Broncos Update Insider: Trying to rebound

After dropping three games in a row, the Denver Broncos face an uphill battle this Sunday when they travel to San Diego to face the Chargers.

INSIDE SLANT

Broncos linebacker Al Wilson's injury looked bad, but he might not miss much time.

Wilson suffered a sprained neck in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss against Seattle. He still had some tingling in his shoulders and arms Monday, but the Broncos' trainers felt he could practice by Wednesday if that goes away.

"That was a good sign," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "Hopefully he feels good Wednesday."

Wilson was carted off the field in the fourth quarter and taken to a local hospital as a precaution. He was released later Sunday night, and X-rays and a MRI were negative.

The scene at Invesco Field was scary. Wilson and defensive tackle Gerard Warren were both going for a fumbled punt, and Warren hit Wilson, pulling his head backward. Wilson sat up for a moment but laid back down on the turf as trainers tended to him.

Wilson's teammates circled around him as he was on the field.

"You get mixed emotions," defensive end Kenard Lang said. "You're like, 'Our leader went down,' but you have to go out and play."

The Broncos didn't play well after Wilson was hurt. Denver's defense hadn't allowed any points to that moment, and it allowed 16 points in the final 11 minutes without him.

"We shouldn't be so dependant on one player, but it appeared we were," cornerback Domonique Foxworth said.

NOTES, QUOTES
--After reviewing the game film, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he thought rookie QB Jay Cutler did some good things. Cutler struggled at times in a loss at Seattle. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 143 yards.

"I liked the way he played and I like the way he handled himself," Shanahan said.

--WR Javon Walker hinted at some frustration over his role in the offense after catching two passes for 17 yards Sunday night against Seattle. He tempered his statements Monday, saying he was frustrated with the loss.

"Heat of the moment," Walker said. "It's a loss and you're frustrated, so you let everything out."

--The Broncos ran a rare fake field goal Sunday, and K Jason Elam got hurt during the play. Holder Jake Plummer flipped the ball to Elam, who gained a couple of yards and a first down. However, there was only one second left in the half, and Denver kicked a field goal on the next play. Elam hurt his hamstring on the run.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he thought, because of Seattle's field-goal rush, that Elam could have ran more than 40 yards for a touchdown.

"Jason is faster than you think," Shanahan said.

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
--FB Cecil Sapp will miss the rest of the season with a broken left leg. Sapp injured himself returning a kickoff in the fourth quarter and will go on injured reserve.

--FB Kyle Johnson will play more with FB Cecil Sapp (leg) out for the season. Johnson and Sapp have split time on offense this season, rotating to take advantage of each of their strengths.

--CB Domonique Foxworth appears set to start at strong safety the rest of the season. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't confirm the move, but he praised Foxworth's play at safety and hinted he would get the majority of the playing time at that position.

--S Curome Cox played against Seattle, but Domonique Foxworth got a majority of the playing time at safety. Cox will remain a part of the Broncos' defense in certain packages because he has good cover skills and is a smart player.

--TE Stephen Alexander has a sprained ankle. He sat out a few plays in the first half against Seattle but finished the game and should be fine to play this week.





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