Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Broncos won't know McCaffrey's status until Monday
DENVER -- Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey will not
practice this week and will likely see limited playing time even if
his sore knee is well enough to play Monday night against New
McCaffrey missed the past two games with a chronic condition in
his right knee and was still having trouble cutting early this
Coach Mike Shanahan said he won't know if McCaffrey can play
until just before Monday night's game. Even if does play, Shanahan
said it will only be for about 15-20 plays.
"He still had the same type of soreness that he's had the last
couple of weeks, so my recommendation to Ed is, just stay off it,"
Shanahan said Wednesday. "He can do some things in the weight room
that doesn't keep the pressure on like it does working out on the
McCaffrey missed most of the 2001 season after breaking his leg
in the first game, but bounced back to catch 69 passes for 903
yards last year.
McCaffrey had eight catches for 73 in six games before sitting
out against Minnesota and Baltimore.
Shanahan said he would have no problem playing McCaffrey without
seeing him in practice.
It's also a waiting game for linebacker John Mobley, who was
temporarily paralyzed in Sunday's game against Baltimore.
Shanahan said team doctors will wait until next Wednesday to
perform an MRI exam so the swelling in his spinal cord can go down.
Mobley was injured Sunday when he collided with Baltimore's
Jamal Lewis and teammate Kelly Herndon. He lay motionless on the
field for about 10 minutes before moving his hands as he was carted
off the field.
Mobley spent Sunday night in a Baltimore hospital and initial
tests came back negative.