Broncos Update Insider - Tuesday, Oct. 18

The Denver Broncos don't expect to make any changes in his running back rotation even though backup Tatum Bell has more rushing yards than starter Mike Anderson. Coach Mike Shanahan said he likes the combination of the two styles. Read more in today's edition of "Broncos Update Insider."

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said his injured left hamstring didn't feel too bad on Monday, but he couldn't say for sure whether he would be ready for this week's game against the New York Giants.

Bailey insisted he wasn't starting over with his recovery from the hamstring injury. Bailey missed two games with his strained hamstring before playing Sunday against New England. Bailey came out of Sunday's game in the third quarter when his hamstring started to tighten up.

"It's just sore," Bailey said. "The whole thing is sore. In a couple days I'll know exactly how bad it is."

The Broncos were leading 28-3 at the time Bailey left the game, so it made Mike Shanahan's decision to pull Bailey pretty easy when his hamstring started getting tight.

Shanahan said he thinks Bailey will be ready for this week's game. "I think Champ is fine," Shanahan said.

The Broncos have other problems in the secondary. Starting safety Nick Ferguson sprained his ankle in the first half against New England and was limping badly in the locker room after the game. Backup Sam Brandon has a tear in his pectoral muscle and Shanahan said he will miss three weeks.

If Ferguson and Brandon can't play, Marques Anderson will probably start alongside John Lynch.

"Guys (have) got to step up and fill that role," Shanahan said. "I'm sure we'll have a guy step up and fill that role, because we have a challenge this week."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Broncos coach Mike Shanahan once again said he didn't expect to make any changes in his running back rotation. Backup Tatum Bell has more rushing yards than starter Mike Anderson, but Shanahan said he likes the combination of the two styles. Anderson is the power back and Bell's speed is a change of pace.

"We try to go with the best scenario that we think works for us," Shanahan said. "We try to go with what's working, and if it's not working, we change it."

--Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban was hit below the belt by Patriots lineman Logan Mankins at the end of a field-goal attempt in the first half of Sunday's game. Mankins was ejected from the game and Ekuban was upset at the cheap shot.

"In the NFL we have our own unwritten code, because we're all brothers at the end of the day," Ekuban said. "It was lovely when he got ejected. Hopefully, the NFL will fine him pretty hefty."

--Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has been impressed with punter Todd Sauerbrun, but most of all he has been pleased with Sauerbrun's performance in pressure situations.

"He loves situations where he's backed up and he goes out there with a smile on his face," Shanahan said. "Most of the guys I've been around, when you're backed up on the (Broncos' five-yard line), they're taking off hiding from me."

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--OT George Foster has a sprained MCL in his knee, but Shanahan said he thinks Foster will be able to practice this week. Foster is Denver's starting right tackle.

--CB Curome Cox could be the primary backup safety for the Broncos if they don't add a veteran. Cox played some safety in training camp. Nick Ferguson and Sam Brandon might miss this week's game with injuries.

--CB Darrent Williams made one of the biggest plays of Sunday's game on a cornerback blitz in the fourth quarter. Williams' pressure forced Tom Brady to throw the ball away. The officials called him for intentional grounding and New England punted two plays later.

--S Sam Brandon's three-week injury is harmful to the Broncos because he had been a big part of their nickel package. Brandon matches up with opposing tight ends better than a third cornerback.

--RB Tatum Bell's success is linked to staying healthy. Bell said he feels as good as he has in his NFL career. Bell was hindered by injuries almost all of last season, and one of the reasons the Broncos haven't made him a workhorse back is they want to keep him healthy.


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