|09-27-2007, 11:23 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Broncos' Lynch, Walker miss practice. Bly "he’s talking about fat ladies ice cream
Broncos' Lynch, Walker miss practice again
By FRANK SCHWAB
ENGLEWOOD – For the second straight day Denver Broncos receiver Javon Walker missed practice with a sore knee, but he said he’ll play against Indianapolis on Sunday.
Walker, who missed practice Wednesday, walked into practice with his right knee heavily wrapped in ice. Walker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 2005 season opener and missed the rest of the year. He had no concerns about missing Sunday’s game.
“Nah, not at all,” Walker said. “This is too big of a game. Everybody wants to play in a game like this.”
Walker had a magnetic resonance imaging test this week, but no damage was found. Walker said the injury had nothing to do with his repaired ACL, and he was being held out as a precaution. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Walker will test the knee in practice today.
Safety John Lynch’s availability for Sunday should also become clearer today. Lynch left Sunday’s game against Jacksonville with a groin injury.
The Broncos’ plan for Lynch was let him rest and rehabilitate the injury Wednesday and Thursday, then test it in practice today.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, to go out there and try to impress them,” Lynch said Thursday.
Lynch said he hurt his groin against Oakland, but it wasn’t serious so he practiced last week. He aggravated the injury Sunday against Jacksonville, sidelining him in the first quarter.
Lynch said he is optimistic about playing, describing his chances as “fairly good.” If Lynch can’t play, Domonique Foxworth or Curome Cox would likely take his place. In Denver’s last two games against Indianapolis at the RCA Dome, the Colts have scored 90 points.
“I’m feeling all right,” Lynch said. “I’ve certainly made improvement throughout the week.”
Quarterback Jay Cutler, who has a sprained ankle, practiced for the second straight day Thursday. Fullback Mike Bell (concussion), safety Hamza Abdullah (hip) and guard Ben Hamilton (concussion) did not practice and all three have been ruled out.
Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning gestures often at the line of scrimmage, supposedly calling an audible. But many of Manning’s signals and calls are fakes and some of them amused cornerback Dre Bly, who has played against Manning twice.
“It’s just crazy to hear some of the stuff he says, he’s talking about fat ladies and ice cream and all sorts of things,” Bly said. “You can’t pay it any mind.”
Because Manning has so many dummy calls, it’s tough to decipher.
“You can try if you want to,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “It's like trying to learn Chinese. It’s not going to happen.”
The Broncos will need a good game from running back Travis Henry, who is coming off a quiet day against Jacksonville. Henry had 35 yards on 11 carries last week, but said his ankle wasn’t an issue. Henry suffered a minor ankle injury in Denver’s first game and it bothered him in the next game as well.
He said against Jacksonville the ankle was healthy.
“Really, I felt great,” Henry said. “My ankle felt great. I thought we were going to have a big day.”
|09-28-2007, 03:47 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2003
I'm not a Colorado guy, so I don't know where the Gazette ranks with the DP and the RMN, but this Schwab guy is easily my favorite Bronco writer right now.
|09-28-2007, 11:15 AM||#4|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Oct 2005
It would be nice for Lynch to at least be availible to play in a rotation with Cox and foxworth but I hope he or javon are not rushing back just for the colts. Theres 12 more very important games after this weeks.
|09-28-2007, 11:27 AM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: In a van down by the river
Wonder if Peyton ever uses 'DE-CAF....DE-CAF....' in his cadences...
|09-28-2007, 12:17 PM||#6|
Billy=Semi Tough Big Guy
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: between 5,000 and 10,000 feet elevation
I heard Ditka on the radio yesterday and he was talking about how Manning's audible calls are mostly an act.