Broncos Update Insider - Tuesday, Nov. 21

Confirming a story that Broncos Update broke Sunday night, Darrent Williams has gone public with the accusation that an official cursed him out during the fourth quarter of the San Diego Chargers game - Check out all the latest in today's Inside Slant.

INSIDE SLANT
The Broncos weren't happy about an encounter with an official on Sunday near the end of their game against the Chargers.

Cornerback Darrent Williams argued with an official and was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. Williams said he was asking why linebacker Ian Gold was given a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness when the official started arguing with him.

"We're all grown men out there," Williams said. "You talk to a grown man in a way like he's a kid, we're going to talk the same way back to you. You cuss us out, we're going to cuss you right back out. You're not out there to cuss us out, you're out there to officiate a game.

"I've never had a problem with a ref since I've been playing football. I've never been cussed out by a ref, so it caught me by surprise."

Broncos safety Nick Ferguson was right next to the official and Williams, and Ferguson said he had never seen an official instigate an argument like that.

"Everybody was trying to find out what happened, and one of the referees walked up to 'D-Will' and told him to shut the 'F' up," Ferguson said. "'D-Will' was like, 'Why are you talking to me like that?' He's like, you guys have been 'witching' all night.

"(The ref) crossed the line."

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he hadn't been able to talk to his players about the incident. He wasn't happy with two penalties being assessed before a kickoff.

"You've got to keep your poise at the end," Shanahan said.

NOTES, QUOTES
--Sunday's game was slipping away when Mike Shanahan decided he needed to gamble and go for it on fourth-and-4 at Denver's 38-yard line with 3:10 left. Jake Plummer threw an interception on the play.

"I felt like we needed to do something," Shanahan said. "We were behind. I wanted to go for the win. Obviously it didn't turn out very well."

--FB Cecil Sapp returned kickoffs for the Broncos on Sunday and had a nice return. What will be remembered is his decision to fall on a kickoff at the 2-yard line before Denver's final drive.

San Diego was kicking from Denver's 40-yard line after two penalties, and the kickoff went high in the air. Sapp said he felt he needed to get on the ball before the Chargers did.

"They might recover the ball, so the first thing on my mind was see the ball and secure the ball," Sapp said.

--The Broncos had a special-teams practice Monday, and then they get right into full preparation Tuesday for Thursday's game at Kansas City. The Broncos went through the same schedule last year when they played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

"Most of these guys have been through this before," Shanahan said.

PLAYER NOTES
--S Nick Ferguson hurt his knee during Sunday's game at San Diego. He came back and finished the game, but the Broncos had him undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test on Monday as a precaution.

--RB Damien Nash should be in line for playing time going forward. The Broncos would have a tough time reducing his role after he gave the team a big spark on offense against San Diego. Nash, who was on the practice squad two weeks ago, ran hard.

--TE Chad Mustard has been a big part of Denver's offense the past few weeks. He is big and a good blocker, but hasn't been a part of the passing game at all. Third TE Nate Jackson plays in passing situations.

--RB Tatum Bell (two injured big toes) will be evaluated day-by-day in practice this week, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. Shanahan said there's no definite plan to sit him out and get him healthy for the final weeks of the season.

--CB Darrent Williams returned a few punts against San Diego. Williams has been playing through a shoulder injury but is improving. He has big-play ability on special teams, something the Broncos lack.



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