Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2002

Griese questions future with Broncos

DENVER -- Quarterback Brian Griese questioned his future with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday after learning he will not start against Arizona even if his sprained left knee is healthy.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Steve Beuerlein will start against the Cardinals on Sunday as Denver clings to slim playoff hopes.

''It would be very important for me to finish on the field. But Mike told me that Steve is going to play on Sunday so I'm not going to have that opportunity,'' Griese said. ''It hurts. That's not my decision to make. If I could change it I would, I can't so I've got to deal with it.''

Griese re-injured his left knee in a 28-16 loss to Oakland on Sunday when he was sacked in the second quarter by Bill Romanowski.

Chargers derail Sanders' return to NFL

NEW YORK -- Deion Sanders will not become a member of the Oakland Raiders. Nor will he return to the NFL this season.

The San Diego Chargers, one of five AFC teams to put in claims, were awarded the former All-Pro cornerback, according to a source within the league who requested anonymity. As a result, Sanders can't fulfill his plan of returning to football with Oakland.

Nor can he play for the Chargers because he will have to be placed on its reserve-retired list, the same list he was on with Washington, which released him Monday.

The only way Sanders could have returned this season was to clear waivers and then sign with the team of his choice, presumably the Raiders.



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