Nate Webster

Broncos Webster Ready To Step In

(AP) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. If Broncos middle linebacker Al Wilson (neck) can't go Sunday, backup Nate Webster is on standby. "I'm always ready," he said. Webster was inactive against Seattle when Wilson went down after hitting teammate Gerard Warren in the back in the fourth quarter. Wilson was carted off the field. "It's enough seeing him down, but it was hard being inactive (and not being able to help)," Webster said. "I've got to get ready for whatever may transpire."


Nate Webster Update

Broncos linebacker Nate Webster was excused from practice because his wife was having a baby. He will be back with the team, Shanahan said, for Sunday and available to play . . .


Webster defines opportunity - Promoted linebacker making most of chance to contribute

On his first series back as a starter Sunday, Nate Webster's helmet flew off his head, exposing his braided hair to the autumn wind of Oakland.

Webster could smell the NFL again.

"Loved it, man, loved it," Webster said. "This is the real thing. I missed it."

Webster played in place of injured outside linebacker Ian Gold in the Broncos' 17-13 win. If Gold, who suffered a hamstring injury at Pittsburgh on Nov. 5, can't play Sunday night against San Diego at Invesco Field at Mile High, Webster likely will start again. Coach Mike Shanahan said Gold and defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban, who didn't play against the Raiders because of a thigh injury, will be evaluated this week to monitor their availability for the AFC West showdown against the Chargers.

Words can't measure Webster's eagerness to start

ENGLEWOOD - Through one rehabilitation, then a second post-surgery, Nate Webster tried to convince himself everything would be the same in his right knee and he again would be imposing physically on an NFL playing field.

But the Broncos linebacker admitted Thursday, with nearly two years in the trainer's room, it was easy for negativity to creep into his thoughts.

"Being taken away from the game you love is not a good feeling. And not being able to run around the house with your kids and get outside and play with them was another hurtful feeling," Webster said.


Broncos extend Webster's deal

The Broncos on Saturday extended the contract of another backup defensive player by working a deal with linebacker Nate Webster.

Webster, who signed a one-year contract in May, is now locked up through 2008. Webster s base salary this season was raised by about $900,000. Monday, Denver gave prospective restricted free agent defensive tackle Demetrin Veal a two-year extension.

"This is a very good development for Nate," said Webster's agent, Drew Rosenhaus. "Nate loves it in Denver and was very happy to see the team having this interest in him."

Webster hasn't played this season but the team considers him a viable injury replacement at all three linebacker spots.


Friday Notebook: Webster's Best Impression

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Growing up in Miami Fla., Nate Webster did not have look far for someone to pattern his game after.  Ray Lewis was mowing down running backs at nearby University of Miami and provided Webster the perfect on-field role model.

This week as the Broncos offense prepared for Lewis and the Ravens defense, they didn't have too look far for someone to mimic the seven-time Pro Bowler.

"Ray was a major influence -- from high school to college," Webster said.  "I grew up watching him and Warren Sapp in the Orange Bowl and I kind of took a little bit of his style and mixed it with my style and it became a lethal mix.  I think I gave the offense as close of a look at what Ray does as I can.  I took my game after him, so I was able to model him pretty well."


Nate Webster Hopes To Avoid Injury, Make Team

(CBS4) DENVER When Al Wilson was suspended for last Saturday night's Denver Broncos game, Nate Webster became the starting linebacker. Webster had a very impressive Broncos training camp, and looks like a good bet to make the team. "I had a lot of fun," Webster told CBS4 of Saturday night. "It was good to be back out there with live bullets ... and to get dirty a little bit."