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Denver Broncos running back Tatum Bell said struggling late in the season, and losing playing time to Mike Bell after fumbling in each of the past two games, has affected his play.

Broncos running back Tatum Bell said struggling late in the season, and losing playing time to Mike Bell after fumbling in each of the past two games, has affected his play.

"I've got to hit the hole, quit thinking too much, quit worrying about the fumbles, quit worrying about Mike coming in and taking over," Tatum Bell said.

Tatum Bell has only 79 rushing yards the past two weeks. Each week, a lost fumble has led to a touchdown, and Mike Bell has gone into the game. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he has faith in Tatum Bell and told him to quit worrying about the fumbles. However, Shanahan also acknowledged that Tatum Bell won't be playing if he continues to fumble.

"I know if I fumble, I won't be in there," Tatum Bell said. "Especially if I fumble and Mike goes in there and does well, I sure won't be in there."

He added that the fumbles have been caused by a lack of concentration. He thinks that he has struggled to run the ball lately because he isn't hitting the hole hard enough, and he has been too patient on his runs instead of running aggressively.

"I just got to get back to playing," Bell said.

PLAYER NOTES

--LB Al Wilson didn't practice Thursday as a precaution. He has a sore back, but the Broncos expect him to play this week.

--LB Keith Burns hasn't missed any practice time despite a hand injury. He is listed as questionable but likely will play Sunday.

--RB Mike Bell needs one more touchdown to tie the NFL record for touchdowns by an undrafted rookie. Indianapolis' Dominic Rhodes holds the record (nine).

--QB Jay Cutler had a good game despite cold weather last week. Cutler might be tested again Sunday. A snowstorm hit Denver on Thursday and might continue until Saturday.

--CB Champ Bailey gets a lot of attention for his cover skills, but he is one of Denver's best tacklers as well. Bailey has 92 tackles, which is second on the team.



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