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Broncos’ Sharpe Out With Hurt Knee

February 1, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe twisted his left knee in the first quarter of the Super Bowl and, after appearing briefly later in the quarter, was out for the rest of the game.

Sharpe was hurt when he was hit on his knee and flipped over by cornerback Ray Buchanan’s tackle on a 14-yard reception to the Atlanta 1. Howard Griffith scored on the next play, giving the Broncos a 7-3 lead.

Sharpe, who caught 64 passes for 768 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and is headed to his seventh straight Pro Bowl, limped off the field after his catch. He returned later in the quarter but had a pass bounce off his shoulder pads, and cornerback Ronnie Bradford intercepted.

Sharpe, whose outspoken commentary was a highlight of pre-Super Bowl media interviews, went to the locker room at the end of the quarter to have his knee retaped but was ruled out of any more action.

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