Tag:Tom Brandstater
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:30 pm

Tom Brandstater could be Rams' starting QB on MNF

In May 2010, Brandstater was listed ahead of Tebow on Denver's depth chart. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

If there was ever a time to dust off those Tom Brandstater jerseys it's now. There's a good chance the former Fresno State quarterback and Broncos 2009 sixth-round pick could be the Rams' starter Sunday when they face the Seahawks in a (let's be honest: meaningless) NFC West matchup that just so happens to be on the Week 14 Monday Night Football schedule.

St. Louis' franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford (ankle), and backup A.J. Feeley (thumb) didn't practice for the second day in a row Thursday, which meant that Brandstater again took all the first-team reps.

"We're trying to keep the banging off them a little bit to make sure we get a healthy team come Monday night," head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "You don't want to wear them out before we get to Monday night."

The Rams have also claimed quarterback Kellen Clemens off waivers (the Texans released him earlier this week to make room for Jeff Garcia), but he wasn't available for Thursday's practice. The addition of Clemens doesn't mean that Bradford's headed to injured reserve, though.

The St. Louis Rams will square off against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night at CenturyLink Field. Who has the advantage in this game? NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz break down this upcoming game.

“That hasn’t entered my mind,” Bradford said Thursday, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Ron Clements. “I hope it doesn’t come to that. That’d be pretty disappointing." Spagnuolo said Monday that Bradford's ankle probably wouldn't fully heal untl the offseason, but added Thursday that "We'll be hopeful on Sam, but we won't know until we get to the end of the week."

The Rams coach also joked that he might have take some snaps under center.

“I was thinking about lining up there myself," he said. "I was a wishbone quarterback in high school. We could pull those notebooks out.”

Hey, it worked for Tebow.

The Seahawks are preparing as if Bradford will play, but for now it appears that Brandstater is the favorite come Monday night. “That’s what this business is all about," he said Thursday. "You’ve got to be ready for anything.”

Ain't that the truth. Here's what Brandstater's 2011 season has been like:

* Sept. 13: signed to Rams' practice squad
* Oct. 22: promoted to active roster
* Nov. 9: released
* Dec. 2: re-signed to Rams' practice squad
* Dec. 4: promoted to active roster

So how did Brandstater keep sharp during the three weeks in November he was out of work? Clements writes that he stayed in the St. Louis area and worked out at a local gym, and over Thanksgiving he threw to his brother-in-law which, it turns out, was a little awkward.

“It was a little bit uncomfortable because he wasn’t quite athletic,” he said. (There are no truth to the rumors that Brandstater's brother-in-law is a receiver for the Jaguars.)

Other Brandstater fun facts (this one courtesy of PFT.com): In May 2010, weeks after the Broncos drafted Tim Tebow in the first round, Brandstater was listed ahead of him on the team's depth chart along with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. Just think: if things had worked out differently, we might all be Brandstering right now.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:23 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:39 pm

Police: McKinley had a 'major gambling problem'

Posted by Will Brinson

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department has closed the case on Kenny McKinley, the former Denver Bronco and South Carolina Gamecock who committed suicide earlier this year, and revealed some very tragic details about McKinley's life leading up to his death, namely that he had a significant gambling debts when he took his own life.

The 131-page Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department report obtained by the Associated Press also contains information from the Sheriff's Department indicating that McKinley purchased the gun from teammate Jabar Gaffney. However, the Arapahoe Sheriff Grayson Robinson said there was nothing illegal about the sale.

"Kenny told me he wanted a gun for his personal protection and being that I have a couple of legally owned firearms, I sold him one of mine that I didn't want anymore," Gaffney said in a statement to deputies.

McKinley also discussed the possibility of suicide with three of his teammates, including former Broncos quarterback Tom Brandstater, who told the investigators that he lent McKinley $65,000 and that McKinley owed $40,000 to a casino in Las Vegas.

Brandstater told investigators that about a week before he lent him the money, McKinley said "that he could save everyone the burden and just kill himself." Brandstater said it was awkward and they laughed it off.

In addition to the money he owed Brandstater -- which had only been paid back via items McKinley gave his teammate as collateral -- McKinley had been ordered by a South Carolina court to pay $3,000 a month in child support and expressed to teammates that he was concerned about his ability to take care of his young son.

At the insistence of his financial advisor, Brandstater had a contract drawn up between he and McKinley, a copy of which the Denver Broncos had in their possession, indicating the debt and documenting the collateral (two watches valued at $30,000, the titles to McKinley's two cars and a gold necklace) McKinley gave to Brandstater for the loan.

Leading up to the loan, Brandstater told investigators, that he and McKinley had dinner for 10 straight nights trying to "hash out ways to fix" McKinley's financial problems. 

McKinley's father, Kenneth McKinley, as saying that he and his wife were getting many letters for their son at their home in Mableton, Ga., from casinos in Las Vegas. He said bill collectors also were calling his house asking for his son and that he had spoken with his son about managing his money better.

The elder McKinley said he also suspected his son was having financial problems because he had only recently begun using a credit card that he'd given him in college. Neither Brandstater, Gaffney or McKinley's father had returned messages from the AP at the time of the report, and the Broncos declined to comment out of respect to McKinley's family.

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