Will Stokely play?

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley isn't going to rush back from his latest concussion, suffered Sunday.

Stokley, who said he has had about eight or 10 concussions in his career including three major ones, was out the entire second half against Jacksonville. He wants to play at New England on Monday night but couldn't say for sure if he would be ready.

"It's not something you can just take an X-ray on and see, 'It's going to be two or three weeks,'" Stokley said. "It's something where I just have to see how I feel day to day." Without Stokley, Denver's passing offense struggled against Jacksonville. The Broncos were also without Eddie Royal and Tony Scheffler, who were inactive. Denver hopes to at least have Royal back this week.

Without Stokley, the Broncos had to ditch their four-receiver sets against the Jaguars and also couldn't substitute much.

Since Stokley has had a history of concussions, he doesn't want to rush back and suffer a more severe concussion that will keep him out for a long time.

"I don't want to be a liability out there, and I don't want to be a vegetable when I'm 50," Stokley said. "But if there's any way possible, I'll be out there playing."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Jay Cutler locked onto Brandon Marshall for most of Sunday's game, but he had little choice. Three of his top four receivers were out for all or most of the game. Cutler should have a chance to bounce back and have a solid game against New England this week.

--RB Michael Pittman brings toughness to the Broncos' running game. He runs hard between the tackles and showed, even at 33 years old, he still has some speed when the Broncos want to attack the perimeter. He probably will be Denver's workhorse as long as he plays well.

--RB Ryan Torain (elbow) is expected to return to practice Wednesday. He likely won't play against New England, but he has the bye week to heal up more before making his debut. He said he is mentally ready to contribute right away.

--WR Brandon Marshall has had two crucial fumbles in Denver's two losses. He fumbled at Jacksonville's 7-yard line Sunday. Marshall said he will be more careful with the ball and might change his style, taking what the defense gives him instead of continually working for extra yards and exposing himself to fumbles.

--WR Eddie Royal has a chance to be active this week. The Broncos need him back to provide Jay Cutler some additional options. Royal has a bone bruise on his ankle but did practice on a limited basis last week.

--WR Glenn Martinez could see some playing time if Eddie Royal or Brandon Stokley is out. He had a pair of catches last week and has established himself as a reliable backup.

--TE Tony Scheffler has a groin injury. He could return this week, but the Broncos likely will be careful with their bye week coming up.

--K Matt Prater hit his only field-goal attempt against Jacksonville. He is a reliable weapon for Denver, especially because of his ability from long distance.

--CB Dre Bly has been seeing a lot of action. Teams are targeting him rather than going Champ Bailey's direction. The Broncos don't often move Bailey around, but they could have him shadow Randy Moss this week.

--CB Jack Williams has been solid as Denver's nickel back since he took over that role from struggling Karl Paymah. Williams is a rookie and eventually could become a starter for the Broncos.

--DE Elvis Dumervil had a good game against Jacksonville although he didn't get a sack. He would have had one but he drew a holding penalty, which negated a long pass play. Dumervil continues to make strides after he has recovered from a hand injury.



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