1:20 P.M. MST: The trips back to Colorado from Detroit and Kansas City in recent days couldn’t have been more different. Take the bus-ride portions of the journeys, for instance. Eight days ago, the last vehicle in the four-bus convoy — the one which I traditionally ride, which is usually populated with guests, staffers, radio-network people, et. al. — was virtually silent, save for muted snippets of conversation that could barely be heard from one seat away. Last night, however, dozens of chats could be clearly heard, as could some raucous laughter from throughout the cabin. Just one of the many differences between winning and losing.
Why do I mention this? I’m not sure; I just needed something to open today’s press-conference blog. More to come when Shanahan arrives.
1:30 P.M. MST: Here we go.
1:31 P.M. MST: Tight end Tony Scheffler is “just a little sore” and Shanahan doesn’t think it will keep him out of practice … Travis Henry’s knee is “still just a little bit swollen” and he will undergo an MRI examination “just to be sure.” … Henry’s hearing will be on Friday with the NFL. “We’ll find out what happens shortly thereafter — how shortly, I’m not sure.
1:32 P.M. MST: Shanahan said that if Henry’s test was positive, he would not be on the football team. “We’ll let due process take care of itself … but if the test was positive, after what he promised me, he would not be on this football team.”
1:32 P.M. MST: Thinks he will hear about the result of Henry’s hearing “the week after” it takes place in Phoenix.
1:33 P.M. MST: Shanahan said that a hair sample on Henry came back negative, and that he underwent a lie-detector test. “If he tested positive after the commitment he made to me, he would not be with this team,” Shanahan said.
1:34 P.M. MST: “Knowing our commissioner, he’ll definitely give (Henry) a fair shake.”
1:34 P.M. MST: On Selvin Young: “It doesn’t surprise me because he’s been doing this since preseason; you can see the speed, explosiveness and quickness in practice … Travis wanted to play (at Kansas City), I just didn’t think it was the best thing for our football team since he didn’t practice during the week … You’ve got to go with the guys that practice and the guys you feel good about.”
1:35 P.M. MST: Said that he didn’t want to take a chance with John Lynch until the numbness resulting from his stinger went away.
1:36 P.M. MST: Said he thought Hamza Abdullah and Domonique Foxworth would provide more range in the passing game … and when asked whether Abdullah would stay in the lineup, Shanahan said, “You’ll have to see Monday night.”
1:37 P.M. MST: When asked whether he watched Adam Vinatieri’s missed field-goal attempt, Shanahan asked, “Which one?”
1:37 P.M. MST: “The thing that we did well last week was that we got better each week — good practices, sense of urgency. We took it over to game day. I was really impressed with our players and how they handled things last week.”
1:38 P.M. MST: Said that Javon Walker is probably a “long shot” to play next Monday … “He’s got to get extra reps during the week” … “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.” … “We’ll just have to wait and see … I don’t think it’ll be good for Monday night.”
1:39 P.M. MST: On Josh Mallard playing 46 plays five days after he signed: “It shows you we needed some help.”
1:40 P.M. MST: Said next week’s game with Tennessee almost like a division game because of his familiarity with Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, with whom Shanahan is close and converses frequently.
1:40 P.M. MST: And … we’re done.
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