Aug 1, 10:42 PM EDT
Broncos' Anderson Hurt During Practice
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer
DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Broncos were in shoulder pads and shorts Friday morning, so there wasn't supposed to be much hitting.
Tell that to fullback Mike Anderson.
During two-minute drills late in the morning practice, Anderson was hit so hard by safety Nick Ferguson that his helmet flew off.
Anderson stayed on the field for about a minute before trainers helped him to the sideline. He was still a little woozy after practice and unsure of who made the hit.
"They told me. I think they said ... I can't even remember that," Anderson said.
Anderson staggered and smiled as he reached the sideline, leading to some ribbing from his teammates.
Defensive end Trevor Pryce told someone to get some smelling salts and running back Clinton Portis playfully moved his finger back and forth to see if Anderson could follow it. Another player said "You're getting sleepy, you're getting sleepy."
"They are telling me things I don't remember, the way I was laying on the ground, the way I got up, the way I was staggering," Anderson said. "I don't remember any of that. I've got to wait and see the film to see for myself."
It wasn't until reviewing the film that Ferguson realized the hit was helmet-to-helmet.
"I wasn't trying to hurt him. I was just trying to close him down and prevent him from getting into the end zone," Ferguson said.