Elway Tests Arm, Could Play On Sunday

Posted: August 12, 1997

One week after rupturing a right biceps tendon, John Elway returned to the practice field yesterday, increasing speculation the quarterback would play in Denver's exhibition game at New England on Sunday.

``I think there is a good chance. He threw without pain and didn't overdo things,'' Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. ``I don't want to be too optimistic, but he looked fine and we'll just have to see how he feels tomorrow.''

Elway, 37, appeared to throw without pain while participating in routine passing drills and a non-pad scrimmage in Greeley, Colo. He began with short passes to running backs and built up to longer passes of more than 30 yards.

``I was surprised to see him throwing that well so soon,'' running back Terrell Davis said. ``He's an amazing athlete. I had myself asking what a biceps tendon does.''

Elway, who was injured in last Monday's exhibition loss to Miami in Mexico City, expressed a desire to play in the New England game after throwing 50 passes in a workout held in the team's training facility on Sunday. He did not speak to reporters after yesterday's workout.

``He threw with good velocity,'' tight end Byron Chamberlain said. ``I wouldn't have known he was hurt.''

Elway likely will have the final say on his status for Sunday. His only other exhibition appearance would be Aug. 23 at home against San Francisco.

In other news:

NFL: EYEING COLLINS HIT The NFL said it will look into whether the hit by Denver linebacker Bill Romanowski that broke Carolina quarterback Kerry Collins's jaw was illegal and warrants a fine. Collins was hit in the head helmet-to-helmet in Saturday's exhibition game and will miss about six weeks.

BILLS: PROGRESS ON SMITH The Buffalo Bills made progress in their contract negotiations with defensive end Bruce Smith before ending discussions without a new deal. Bills general manager John Butler and Smith's agent, Leigh Steinberg, are attempting to restructure a five-year offer worth $22 million that Smith previously rejected.

SEAHAWKS: CUT TORRETTA Gino Torretta, who won the Heisman Trophy under Dennis Erickson in 1992, was released by his former college coach with two days left in the Seattle Seahawks' training camp. The move leaves Jon Kitna as the Seahawks' No. 3 quarterback behind starter John Friesz and Warren Moon.

CHARGERS: RB INJURED San Diego Chargers running back Freddie Bradley needs arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

COLTS: TERMS FOR TWO Left tackle Tarik Glenn, a first-round draft pick taken 19th overall, and fullback Roosevelt Potts ended holdouts and came to terms with the Indianapolis Colts.

RAVENS: NO. 1 HEADACHE Contract negotiations have reached an impasse between the Baltimore Ravens and defensive end Peter Boulware, the team's No. 1 draft pick, who was pegged to start at strong-side linebacker.

In another matter, middle linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice for the first time since suffering a frightening neck injury on July 29.

GIANTS: ROOKIE ON IR Former Utah basketball star Brandon Jessie, signed as a free agent tight end by the New York Giants in the offseason, was placed on injured reserve with a partially dislocated shoulder.

CHIEFS: GRBAC UNCERTAIN Kansas City quarterback Elvis Grbac, nursing an abdominal strain, went through a limited workout and his status for the Chiefs' next exhibition game, Thursday night against Carolina, remains uncertain.

RAIDERS: LYNCH AILING Lorenzo Lynch, trying to win back his starting safety spot from James Trapp, missed practice with a sore back and could be sidelined a few days.

COWBOYS: MIGHT MOVE CAMP The Dallas Cowboys, who have trained at St. Edwards' University in Austin, Texas, for eight years, are fielding inquiries to move camp to a new site, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Strongest inquiries are from San Antonio and El Paso, the paper said.

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