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08-19-2005, 05:42 AM
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Broncos debate Clarett's handling of injury
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Associated Press
Posted: 11 hours ago

DENVER (AP) - After missing nearly two weeks with a groin injury, Maurice Clarett returned to practice Thursday, the last day of training camp for the Denver Broncos.

Now, the question is whether his return has come too late to make the team.

Denver's third-round draft choice hadn't practiced since Aug. 8 due to a strained right groin, an injury that, as recently as Wednesday, didn't appear to be getting any better.

Coach Mike Shanahan, however, has been blunt in his assessment of Clarett all week, not shirking from how hard it would be for a rookie, or any player, to make the roster if he's not practicing.

That might be what suddenly made the groin well enough for Clarett to return Thursday. Or maybe it really did get better. For his part, Clarett did not make himself available for comment after either of Thursday's two practices.

His teammates and coach, meanwhile, have been fielding constant questions about Clarett this week. They keep reiterating that oft-troubled running back has nothing to gain by being on the sideline.

"You can't make the club in the tub. We all know that," quarterback Jake Plummer said, echoing a phrase he learned from Mean Joe Greene.

The debate around Broncos camp this week is whether Clarett is being too protective of his injury and how that's affecting not only his chances to make the roster, but his relationship with coaches and teammates.

Shanahan said any talk about Clarett's relationship with teammates was "all speculation." As for whether Clarett is coachable: "I haven't had a chance to coach him very much," Shanahan said. "I was hoping to have a chance in the next couple weeks to coach him."

Clarett's status has not been determined for Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers, but even if he can go, it's unlikely he'll see much time. The Broncos normally use the bulk of the second preseason game to evaluate their second and third string players, and Clarett isn't close to there.

He's listed as the fifth back, behind Nos. 1 and 1A, Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell, and Quentin Griffin. He's also behind Ron Dayne, who has had an excellent training camp. Many thought the battle for the last tailback spot would be between Dayne and Clarett. If that's the case, it's no contest at this point.

"Any time you're out of practice for as long as he has, it's almost like starting over," Shanahan said. "You've got to get your legs back. He missed a lot of reps, knowing what to do from an offensive standpoint. It takes some time. Hopefully, he can stay healthy and we'll get a chance to evaluate him."

At the start of camp, Clarett made news by forgoing his signing bonus in exchange for an incentive-based contract. There's a growing sense he'll have to do something spectacular over the next two weeks to make the final roster and have a chance at the incentives.

Listening to some of the Broncos talk, he'll almost certainly need to rally to gain their respect.

"Some of those guys are going to have to grow up quick because in this business they are not going to wait on you," receiver Rod Smith said in response to a question about Clarett. "We still have to move forward whether you are here or not. You just hope they have a speedy recovery and they are out there showing their teammates what they can do, and when guys are not dressed out, it's hard to see."

the Talking Can
08-19-2005, 05:44 AM
I have to say, I'm impressed with Clarett's decision making.

08-19-2005, 06:37 AM
I have to say, I'm impressed with Clarett's decision making.

No doubt. Forgoing his signing bonus was a stroke of genius. ROFL

08-19-2005, 07:06 AM
I wish we would of snapped him up with our 1st round pick. It might not of worked out though, our rehab tub is pretty full right now.

Ultra Peanut
08-19-2005, 07:08 AM
Just ask Snoop.