Broncos Update Insider - 10/31

The Denver Broncos had to turn to rookie Selvin Young (in photo) against Green Bay when starting tailback Travis Henry was declared inactive because of his injured ribs.

The Broncos' momentum didn't last long. After picking up a big win against Pittsburgh, the Broncos came right back and lost a tough 19-13 game to the Green Bay Packers in overtime.

Denver was beat by an 82-yard touchdown pass in overtime after tying the game on the final play of regulation. Although the players said they would bounce back, even at 3-4 for the season, it was a crushing blow.

"This was a tough one to take," Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler said.

The Broncos now have a stretch of six road games in eight weeks, which will make it a tough climb back into the AFC playoff race.

The Broncos had many chances to win, including in the final seconds of regulation. Denver had second down and one at Green Bay's 4-yard line, but Cutler threw incomplete on second down. On third down the Broncos called a quarterback draw to Cutler, but he was short of the first down and the field-goal unit had to rush on to kick before time expired.

Then the Broncos lost right away in overtime. Cornerback Dre' Bly was beat deep by Packers receiver Greg Jennings on the first play. Quarterback Brett Favre threw deep and Bly lost track of the ball, and Jennings grabbed it and scored.

"It's one of those plays that has to be perfect," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He put it right on the money."

NOTES, QUOTES

-- The Broncos had to turn to rookie Selvin Young when starting tailback Travis Henry was declared inactive because of his injured ribs. Young gained 71 yards on 18 carries. He said he felt comfortable getting the starting nod.

"There's really no such thing as getting nervous with me," Young said. "I feel like I've been preparing for a long time."

-- Broncos left guard Chris Kuper was unaware that he caused a key second-quarter fumble. Kuper accidentally knocked the ball out of quarterback Jay Cutler's hands right after the snap, as he pulled to block. The Broncos were at the Packers' 1-yard line.

"I had no idea," Kuper said. "That's just very unlucky, I guess."

--DE Jarvis Moss was inactive for Monday's game against Green Bay. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Moss, the team's first-round pick, was physically worn down so he sat him down.

--DE Simeon Rice was active against Green Bay, after he was out for two weeks. Rice had four tackles but didn't have a sack.

--S John Lynch suffered a pinched nerve in his neck. Constant stingers caused him to have career-threatening neck surgery his final season in Tampa Bay. Lynch was hurt early in the second quarter and didn't return.

--RB Andre Hall was Denver's second tailback with Travis Henry out because of bruised ribs. Hall got 10 yards on three carries as Selvin Young's backup.

--CB Champ Bailey played against Green Bay despite a quadriceps injury. Bailey missed Denver's previous game. Bailey gave up a long touchdown pass to Packers rookie receiver James Jones.



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