Broncos Update Insider - 12/12

The Denver Broncos won't take any immediate action toward punter Todd Sauerbrun, who was charged with simple assault last week after an alleged altercation with a cab driver. Read about Sauerbrun and all the other latest news of the Broncos in today's Broncos Update Insider.

The Denver Broncos won't take any immediate action toward punter Todd Sauerbrun, who was charged with simple assault last week after an alleged altercation with a cab driver.

Sauerbrun didn't need the bad publicity. He was cut by the Broncos last year after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on steroids and banned substances. He promised when he re-signed with the Broncos this offseason that he would be on his best behavior.

On Monday, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he would be patient before making any decisions.

"Let's not talk about the ifs, let's let the due process take care of itself and we'll talk about it then," Shanahan said.

Sauerbrun is having a good year, averaging 47.1 yards per punt. He also predicted the Broncos would kick to Bears returner Devin Hester a few weeks ago and Hester returned two kicks for touchdowns.

When Sauerbrun came back to the Broncos -- he was able to re-sign with them after an arbitrator ruled him a free agent because of a contractual error by New England on a right-of-first-refusal clause -- he was contrite.

"Mike Shanahan and Pat Bowlen were willing to have me back," Sauerbrun said in April. "And now I owe them. "I will not blow this opportunity."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Broncos are used to having a short week. They have played road games on Thanksgiving each of the past two seasons. A lot of the preparation was done last week.

Denver had a special-teams practice on Monday, will spend Tuesday installing the game plan and then have a short refresher practice Wednesday morning before flying to Houston. The Broncos play Houston on Thursday.

--The Broncos are waiting to see if receiver Brandon Stokley can bounce back from a knee injury he played through on Sunday. Stokley was limited, caught one pass and then sat out most of the second half.

"Hopefully he can recover quick enough where he can play against Houston," Shanahan said.

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--RB Selvin Young could remain Denver's starting tailback for a while, but Broncos coach Mike Shanahan praised Travis Henry and made it clear he hasn't given up on Henry as a long-term answer at tailback for Denver. Shanahan said Young has been starting because Henry isn't in football shape yet after missing three games with a knee injury.

--LB Jamie Winborn has been a pleasant surprise on special teams for the Broncos. He led the team with four special-teams tackles on Sunday and made another nice tackle playing defense. Winborn was signed a couple of weeks into the season.

--TE Daniel Graham was a bigger part of the passing game on Sunday. He caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season. He'll never post huge receiving numbers, but is a reliable target.

--LB Nate Webster led the Broncos with six tackles on Sunday. Webster is coming off solid back-to-back games and could finally be settling into his new position at strongside linebacker.

--DT Josh Mallard had a sack against Kansas City. The Broncos signed him off the street in November and he was immediately put in the defensive line rotation because of his ability to rush the quarterback.



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