Broncos Update Insider - 10/1

The Broncos aren't worried about one loss having a huge affect on the young locker room, no matter how shocking the loss was.

Denver lost 33-19 at Kansas City, which was 0-3 and hadn't even led in a game until Sunday. The Broncos tried to keep an even keel after three straight wins to start the season, and they'll try to do the same after a bad loss.

"Are we ready to hang it up for the season and quit because we are 3-1?" coach Mike Shanahan said. "No, we will keep on working."

The Broncos, who had 10 rookies on the opening-day roster, insisted they did not overlook Kansas City. They just made too many mistakes to win, including four turnovers.

The Broncos have three tough games coming up before their bye, at home against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville before a road game at New England. The sting from the Kansas City loss will have to subside quickly before that tough stretch.

"We went through the game, as time went on, kind of in disbelief," tight end Tony Scheffler said. "With as much success as we had, kind of not showing up (Sunday) was hard to take."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Wide receiver Clifford Russell was taken off the field Sunday in a stretcher, but his condition improved and he was walking around on Monday. He took the charter flight back home to Denver with the team.

Broncos players were stunned to see Russell on the field for so long. Russell's right side was numb, so he was taken to a hospital for tests.

"It's a tough thing to see," linebacker Jamie Winborn said. "That's our teammate."

-- Broncos kicker Matt Prater was as surprised as everyone else when he missed a 28-yard field goal at Kansas City. He explained that he didn't take enough time setting up before he kicked.

"It was a short field goal, I kind of took it for granted which you should never do, those should be guaranteed," Prater said.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Andre Hall missed most of the second half of Sunday's game with a sprained wrist. Hall said he wants to play this week.

--RB Selvin Young was effective on kickoff returns against the Chiefs. He was forced into duty when Andre Hall and Cliff Russell were injured.

--DT Dewayne Robertson could practice Wednesday and play this week. He missed Sunday's game with a bum knee, which had a negative effect on the run defense.

--DT Kenny Peterson had a sack and four tackles against the Chiefs. Peterson took injured Dewayne Robertson's spot in the starting lineup.

--CB Champ Bailey forced a fumble with a nice tackle on Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. Bailey, one of the best cover corners in the game, has always been a good tackler and an asset against the run.



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