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Sat, 02 Aug 2008 08:13:39 -0700
Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Broncos) has been suspended by the National Football League for four games, according to two sources close to the situation. Sauerbrun is expected to serve the suspension in the first four games of the season. The suspension stems from a December 2007 incident with a Denver cab driver.
Fri, 30 May 2008 01:43:11 -0700
The Rocky Mountain News reports free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Broncos) believed the Denver Broncos did him wrong by releasing him after a confrontation with a Denver taxi driver Dec. 7. The incident led to a citation and a visit to a detox facility. Sauerbrun is upset with head coach Mike Shanahan, who painted him as a bad apple and cut him quickly after the arrest in the same season in which Shanahan constantly defended RB Travis Henry over a failed drug test. Sauerbrun said, "The Broncos didn't give me a fair shot. I don't think they did me right. I do feel ill about it. And their new motto about character guys? The guys I've seen them pick up, you're going to tell me those are good character people? I think not."
Wed, 28 May 2008 10:45:39 -0700
The Associated Press reports free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Broncos) pleaded guilty Wednesday, May 28, to disturbing the peace in a confrontation with a taxi driver and was sentenced to 24 hours of community service. Judge Andre L. Rudolph ordered Sauerbrun to perform the community service through NFL charities by Oct. 1. If he can stay out of trouble the charge will be wiped from his record after one year.
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:32:22 -0800
The Associated Press reports the Denver Broncos released P Todd Sauerbrun Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Wed, 12 Dec 2007 22:51:26 -0800
The Associated Press reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun claims he is innocent after getting arrested for simple assault from an altercation with a taxi driver last weekend. "It's a false allegation and the truth will come out. It's a completely overblown issue," Sauerbrun said. Witnesses say Sauerbrun struck the taxi driver after getting kicked out for belligerent behavior.
Sun, 19 Aug 2007 11:33:39 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos P Paul Ernster's best chance of making the team is if the coaching staff decides to keep P Todd Sauerbrun as their punter and use Ernster as their kickoff specialist.
Thu, 09 Aug 2007 16:08:39 -0700
Mike Klis and Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, report Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun will hold during field goal attempts and point-after-attempts during the team's first preseason game, according to special teams coach Scott O'Brien.
Sun, 22 Apr 2007 12:40:52 -0700
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun will be the holder for field goals and extra points next season.
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 10:38:28 -0700
Updating previous items, the Denver Broncos announced Friday, April 20, they have signed free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Patriots) to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 07:36:04 -0700
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Patriots) is expected to receive a one-year contract worth $820,000, including a $600,000 signing bonus.
Thu, 19 Apr 2007 13:23:39 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports the Denver Broncos have agreed to one-year deal with unrestricted free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun.
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 16:51:41 -0700
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports a Special Master ruled that P Todd Sauerbrun is a free agent, voiding the New England Patriots' right to match the one-year contract offer Sauerbrun received from the Denver Broncos. The contract was voided because the first-right-of-refusal clause was not separate from the original contract.
Wed, 11 Apr 2007 13:07:08 -0700
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the NFL Players Association will challenge the New England Patriots' first right of refusal they had in the contract of P Todd Sauerbrun.
Mon, 09 Apr 2007 17:16:02 -0700
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have matched the Denver Broncos' offer to free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Patriots). The Broncos and Sauerbrun had agreed to a one-year contract that could be worth up to $1.4 million with incentives, but the Patriots had seven days to match the offer.
Thu, 05 Apr 2007 08:36:56 -0700
Updating a previous report, John Murphy, of Yahoo! Sports, reports the agreement the Denver Broncos reached with unrestricted free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Patriots) is worth roughly $1.4 million, according to a league source. The contract doesn't include a signing bonus or any guaranteed money. This aspect may give the New England Patriots, who have right of first refusal, a better chance to match the offer and retain the rights to Sauerbrun.
Tue, 03 Apr 2007 15:25:48 -0700
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Denver Broncos have reached agreement with unrestricted free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Patriots) on a one-year deal, according to the Boston Globe. Since Sauerbrun gave the New England Patriots the first right of refusal, the Patriots can match the offer within a week after it is filed with the NFL offices.
Thu, 29 Mar 2007 17:18:04 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports the Denver Broncos have offered free-agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Patriots) a contract.
Fri, 02 Mar 2007 20:47:15 -0800
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the New England Patriots have the first right of refusal with free agent P Todd Sauerbrun.
Tue, 23 Jan 2007 12:00:07 -0800
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots P Todd Sauerbrun is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:31:12 -0800
ESPNews reports the New England Patriots have signed P Todd Sauerbrun (Broncos). Details of the contract were not disclosed.
Mon, 23 Oct 2006 17:40:20 -0700
Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports free agent P Todd Sauerbrun (Broncos) is scheduled to work out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Tue, 10 Oct 2006 12:41:43 -0700
The Denver Broncos have announced the release of P Todd Sauerbrun.
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 20:21:28 -0700
The Associated Press reports suspended Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun is fiercely loyal to head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan traded for Sauerbrun last season, amid talk of suspected steroid use. Sauerbrun added, "He treats you like a man. All the other coaches talk to you like you're 5 years old. I'm 33 years old and you're telling me I can't go out at night? I have a family, I'm a grown man, just like you. If (Shanahan) cut me tomorrow, I'd say, 'I must have really screwed up, that's the best coach I've ever been around in my whole life.' I'd like to stay here as long as Shanahan's here."
Sat, 05 Aug 2006 10:01:18 -0700
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos P Micah Knorr and P Paul Ernster continue to battle for the punter's role to start the season in the absence of suspended P Todd Sauerbrun.
Thu, 27 Jul 2006 13:31:22 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun's appeal of his four-game suspension for a positive ephedra test failed. "We appealed everything," said Sauerbrun, who said the appeal took place a few days ago. "It didn't really have much of a fighting chance. We went down fighting and it didn't really work out for us." Sauerbrun said he felt "disgusted" about putting the team and head coach Mike Shanahan in a position to defend him and added that the positive test was an isolated incident. "I can assure you it was a one-time thing," said Sauerbrun. "I take full responsibility. I've got to be responsible."
Sat, 08 Jul 2006 07:34:53 -0700
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun has apprised team management that he will appeal his pending four-game suspension for an alleged violation of the NFL's banned substances policy and is in the process of filing the pertinent paperwork with league officials. Because the NFL does not officially announce suspensions until after an appeal has been decided, league officials have, citing confidentiality guidelines, steadfastly declined to comment on the Sauerbrun case, there is no way of knowing how many appeals have been successful. Given the timeframes established by the steroid policy, it appears there is more than sufficient time for the Sauerbrun appeal to be resolved well in advance of the start of the regular season. The Broncos open the season at St. Louis Sept. 10.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006 23:18:30 -0700
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports the Denver Broncos front office has begun scouring the market for experienced help and could add another body for training camp to cover for the absence of suspended P Todd Sauerbrun. However, special teams coach Ronnie Bradford made it clear Friday, July 7, that replacing Sauerbrun's level of productivity will be difficult, even for a month. "It's one of those things where you have a question mark behind it," Bradford said. "Todd's a Pro Bowl punter. So I don't know if you can sustain. If we get somewhere near that level, I think we'll be OK. But Todd played well for us last year." The only positive for the Broncos is that any suspension for Sauerbrun wouldn't cost them a roster spot. The team still probably will have to find a kickoff specialist. It's a role PK Jason Elam gave up a few years ago and isn't eager to resume.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006 20:35:08 -0700
The Associated Press reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun won't be allowed around the team during his four-game suspension, which will cost him $328,000 of his $1.395 million salary next season.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006 17:46:39 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun plans to appeal his four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, according to head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan said, "We'll deal with that after the appeal goes through, and at that time, I'll address it." If the suspension stands, the team has three other punters on its roster with P Paul Ernster, P Tyler Fredrickson and P Jeff Williams. PK Jason Elam punted in college and often punts during practice and pregame warmups, but has not punted in a regular season game sine 1995. Elam said, "It's something I've always liked doing. If it comes to that, I'll welcome the opportunity and do the very best I can, and if not, we've got a lot of guys out there that are trying hard and are very talented.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006 10:16:39 -0700
Updating previous reports, ESPNews reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun has been suspended for four games by the NFL. Sauerbrun tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug ephedra, a violation of the league's drug policy.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006 05:48:54 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun recently tested positive for the supplement ephedra and will be suspended for four games, a source close to the situation confirmed Thursday, July 6. The story was first reported by the website profootballtalk.com after the Broncos' minicamp Thursday. Sauerbrun was at Denver's minicamp Thursday. He is also expected to participate Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8. The Broncos, through a team spokesman, had no comment Thursday evening, per team policy regarding suspensions that are not confirmed by the league. NFL spokesman Steve Alic said Thursday night the league had "no news to report" regarding Sauerbrun.
Fri, 02 Dec 2005 11:39:24 -0800
The Associated Press reports Dr. James Shortt, who is accused of writing illegal steroid prescriptions for three former Carolina Panthers, advised the players how to take the drugs without failing league tests. A judge heard tape-recorded conversations Thursday, Dec. 2, between the doctor and former Panthers and current Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun, former Panthers TE Wesley Walls, and Panthers C Jeff Mitchell in which he told them how to avoid detection.
Wed, 02 Nov 2005 19:57:51 -0800
Jennifer Tavlian, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.
Tue, 18 Oct 2005 15:44:10 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 6.
Fri, 30 Sep 2005 19:47:20 -0700
The Associated Press reports some of the players linked to South Carolina doctor James M. Shortt will be subject to as many as 24 random drug tests each year. Shortt was charged last week on 29 counts of distributing steroids and human growth hormones and one charge of conspiracy. Among the players named in an earlier CBS News report are Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun and Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Todd Steussie.
Wed, 21 Sep 2005 17:44:33 -0700
Jacob Jordan, of the Associated Press, reports Jason M. Shortt, accused in a television report of writing illegal steroid prescriptions to three Carolina Panthers' players, was charged with 29 counts of distributing steroids and human growth hormones and one charge of conspiracy. The players named in a CBS News report in March were C Jeff Mitchell and former Panthers players P Todd Sauerbrun, now with the Denver Broncos, and OT Todd Steussie, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The players involved will most likely not face a suspension. Shortt is also being investigated in the death of a woman given hydrogen peroxide intravenously to treat her multiple sclerosis.
Fri, 12 Aug 2005 22:22:33 -0700
Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports former Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl TE Wesley Walls was a patient of the South Carolina doctor at the center of a federal steroids investigation, according to an HBO report Friday Aug. 12. The "Costas Now" program did not say whether Walls obtained NFL-banned steroids or related substances from Dr. James Shortt. However, Shortt told interviewer Armen Keteyian that he provided anabolic steroids to about half of the one-to-two dozen NFL players he treated and that he injected human growth hormone (HGH) into most of them. Steroids and HGH are not allowed by the NFL or major pro sports. HGH is difficult to detect because scientists have yet to develop a reliable urine or blood test. Walls, who is retired, did not return telephone messages left Friday by the Observer and declined comment to HBO. He becomes the seventh Panther to be identified as a patient of Shortt. HBO also named ex-Panthers DE John Milem and two players from other teams - ex- New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins OG Dave Fiore and former Atlanta Falcons DE Henry Taylor - as patients of Shortt. Milem, the only player interviewed on the program, said he received HGH and supplements from Shortt. Taylor was quoted as saying he got HGH from Shortt but, in retrospect, said he exhibited poor judgment. Fiore's agent, Arthur Weiss, was quoted as saying Fiore saw Shortt twice to receive medical treatment for joint injuries, but that he never received a banned substance. CBS reported in March that C Jeff Mitchell, P Todd Sauerbrun and OT Todd Steussie filled prescriptions written by Shortt for NFL-banned steroids. Only Mitchell remains with the Panthers. Sauerbrun was traded to the Denver Broncos in May. Steussie plays for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tue, 02 Aug 2005 22:22:24 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun was crushing kicks during the team's morning practice session Tuesday, Aug. 2. For the session, Sauerbrun averaged 59.9 yards on seven punts, never had one shorter than 52 yards and also drilled a 64- and 77-yarder. "The fans here are getting spoiled," S John Lynch said. "He hits a 60-yarder and it's 'Ho-hum.' It's not until the 70-yarder that everybody ooohs."
Mon, 25 Jul 2005 21:51:39 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports the Denver Broncos will be counting heavily on P Todd Sauerbrun to help cure the team's awful punting performance of recent years. In the past three years, the Broncos were 30th in the league in net punting average. "His statistics speak for themselves," general manager Ted Sundquist said. "Punting at altitude for eight regular-season games will be a boon to him. He's an older guy; he's been in the league a while. I think he'll understand that the air is rare here."
Sun, 10 Jul 2005 19:35:12 -0700
Jim Armstrong, of the Denver Post, reports last year's statistics certainly show the Denver Broncos were right for acquiring P Todd Sauerbrun via a trade. A few stats to look at: They began 48 drives inside their 20, 15 more than their opponents. Their average starting field position was their 29, compared to their opponents' 32. They started 23 drives beyond the 50-yard line and scored 12 times, including two touchdowns. Their opponents began 26 drives in Broncos territory and scored 23 times, 12 via touchdowns.
Thu, 07 Jul 2005 05:58:25 -0700
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports some of the details of the restructured contract signed by Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun. A $100,000 workout bonus was converted to a roster bonus, making it easier to attain, and raising his salary-cap figure for this season to $1.3 million. Similar workout bonuses for 2006 and 2007 were converted to base salary. In the past, Sauerbrun had been fined by the Panthers for being overweight. That issue was "never brought up once" by the Broncos, agent David Canter said. Also, Sauerbrun's new salary-cap figures of $1,395,000 and $1.5 million for the final two seasons perhaps makes it more likely he could have the contract reworked should he perform to previous levels. "But he's under contract now for three years and if he plays them all out under that (deal), we'd be happy with that," Canter said. "I'm sure it's something we'll revisit again."
Wed, 06 Jul 2005 17:08:52 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun, as expected, was at practice Wednesday, July 6, as the team's minicamp started. "He had a chance to punt in special teams and he was very impressive. You can see why he's had the success that he's had," head coach Mike Shanahan said. "He has a lot of talent and hopefully he plays well for us." Shanahan believes Sauerbrun's talents can be a difference-maker that the Broncos have lacked on special teams.
Wed, 06 Jul 2005 05:22:11 -0700
Patrick Saunders, of the Denver Post, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun is expected at the team's minicamp Wednesday, July 6. It will be his debut as the Broncos punter. "Todd is already in Denver, and he'll be there at minicamp," Sauerbrun's agent, David Canter, said Tuesday, July 5. "He's excited about playing in Denver, helping the Broncos win a Super Bowl and setting punting records in the high altitude there." Canter said Sauerbrun reached an agreement on a new contract with the Broncos, but he would not give out any details.
Fri, 03 Jun 2005 21:09:32 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said he expects P Todd Sauerbrun to join the team for their minicamp to be held July 6-8. "I expect him to be here at the July minicamp unless something happens between now and then," Shanahan said. "I told him I didn't want him here for the offseason conditioning program -- just to be ready to go, keep in shape and do what he's done in the past."
Fri, 03 Jun 2005 05:25:17 -0700
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun has not reported to the team yet. He was excused from this minicamp by head coach Mike Shanahan and is not scheduled to take part in full team workouts until minicamp in early July.
Mon, 23 May 2005 16:42:55 -0700
Updating previous reports, Gary Wright, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun was placed on a year's probation and fined $100 after pleading guilty to driving while impaired. He was also ordered to not drive in North Carolina for 30 days.
Mon, 23 May 2005 14:28:38 -0700
Andre Dykes, of WCNC.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun plead guilty to drunk driving and other charges Monday, May 23. He was arrested last December after a police officer saw him speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. He was given a breathalyzer test and the police report said Sauerbrun blew a .19, which is more than twice the legal limit.
Sat, 21 May 2005 07:39:00 -0700
Darin Gantt, reports for the Rock Hill Herald, Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun has no timetable to report to the team. Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters in Denver Friday, May 20 he hadn't spoken with Sauerbrun since the recent trade, and downplayed the risk involved in acquiring him. Sauerbrun has no immediate timetable to go to Denver, as his agent David Canter continues to try to re-work his contract for some up-front money. The trade will stand even if Sauerbrun refuses to report to the Broncos.
Sat, 21 May 2005 07:35:17 -0700
Darin Gantt, reports for the Rock Hill Herald, Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun apologized to his former team, the Carolina Panthers, for any shame he brought on the team during his stay in Carolina. Sauerbrun wrote a statement in which he thanked Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and the entire team for his time here. "First, I'd like to thank the Richardson family and the Panthers for giving me a great opportunity here in Charlotte," he said in the statement. "The organization is first class, the facilities and staff are top-notch. I've played for a number of teams, and found the Panthers organization to be one of the finest."
Thu, 19 May 2005 20:21:04 -0700
Andrew Mason, of DenverBroncos.com, reports Denver Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun, recently acquired in a trade with the Carolina Panthers, posted a net punting average of 35 yards or better in three of the past four seasons.