Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Brandstater will be the starting quarterback for Broncos - in preseason finale

By: FRANK SCHWAB
September 1, 2009
0
photo - Broncos quarterback Tom Brandstater warms up Sunday, August 30, 2009 at Invesco Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Broncos quarterback Tom Brandstater warms up Sunday, August 30, 2009 at Invesco Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

ENGLEWOOD • The words felt unnatural coming out of Denver Broncos rookie Tom Brandstater’s mouth.

“As a starting quarterback … that actually sounds crazy to say, ‘starting quarterback,’” Brandstater said. “But I’m starting on Thursday and there’s a lot of work that needs to be put into being the guy.”

Many more people would feel uneasy if Brandstater is saying the same words next week. Brandstater will get the call for Thursday’s preseason finale, and the team isn’t sure yet who will play in the season opener Sept. 13 at Cincinnati.

Starter Kyle Orton has an injured right index finger, and coach Josh McDaniels wouldn’t put a timetable on his return. He sounded optimistic about Orton’s chances of playing but couldn’t give a definitive answer.

“I’m hopeful he’ll be ready to roll here next week, but I don’t want a put a timetable on him,” McDaniels said.

McDaniels sounded a bit more optimistic about backup Chris Simms, who has a high ankle sprain.

“Hopefully he’ll be ready to go next week,” McDaniels said. “He’s busting his butt to get out here as soon as he can.”

The good news is Brandstater made some strides Sunday. In his first preseason game, at Seattle on Aug. 22, he had only 1 yard passing and was sacked four times. Against Chicago on Sunday he completed 8-of-12 passes for 110 yards.

“Something clicked, I felt so much better,” Brandstater said. “It wasn’t that nervous second-guessing anymore.”

The Broncos are getting better at tailback. Rookie first-round pick Knowshon Moreno practiced for the first time since hurting his knee at San Francisco on Aug. 14, and LaMont Jordan returned after missing last week with an undisclosed injury. McDaniels said he wouldn’t rush Moreno back but wouldn’t rule him out of Thursday’s game.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Some news is free.
Exceptional journalism takes time, effort and your support.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.