Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Larsen to Injured Reserve, Tebow to get More Opportunities

On Wednesday, the Broncos will return to the practice field in preparation for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

Running back Knowshon Moreno (ribs), and kicker Matt Prater (groin) were the only two players who did not participate in practice. Meanwhile, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle), safety Brian Dawkins (knee), and quarterback Kyle Orton (ribs) all returned to practice, on a limited baisis however.

Before the players and coaches took to the practice field though, Interim Head Coach Eric Studesville and starting Quarterback Tim Tebow met with the media for Wednesday's press conference.

Coach Studesville first announced that starting fullback Spencer Larsen has been placed on the injured reserve for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, and that offensive lineman Stanley Daniels had been added to the 53-man roster to fill the roster.

Larsen is in his third year with the team and has played in eleven games (started five) for the Broncos at fullback. Paving the way for Moreno and the other backs in the running game, Larsen has also contributed on the ground and through the air, rushing 3 times for 18 yards while catching 5 passes for 51 yards and one touchdown.

Since there are no other fullbacks on the Broncos roster, Tight End Daniel Coats will most likely play the position on Sunday.

Offensive guard Stanley Daniels, though 26 years old, has never been on an active roster prior to joining the Broncos this season. Earlier in the year Daniels started in four games, being penalized only once while allowing just 1.50 sacks. When the offensive line was healthy again, the Broncos needed some roster space and cut Daniels, signing him to the practice squad just three days later. He'll now provide the Broncos with some more depth to the offensive line.

To replace Daniels on the practice squad, reportedly, the Broncos singed linebacker Dominic Douglas, who played in four games with the Rams last season.

Quarterback Tim Tebow noted that after watching the film from Sunday's he's concluded he thinks he has improved in some areas while others, most notably footwork, still could use some work.
"I think some things have definitely improved," Tebow said. "[And] I think other things I still have to work on. There were times in the pocket, where my (footwork) could have been a lot better. Sometimes my footwork in the running game could have been a lot better. My fakes … I could be a lot more polished. So, there are a lot of things I have to work on to improve and that is starting now."
(Photos courtesy of Gabe Hiatt/

Prior to Tebow's press conference, coach Studesville hinted that after watching the film from the game in Oakland last week, there'll be less restrictions for Tebow on Sunday, and that they're going to let him "do more" (of everything, including throwing) this week at home.
"We are going to let Tim do more," said coach Studesville. "Just because of what we know from him from this past week and the ability that we saw in him this past week in what he did. We are going to try and do whatever we can to win the football game. It is not a matter of how much of the playbook he can get or how much he can handle. We are going to try and do the things that we feel like give us the best chance to win the football game."
Sunday’s game starts at 2:05 (MTD) and will be broadcasted on CBS.

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