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Broncos Have Crisp First Workout

January 16, 1998

DENVER (AP) _ Glad to be back on the practice field after dealing with the myriad details and distractions of the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos held their first practice of the week.

The Broncos emerged injury-free from Sunday’s 24-21 victory over Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game, and all players were available for the entire 90-minute workout Thursday.

``We had a great practice with great concentration,″ coach Mike Shanahan said. ``The tempo was really good. We began putting our game plan in. Our players came in to work; they weren’t there to just go through the motions. I was really pleased with today.″

Shanahan urged his players to spend the early part of the week firming up travel and accommodation plans for family and friends.

``We got a lot of the distractions out of the way in the last couple of days,″ he said. ``I think our players feel a lot more comfortable than they did two days ago. By that I mean, usually after the championship game there are so many questions from so many people about tickets, rooms, when families should arrive _ that type of thing.

``At least, we were able to answer some of those questions so they could concentrate on the job at hand today. That’s part of Super Bowl week and the Super Bowl hype, how to handle those distractions.″

Linebacker John Mobley said the practice ``was relaxing compared to the last two days, with the phone ringing and everybody asking for tickets. I was glad to get away from the house and get back on the football field.″

The euphoria of winning the AFC championship seemed to have lifted.

``I think that’s really over with,″ Shanahan said. ``It was nice to celebrate for a couple of days. Right now, our focus is Green Bay.″

The Broncos planned to practice again today and Saturday, then depart Sunday afternoon for San Diego.

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