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Old 03-10-2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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Its called the offseason. After all, the Broncos arent holding practices or playing games on Sundays.

But as Daniel Graham said last Friday at a community event, What offseason?

With the offseason conditioning program set to kickoff Monday, March 16 at Dove Valley, a number of guys are already back in town to get ready. Sure, many of them enjoyed traveling around the country and relaxing, but even then, most of them have been working out to stay in shape so that they can hit the ground running once the team reconvenes.

This morning, there were several players in the locker room and training room at Dove Valley. Boss Bailey, Peyton Hillis, Kory Lichtensteiger, Tyler Polumbus, Carlton Powell and Ryan Torain were all at the facility.

Bailey started six games for the Broncos in 2008 before a knee injury against the Patriots resulted in his being placed on injured reserve. Now hes working his way back from the injury and trying to get back to 100 percent health.

Hillis also finished the season on injured reserve, but not before playing in 12 games, starting three at fullback and three at running back. He finished the season with 68 carries for 343 yards and five scores, earning Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week and FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors during his rookie campaign.

Im really excited, Hillis said. My leg is healing up really good, and they think I should be 100 percent healthy here in about a month. Im just really looking forward to the opportunity to see what the new coaches are all about, play for them and do the best I can.

Lichtensteiger played in all 16 games with the bulk of his action on special teams, but he often lined up as an H-Back in the jumbo package on offense. With his rookie year under his belt, the Bowling Green State alum has been spending time with family and friends, and as he put it, recharging the batteries.

You just kind of get football out of your mind for a little bit, and I think thats pretty important, Lichtensteiger said. You shift gears, do whatever you want to do to relax.

He has been back to Denver a couple times since seasons end, though hes back for the first significant amount of time now.

Ive been up here a few times to check in with Dennison, talking with trainers and equipment guys, he said. I havent had a chance to talk with Coach McDaniels yet. Ive been up there a few times, but he hasnt been around. He has been busy, which is pretty understandable. Im looking forward to getting back into the routine, but its going to be hard to give up the easy life of doing whatever you want. But Ill be ready for it.

Like his fellow rookie offensive lineman, Polumbus saw action in all 16 games in 2008, mostly on special teams. He has been around more often than his teammates however as he is a Denver native. He played his college ball at Colorado after playing for Cherry Creek High School.

He was able to use the offseason to get in some traveling, and most importantly, he took his wife on their honeymoon.

We didnt get a chance to do that since we got married right before camp last year, and that was nice, Polumbus said. We went down to Riviera Maya in Mexico, and it was awesome really fun.

Now that he has wrapped up his travels, Polumbus has been working out and is ready to get back to focusing on football.

We had a nice little break, but Im ready to get back with the guys and get into things. Its always nice to be back with the guys in the locker room and having fun around here.

Powell spent the entirety of the 2008 season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after he suffered a torn achilles tendon before training camp even started last year.

He was always around Dove Valley throughout 2008, working out and trying to get back into shape, but he wasnt able to contribue on the field. Now, however, hes ready.

Ive just been preparing in the training room with Greek (Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos) every day, Powell said. Im basically back to 100 percent now, and it feels great. Im very anxious to get started. The conditioning program starts up Monday, so I want to see where Im at.

Powell has been around a lot in the offseason as well, and he has had a chance to visit with all his coaches, and in particular, he got to talk with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and Head Coach Josh McDaniels.

Im definitely ready to get back with the team. We have a lot of new faces, but weve got to get together to make things happen.

As for Torain, his rookie year got off to a rough start when he injured his arm during training camp, forcing him to miss the first seven games. He saw his first action against the Dolphins before earning the start against the Browns the following week. That game started out well for the rookie as he rushed 12 times for 68 yard and a score, but then he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Like Powell, he has spent much of his time around Dove Valley, working to get back into shape before training camp and the 2009 season.

I cant make any promises, since theres no way to know who will be around or when exactly, but Ill continue to bring updates throughout the week as players arrive for the offseason conditioning program. Once that starts, more players should be around.

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Old 03-10-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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New leg for mine blast elephant
Mosha the elephant with a keeper
Mosha appears to be thriving with her prosthetic limb

An elephant in Thailand has been fitted with a new false leg, after outgrowing her original prosthetic.

Mosha, 3, lost part of her right front leg as a seven-month-old when she stepped on a landmine.

She was taken to an elephant orphanage where staff initially thought she might die, but an amputation expert fitted her first leg and she recovered well.

Now eating 90kg (200lb) of food a day, Mosha was doing so well she needed the upgrade, and may live for many years.

When Mosha was brought to the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) hospital and sanctuary in Lampang, northern Thailand, she refused to eat and was rejected by the other elephants.


She has grown in confidence and now likes to play with the others
Soraida Salwala, FAE worker

But a specialist in helping human amputees, Dr Therdchai Jivacate, thought he could help and designed an artificial limb for her.

"When Mosha first saw her artificial leg she was scared of it," said one keeper.

"But as soon as the doctors put it on and she could put some weight on it, she didn't want to let them take it off."

The new leg is made of plastic, metal and sawdust and enables Mosha to rest her weight comfortably, but it can still be easily removed.

She has been accepted by the other elephants and appears to be thriving in the sanctuary.

"She has grown in confidence and now likes to play with the others," said FAE worker Soraida Salwala.

"Mosha should live many long, happy, elephant years."

Thailand's borders with Burma and Cambodia are littered with unexploded landmines, the result of decades of conflict.

The FAE say many elephants, often domesticated ones used in the logging trade, are injured by mines every year as they work in remote forests close to the borders.
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What are the odds that Boss gets hurt this week?

Also, Cutler, WTF? The best way to shut everyone up is to get your ass in there and start working. Be a leader!
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What are the odds that Boss gets hurt this week?

Also, Cutler, WTF? The best way to shut everyone up is to get your ass in there and start working. Be a leader!
Until the debacle over the weekend he was there every day working on learning the system and working out. This is the last week before off season training starts, let the vets get thier last breath of freedom.
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What are the odds that Boss gets hurt this week?

Also, Cutler, WTF? The best way to shut everyone up is to get your ass in there and start working. Be a leader!
Actually like Elsid said he was there. He left town for one last vacation BEFORE this happened. So not really a big issue
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Actually, this report is kind of refreshing in that it doesn't focus on the BS drama.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:43 PM   #9
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Exactly Apa ... what about Cutler?

This was a team blogger, though ... he's on the payroll, so he won't stir up any trouble.
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Whaaa? The only reason he didn't "focus" was because he's the team's blogger. Get real ... we ALL want to know if he's there or not. Sure it's drama, but Jay was supposedly working out every day after the Pro Bowl until the blowup, so it's a legitimate question to ask, whether he was there.
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Im really excited, Hillis said. My leg is healing up really good, and they think I should be 100 percent healthy here in about a month. Im just really looking forward to the opportunity to see what the new coaches are all about, play for them and do the best I can.
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Im really excited, Hillis said. My leg is healing up really good, and they think I should be 100 percent healthy here in about a month. Im just really looking forward to the opportunity to see what the new coaches are all about, play for them and do the best I can.

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Whaaa? The only reason he didn't "focus" was because he's the team's blogger. Get real ... we ALL want to know if he's there or not. Sure it's drama, but Jay was supposedly working out every day after the Pro Bowl until the blowup, so it's a legitimate question to ask, whether he was there.
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Yes, Buff. The "focus" of the article was not on the Jay Cutler sob-fest.

Did I ask who he was or why he wrote it? Get real about what?

I just said it was an interesting read. There are 400 other threads about Jay and his tantrum.

I didn't say you couldn't "ask the question." I just said it was nice to read about something BESIDES the soap opera for a change.

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Whaaa? The only reason he didn't "focus" was because he's the team's blogger. Get real ... we ALL want to know if he's there or not. Sure it's drama, but Jay was supposedly working out every day after the Pro Bowl until the blowup, so it's a legitimate question to ask, whether he was there.
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Actually he left town before the blowup. I think he was taking the 2 weeks off regardless.
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Yes, Buff. The "focus" of the article was not on the Jay Cutler sob-fest.

Did I ask who he was or why he wrote it? Get real about what?

I just said it was an interesting read. There are 400 other threads about Jay and his tantrum.

I didn't say you couldn't "ask the question." I just said it was nice to read about something BESIDES the soap opera for a change.

Get those panties un-wedged, bro.
I'm fine ... it was just an opinion, Skippy.

As I read it, I thought just what Apa thought, "is Jay there, yes or no?" Perfectly legitimate question. GOOD question in fact, in light of the blowup
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I agree that it's nice to hear something other than speculative blather about McDaniels and Cutler. Though I did think the team blogger was a p***Y for not even broaching the topic.
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I'm fine ... it was just an opinion, Skippy.

As I read it, I thought just what Apa thought, "is Jay there, yes or no?" Perfectly legitimate question. GOOD question in fact, in light of the blowup
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I would have thought my comment to be fairly self-evident.

I enjoyed reading about OTHER team issues, for a change. I meant no more and no less than that. Pretty simple.
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Absolutely. I'm really glad to hear about Powell. That achilles is always tough. If he feels great about it the Broncos might have a real diamond. The fact that these guys seem fired up and so positive about coming in next week makes me think that McD knew exactly who needed to be cut loose, and the players agree. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but... I'm just saying.
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Absolutely. I'm really glad to hear about Powell. That achilles is always tough. If he feels great about it the Broncos might have a real diamond. The fact that these guys seem fired up and so positive about coming in next week makes me think that McD knew exactly who needed to be cut loose, and the players agree. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but... I'm just saying.




I'm hoping Powell put on 25 lbs. of muscle.......any chance of this happening.........
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Glad to hear so many players on the team are buying into the program.
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I agree that it's nice to hear something other than speculative blather about McDaniels and Cutler. Though I did think the team blogger was a p***Y for not even broaching the topic.
He doesn't want to join the former eagles employee in the unemployment line.
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