QB misses practice with aggravated shoulder

DENVER -- Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer isn't sure if
he'll play Sunday after aggravating an injury to his throwing
shoulder against Kansas City.

Plummer didn't throw in practice Wednesday and a decision on his
status for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh likely won't come until
Friday. He is expected to test his shoulder Thursday and increase
his throws on Friday.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed and see what he can do
tomorrow," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "If he doesn't get
the proper reps and we don't feel like he's ready to go, then the
big decision is, is he the second guy or the third guy?"

Plummer partially separated his shoulder while diving for a
first down in the first half against San Diego on Sept. 14. He
aggravated the injury last weekend against the Chiefs when he was
knocked to the ground on a pass that hit center Tom Nalen.

Plummer said he feels about the same as he did following the
Chargers' game, but the soreness is in a different area.

"I landed on it a little differently," Plummer said. "I was
thrown into it on the ground so I think there's more tenderness on
it, whereas in San Diego I really didn't land on it quite as

Plummer bounced back from the original injury to throw two
touchdown passes the next week against Oakland, but he also had an
extra day of recovery since that game was on a Monday night.

"It's still tender, but it is still early in the week," Plummer said. "I'm not going to say I can't play or that I can for
sure, but we'll see how it keeps responding. Probably the same
routine we did heading up to the Oakland game."