Thursday, October 16, 2003
Broken foot sidelines Broncos QB Plummer
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado - Denver Broncos quarterback Jake
Plummer will be sidelined at least three weeks due to a broken
bone in his left foot, the team announced Wednesday.
Plummer missed last week's 17-14 victory over Pittsburgh with a
shoulder injury. He injured the foot in a loss to Kansas City
on October 5 and aggravated it Monday night.
"I got up off the couch and felt a little pop in my foot,"
Plummer said. "It actually just felt almost like a little bit
of a strain. I felt it was maybe just a strain of the ligament.
... As the day went (Tuesday), it got worse and worse and it
started clicking. I got in here this morning and it was obvious
that it wasn't better at all."
Steve Beuerlein will start for the second straight week when the
Broncos visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Beuerlein went
1-2 as a starter last year, defeating the Arizona Cardinals and
losing in overtime to Indianapolis and San Diego.
Plummer, in his first year with the Broncos after six seasons as
Arizona's starter, received a pain-killer before Sunday's game
that would have allowed him to play in case Beuerlein was
injured. Danny Kanell was the third quarterback.
Asked if the team planned to sign another quarterback, coach
Mike Shanahan said, "There are a lot of possibilities, but
anytime that you have a quarterback like Jake that is injured
for about four weeks, you have to cut somebody to bring somebody
else in. It is not like he is lost for the season."
A second-round pick in 1997 out of Arizona State, Plummer has
completed 80 of his 131 attempts for 903 yards and eight
touchdowns with three interceptions this season. He has rushed
for 199 yards and a TD on 18 carries.