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Volume 6, Issue 108 (Thursday, August 4th)

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PHI - WR Owens Has Minor Groin Injury - Held Out Of Afternoon Practice
2. IND - WR Stokely Dislocates Shoulder - May Miss Up To Four Weeks
3. ARI - WR Boldin Breaks Nose
4. NO - WR Talman Wowing Coach Haslett
5. SD - RB Tomlinson Setting Huge Goals
6. NYJ - QB Pennington Rebounds in Thursday Practice
7. BAL - RB Lewis Arrival In Raven Camp Delayed
8. SF OL Injuries Adding Up
9. DAL - TE Witten Connecting with Bledsoe
10. CLE - QB Dilfer Warns Rookie WR Edwards About Missing Camp
11. TB - RB Pittman Welcomes Cadillac
12. IDP - DEN DE Brown Dislocates Elbow
13. Broncos Training Camp Report Day Seven

1. PHI - WR Owens Has Minor Groin Injury - Held Out Of Afternoon Practice

Clipped from ESPN.com / AP article 8/4/05

Terrell Owens left the Philadelphia Eagles' morning practice Thursday and did not return for the team's afternoon session after injuring his left groin.

During the morning practice, Owens walked to the medical tent before being carted off the field. Coach Andy Reid said he is day-to-day and dismissed any suggestion that the injury might not be genuine.

"It's a legitimate injury," Reid said. "This guy would never do that. He's not that type of guy; he would never go in that direction."

The disgruntled All-Pro is still hoping the Eagles will redo his contract. Owens is just beginning the second year of a seven-year deal worth just under $49 million.

Reid said groin problems are a chronic condition for Owens.

"I'm being cautious with it. I don't want it to get worse," Reid said. "It's a constant battle."

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As if they needed a little more drama in Bethlehem, PA... We don't expect this to be a real factor as Owens is expected to practice Friday. Forget about the rumblings that Owens is faking this. He may not be happy with his contract, but faking an injury is certainly no way to negotiate and Owens knows this. Look for him to be back on the field Friday and we'll see what act is up next in the Eagles camp circus.

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2. IND - WR Stokely Dislocates Shoulder - May Miss Up To Four Weeks

Clipped from: ESPN.com / AP article

Indianapolis Colts Wide receiver Brandon Stokley dislocated his left shoulder Thursday during practice for the American Bowl in Japan and could be sidelined up to four weeks.

Stokley, who caught Peyton Manning's record 49th touchdown pass last year, might miss Indianapolis' regular-season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11.

"It's going to be tight, it sounds like," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

As Manning's third option last season, Stokley caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Colts play the Atlanta Falcons in the exhibition opener in Tokyo on Saturday.

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This is a serious loss for Indy if Stokley misses significant time. Manning and Stokley have a great relationship off the field and you can see how that translates to confidence on the field. Aaron Moorehead and Troy Walters would be the likely replacements for Stokley although I don't believe either player is a "plug in" replacement. The one player that I feel this might benefit is TE Dallas Clark who would like become a bigger factor in Stokley's absence. But it's a worry for the Colts and for Manning.

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3. ARI - WR Boldin Breaks Nose

Clipped from: Arizona Republic article by Odeen Domingo and Kent Somers 8/4/05

PRESCOTT - Wide receiver Anquan Boldin suffered a broken nose when rookie free agent safety Aaron Francisco tackled him Thursday at Pioneer Field.

After catching the ball during a live scrimmage, Boldin might have thought it was the end of the play and began to slow down. That's when Francisco came up for the tackle, wrapping his arms around Boldin. One of Francisco's hands went in between the space of Boldin's helmet and face mask and hit his nose.

Boldin was bleeding and was taken back to the team's training room at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, just a short drive from the Pioneer field.

Boldin will stay in Prescott. Cardinals coach Dennis Green said the team doesn't know how long he will be out.

"We'll set it (Boldin's nose) back in place and determine how to protect it," Green said. Boldin, who signed a lucrative four-year contract extension Sunday, is no stranger to injuries in training camp. He injured his knee during last season's training camp and missed the first six games of the season. His broken nose isn't expected to keep him out too long.

"I know guys who come back and play with it," Green said. "As soon as it happens, you get it fixed then determine the time frame and the certain protection. Guys like Rip (Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton) in the NBA, it's (face mask) like his good-luck charm. He started wearing that two years ago. And he can still throw down those jumpers. It doesn't bother him at all. It (protection for Boldin's nose) might just be a different face-mask bar. It might be some other kind of protection."

Charles Lee and Lawrence Hamilton split time with the first-team offense in place of Boldin for the rest of the morning practice.

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Last year on August 10, Boldin injured his knee and missed the first six games of the season. This injury is minor compared to knee surgery. We look for him to be back on the field soon and have an excellent 2005 season.

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4. NO - WR Talman Wowing Coach Haslett

Clipped from the Nola.com article by Jeff Triplett 8/4/05

Third-year receiver Talman Gardner has been throwing a wrinkle into the Saints' wide receiver plans, outshining Az-Zahir Hakim and Devery Henderson in practices.

Hakim and Henderson were expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver's job. But Gardner, who prepped at McDonogh 35, is decidedly in the mix.

"He has been outstanding in this camp. He might be our best receiver out there right now, as far as catching the ball," Saints coach Jim Haslett said Wednesday afternoon. "He hasn't dropped one ball yet in eight practices. He's running great routes, and he's tough as nails. There are going to be some tough decisions there, because right now he's probably our best receiver."

The coach must have jinxed him. Gardner had his first rough practice Wednesday night, dropping several passes.

The Saints, like most NFL teams, typically keep no more than five receivers active. With Joe Horn, Donte' Stallworth and Michael Lewis in the fold, that leaves only two spots for Hakim, Henderson and Gardner.

Gardner, 6 feet 1 and 210 pounds, gives the Saints a different look because of his size and strength. He has limited experience, having caught four passes for 52 yards in his career. But he has proven his worth on special teams.

Gardner was active for 11 games last season, and Henderson was active once, because Gardner outperformed the rookie on special teams.

"I keep fighting, coming to work every day and trying to prove that I can be in that (No. 3 receiver) spot, too," said Gardner, who knows that special teams is his ticket into the lineup. "I feel like I'm more of a special teams player, and I'm taking the third receiver spot as a bonus."

Gardner said it's funny, because before he joined the Saints he had never tackled anyone in his life. But he said Haslett explained to him as a rookie that fourth and fifth receivers need to contribute in other ways to get in the game.

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When your head coach is saying things like "right now he's probably our best receiver", you have to like that. Gardner is a big receiver and brings some special things to the table. #2 WR Donte' Stallworth has not exactly been an iron man so the potential is there for another WR to see time. Henderson and Hakim had been expected to fill that #3 role, but don't forget about Talman. We'll watch this one for you.

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5. SD - RB Tomlinson Setting Huge Goals

Clipped from: Signsonsandiego.com article by Kevin Acee

How serious is Tomlinson about stepping up his pursuit of greatness?

Among the goals he acknowledges for this season: Gain 2,000 yards rushing. Only five players have done that in NFL history.

He has mentioned 2,200 yards to Durkin. The NFL record is 2,105, set by Eric Dickerson 21 years ago.

Tomlinson also states another goal, which anyone who knows him knows comes first. He expects to go to the playoffs. He believes the Chargers can win it.

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Take this for what it's worth (and it's probably not a lot) but I love to see a guy throwing out a monster goal there. He's got the talent and the system seems to be in place. He'll need to stay healthy and need to pick up his pace significantly. After rushing for more than 1,600 yards in 2002 and 2003, he "slipped" to 1,335 yards last season and missed one game. We're in his corner though and have him ranked as the #1 player in the league.

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6. NYJ - QB Pennington Rebounds in Thursday Practice

Clipped from: Yahoo Sports / AP article 8/4/05

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington responded well to a day off, throwing a few sharp passes during the team's practice Thursday night.

Pennington threw in five straight afternoon practices before coach Herman Edwards gave him off Wednesday to rest his surgically repaired right shoulder.

"It feels much better," Pennington said. "I'm trying to work through some things and it's just a work in progress. It's a matter of time. You can't be frustrated. You have to keep working and feel comfortable with making the right reads and eventually the throws will come and you'll get all the kinks worked out."

Pennington was 9-for-17 during the practice, including 6-of-11 in 11-on-11 drills. He threw one deep pass to Laveranues Coles that could've been a touchdown, but cornerback Ray Mickens knocked it away.

"That was surprising -- it felt better," Pennington said. "I just missed it to the right a little bit to where Ray could come back in and make the play, but at least I got it out there and made him run. That's the biggest thing."

Pennington injured his shoulder Nov. 7 against Buffalo and played the final seven games of last season with a tear in his rotator cuff. He had surgery Feb. 8 and missed minicamps and offseason training activities while rehabbing.

"I'm getting there," he said. "I'm not satisfied by no means. Sometimes I have what I want and sometimes I don't. It's just a matter of timing, and I'm not going to get frustrated. I could've gotten frustrated a long time ago when I could barely move my arm, so I think it's a matter of time."

Pennington has thrown mostly short passes so far while working on his velocity and accuracy.

"Mentally he can do it, but he needs the reps on the field," Edwards said.

Edwards said he would talk to Pennington to decide whether the quarterback would participate in Friday's practice. Edwards added that Pennington would definitely take reps in the Jets' scrimmage against the Giants on Saturday in Albany, N.Y.

"You know that that's going to be full-go -- linebackers and people flying around, so you want to be ready for that," Pennington said. "When you're able to hit somebody other than your own team, you want to be there. You don't want to have to sit out because you're sore or fatigued, so (Wednesday) was a good call by Coach Edwards."

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This is a sigh of relief for Pennington fans who were starting to worry after he rested yesterday. We still think this is a "so far so good" situation and we remain cautiously optimistic. The scrimmage Saturday and the preseason games will give us a much better picture.

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7. BAL - RB Lewis Arrival In Raven Camp Delayed

Clipped from: espn.com AP article 8/3/05

Jamal Lewis' return to the Ravens has hit a snag over technicalities regarding his probation on a federal drug conspiracy charge.

The former All-Pro running back was released Tuesday from an Atlanta halfway house. He was expected to report to the Ravens on Thursday, but his attorney, Jerome Froelich, said Lewis has to meet with his probation officer in Atlanta.

"I'm going to have to bite my tongue on this one," Baltimore coach Brian Billick said at camp in Westminster, Md. "We'll continue to deal with the process that he has to deal with. It seems to be ever-changing at times."

Lewis pleaded guilty last October in federal court in Atlanta to using a cell phone to try to set up a drug deal in 2000, shortly after the Ravens drafted him fifth overall.

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Probably not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But every day is important. We see Lewis as the #10 RB right now and a few days delay won't change that any.

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8. SF OL Injuries Adding Up

Clipped from: Yahoo Sports article 8/4/05

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The injuries keep coming for the San Francisco 49ers' beleaguered offensive line.

Starting left tackle Jonas Jennings will undergo surgery Friday to repair a broken right index finger. He'll be out six-to-eight days, leaving the 49ers without three of their projected starters on the line just one week into training camp.

Rookie Patrick Estes took Jennings' place with the first team Thursday and broke a bone in his left hand during the morning practice. Estes' injury will not require surgery and he'll be able to practice with his hand wrapped.

"It's part of the game," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "It teaches us to deal with adversities. It's going to happen during the season, so we need to get used to it now. We've had to move some guys, but we're going to be fine."

The 49ers also are without two-time Pro Bowl center Jeremy Newberry and rookie David Baas, the team's projected starter at right guard. Newberry has a knee problem that could force him to miss the season. He'll return to practice later this month to see how his injury responds.

Baas, the team's second-round draft pick, pulled a hamstring last week and could be out until September. Rookie Adam Snyder, the team's third-round draft pick, emerged from spring drills as the team's top backup at both tackle positions. But he was moved into the starting slot at right guard after Baas was injured.

That moved Estes up the depth chart behind Jennings, the team's top free-agent acquisition. Jennings signed a seven-year, $36 million deal in March to shore up a line that last year allowed 52 sacks, one short of the franchise record.

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Even with perfect health, the 49ers have an uphill battle. What they absolutely do not need is to be missing three projected starters from their OL. We'll watch to see how they heal but this is definitely a concern.

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9. DAL - TE Witten Connecting with Bledsoe

Clipped from: AP article by Stephen Hawkins 8/4/05

But Parcells certainly isn't letting up on Witten.

"I was teasing him before camp, I said, `Well, are you ready to be a star now or you just want to be a real good player?'," Parcells said. "I try to give him a needle a little bit."

Bledsoe hasn't had a Pro Bowl tight end to throw to since he was in New England with Ben Coates, another of Parcells' favorite players. And the quarterback is already throwing plenty of passes in practice to the 6-foot-5, 261-pound Witten.

"He's a very easy guy to get a connection with because he seems to always create just enough separation that you can put the ball in there," Bledsoe said Wednesday. "Even if he's got two guys banging on him, he's going to give you enough room to throw the ball in there and make a completion.

"And he's one of these guys that kind of enjoys having you throw the ball hard at him. ... When a guy can catch a fastball, you can squeeze it into tighter spaces."

Witten got wide open in the back of the end zone on consecutive plays during one series of goal-line drills, and during another made a catch when he reached out to snag the ball from the grasp of two defenders.

"He's too quick, he's too fast for linebackers. He's too big, too physical for safeties," said Campbell, still out after an emergency appendectomy last week. "A lot of the safeties in the league, he's just as fast as they are. Then you put the size on top of it, you can't cover it."

Parcells has always considered tight end one of the most important positions on offense, a key to the running and passing games. Witten was a third-round pick from Tennessee in 2003, Parcells' first draft with the Cowboys.

Coates was in the Cowboys' camp in a coaching capacity last year working with Witten, who also has worked with former Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek. Witten even reviewed film of Gonzalez, watching how he continues to produce despite often being in double coverage.

"You've got to go to work, especially with Parcells," Witten said. "I mean, he's going to expect that kind of stuff of you every day. You've got to continue to work, and obviously they are going to know where I'm at. Even in double coverages, any great player in my mind, he works beyond that."

Witten has heard the jabs from Parcells about not being a one-year wonder, and the challenge to be more than just a really good player. That's his expectation as well.

"He says that stuff, that's every day," Witten said. "You appreciate that just because he's pushing you and he wants you to have success. At the same time, he doesn't want you to get the big head. So that's him, he's going to be like that every day."

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We see the sky as the limit for Witten. For you guys old enough to remember Bledsoe to Ben Coates, this is an exciting prospect. Witten is definitely now a "Parcells Guy" and you know that's a good thing. We think Witten is just getting started here.

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10. CLE - QB Dilfer Warns Rookie WR Edwards About Missing Camp

Clipped from: AP article by Tom Withers

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- As rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards' contract holdout presses on, Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer is reminded of a mistake he made before taking his first NFL snap.

One that cost him part of his career.

Like Edwards, who remains unsigned by Cleveland, Dilfer missed the first part of his first training camp in 1994 so he could get a sweeter deal from Tampa Bay.

Looking back, Dilfer wishes he had made another choice.

"I held out for 12 days," Dilfer said. "It was a wonderful decision financially and a horrible decision football-wise. Being completely honest with that, if I had to go back to do it all over again, I'd have sacrificed the $2 million I made to be a better football player my first couple years."

Edwards' holdout showed no signs of ending Thursday as agent Lamont Smith and the Browns were at a standstill in their negotiations.

Dilfer was the sixth overall selection in 1994 by the Buccaneers, taken three picks after Washington took quarterback Heath Shuler. At the time, Dilfer felt he should get more money than Shuler because he had been rated higher by many teams before the draft.

After finally signing his deal, Dilfer struggled in his first two seasons as a pro. As a rookie, he played in just five games, making two starts. He threw one touchdown and six interceptions.

The next season under coach Sam Wyche, he started all 16 games but his numbers were awful: four TDs, 18 interceptions and a 60.1 quarterback rating. The Buccaneers went 7-9 and Wyche was fired following the season.

Dilfer partly blames himself for that.

"I've gone back to coach Wyche and apologized to him because I felt like my decision at that time ended up costing him his job because I never developed the way I was supposed to develop," Dilfer said.

Edwards is running the same risk by not being in camp. Depending on when he finally signs, Edwards will have to get up to speed quickly. That will mean extra time watching film, running routes after practice and burying his nose in the Browns' playbook.

And as Dilfer learned the hard way, there's no way to make up for lost time.

"I completely stunted my development as a football player," Dilfer said. "I was never able to catch up. I worked as hard as I possibly could, but there's no substitution for reps, there's no substitution for camaraderie and there's no substitution for a trust level with your teammates.

"I sacrificed all those the first couple years of my career."

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Wow. This kind of honesty and candor is why Dilfer is one of my favorite players. Edwards needs to get into camp. We all know that of the skill positions, it's tough for young WRs to compete, especially when compared to RBs. Quarterbacks are even tougher but we won't go there for now. Bottom line is that Edwards needs to get himself in camp now. Once in, we'll be able to see fairly quickly where he is and what kind of impact we think he can make.

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11. TB Pittman Welcomes Cadillac

Clipped from: AP article by Fred Goodalll

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Pittman isn't fretting about losing Tampa Bay's starting running back job to Carnell "Cadillac" Williams.

The eighth-year pro figures there's enough work in coach Jon Gruden's offense to keep him and the rookie happy.

"I'm not a selfish player," Pittman said. "I have a bunch of pride, but I will tell you right now I would rather have a championship before any rushing title ever.

"I can't win this game myself. I have to win it with my teammates, and with the addition of Cadillac. I know he is going to make this team better."

Pittman is coming off the most productive season of his career, rushing for a personal-best 926 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns despite missing three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Still, the Buccaneers ranked 29th in the league in rushing and were ecstatic to have an opportunity to select Williams with the fifth pick in this year's draft.

Less than a week after signing a five-year contract that could be worth up to $31 million, it's no surprise the former Auburn star is listed No. 1 on the depth chart.

"It didn't hurt my pride at all. ... Maybe Cadillac is in front of me on the depth chart, but I am still going to play a lot," Pittman said. "There will probably be games where I play more ... and there will probably be games he plays more than me."

Although Pittman's problem with fumbles was clearly a concern for Gruden, the addition of Williams says more about what the speedy rookie is capable of doing for the offense, than any dissatisfaction with Pittman.

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Michael Pittman is a smart man. He sees the writing on the wall for Cadillac Williams and understands his role. Barring injury, we think Williams will have the lionshare of carries and be as special a back as Coach Gruden keeps say he will be.

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12. IDP - DEN DE Brown Dislocates Elbow

Clipped from: AP article 8/4/05

DENVER (AP) -- Broncos defensive lineman Courtney Brown dislocated his left elbow Thursday, a setback that is expected to keep him out three to six weeks and adds yet another to a long list of injuries that have hampered his career.

Brown was injured in the morning practice at Denver's training camp, at the end of a play during which he was trying to strip the ball from a player "and his arm kind of got twisted," coach Mike Shanahan said.

Shanahan said X-rays showed no breaks and an MRI showed no structural damage, meaning Brown should be ready for the first regular-season game in five weeks.

"He's done everything in the offseason to get himself ready, and his previous injuries are feeling great, so to have something like this happen to him I'm sure is disheartening," Shanahan said.

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Another tough break for Brown. Fortunately, the Broncos are fairly deep along the defensive line so they should be able to handle this smoothly. But this is clearly a setback for Brown.

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13. Broncos Training Camp Report Day Seven

Our Footballguy Staff Writer Cecil Lammey is flashing his press credentials and brings us the inside scoop from the Bronco's Training Camp. These are his takes on what he saw today at camp.

Rain, rain, go away! It was pouring here in Denver this morning so the Broncos moved their practice indoors. A short drive down the road from Dove Valley is the South Suburban Sports Dome. So Broncos players piled in their vehicles in full pads and made the journey so they could practice inside. It was back to work as usual once inside, here's the report:

Jake Plummer did a great job throwing the short routes. He was hitting Rod Smith in stride, and had a couple of deep passes for Lelie. Today was the first day that I saw his long passes sail a little bit. It might be the lighting in the dome. It's a very dark place compared to the practice fields of Dove Valley.

Bradlee Van Pelt was with the 2nd team. He had some okay throws, but didn't look as sharp as he has recently. He was holding on to the ball too long and still has a problem looking away defenders. He did look good on rollouts and can move around well enough to make the pass rushers miss. Ian Gold ran through the line once and would've mauled BVP, but of course there's no hitting the QB's.

Danny Kanell is still going to push for the #2 job.

Matt Mauck had a bad day of practice. His long passes were off target and he has a problem detecting the rush.

Mike Anderson had an average day. It was his worst day of camp so far. He didn't do anything wrong, he just didn't show the same type of fire he has earlier in camp.

Tatum Bell was back to running inside effectively. I saw him make good gains on several off tackle plays. He is excellent on sweeps and he showed some decent hands today, converting a few screen passes for first downs.

Quentin Griffin is having a bad camp. He is only practicing once a day because of swelling in his knee and doesn't look very good. Maurice Clarett had a tight groin, so he didn't practice in the morning. Coach Shanahan had this to say: "He's got a little tight groin, so we kept him out."

Ron Dayne was running with the 3rd team again. Good power inside, but his footwork needs improvement.

I don't write much about fullbacks, but Kyle Johnson is having one of the best camps of all the Broncos. He is sometimes split out wide, or put in motion. He hasn't dropped very many passes and has shown enough wiggle in the open field to get some nice yards after the catch.

Rod Smith didn't work out this morning. Most years Rod only practices once a day.

Ashley Lelie is showing good dedication. He went after several passes from Van Pelt that were near un-catchable. He even crashed out of bounds (the dome has zero space on the sidelines) and ran into the wall. He was solid on deep passes (of course) and was consistent with his hands.

Jerry Rice looks to be entrenched as the 4th receiver on this team.

I didn't see Darius Watts do a whole lot.

Charlie Adams is fighting for a roster spot. He is doing a fine job making the most of his opportunity.

Todd Devoe continues to have a good camp.

All the TE's are looking good, and there is bound to be some tough cuts at this position. Even Mike Leach is having a good couple of days.

The story of Broncos camp today was the injury to Courtney Brown. Here's some quotes from some of the Broncos about this untimely injury:

Coach Shanahan-

On defensive end Courtney Brown's injury to his left elbow suffered during Thursday morning's practice at the South Suburban Sports Dome "Courtney dislocated his elbow. The X-rays were negative and there were no breaks, so it should be anywhere from optimistically three weeks to pessimistically four to six weeks, somewhere in that area. He's done everything in the offseason to get himself ready, and his previous injuries are feeling great so to have something like this happen to him I'm sure is disheartening. He's such a great worker. He'll come back quicker than ever, and it's just an unfortunate setback. At least he got a couple of mini-camps in and a few days of practice. Hopefully, we can get this thing back to normal and get ready to play again."

On the play that Brown injured his left elbow "I didn't see it happen, but I saw it being popped back in so it was definitely out of the joint. Very painful. The good part about it is it's not broken. If it's broken, he's gone for the season. (Former Broncos tight end) Shannon Sharpe had it (dislocated elbow) against the Raiders, and he was out three weeks. If the MRI comes back this afternoon, worst scenario is four to six weeks. He'll be ready to play. He's been practicing well and playing well and it's very unfortunate."

Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer-

On defensive end Courtney Brown suffering a left elbow injury "He's a great guy and a great kid, and he'll come back. God's going to bless him. He's had too much bad stuff. He'll come back."

On how Brown's injury affects the depth on the Broncos' defensive line "We're blessed (to have depth on the defensive line). That guy is going to get a break, and he is going to be back. I know it. That sucker is tough, and he'll be back ....I promise you."

SAFETY JOHN LYNCH-

On defensive end Courtney Brown's left elbow injury "It was one of those things you never like to see. We were all very concerned because he was in a lot of pain, but the trainers did a great job in doctoring and taking care of him. We were all thrilled to hear at the end of practice, in just the preliminary reports, that it looks like he will be all right in a couple of weeks so we will continue to pray for him. I think what happened was it was a situation where Courtney was trying to strip the ball and with a couple of guys in there his arm kind of got twisted."

On how the injury affects the team's depth at defensive line "We've had an extremely healthy camp so far, and 'knock on wood,' that will continue. We don't like to lose anyone, but that is the reality of this game so Courtney will do his best to get well. Whoever steps in for him will have to pick up the pace on their part."

On practicing in the South Suburban Sports Dome because of heavy rain "I think it's a good challenge for us because throughout the course of the year, you never going to know what kind of environment you are going to play in and what the weather is going to be and you really can't concern yourself with it. I think it's sometime good to have things you can't sometime account for happen during training camp because it's good practice for us. It's a good change of pace."

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