Updated: December 13, 2009 at 12:00 am
If the Broncos’ game against Indianapolis went any longer, they might have run out of safeties.
David Bruton was inactive with a thigh injury. Renaldo Hill left the game with an ankle injury and was on crutches afterward. Darcel McBath, who intercepted Manning, got injury treatment after the game. Josh Barrett and Brian Dawkins, who were each on the injury report this week, were the healthiest safeties at the end.
Also, cornerback Ty Law was out of the game in the fourth quarter, perhaps because of an injury.
“I can’t talk about stuff like that,” Law said when asked if he was injured.
Running back Correll Buckhalter also left on crutches. He said it was the same ankle injury that forced him to miss a game earlier this season, but to the other foot.
Josh McDaniels, the Broncos coach who was offensive coordinator with the Patriots when they won a NFL record 21 straight games, couldn’t keep Indianapolis from breaking that record. The Colts won their 22nd straight regular-season game on Sunday. McDaniels credited the Colts for the win and said he wants his team to reach Indianapolis’ level.
“I’ll tell you this – we understand where we want to go,” McDaniels said. “We got a really close up look at it for four quarters.”
One of Kyle Orton’s 28 throws to receiver Brandon Marshall was a deep pass picked off by cornerback Tim Jennings, who was picked on often, after Marshall tripped. Orton said he didn’t regret that pass, which came against man coverage.
“I’d throw it again,” Orton said. “You give me that matchup, I’ll take it 100 times out of 100 times.”