Selvin Young a "Keeper"

Whether or not Travis Henry is around with the Denver Broncos past this week's game against Tennessee, the Broncos think they have a keeper in Selvin Young.

Henry has an appeal hearing on Friday, to dispute a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy. The Broncos don't expect a final decision to be made before their Monday night game against Tennessee, but it could come before their Nov. 25 game at Chicago.

Denver is standing beside Henry and coach Mike Shanahan thinks he can win his appeal, but Young is proving himself to be a fantastic second option.

Young started against Kansas City last week and had 109 yards and a touchdown, surpassing anything Henry has done since Week 4. Henry was inactive with a knee injury.

Young had a nice 20-yard scamper in the third quarter to put the Broncos ahead, and they didn't relinquish the lead. The touchdown was Young's first in the NFL.

"It's a great feeling," Young said. "Everything I thought it would be."

The only drawback to Young's performance was he had some fumbling problems in the fourth quarter, although he was fortunate not to lose any fumbles.

"He did a great job but he's got to secure that ball," Shanahan said. "A couple times that ball was on the ground, and we were fortunate to recover it. But he played hard. He was probably a little bit tired."

PLAYER NOTES

--QB Jay Cutler has been consistent this season, but not that spectacular. Not counting the Lions game, in which he was knocked out with injury, Cutler has had only one game with less than 192 yards and only one with more than 269. He has a touchdown pass in all but one of those games, but never more than two.

--RB Travis Henry still has a sore knee, which kept him out of last week's game. Henry could help the Broncos if he can play, but based on Selvin Young's performance against Kansas City, it's unlikely he'd handle a full load.

--RB Selvin Young will likely continue to get a lot of playing time after his 109-yard game against Kansas City. Either he'll start against Tennessee because of Travis Henry's knee injury, or he should get a chance to split carries.

--WR Javon Walker might return to practice this week. His return from a knee injury is unlikely this week, but he could be back soon and be a factor in the final month of the season.

--WR Brandon Marshall has 51 catches through nine games, and should pass 1,000 yards this season. However, he has only two touchdowns. He should be a bigger factor near the end zone, considering Denver's problems inside the 20-yard line.

--WR Brandon Stokley could relinquish his starting spot in the next few weeks, when Javon Walker returns from injury. Stokley has filled in well, and should be productive from his usual position in the slot.

--TE Daniel Graham caught his first touchdown as a Bronco against Kansas City. Even though he hasn't been a big factor in the passing game, his contributions in the running game have been important for the Broncos' offense.

--K Jason Elam hurt his right calf in practice last week. He still kicked a couple of field goals, including a 50-yarder. The Broncos were careful with him late in the game, going for it on fourth down rather than trying a field goal of about 44 yards. Elam should be fine for this week's game.

--CB Dre' Bly intercepted his third pass this season. The Broncos are 3-0 in games in which Bly gets an interception, which shows how important Bly's big plays could be for the Broncos down the stretch.

--S Nick Ferguson lost his starting spot last week, but he is still third on the team in tackles. Ferguson will continue to be a contributor on special teams, even if he doesn't get his starting position back.

--DE Elvis Dumervil has eight sacks this season. His sacks come in bunches, but he is by far the Broncos' best pass rusher and most disruptive player on the line.



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