Updated: August 26, 2009 at 12:00 am
Josh McDaniels probably doesn’t like considering the possibility of what happens if Kyle Orton gets hurt before the regular-season opener, but the Denver Broncos coach won’t change his approach.
Even with backup Chris Simms nursing an ankle injury and very little experience remaining after him on the depth chart, McDaniels will continue to play Orton as he planned, which will include some playing time in the fourth preseason game.
“We’re going to play the normal game three, the normal game four,” McDaniels said.
The Broncos did protect themselves by signing Ingle Martin, who has spent time with Green Bay and Kansas City.
Running back Marcus Thigpen was released. Martin never has thrown a pass in an NFL game.
Rookie Tom Brandstater is the likely backup for Sunday’s preseason game against Chicago.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and McDaniels had a messy separation, but complimented each other Wednesday.
“I think he’s going to be a good coach,” Cutler said. “I think their offense is going to be fine, I think Kyle is going to be fine. He’s an offensive mind. Just the brief amount of time I was able to spend with him, he was impressive.”
“That is nice that people say good things about you,” McDaniels said. “He is a good player. We know that. He is going to present a tremendous challenge for us Sunday night.”