Broncos Update Insider - 11/6

The Denver Broncos breathed easier Monday when all the tests were done on quarterback Jay Cutler's injured left leg. Read about Cutler's prognosis and all the latest team and personnel news in today's Broncos Update Insider.

The Broncos breathed easier Monday when all the tests were done on quarterback Jay Cutler's injured left leg and no breaks were found.

Cutler had a MRI on Monday. He was worried he might have a hairline fracture after no clean break of his fibula was found on the X-rays. But the MRI was clean, and the Broncos will wait until later in the week to see if Cutler will be available for Sunday's game at Kansas City.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't speculate on Cutler's timetable to return but was happy his quarterback didn't have a serious injury.

"He doesn't have a stress fracture, which is a positive," Shanahan said.

Cutler was injured in the second quarter Sunday at Detroit. His leg was hit by Lions tackle Cory Redding when he was being sacked by tackle Shaun Rogers. Redding put his helmet into Cutler's leg.

Patrick Ramsey played in Cutler's place. The Broncos were pleased with his play, especially under the circumstances. He completed 29 of 46 passes for 262 yards.

The Broncos could look into signing a quarterback this week if it appears Cutler might not be ready. One option would be promoting Darrell Hackney off the practice squad.


--The Broncos have had two major season-ending injuries on the offensive line, G Ben Hamilton (concussion) and C Tom Nalen (biceps), and the line did not play well against the Lions. QB Jay Cutler was sacked on two of his six drop-backs before he was hurt, and Patrick Ramsey was sacked three times in relief.

"We were having trouble up front," Cutler said. "I thought we were getting the right looks, they weren't really surprising us, but we never got in a rhythm when I was in there. We had some turnovers, there was a lot of pressure on Patrick. I thought he played well under the circumstances."

--TE/LS Mike Leach would have been the Broncos' quarterback on Sunday had Patrick Ramsey been knocked out of the game after Jay Cutler was already hurt. Leach has no background as a quarterback, but he was the best option.

"I think it's just the number of years I've been here and knowledge of the offense," Leach said. "I think he feels comfortable that I know the plays, get everybody lined up and can take the snap."


--RB Andre Hall will continue to get his opportunities on kickoff returns. He averaged 29 yards per return against the Lions. The Broncos have struggled on kickoff returns for a couple of years, and Hall might be a solution.

--S Hamza Abdullah played in passing situations against Detroit, replacing Nick Ferguson. The Broncos like Abdullah, and he could be an eventual replacement for John Lynch or Ferguson.

--TE Tony Scheffler caught six passes Sunday. Many of those came with the game well out of hand, but as with Jay Cutler, Patrick Ramsey seemed to have a good connection with Scheffler in the passing game.

--WR Glenn Martinez has sore ribs, but the injury isn't serious. The Broncos will monitor his progress this week.

--DE Elvis Dumervil had the Broncos' only sack Sunday. The Broncos need to get a better pass rush. Their lack of a rush is one reason the secondary has given up so many big plays lately.

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