DENVER -- Mike Utley will make his first public appearance today since his paralyzing spinal-cord injury.
Utley, hospitalized in Denver's Craig Hospital, is scheduled to attend the Broncos' AFC semifinal against the Houston Oilers. He has requested, through the hospital, that no pictures be taken of him at the game.
Utley, a Detroit Lions guard, was injured Nov. 17 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Since his transfer Dec. 11 to Denver, Broncos tackle Harvey Salem, a former Lion, and coach Dan Reeves have been frequent visitors. They invited him to today's game.