Originally created 09/25/98

Elway practices, status still uncertain



DENVER -- One day after saying he was giving serious consideration to skipping Sunday's game in Washington because of a strained right hamstring, Denver quarterback John Elway participated in about half of his team's practice on Thursday.

"He looked good," coach Mike Shanahan said. "It was really his call (to practice Thursday). We kept him out of any type of play action where he has to be on the move. But he did a great job dropping back and handing the ball off. Things you're hoping he'd be able to do, he's been able to do. For him to go out there was really a positive sign."

Elway, 38, was injured in the fourth quarter of a 42-23 victory over Dallas two weeks ago. After missing most of last week's practice, he worked out on Friday and played in Sunday's 34-17 victory at Oakland, only to aggravate the injury and depart in the second quarter.

During Thursday's practice, outside linebacker John Mobley was pulled early with a similar injury.

Mobley apparently strained his hamstring, which was "a bit of a concern," Shanahan said.

"I don't think he pulled it, but we kept him out of there the last 10 to 15 plays," Shanahan said.

If Mobley does not play Sunday, Seth Joiner, a three-time Pro Bowler the Broncos acquired in an Aug. 30 trade with Green Bay, will fill in, Shanahan said.

Veteran Bubby Brister relieved Elway and led the Broncos to victory Sunday, completing 10 of 17 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He and Elway shared snaps during practice on Thursday.

"He's ready to go. Write that down," Brister said after practice.

Elway, who did some light running on a treadmill on Wednesday, said he was determined that the injury not linger throughout the season, and thus was considering a week of rest.