Around the League - Tuesday, Oct. 4

The Denver Broncos were without starting cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Darrent Williams against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it didn't matter because young players such as Domonique Foxworth (in photo) played very well. Read more in todays edition of "Around the League."

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The Broncos were without starting cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Darrent Williams against Jacksonville, but it didn't matter because some unknown players played very well.

Rookie Domonique Foxworth and struggling veteran Lenny Walls started. Rookie Karl Paymah, who was inactive for the first three games, was the nickel cornerback most of the game. Curome Cox, whom Denver signed off the practice squad Saturday, played some important snaps when Walls was out with cramps.

That group allowed only one pass longer than 20 yards and flustered Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich. Denver forced four turnovers, including two interceptions in a 20-7 win.

"I was really pleased with our defense, the way they stepped up," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "Anytime you have a few guys out of the game and you find a way to limit the opposition's rushing yardage and get a number of turnovers, you feel good about your football team."

The Broncos didn't consider using Bailey against the Jaguars. He didn't practice during the week and they didn't want to put Bailey in a vulnerable position.

"If he would have been adamant to me, I probably still wouldn't have let him play," Shanahan said. "It doesn't make sense with a hamstring to have a guy not practice during the week and all of a sudden put him in a game situation where you have to go full speed. I thought we'd just set it back."

Bailey said he hoped to play this week against Washington, his former team.

"I always think I'm going to play," Bailey said. "You can ask me Friday or Saturday and I'll really know, but as of now I'm looking forward to playing (this) week."

REPLAY

The Broncos rushed for 188 yards, limited Jacksonville to a franchise-low 12 yards rushing and dominated in a 20-7 win at Alltel Stadium. Denver improved to 3-1.

Dwayne Carswell, Denver's longtime tight end who switched to the offensive line this season, caught two short touchdowns on lineman-eligible plays. Those touchdowns gave Denver a 14-0 lead at the half.

Denver's defense played a solid game despite not having starting cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Darrent Williams. The Broncos forced four turnovers.

PLAYER NOTES

--CB Curome Cox was signed off the practice squad Saturday and had to play some defensive snaps against Jacksonville. He did a solid job, not allowing any catches. He also played well on special teams.
--CB Domonique Foxworth showed why the Broncos like the rookie from Maryland. He had six tackles, one interception and recovered a fumble against Jacksonville in his first career start.
--QB Jake Plummer has been efficient this season. He didn't complete a pass longer than 14 yards against Jacksonville, but he didn't turn the ball over, and the Broncos grinded out a win.
--RB Mike Anderson had a big game against the Jaguars. He rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries and helped Denver control the clock. He looks healthy after dealing with a rib injury early this season.
--RB Tatum Bell got plenty of carries against Jacksonville backing up Mike Anderson. Bell had 15 carries for 60 yards and had some big plays. It looks as if he will be the primary backup ahead of Ron Dayne going forward.



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