Broncos Update Insider - 11/22

With no Travis Henry for the game and no Selvin Young in the fourth quarter, Denver Broncos running back Andre Hall made a name for himself

Hall broke a 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Denver Broncos' 34-20 win against Tennessee on Monday night. Henry was inactive for the game because of a knee injury. Young started and played most of the first three quarters, but was knocked out of the game in the second half with a knee injury.

Hall had made a mark on the Broncos by playing well as the team's kickoff returner the past few weeks, but his fourth-quarter run was the biggest highlight of his career.

"Andre Hall took advantage of all his opportunities and made some nice plays," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

Hall had 19 yards on eight carries in his career before Monday night's game. He could get many more going forward.

Young's injury wasn't considered serious. He came back for a play in the fourth quarter, but did limp off the field after catching a screen pass. Henry's situation is still in flux. His knee injury has kept him out for two weeks, and he is waiting on an appeal to the NFL over a one-year suspension. He could hear the results of that appeal this week.

Hall has good speed and the Broncos like his ability between the tackles. His playing time should continue to increase as the season goes on.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Receiver Brandon Stokley caught a long touchdown on the Broncos' first drive of the game against Tennessee. Denver's offense hasn't scored much this season, but getting an early strike was important for the team's confidence.

"It's always big to go down there on that first drive and score a touchdown," Stokley said. "You get that momentum."

--The Broncos were thrilled, after a 3-5 start, to be back in a tie for first place in the AFC West. Denver is 5-5 after a two-game winning streak, and San Diego fell to 5-5 with a loss on Sunday. Denver lost 44-7 at Detroit two weeks ago, but has regained its swagger since then.

"We feel like a team that is rolling right now, and we want to keep things going," cornerback Dre Bly said.

PLAYER NOTES

--S John Lynch played but was limited against Tennessee. He returned after missing two weeks with a stinger injury, but is still not back to playing full time.

--CB Dre' Bly had an interception in the fourth quarter against Tennessee. That was redemption for Bly, who was beat for a game-winning touchdown the last time the Broncos played on Monday night.

--WR Brandon Marshall caught a touchdown against Tennessee. Marshall is having a very good season but hadn't scored much. He should get in the end zone a few more times in the final six weeks of the season.

--WR Javon Walker didn't practice last week, but the Broncos are holding out hope he can practice this week and maybe play. Walker has been out since Week 3 because of a knee injury.

--S Nick Ferguson didn't play on defense for the second straight week. John Lynch, Hamza Abdullah and Domonique Foxworth split time at safety, based on situations, and that rotation will probably continue.



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