Broncos cornerback Tony Carter ready for larger role

By: The Denver Post
January 18, 2014 Updated: January 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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photo - Denver Broncos defensive back Tony Carter (32) before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Denver Broncos defensive back Tony Carter (32) before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 

Tony Carter, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback, was engulfed by the media in the Broncos' locker room this week. He seemed a little shocked, but he handled the attention usually reserved for a star player as best he could.

How he plays against quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' passing attack in the AFC championship game Sunday is a bigger, more important matter.

After spending much of the season on the bench because of a series of early season mistakes, Carter has been thrust into the spotlight because starting cornerback Chris Harris went down with a knee injury in Denver's divisional playoff victory over San Diego last Sunday.

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