Broncos Update Insider - 11/28

The popular theory is whoever plays tailback for the Denver Broncos, the team will continue to churn out 100-yard games. That notion could be put to a test this week. Denver's top three tailbacks aren't healthy.

Travis Henry and Selvin Young have knee injuries that kept them out of Sunday's game against Chicago. Then Andre Hall suffered a high ankle sprain on the first play of the game. He played through it, but he is not assured of playing this week.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he didn't know which tailbacks would be available this week.

"We'll find out on Wednesday," Shanahan said. "These guys are getting treatment and doing what they can to get ready."

Hall's high ankle sprain is a concern, but Shanahan said Hall might play this week. After Sunday's game, Hall said he was fine and seemed unconcerned about the injury.

Henry might be out even if his knee heals. Shanahan said he expected to hear this week on Henry's appeal to the NFL over a one-year suspension for violating the drug policy.

NOTES, QUOTES

--After Sunday's game, Broncos CB Dre Bly was upset about an illegal contact call that went against him and kept the Bears' game-tying drive alive. Bly touched Bears WR Muhsin Muhammad as he ran a deep route on fourth-and-9.

"It's bogus," Bly said. "He said it was illegal contact down the field. I felt like Muhsin ran into me. But them guys (officials), there were calls they missed the whole game."

--Broncos CB Champ Bailey was in coverage when Bears WR Bernard Berrian caught the game-winning touchdown on fourth-and-goal in the final minute of regulation Sunday. Berrian ran an out route and made a great catch on a throw to his back shoulder.

"It's kind of hard (to defend) the way he threw it, but that's the life of a corner," Bailey said. "You're going to get some great throws and catches like that, and that's exactly what it was."

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--WR Javon Walker (knee) played eight plays against the Bears, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. Shanahan added that Walker made strides and should be able to handle more playing time this week.

--DT Kenny Peterson had a good game against Chicago. A midseason addition as the Broncos were finding the right pieces for their defensive line, Peterson could be a good addition to the rotation the rest of the year.

--S Hamza Abdullah continues to play well for the Broncos. He stripped Rex Grossman of a fumble in the second half, and he probably would have had a long touchdown had the play not been whistled dead prematurely.

--DE Tim Crowder had a sack for the third consecutive game Sunday. After a slow start because of an ankle injury, Crowder is playing very well. The Broncos were very high on Crowder, a rookie second-round pick, after a strong training camp.

--FB Kyle Johnson played on special teams a couple of days after getting signed by the Broncos.



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