Running back Olandis Gary was placed on injured reserve Friday and linebacker Al Wilson was one of three players declared inactive as the Broncos searched, mostly in vain, for healthy bodies for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, who did not practice Thursday because of a groin injury, practiced sparingly Friday.
Running back Terrell Davis, hobbled by a sprained left ankle, had a limited workout that was confined to individual drills.
Coach Mike Shanahan said the availability of McCaffrey and Davis likely won't be determined until just before game time.
Veteran Robert Brooks and rookie Mike Anderson, respectively, would be elevated to starting roles if McCaffrey and Davis aren't deemed healthy enough to start.
Gary, Davis' backup, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Monday night's 41-36 loss to St. Louis, ending his season. Wilson separated his shoulder in that game and, his condition failing to improve, he was ruled out of Sunday's game and declared inactive.
Offensive tackle Cooper Carlisle and defensive tackle Jerry Johnson also were declared inactive for the Atlanta game. Four more inactive players will be announced Sunday before the game.
Wilson's starting job at middle linebacker will be assumed by veteran Glenn Cadrez, who vacates the weak-side outside linebacker spot that will be filled by John Mobley, who missed the season opener while recovering from his second knee operation in 11 months.
BEARS: Curtis Enis is being phased out of the offense. He had just four carries for 11 yards in Sunday's three-point loss to Minnesota. Journeyman James Allen, meanwhile, had nine carries for 60 yards and was used in more critical situations, including one-back sets, which used to be Enis' role. Enis, whose weight is up to about 250, just isn't a good fit for offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's pass-oriented offense.
FALCONS: A rabbi has asked the NFL to censure a part-owner of the club for remarks about the notorious 1915 lynching of Leo Frank. He said that if he gets no response he will complain to the team's corporate sponsors. Tom Watson Brown, who owns 6 percent of the Falcons, contends that Frank, a Jew, was properly convicted of killing 13-year-old Mary Phagan and was lynched because his supporters bought off the governor to get his sentence commuted. Brown's great-grandfather was an editorialist and later U.S. Sen. Tom Watson, whose writings were blamed for whipping up anti-Semitism before the lynching. Brown recently was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution saying, "Maybe the Frank people should apologize for bribing the governor." He has said he will not retract his statements and did not return phone calls Friday.
49ERS: Carmen Policy expects to pay as much as a $500,000 fine to the NFL because of accusations he violated the salary cap when he ran the San Francisco club, USA Today reported. Policy has since left the 49ers and is president of the Cleveland Browns. Policy released a statement saying, "The matter has not been concluded, therefore I would prefer not to comment." NFL spokesman Greg Aiello also said no agreement had been reached.
JETS: Coach Al Groh said he was "feeling very positive" about the condition of running back Curtis Martin (strained left knee), who took part in running back drills for the second practice in a row.
RAVENS: Owner Art Modell sure knows how to heap pressure on second-year coach Brian Billick. He commented this week the current edition of the Ravens "may be the best team in my 40 years" as the franchise's owner. That includes the '64 Browns with Jim Brown, who went 10-3-1 and blew away the Baltimore Colts in the NFL title game 27-0.
SAINTS: New Orleans running back Ricky Williams was in a walking cast at the start of the week with a bruised right foot.
SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Jon Kitna practiced and was expected to play Sunday against the Rams. Kitna left Thursday afternoon's practice with discomfort on his left side. He said he was pain-free Friday.
STEELERS: Running back Jerome Bettis (bruised knee) was back at practice after missing most of training camp and expects to play Sept. 17 at Cleveland.
COLLINS TO STAY IN JAIL: Former Dolphins running back Cecil Collins must remain in jail while awaiting trial on burglary charges later this month. Collins was told at a Circuit Court hearing in Fort Lauderdale that he won't be released from the Broward County Jail before his trial begins Sept. 20. Collins, 23, is charged with breaking into the apartment of a neighboring couple, Tina and Ronald Nolte, on Dec. 16, 1999, and standing over their bed while they slept.
CHMURA NEIGHBOR GETS OWN TRIAL: Mark Chmura and his neighbor will be tried separately because of the attention surrounding the former Packers' star, who is accused of forcing his babysitter to have sex with him. Robert Gessert would be "swept up in the undercurrent" of the trial's coverage, a judge ruled in Waukesha, Wis.
ARENA PLAYER BEGINS SENTENCE: An Arena League player turned himself in in Fort Lauderdale to begin an eight-month prison sentence that was delayed to allow him to play this past season. Basil Proctor, an Iowa Barnstormers fullback/linebacker, reached the plea deal on sex charges in April, but never played _ the league suspended him for the season. He also waited a month after the season ended to turn himself in and tried to withdraw his guilty plea, saying he was pressured by his former lawyer to sign the deal. Proctor, 33, played for the Miami Hurricanes in 1986.
NEW RHEIN COACH: Pete Kuharchek, the defensive coordinator of the Rhein Fire, was hired to succeed Galen Hall as coach of NFL Europe's championship team.
EAGLES: Philadelphia had intended to wear white jerseys Sunday, but a laundry mishap turned them all pink. Since the players couldn't get replacements in time, they will wear green jerseys and the Giants will wear white.
RAIDERS: Sunday's game marks the first visit to the RCA Dome for kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler since February, when they wowed scouts and front-office personnel with booming kicks at the scouting combine.