Broncos Update Insider - 11/4

Right tackle Ryan Harris has already been ruled out of the Broncos' next game against Pittsburgh, which isn't a good sign for his health.

Harris was carted off the field from Sunday's game with a toe injury. Although Broncos coach Josh McDaniels didn't reveal the full prognosis on Harris, he confirmed Harris is out against the Steelers.

The Broncos will probably turn to second-year tackle Tyler Polumbus as long as Harris is out. Polumbus came in and played most of the game against the Ravens, and McDaniels said he did a good job.

"Tyler went in and did a decent job playing in there," McDaniels said. "They've got some really good pass rushers off the edge. He was matched up against (Ravens linebacker Terrell) Suggs on more than a few plays, and handled the bull rush and some speed rushers and those kinds of things."

Although the Broncos could also consider veteran backup tackle Brandon Gorin or even Russ Hochstein, who has a little experience at tackle, McDaniels sounded inclined to give Polumbus a shot. Polumbus has not started a game in his NFL career.

"Tyler's been in the system as long as anybody else has this year so he is familiar with what we're doing," McDaniels said. "We always give him plenty of reps in practice. He handled himself well in the preseason. We expect him to go in there and play well."


--The Broncos were searching for some answers after allowing their second kick return for a touchdown in two games. Lardarius Webb returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown for the Ravens.

"We've got to play faster, we've got to play more physical," McDaniels said. "There were certainly examples of that from (Sunday's) game where when we do it the way we've done it -- for the most part this year -- we have success covering kicks."

--After a day of retrospection and watching the film, Denver's 30-7 loss at Baltimore didn't look any prettier to coach Josh McDaniels. He was obviously disappointed at the team's first loss of the season.

"They were coached better, played better, more physical, played faster basically in every area of the game," McDaniels said. "We certainly didn't do enough in any phase to win the game. Hard lesson to learn, and we've got a week now to get ready for Pittsburgh and make a lot of progress and improve significantly."



--G Russ Hochstein resumed his role as the lead blocker in Denver's goal-line offense. Knowshon Moreno scored on a 1-yard touchdown against the Ravens. Denver also could have used Spencer Larsen, who played his first game this season.

--RB Correll Buckhalter didn't have a good game running the ball against Baltimore but led the Broncos with six receptions, for 30 yards. Buckhalter is a good receiver out of the backfield and the Broncos will continue to use him in the passing game.

--TE Daniel Graham was Denver's leading receiver among tight ends, with three catches for 30 yards. Graham seems to have a good rapport with Kyle Orton and fits in Denver's scheme.

--LB Andra Davis was second on the Broncos with nine tackles, including two for loss, against Baltimore. Davis is having a productive year despite not playing in nickel or dime situations.

--LB Spencer Larsen had two of Denver's four special-teams tackles against the Ravens, including a big hit on a second-half kickoff. The Broncos' coverage units are struggling a bit but Larsen should help.

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