Tagliabue to decide on Broncos' uniform flap
Posted: Monday September 22, 2003 12:00PM; Updated: Monday September 22, 2003 12:00PM
DENVER (AP) -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will decide whether the Denver Broncos will be punished for wearing the wrong uniforms in San Diego on Sept. 14.
The Chargers filed a complaint after the Broncos showed up with only their white uniform tops, forcing the Chargers to wear blue. The home team chooses the jersey color and San Diego wanted to wear the light color.
The usual penalty in such a case is a fine.
Tagliabue already has decided not to fine coach Mike Shanahan for lying about an injury in that game. Quarterback Jake Plummer was injured while diving for a first down midway through the second quarter. At halftime, Shanahan told CBS that the quarterback sustained a concussion instead of a separated shoulder.
Shanahan came clean after the game, saying he didn't want the Chargers to have an advantage if backup Steve Beuerlein got hurt. The Broncos had just two quarterbacks at the time.
The Broncos won 37-13. Since then, they have added quarterback Danny Kanell to the roster.