Broncos.
Money doesn't dictate playing time- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 28, 2002 - Brian Griese didn't see the end coming. At least not immediately. Trailing 21-0 in the most important game of his NFL career, Griese was sacked and sent to the sideline late in the second quarter by Bill Romanowski.
Shelton the end of vanishing line- Nick Piecoro - Arizona Republic
Dec. 28, 2002 - Cardinals left tackle L.J. Shelton treads carefully around the subject, afraid that talking about the injuries to all four of the men who line up to his right might end up jinxing him. He laughs when teammates call him Last Man Standing, but then turns around, finds the wood paneling of his locker, and delivers a couple of raps.
Portis Not the Only Promising Back on Display- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 27, 2002 - The first sentence fragment of Marcel Shipp's biography in the Arizona Cardinals' media guide said so much, but so little, about the preseason prospects for the second-year running back. "Free agent signee from Massachusetts with intriguing potential," it reads. That's about all that could be written of a running back who didn't so much as record a carry during his rookie year.
For Beuerlein, the Tiebreak Issues Have Been Worse -- Much Worse- DenverBroncos.com
Dec. 26, 2002 - One of the most bizarre days in NFL history didn't dawn that way when the sun rose in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 2, 2000. About the only thing which was abnormal were the above-average temperatures which greeted the Queen City.