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Broncos Expected To Start Griese

November 5, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese threw briefly during Thursday’s practice and was declared ready to start Sunday’s game at San Diego.

After Griese sat out Wednesday’s practice with a sore shoulder, coach Mike Shanahan suggested that veteran Chris Miller might get his first start since 1995.

Although Miller took most of the snaps on Thursday, Griese’s improvement means he will start his ninth straight game for the Broncos (2-6).

``Brian will be ready for Sunday,″ Shanahan said. ``I don’t have any question about that.″

Griese threw early during the workout before shutting it down because of some discomfort.

``His shoulder got a little sore and we kept him out,″ Shanahan said. ``But he did get some throws in early. We could have pushed him through it today, but we thought we might irritate it.″

Shanahan said he was hopeful Griese could participate in the full workout on Friday.

Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey (knee) did not practice for the second straight day. Although McCaffrey was optimistic about playing, Shanahan said he doubted it. McCaffrey has a badly bruised left knee, an injury trainer Steve Antonopulos said should sideline him from one to two weeks.

Meanwhile, defensive end Alfred Williams underwent surgery Thursday on his ruptured right Achilles’ tendon. Williams, who considered putting his foot in a cast and letting the injury heal naturally, should be recovered in four to six months.

The Broncos placed backup linebacker and special-teams player Artie Ulmer on injured reserve because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Ulmer is the sixth Denver player to go on the IR list this season.

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