Broncos Update Insider - 9/26

Quarterback Jay Cutler and safety John Lynch were each injured during Sunday's game, and each were getting MRI tests done on Monday.

Cutler said he should be ready to go after a couple days rest and perhaps practice on Wednesday.

"Everything's fine," Cutler said. "We got a lot of time left."

Cutler sprained his ankle, and the injury didn't appear serious. He appeared to injure the ankle in the fourth quarter. He stayed in the game and didn't miss a play.

Lynch missed most of the game with a strained groin. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and the training staff were concerned enough about each player to send them for the tests.

"They wouldn't be having MRIs if they didn't think it was serious," Shanahan said.

Teammates said they expected Cutler to play on Sunday. Patrick Ramsey is Denver's backup quarterback.

The Broncos struggled to slow down the Jaguars' rushing offense without Lynch. With a game against Indianapolis coming up this week, missing Lynch would be a big blow. Curome Cox, who replaced Lynch on Sunday, and Domonique Foxworth are the two top candidates to replace him.


--The Broncos burned all three timeouts before the end of the third quarter against Jacksonville. One was on an unsuccessful replay challenge to start the half. The other two had to be called because the communications device in quarterback Jay Cutler's helmet wasn't working.

"It just went blank on us a couple of times," coach Mike Shanahan said. "We tried to get it fixed but in most of the second half it was going in and out on us."

--Broncos running back Terrell Davis became the 21st member of the Broncos Ring of Fame during a halftime ceremony Sunday. The Broncos coaches and owner Pat Bowlen have often argued that Davis, the franchise's leading all-time rusher and former NFL and Super Bowl MVP, belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On Sunday, Davis saved his biggest praise for his former teammates.

"The guys who made this possible," Davis said. "Without them, I don't know where I'd be today."


--OG Ben Hamilton, who suffered a concussion early in training camp, still hasn't been cleared to play. The long amount of time that Hamilton has been out is starting to be a concern for the team. "Just kind of keeping my fingers crossed," coach Mike Shanahan said.

--S Curome Cox played well in place of injured safety John Lynch, Shanahan said. Cox might have to fill in for Lynch this week. Lynch has a strained groin.

--FB Paul Smith left Sunday's game with a pinched nerve in his neck, and he was undergoing tests on Monday.

--CB Domonique Foxworth was active but didn't play against Jacksonville because of a sprained ankle. Shanahan said he had a gut feeling that Foxworth wasn't quite ready, based on how he looked in practice. Shanahan said if the Broncos had another injury in the secondary, Foxworth would have gone in.

--DE Simeon Rice played about 30 plays against Jacksonville. The Broncos coaching staff has slowly been increasing his workload. Rice signed with Denver shortly before the first regular-season game.

--RB Travis Henry said he felt great during his game against Jacksonville. He had been dealing with ankle injuries. Because the Broncos didn't hold the ball very long, Henry had only 11 carries and a season-low 35 yards.

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