Archive: Broncos

Cowboys Add to Offensive Line

The Dallas Cowboys filled a need on their offensive line Thursday by trading a fifth-round draft choice in 2010 to the Denver Broncos for guard Montrae Holland. Holland could replace the injured Kyle Kosier in the Cowboys' season-opening lineup....

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall's Suspension Reportedly Reduced

A Denver television station is reporting that Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has had his suspension reduced to one game without pay. Marshall also will be fined a second game check, according to the report by KCNC-TV. The NFL originally had suspended Marshall for three games for violating the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall in N.Y. For Appeal

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was in New York on Tuesday to appeal his three-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously indicated a willingness to reduce Marshall's suspension to two games if he met certain conditions, including staying...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Marshall Appeals Suspension

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has appealed his three-game suspension under the league's personal conduct policy, the Denver Post reported. People involved in the league's disciplinary process have said in the past that such appeals are virtually certain to fail. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is responsible both for imposing...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Add T. Poole

The Denver Broncos signed veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole. It will be Poole's second stint with the Broncos. He previously played for the team in 2002. Poole also has spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders....

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos LB Released from Hospital

From the Denver Post: Louis Green, the Denver Broncos linebacker who collided with a teammate and was taken from the field on a cart with a neck injury in the Broncos' preseason game Saturday night in Houston, was released from the hospital by the end of the game. Green, who...

 

By Cindy Boren | August 10, 2008; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Linebacker Injures Neck

Denver Broncos linebacker Louis Green was taken from the field on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury and concussion in the first quarter of Denver's preseason game against the Texans in Houston. After colliding with his teammate, D.J. Williams, Green, 28, was motionless for several minutes. He was strapped...

 

By Cindy Boren | August 9, 2008; 08:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

B. Marshall Reportedly Facing Suspension

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall reportedly will be suspended by the league this week under the personal conduct policy. The NFL Network reported that the suspension will be for three games but can be reduced to two games if Marshall agrees to undergo counseling. Marshall has been involved...

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

J. Lynch Reportedly Leaving Broncos, Might Retire

Veteran safety John Lynch, unhappy with his role on the Denver Broncos, reportedly has decided to leave the team and might retire. Lynch told a Denver television station, KCNC, that he will consider playing for another NFL team or pursuing a possible broadcasting career. He reportedly was displeased about...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 09:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Have Deal With First-Rounder Clady

Offensive tackle Ryan Clady has agreed to a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos. He was chosen by the Broncos with the 12th overall selection in the NFL draft in April. Clady was one of eight left tackles drafted in the first round league-wide. His contract includes about $11...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Release T. Henry

The Denver Broncos have released tailback Travis Henry. "We did not feel his commitment to the Broncos was enough to warrant a spot on this football team," the team's coach, Mike Shanahan, said in a written statement. Henry had been sidelined from offseason drills because of a hamstring injury....

 

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Pittman to Broncos

Free agent tailback Michael Pittman agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos. Pittman gives the Broncos depth at the spot behind starter Travis Henry and top backup Selvin Young. Henry has been kept out of offseason workouts lately by a hamstring injury. Pittman spent the last six...

 

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2008; 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos' Cutler Reportedly Diagnosed With Diabetes

Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler reportedly has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The Associated Press reported that Cutler, 25, found out approximately two weeks ago that he is diabetic and needs daily insulin injections. His business manager, Marty Garafalo, told the AP that Cutler's career will be unaffected....

 

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2008; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Jets Trade D. Robertson to Broncos

The New York Jets have traded defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson to the Denver Broncos. The Jets receive a conditional 2009 draft pick in return. They'd been shopping Robertson all offseason. They agreed to trade him to the Cincinnati Bengals in March for fourth- and fifth-round choices in this year's...

 

By Mark Maske | April 24, 2008; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Add D. Jackson

Veteran wide receiver Darrell Jackson, an unrestricted free agent after being released by the San Francisco 49ers, agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos today. It's the second wideout added by the Broncos this week. They also agreed to a one-year deal with Samie Parker. Jackson had...

 

By Mark Maske | April 16, 2008; 07:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Reportedly Considering Vanderjagt

Kicker Mike Vanderjagt was scheduled to work out for the Denver Broncos today. The Broncos are looking for a replacement for Jason Elam, who left for Atlanta via free agency. Vanderjagt is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history but was out of the league this past...

 

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2008; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kicker J. Elam Leaves Broncos for Falcons

Kicker Jason Elam left the Denver Broncos by agreeing to a four-year, approximately $9 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent. The Broncos tried to re-sign Elam, their kicker for 15 seasons. Instead, Elam decided to return to his home town....

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bowlen Says He Urged Shanahan to Make Changes

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told the Denver Post that he continues to support his coach, Mike Shanahan, and urged Shanahan to make changes after the team went 7-9 this past season. One of those changes was last week's ouster of Ted Sundquist as the club's general manager. "There...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was Fired GM Really to Blame for Broncos' Drought?

The Denver Broncos went 7-9 this past season. They have one playoff victory since quarterback John Elway retired following the franchise's second straight Super Bowl triumph at the conclusion of the 1998 season. They've made a string of questionable personnel moves in recent years, including the highly ill-advised use...

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2008; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Broncos Place R. Smith on Retired List

The Denver Broncos placed wide receiver Rod Smith on their reserve-retired list. Smith's agent, Tom Mills, told the Associated Press that the move was made with Smith's approval but it didn't necessarily mean that Smith planned to retire. Smith, 37, missed all of the just-completed season after undergoing hip...

 

By Mark Maske | February 15, 2008; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (91)

Broncos Veteran Left Tackle Lepsis Retiring

Veteran left tackle Matt Lepsis informed the Denver Broncos that he's retiring. Lepsis, 33, spent 11 seasons with the Broncos. He'd been a starter since 1999....

 

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Release Troubled Punter Sauerbrun

The Denver Broncos released punter Todd Sauerbrun. Sauerbrun is facing an assault charge stemming from an incident involving a Denver cab driver earlier this month. The Broncos also released Sauerbrun last season after he served a four-game suspension for testing positive for the dietary supplement ephedra. The punter spent...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Henry Wins Appeal, Overturns Drug Suspension

Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry has won his appeal and overturned his one-year suspension for an alleged violation the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Broncos announced today. Henry reportedly tested positive for marijuana in August and was informed in September that he would be suspended for a year. But,...

 

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Field Goal Tactic Backfires on Shanahan

Hopefully all of the other NFL coaches watched the Denver Broncos' Mike Shanahan out-think himself Monday night and all this foolishness with last-second timeouts before field goal attempts will end. Shanahan started this nonsense, and he cost his team three points in the final seconds of the first half...

 

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ramsey Could Be Broncos' Starter This Week

Patrick Ramsey could be the Denver Broncos' starter at quarterback this week. Ramsey took over for Jay Cutler after Cutler hurt his left leg during Sunday's loss at Detroit. X-rays and an MRI exam showed no fractures, but the badly bruised leg could keep Cutler on the sideline for...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

R. Smith Practices With Broncos

Wide receiver Rod Smith participated in the Denver Broncos' practice Wednesday. Smith has been on the physically unable to perform list all season after undergoing offseason hip surgery. The Broncos have three weeks to decide whether to place him on the injured reserve list, ending his season, or activate...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Game Time Could Change Monday Night in Denver

The NFL plans to move up the starting time of Monday night's game in Denver if there's a World Series game in the city that night. Game 5 of the World Series between the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox is scheduled for Monday. If the best-of-seven baseball series...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos to Lose J. Walker for Several Weeks After Knee Surgery

The Denver Broncos will be without wide receiver Javon Walker for several weeks because of a knee surgery. Walker is scheduled to undergo the procedure Friday in Houston. The surgery is on Walker's right knee, the one in which he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the opening...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Legal Maneuverings Reportedly Will Keep T. Henry Eligible to Play for Broncos At Least Three More Weeks

Tailback Travis Henry apparently will remain eligible to play for the Denver Broncos for at least three more weeks while legal maneuverings take place in his attempt to keep the NFL from suspending him. Henry is challenging the league in court, reportedly over a failed drug test that has...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Lynch Set to Return to Broncos' Lineup

Safety John Lynch is set to return to the Denver Broncos' lineup for this weekend's game against the San Diego Chargers. Lynch was on the inactive list for last Sunday's loss at Indianapolis because of a strained groin muscle. It was only the sixth game he's missed since 1996....

 

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Henry Reportedly Facing Possible One-Year Suspension for Positive Marijuana Test

Denver Broncos tailback Travis Henry tested positive for marijuana and is facing a possible one-year suspension by the NFL, KDVR-TV in Denver reported. Henry served a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy in 2005 while with the Tennessee Titans. Newsday reported that Henry filed...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 09:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Rice to Denver

Free agent defensive end Simeon Rice, cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just before training camp when he reportedly refused to accept a pay cut, signed with the Denver Broncos. Rice signed a one-year, $3 million deal that includes another $1 million in possible incentives. He also had drawn...

 

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2007; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

G. Warren Traded to Raiders

Defensive tackle Gerard Warren has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft choice. The Broncos had been shopping Warren to a handful of teams. He bolsters an already strong defense in Oakland....

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Holdman Told By Doctors Not to Play Football for Three Months

Doctors have told Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman not to play football for three months. Holdman suffered what the Broncos called a spinal cord concussion on a hit during a training camp practice. Holdman's doctors made the recommendation to him after conducting a series of tests. Holdman left the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Buccaneers, Broncos Reportedly Seeking About $7 Million From Retired Quarterback Plummer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos reportedly have filed a grievance against retired quarterback Jake Plummer, seeking to force him to repay a prorated portion of signing bonus money. The St. Petersburg Times reported that the teams are attempting to force Plummer to return about $7 million. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2007; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

Prized Rookie J. Moss Suffers Knee Injury in Broncos' Camp

Rookie defensive end Jarvis Moss hurt his left knee during a Denver Broncos' training camp practice today and was taken from the field on a cart. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. Moss was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam. Moss was selected in the first...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holdman's Injury Not Thought to be Serious

Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman suffered what the team called a spinal cord concussion on a hit during the club's practice Thursday. Holdman had feeling and movement in his arms and legs after initially experiencing numbness. He was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance and was to be...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2007; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Holdman Hurt in Broncos' Camp

Linebacker Warrick Holdman was injured during the Denver Broncos' training camp practice today and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Holdman reportedly fell to the ground after a helmet-to-helmet hit. According to the Associated Press, he had movement in his arms and legs after suffering the injury,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Players Paying Tribute to D. Williams, D. Nash

The Denver Broncos players wore helmet decals honoring late teammates Darrent Williams and Damien Nash when they practiced Wednesday as part of an offseason camp. The decals had Williams's jersey number, 27, and Nash's number, 29, on them. Williams, a cornerback, was shot and killed after attending a New...

 

By Mark Maske | May 17, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Emerge From Trying Offseason With Promising Team

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Denver Broncos Players Released: Courtney Brown, DE Al Wilson, LB Free Agents Lost: Patrick Chukwurah, DE Cooper Carlisle, G Michael Myers, DT Traded: Tatum Bell, RB George Foster, T Jake Plummer, QB Traded For: Dre Bly, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Quincy Morgan, WR Kenny Peterson, DE...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Broncos Add Linebackers

The Denver Broncos signed free agent linebackers Warrick Holdman and D.D. Lewis. Holdman previously was with the Washington Redskins and Lewis with the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos were looking for manpower at the position after releasing Al Wilson....

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sauerbrun Agrees to Deal With Broncos

Punter Todd Sauerbrun agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos. The move had been expected after Sauerbrun was declared a free agent this week. Sauerbrun returns to the team that released him last season after the former Pro Bowl punter served a four-game suspension by the league...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 08:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Wins Case to Make Sauerbrun Free Agent

The NFL Players Association won a case before league special master Stephen Burbank to make punter Todd Sauerbrun a free agent. The former Pro Bowl selection likely will sign with the Denver Broncos. Sauerbrun had signed a contract with the Broncos, but the New England Patriots had exercised their...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Reportedly to Release A. Wilson

According to reports by several Denver-area news outlets, the Broncos plan to release linebacker Al Wilson. Wilson is scheduled to conduct a news conference this afternoon to discuss his future. There are reports he might retire. The Broncos nearly traded him to the New York Giants last month but...

 

By Mark Maske | April 13, 2007; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Keep Sauerbrun By Matching Broncos' Offer

The New England Patriots retained former Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun by matching the Denver Broncos' contract offer to him. Sauerbrun signed a one-year deal worth as much as $1.4 million with the Broncos last week. But when he signed with the Patriots last season, his contract gave them...

 

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Extend Shanahan's Contract

The Denver Broncos extended the contract of their coach, Mike Shanahan. The three-year extension runs through the 2011 season, the team announced. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach has 123 regular season victories and seven playoff appearances in 12 seasons with the Broncos....

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Can Match Broncos' Deal for Sauerbrun

Former Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos worth up to $1.4 million. The New England Patriots have the right to retain Sauerbrun by matching the offer. That provision was negotiated into Sauerbrun's contract when he signed with the Patriots late last...

 

By Mark Maske | April 4, 2007; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Void Wilkinson Trade

The Denver Broncos voided a trade over the weekend in which they'd obtained defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson from the Miami Dolphins. The deal was contingent upon Wilkinson passing a physical, but he didn't report to the Broncos to undergo one. The Broncos traded a sixth-round draft choice to the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2007; 09:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stokley Agrees to One-Year Deal With Broncos

Wide receiver Brandon Stokley, released by the Indianapolis Colts, agreed to a one-year, approximately $1 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Stokley was sidelined for the Colts' Super Bowl run after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon. He had only eight catches last season but totaled 109 catches the previous...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2007; 10:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Cut C. Brown, Possibly Ending His NFL Career

The Denver Broncos released defensive end Courtney Brown, the former top overall selection in the NFL draft. Brown's career has been derailed by a series of injuries since the Cleveland Browns chose him with the top pick in the 2000 draft, just before the Washington Redskins took his Penn...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (5)

Broncos Still Waiting on Wilkinson

Defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson is yet to report to the Denver Broncos to undergo a physical to cement the 13-day-old trade in which the Broncos obtained Wilkinson from the Miami Dolphins for a sixth-round draft choice. But the Broncos apparently haven't given up on having him. The Denver Post...

 

By Mark Maske | March 16, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Plummer Insists He Really Is Retiring

Jake Plummer says he's retiring. Really. People around the league have remained suspicious that the quarterback's threat to retire merely is a ploy to try to get himself to the Houston Texans, where he'd be the starter and would be reunited with former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak,...

 

By Mark Maske | March 10, 2007; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Ramsey to be Broncos' Backup

Free agent quarterback Patrick Ramsey agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Ramsey, a former first-round draft choice by the Washington Redskins who just was released by the New York Jets, is to back up starter Jay Cutler in Denver. He replaces Jake Plummer, who...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 08:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Texans, Broncos Considering P. Ramsey

Free agent quarterback Patrick Ramsey visited the Houston Texans on Tuesday. The former first-round draft choice by the Washington Redskins just was released by the New York Jets after one season as their backup. The Texans are listening to trade offers for their starting quarterback, David Carr. It's possible...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (3)

Graham Leaves Patriots for Broncos

Tight end Daniel Graham left the New England Patriots via free agency by agreeing to a five-year, $30 million deal with the Denver Broncos. The contract includes $15 million in guaranteed money. The former first-round draft choice had 120 catches in five seasons for the Patriots, including 21 this...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 08:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kerney Chooses Seahawks Over Broncos

One of the top remaining free agents came off the board when defensive end Patrick Kerney agreed to a six-year, $39.5 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The deal includes $19.5 million in guaranteed money. The Seahawks prevailed over Kerney's other finalist, the Denver Broncos. Kerney spent his first...

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Henry Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Broncos

Tailback Travis Henry, cut by the Tennessee Titans, agreed to a five-year contract today with the Denver Broncos. Henry replaces Tatum Bell in Denver. The Broncos traded Bell last week to obtain cornerback Dre Bly. The Titans released Henry over the weekend to avoid paying him an $8.3 million...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Plummer Trade to Bucs Goes Through, After All

The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Jake Plummer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today, after all. A day after the deal was put on hold because Plummer was threatening to retire, the Broncos announced today they'd sent Plummer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a conditional draft choice in 2008....

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2007; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plummer Trying to Get to Houston?

According to a source, Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer might reconsider his retirement decision if he has a chance to play for the Houston Texans. The Texans' head coach is former Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and they apparently are looking to trade their starting quarterback, David Carr. Plummer...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 07:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Want Plummer But Does Plummer Want to Play?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached a tentative trade agreement with the Denver Broncos today to obtain quarterback Jake Plummer from Denver but will have to convince Plummer not to retire to complete the deal, an NFL source said. Plummer lost the starting job in Denver to rookie Jay Cutler...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bly Headed to Denver for T. Bell and Other Considerations

The Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos are working on a trade that would send Lions cornerback Dre Bly to Denver for Broncos tailback Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster and a late-round draft choice. Trades and free agent signings can begin at midnight....

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Mourning Another Player's Death

It has been an offseason of unspeakable anguish for the Denver Broncos. Team officials spent Sunday attempting to help and support the family of Damien Nash, a reserve running back who collapsed and died Saturday evening after hosting a charity basketball game at his former high school in a...

 

By Mark Maske | February 26, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Broncos Reportedly Exercise Option in J. Walker's Contract

The Denver Broncos reportedly have exercised an option in Javon Walker's contract to retain the wide receiver for the next five seasons. The team exercised the option in recent days, the Denver Post reported, and owes Walker $10.7 million. The option bonus was written into the six-year, $43 million...

 

By Mark Maske | February 16, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Union Creates Trust Fund for D. Williams's Children

The NFL Players Association announced that it has created a trust fund to help pay for the education expenses of the two children of slain Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. The union said in a written statement that it will solicit support from players on all NFL teams. In...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (4)

Broncos Hire Bates as Defensive Boss

The Denver Broncos have hired Jim Bates as their top defensive assistant, an NFL source said. The former interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins will replace Larry Coyer, who was fired this week. Bates has been the defensive coordinator for the Dolphins and Green Bay Packers....

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Fire Defensive Coordinator Coyer

The Denver Broncos began this season as if they would be a dominant defensive team. They became the first NFL club in 64 years not to allow a touchdown in the first 11 quarters of a season. But they faltered badly from there, finishing 14th in the league in...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Denver Police Reportedly Locate Vehicle They Were Seeking in Connection With D. Williams's Shooting Death

Police in Denver reportedly have located a sport utility vehicle that might have been used in the shooting death of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams early Monday. Officers found a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe abandoned near the Denver airport. The vehicle reportedly had been painted black everywhere on its exterior but...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos In Mourning After Darrent Williams Shot and Killed

Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed early this morning, hours after the team was eliminated from NFL playoff contention. Williams and two other passengers in a white Hummer limousine were shot shortly after 2 a.m. MST after another vehicle pulled up alongside it. According to the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2007; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Wilson Participates in Broncos' Practice

Middle linebacker Al Wilson participated in the Denver Broncos' practice today but it's unclear if he'll play this weekend against the San Diego Chargers. He was taken off the field on a cart and examined at a nearby hospital after suffering a neck injury during Sunday night's loss to...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 08:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shanahan Announces QB Switch from Plummer to Cutler

Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan made it official today and announced that rookie Jay Cutler will replace veteran Jake Plummer as the club's starting quarterback. There were reports over the weekend that the move would be made in the wake of the Broncos' loss Thursday night in Kansas City....

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2006; 09:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shanahan Going to Cutler as Starter

The Denver Broncos indeed are switching to rookie Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback. According to a league source, Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan has decided to bench Jake Plummer and go with Cutler, a first-round draft choice in April....

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time for Cutler?

It appears to be Jay Cutler time in Denver. Quarterback Jake Plummer and the Broncos struggled again Thursday night, managing only 10 points in a loss in Kansas City. Plummer threw an interception and missed some open receivers in a 25-for-39, 216-yard passing performance, and Coach Mike Shanahan now...

 

By Mark Maske | November 24, 2006; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (5)

League Fines Broncos' Nalen $25,000

The NFL fined Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen $25,000 for a low block on San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky late in the Chargers' win at Denver on Sunday night. Olshansky was fined $10,000. He objected to the way he was blocked by Nalen, threw a punch at...

 

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (5)

Now Warming Up in the Bullpen... Jay Cutler

Coach Mike Shanahan has been the biggest supporter of Jake Plummer throughout the quarterback's tenure with the Denver Broncos, sticking with him and defending him during the frequent public clamoring for a switch. But even Shanahan's patience might be wearing thin after Plummer committed two costly mistakes, dropping a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (3)

Broncos Lose Safety Ferguson For Remainder of Season

Denver Broncos safety Nick Ferguson underwent season-ending knee surgery today after suffering cartilage damage during Sunday night's loss to the San Diego Chargers. Curome Cox moves into the starting lineup in Ferguson's place....

 

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 08:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Broncos Lose Brandon For Remainder of Season

Denver Broncos safety Sam Brandon will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament. He had been a contributor in the Broncos' nickel defensive package....

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers-Broncos on Nov. 19 Moved to Nighttime Slot

The NFL has made its second set of moves under its flexible-scheduling plan. The Nov. 19 game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos has been moved to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Indianapolis Colts-Dallas Cowboys game on the same day has been moved to 4:15 p.m...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shanahan Sticking with Plummer, At Least Temporarily

Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan indicated Monday that he's sticking with Jake Plummer as the team's starting quarterback. Plummer and the Denver offense have struggled, leading to speculation that Shanahan could switch to rookie Jay Cutler. The club's defense has carried the Broncos to a 5-1 record....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Mull Options With Left Tackle Lepsis Sidelined for Rest of Season

The Denver Broncos' offense suffered a significant loss today when an MRI exam showed that left tackle Matt Lepsis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns. Erik Pears replaced Lepsis on Sunday. But the Broncos now might move right...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Familiar Refrain: C. Brown Done for Season

The Denver Broncos will be without defensive end Courtney Brown for the remainder of the season. The injury-plagued former top overall selection in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns will undergo knee surgery and was placed on the injured reserve list. He'd been on the inactive list for...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Reportedly Release Sauerbrun

The Denver Broncos reportedly released punter Todd Sauerbrun today. Sauerbrun was eligible to return from a four-game suspension for testing positive for ephedra. David Canter, Sauerbrun's agent, told the Associated Press that the team decided to stick with Paul Ernster as its punter....

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Keeping Same RB Rotation

The Denver Broncos are staying with the same tailback rotation they used during last weekend's opening loss at St. Louis. Tatum Bell is to get the start, then split time with rookie Mike Bell....

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seats Already Getting Hot for Bledsoe, Plummer

The clamoring for the backup quarterback could begin early in the season in Dallas and Denver. The Cowboys' Drew Bledsoe threw three interceptions in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville, negating a good performance by wide receiver Terrell Owens in his debut for his new team. Coach Bill Parcells spent the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shanahan Not Naming Starting RB Yet

Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan named undrafted rookie Mike Bell the team's starting tailback entering the preseason, but Shanahan is refusing to identify a starter at the position this week. It's likely that both Mike Bell and third-year pro Tatum Bell will play Sunday at St. Louis, no matter...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (6)

Eagles, Bears, Niners, Titans Also Were Lelie Bidders

According to an NFL source, the other bidders for Denver Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie--traded Tuesday to the Atlanta Falcons in a three-way deal involving the Washington Redskins, who got Atlanta tailback T.J. Duckett--were the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. It was thought in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Holdout Could Cost Lelie $1 Million

Just-traded wide receiver Ashley Lelie is to have a $600,000 salary this year with his new team, the Atlanta Falcons. But he could owe his former team, the Denver Broncos, about $1 million from the fines that he accumulated for missing minicamp and training-camp practices, plus a portion of...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Excuses, Excuses

Cornerback Champ Bailey and linebacker Al Wilson said they overslept at their homes--they weren't together--when they missed the 11:15 p.m. deadline for the Denver Broncos' players to report to their team hotel in Denver on Friday. Both were suspended by Coach Mike Shanahan from Saturday's exhibition game. Buffalo Bills...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2006; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shanahan Sits Bailey, A. Wilson for Curfew Violation

Cornerback Champ Bailey and linebacker Al Wilson are among the Denver Broncos' team captains, but Coach Mike Shanahan suspended them for Saturday night's preseason triumph over the Tennessee Titans in Denver for missing the club's curfew Friday. Bailey and Wilson weren't in uniform and weren't allowed on the sideline...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2006; 07:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Courtney Brown Hurt? Hard to Believe

Defensive end Courtney Brown underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and is to miss the Denver Broncos' entire preseason. But club officials are hopeful he'll be back in the lineup for the start of the regular season. The injury-plagued former top overall draft pick played in 14 games for the Broncos...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos List Rookie as Top RB

The Denver Broncos have promoted Mike Bell, an undrafted rookie from Arizona, to the top of their depth chart at tailback entering the exhibition season. That's a major surprise, with holdovers Ron Dayne and Tatum Bell on the roster. One of them had been projected to ascend to the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2006; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Woods Fails Broncos' Physical

Wide receiver Rashaun Woods won't be joining the Denver Broncos, after all. The former first-round draft choice failed his physical for the team today. The Broncos had claimed Woods off waivers after he'd been released by the San Diego Chargers. He'd been plagued recently by a sore hamstring muscle....

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Receiver-Needy Broncos Claim R. Woods off Waivers

The Denver Broncos became the latest NFL team to take a chance on wide receiver Rashaun Woods when they claimed the former first-round draft choice off waivers Wednesday. Woods was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, then traded to the San Diego Chargers after two unproductive seasons....

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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